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[LEGACY 4.4 AND LOWER] Kitchen Sink 24

$25.00 · Renewal Term: $8.00/6 months

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HEY! Do NOT renew or buy if you are on 4.5 or soon to be upgrading to 4.5

Since this is moving to an application it will not be able to upgraded from the plugin via the new ACP Marketplace. So that means a new buy. On release, it will be discounted for two weeks to lessen the hurt.


All the things you want changed or restored in one single plugin! Everything including as they say...

  • Restores topic stats!
  • Topic authors can always edit first posts!
  • Customize the breadcrumb!
  • Remove the Create menu!
  • Better IPS update notifications!
  • Change the lightbox!
  • More!

There are many small things with the IPS suite that need to be customize-able or restored from the 3x series. I could write a bajillion single-use plugins or I can put some effort into it, pile them all into one plugin, and make a few bucks for the work (and she is wrapping up her second cancer in three years so yes, money good...)

New in KS 24:

  • Still compatible with 4.3.x
  • Searchlight removed in favor of just providing the plugin separately.
  • Minor tweaks and fixes (for 4.4 compatibility, etc.)

New in KS 23:

  • Full sweep, see support topic. Lost all the screenshots... again... Uploaded just settings for now, not all settings displayed due to some settings not in an enabled state.

New in KS 22:

  • IPS Internal Embeds Formatting Options! Remove the author header, remove the image block, add a border.
  • Patched Searchlight feature for uncommon FURL/IPS Pages conflict.
  • Searchlight totally reworked as a result, also can now be toggled on/off in settings.
  • KS css file now renamed aa_ks.css - pushing it to the first in line (or close to it) postion in your COMPILED custom css file.

New in KS 21:

  • Fully 4.3 compatible!
  • Reworked Javascript bits, ditched a library no longer needed.
  • Patches setting search results order setter for 4.3.
  • Misc. whatevers.

New in KS 20:

  • Final 4.2.X version!
  • Bug fixes for Forum Posts Sort Order and Searchlight function.
  • Add Member avatar/name to movie menu option.

New in KS 19:

  • Searchlight returns! Search results content gets search term highlighting! That's a restored 3x feature. Customizable too!
  • Set the default sort order for search results: relevancy or newest.
  • Sort posts in topics by Desc (newest first) order.
  • Other stuff I forget...


So this includes...?


  • Customize the breadcrumb! Remove the last element, swap out the home icon, etc.
  • Control appearance of Mark Site Read and Unread Content (just words, just icons, or move them out of the breadcrumb to the user menu).
  • Square up the appearance of the search entry area.
  • Customize the light box! Full screen effect? White instead of black? Yes!
  • Customize the error page. Change the FA icon, swap it out  for an image, more!
  • Enable a compact star rating display!


  • Disable the Create menu.
  • Replace the Create menu appearance with just a FontAwesome icon. I recommend fa-pencil.
  • Remove all horizontal separators in the userbar.
  • Change the member menu dropdown link. Leave it as the default avatar and member name, just member name, or just avatar.


  • When you scroll down, the view title (day, month, week, etc.) is pinned to the very top edge of the browser. Adds padding to make it look much better.
  • Square up those calendar and event tags from those rounded monstrosities.
  • Make the cover photo header area for events much bigger (larger event title font too).

Forums and Topics:

  • Restores the 3x series topic count statistic on forum index views. Yes, it's back!
  • Can choose to display post count, topic count or both on forum index views.
  • Add a locked icon badge in front of topic titles in topic view when a topic is locked (similar to pinned and featured posts).
  • Change start new topic, moderator option, etc. links in topic view to appear as buttons instead of text links.
  • Disable reply to topic button if you like (no one really uses it anymore...)
  • Fully customize-able new posts separator in topic view. Set some basic info in custom.css and then use the full editor here to add content! 
  • Change number of topics listed per page on forum view (same as one of my free plugins).
  • Disable both the quote and multi-quote buttons in post view to force users to select specific text to quote instead of entire posts.

First posts:

  • Allow all topic authors to edit their first posts regardless of any edit time restrictions in the ACP. You can even configure this on a per-forum basis!

Post view:

  • A bunch of structural options.
  • Hide the multi-quote button.
  • Move the quote and/or edit buttons under the options menu.
  • Change the options menu to a single gear icon.

IPS Upgrades:

  • For admins with permissions to view upgrade announcements this replaces the full page width upgrade announcement header with a pulsing download icon in the userbar. Clicking it displays a popup with the complete upgrade information.

(The pulse is sped up for the gif. It's slower on normal upgrades; security upgrades will pulse faster but not this fast (and they pulse red!)

I've probably forgotten some stuff. And there is more to come too!


Can I ask for something to be changed or included?
Yes, absolutely! That's kind of the whole point of this. There are some basic rules though. If I think it is too involved, or I think that once I start it that it would be better off as it's own plugin I'll pass. Just ask in the support topic and we'll go from there. I decide in the end, you may or may not like my decisions...

What if IPS changes something and...
If they add something into the suite that I fixed/added here then it will probably be removed from Kitchen Sink. No need to duplicate functionality. If something in this plugin breaks due to a change in the IPS Suite I'll of course try to fix it if it is fixable. Or I might remove it until it can be fixed; I expect things to change over the years - you should too.

Seems to be forums heavy...
Yep. I can only target what I'm most familiar with. If you need something with the other applications speak up! The focus of this plugin is on the Core, Calendar, and Forums. I can fold in some stuff from the other apps if they are small things but otherwise I've got something else in the works for Gallery, Commerce, and Downloads (yes, another all in one...probably).

Anything on the ACP side?
No but... Spacious ACP! Get that! 

