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WP Symposium Pro 16.05 Release Notes

Version 16.05 adds extra features in the Core and Extensions plugin, including the forum, alerts, profile, forum toolbar, groups, directory, private messages – and a new BBpress migration tool.

All previous release notes are available on the WPS Codex at www.wpspro.com.

Don’t forget, you can try out the WP Symposium Pro Extensions plugin for free – download a copy for a trial period from www.wpsymposiumpro.com.

Drink tea, tea is good.
Best wishes, Simon

WP Symposium Pro 16.05

Core WP Symposium Pro plugin

Available from the WordPress repository


Improved notice when user chosen not to receive alerts by email (WPS Pro->Setup->Manage Alerts).


New option for [wps-forum]. Set header_freshness to change title of freshness column (table style).

Via “Manage All Forums” (WPS Pro->Setup), you can now delete forums.

Changed default value to include comments on replies in reply counts for [wps-forums] to speed it up.


New option for [wps-avatar]. Set user_id=”user” to always show current user, or the ID of a WordPress user. Default will show avatar based on context of page in the site.

User meta wps_pro_avatar updated with avatar path when uploading custom avatar. If you want to use this database user meta value, you should run “WPS Pro->Setup->System Options->Re-sync avatar meta” (checkbox) at least once to update existing users who have uploaded avatars (otherwise not necessary).


Missing shortcode [wps-display-name] added to WPS Pro->Shortcodes->Profile page, which includes option of user=”user” to always show current user, or set to show dependent on context of page.

WP Symposium Pro Extensions

Available from www.wpsymposiumpro.com


Can now migrate your BBpress forums to WP Symposium Pro forums. Work in progress, for now use at your own risk (but seems ok)! You need to de-activate the BBpress plugin, and we highly recommend that you take a backup of your database before migrating “just in case”.

Private Messages

Added option in “mailbox” to show all messages or unread messages only. The last choice by the user is stored for future visits.

Forum Toolbar

Remember, you can make changes to the default style of WYSIWYG mode by editing [path-to]/wps-symposium-pro-extensions/wps-symposium-pro-forum-toolbar/editor_styles.css.

New option for toolbar “code” which will put <code>—</code> around content to be displayed as such. Add via WPS Pro->Setup->Forum Toolbar.

Improvements to use of WordPress WYSIWYG editor, in particular how code is handled/displayed.


New option for [wps-my-groups]. Set limit_to to a comma seperated list of group IDs to only include those groups.

New option for [wps-my-groups]. Set user_id (as a WordPress user ID) to force list of groups shown for that user.


New options for [wps-directory-search] to add filter to advanced search if user has uploaded an avatar. See WPS Pro->Shortcodes->Directory.