Blog Post

GD bbPress Toolbox Pro 6.4

Finally, a brand new major release for GD bbPress Toolbox Pro is ready, and version 6.4 brings several new features, continues the plugin code rewriting and modernization process, and includes updates and fixes.

This new version brings many new features, updates, and improvements. But, it also makes some significant code changes that affect system requirements for the plugin.

GD bbPress Toolbox Pro 6.4 has updated system requirements. The plugin now requires PHP 7.0 or newer (and it will break if running on PHP 5.x), WordPress 5.0 or newer, and bbPress 2.6.2 or newer. Plugin no longer supports old bbPress 2.5.x, and it will not activate on websites running the old bbPress version!

The process of transforming various areas of the plugin into Features continues, and this time, email notifications have been moved to Features: Email Sender, Notifications, and Email Overrides. And, all the SEO related settings now have a new Feature too. Notifications have been expanded with a new type of notification: send email to keymasters or/and moderators for every new reply.

New Notifications Feature panel

Plugin got a brand new Feature that will always be enabled, called Shortcodes. This Feature will register shortcodes that have to remain always enabled because many different plugin features use them, so they can’t be deactivated like BBCodes can be. Right now, the Shortcodes include QUOTE, POSTQUOTE, and ATTACHMENT. It also has a new shortcode called GDBBX_USER_PROFILE that can display different statistics elements for a user (similar to what is displayed in the user stats area and every topic or reply. New shortcodes are listed in the plugin Tools -> Shortcodes panel with available attributes and values.

Widgets have also been fully rewritten, using the new base Widget class, reorganized with autoloading, updated widgets interface, and improved visibility controls. Visitors Redirect feature has been updated to include redirection to the login page (with a redirect back). It has a new rule for redirecting topics with no access (that might require login).

Other new features include: Tweak to hide user role from displaying along with the profile link, set a minimum number of words for new Topic or new Reply titles, various improvements to the plugin core code, various improvements to many of the plugin features, many widgets related improvements, and a new plugin icon. This version removes the old bbPress 2.5 compatibility code. It also fixes several bugs reported (or found) in the past few weeks.

In May, you can expect next major 6.5 release (with focus on Attachments), with at least one more major release planned for the Autumn 2021 (focus on BBCodes and Tracking).

To see the list of all the changes in this version, please check out the changelog. If you find any issues with the new version, please, report them in the support forums.

Please wait...
GD bbPress Toolbox Pro
Enhancing WordPress forums powered by bbPress

Expand bbPress powered forums with attachments upload, BBCodes support, signatures, widgets, quotes, toolbar menu, activity tracking, enhanced widgets, extra views...

About the author

Milan Petrovic
Milan Petrovic

Programmer since the age of 12 and WordPress developer since 2008 as freelancer and author of more than 200 plugins and more than 20 themes.

The Newsletter

16 thoughts on “GD bbPress Toolbox Pro 6.4”

  1. Always good plugin
    an idea would be to hae a feature to set custom field for title og bbpress.
    i explain : thank to a special field (select, radiobutton, etc) we could have a custom word before or after title in bbpress topic.
    i already see that for kunena of joomla.
    it is amazing for seo (especially if connected with schema or rich snippet)
    for exemple for a bbpress video game topic :
    “custom field (video test) of god war on playstation”
    this custom field is not a prefix because it is a part of the title and based on H1
    thank you

    Please wait...
    Reply
    • Hi,

      Thanks for the suggestion! This is not something that many users would understand to use, this is more of the administrator/moderator useful tool. Right now, plugin can reformat the topic title for use in the meta title field to use forum name along with the topic title, and I am open to adding more things there, but I am not sure when that will be possible.

      Regards,
      Milan

      Please wait...
      Reply
      • ok amazing feature i hope you will do.
        i hope that and a related item field for bbpress

        Please wait...
        Reply
        • Hey, thanks for the comment. I am not sure what you mean exactly with this suggestion, can you explain better?

          Please wait...
          Reply
          • Yes thank you , a tool in toolbox pro to have relation in bbpress
            example : in a topic, an user writter about a movie, in sidebar or bottom of the topic, we could see review about this movies, topic about actor fo this movie, etc
            thanks 🙂

            Please wait...
            Reply
            • Thanks for the suggestion. But, that is very, very complicated to achieve as a universal feature (that will work for all sorts of use cases), and it poses tons of issues (how to determine related data, where do the results come from…). It is not something that can be achieved as a universally usable feature and not something I can or will add to this plugin.

              It can be a custom mode plugin that works on a strictly defined scope and with a strictly defined data source.

              Please wait...
              Reply
  2. hi
    a good idea would be to have a bbpress tabs features.
    on google it in the most wanted feature.
    i explain :
    i bbpress topic we could have : 1 tab (the topic), 1 tab (about the author) 1 tab related topic, etc
    what do you think about that ?
    thank you 🙂

    Please wait...
    Reply
    • Hi,

      For this, bbPress templates have to be replaced, and that would make it impossible to have themes with bbPress support these custom templates. The best way to do it is by overriding templates via theme. Because of that, I do not add any feature to GD bbPress Toolbox Pro that requires replacing default bbPress templates.

      Milan

      Please wait...
      Reply
      • OK I see
        i have a suggestion : maybe you could add a feature for having rich snippet in bbpress
        i think you already have for breabcrump, maybe having for subject / topics and repply would be awsome because it is a missing bbpress feature. i ‘am thinking about “how to “, forum, article and blog (because sometime news are in forums topic) .
        what do you think about it ?
        thank you

        Please wait...
        Reply
        • Hi,

          GD bbPress Toolbox Pro already has support for Rich Snippet for topics. Topics are only part of forums that have dedicated rich snippets, and that has been implemented a while back.

          Milan

          Please wait...
          Reply
          • ah ok
            so “reply” has not rich snippet ?
            and is it possible to implement QandA snippets for topic and reply.
            according some seo experts blogs posts it is better than simple forum snippets.
            thank you

            Please wait...
            Reply
            • Google doesn’t like when you use snippets wrong, and QAndA is not for this purpose. Rich snippet for topics is ‘DiscussionForumPosting’, and I don’t plan to implement something that doesn’t fit the content. And, QAndA has a very specific structure that replies can’t fit.

              Please wait...
              Reply
              • No no the seo logic from guillaume Deplanque is correct, see https://neilpatel.com/blog/faq-schema/amp/
                Many seo experts think DiscussionForumPosting will be unsupported. Regards

                Please wait...
                Reply
                • But i is more QAPAGE

                  Please wait...
                • And, the first item on the invalid use list is the user-submitted forum content. If anything changes in the future, I can implement whatever changes. But, for now, the only valid schema for topics is DiscussionForumPosting, and FAQPage is not allowed for forums. And, trust me, Google knows where the schemas are used, and they can ban whole websites from using snippets for violations. It is a bad idea to use the wrong snippets.

                  Please wait...
  3. Hello some suggestions for future (if it possible)
    – to be able to mark “BEST REPLY” thank to a picture on topic
    – to be able to mark ” SOLVED” thank to a picture on topic
    thank you

    Please wait...
    Reply

Leave a Comment

Grammarly - Number 1 Writing App
WP Rocket - Make WordPress Load Fast in a Few Clicks