This <feature> isn't working on my site!
If you have custom.css that conflicts, or your custom theme has moved elements around, and so on, there is not a lot I can do. I can give you some help in the support topic but the further you (or theme authors) move away from the default IPS structure the harder it will be for plugins to work. Most of Kitchen Sink should work for everyone. I do not support modified themes but I'll lend a hand as I can time permitting. This plugin has been tested on a fresh 4.2 installation of the IPS suite with no other plugins loaded and no custom.css. 


$28 to buy, $8 every six months. Regular renewals keep me perky enough to want to support this wonderful monster. Your renewals get you support, bug fixes, and new features too! 


One buy, one site. Feel free to use on your test site if you have one of course. If you lapse on renewals so long that I tell you to buy it again that does NOT mean you now have licenses to two separate copies. All rights reserved, etc...


Be sure to drag KS to the top of your list of plugins in the ACP. The order of the plugins in that list is the order in which they are built out into the IPS system and given that KS does so much stuff, to avoid conflicts with other plugins, drag it all the way to the top!

Thank You!



Edited by All Astronauts

What's New in Version 24   See changelog


KS 24:

  • 4.4 Compatibility Sweep - you will need to use this version with Invision Community 4.4, older versions of KS are not compatible. 
  • Removed embedded Searchlight and am now just providing Searchlight as a separate plugin.
  • Minor tweaks here and there.
  • This version IS still compatible with 4.3.


ALERT: KS 20 is the last 4.2.X compatible version.  Use the version dropdown to find it if you need it.

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Joel R

   11 of 11 members found this review helpful 11 / 11 members

Joel's top 5 reasons to buy this plugin:

  1. One of the best Titles in the Marketplace.  Honestly. That alone is deserving of a tip to Flitterkill.
  2. Awesome support and responsive conversation by Flitterkill.  I made two minor aesthetic suggestions to Flitterkill, and within 24 hours he had another version out. That means a lot to me. 
  3. Pulsing icon for IPS updates.  How awesome is that??  And in a nod to IPS' policy, even includes non-dismissable pulsing red icons for security updates!  It's a slick UIX change that transforms your front-end update reminders from obnoxiously-in-your-face to trendy.  Yes, your IPS 4 updates will become trendy after you buy this plugin.  Promise.
  4. Really good descriptions per setting that make it very clear what you're changing.  Even includes helpful hints or examples.  
  5. Really does include everything but the kitchen sink, and the kitchen sink is planned for v3.  (Kidding, but not really.)  Tons of small but aesthetic updates.  Customize the breadcrumb, customize the User Bar, customize the search box, customize the lightbox, customize your forums, customize your posts, etc.

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Here are some personal highlights in how I've used the Kitchen Sink on my own community:

  • In between all of the settings for the User Bar, I've totally transformed my User Bar from the IPS default into something that's simpler, yet more expressive and more informative.  It contains more information in less space to help me better manage my community and my activity:

Joel User Bar.JPG

  • Fixed one of my biggest pet peeves in all of IPS 4: when you're in the Profile, stopping the cover photo area from shrinking / expanding when viewing Activity.  I have no idea why IPS built that in.  It's useless.  It's such an annoying animation.  Just make it stop.
  • Elegantly hides all of the options (edit / quote / report) in every post into one icon, which gives a cleaner look to the post and hides functions that most of my users will never use:

Joel Hide Options in Post.JPG

  • Lastly, pulsing icon for IPS updates.  It even includes more frequent pulses for more recent upgrades.  Yes, it's that cool.  

Totally worth the price, and easily one of my most favorite plugins in the entire Marketplace.  I don't often give in-depth reviews to Marketplace purchases, but if you've read my other Marketplace reviews then you know I only give reviews to those that I believe are well-worth the value.  I think every IPS Admin will find the Kitchen Sink to have at least one useful feature they can use, and most likely tons they'll end up falling in love with.  This is such a multi-purpose, all-functional plugin with so many small but useful aesthetic improvements that you're bound to find so many things you'll like.  

I'm definitely excited to see what new settings Flitterkill will add to future versions of Kitchen Sink, and to see his Kitchen Sink for other applications when they get released.

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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Installed plugin with no problems. This plugin is as described and a great addition to any site. I had a problem with the number "topics" and number of "posts" showing correctly on my forums and this was fixed by Flitterkill and ended up being a problem with my custom.css and now working good. Flitterkill offered excellent customer service and backs up his plugins. I recommend for any website. Thanks Flitterkill for your service. 

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

An excellent collection of tweaks to help mitigate some baffling UI and UX decisions by IPS. Each plugin setting is well described and detailed. My board had some configuration problems when installing, but All Astronauts worked diligently to get it fixed for us. Response and support from the dev is top-notch, much appreciated!

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Pedro Ibáñez

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

I like very much this plugin.

Most of the options are from common sense, the same common sense wich is not present in IPS4 from default.

For example, for me it's incredible that IPS4 doesn't understand that it's very ugly the same thing repeated in the same place.


One thig or another please but not both at time...

Fortunately Kitchen Sink can disable one of them


It's only an example but only for this feature the plugin it's paid.



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Bill Edwards

   4 of 5 members found this review helpful 4 / 5 members

I only purchased this plugin for one feature - for members to be able to edit their initial post in one forum beyond the general edit time. There were one or two teething problems, but Flitterkill worked tirelessly to ensure the initial problems were ironed out and the plugin did what I wanted it to. The plugin is AWESOME and Flitterkill very professional and helpful. Highly recommended!! Many, many thanks!

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   1 of 2 members found this review helpful 1 / 2 members

Excellent plugin. Exactly does what is say. Working perfect on IPS v4.1.13.2

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