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Remove "Powered by Invision Board" from the first page title


Guest Joannes Vermorel

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I completely understand the need for for Invision to advertize its own product. I have nothing against a discrete "Powered by Invision" link at the bottom of the page. Yet, on the first page of the forum the HTML title gets polluted by a lengthy "Powered by Invision Board". Frankly, I think this behavior hurts the user experience; and in the same time discourage potential webmasters from going to IP.Board.

The webmaster is not going to think "aha, this is an IP.Board"; he is simply going to think "argh, will I get such an ugly Invision label on top of my web pages too?". Then, for the average visitor (who do not care about IP.Board, because he has no clue about the technology anyway), it's simply a pain because it adds confusion to the message: I am visiting of web forum, but who's in charge here, Invision?.

Plus, the page title bring nothing to Invision in terms of SEO (as opposed to the page link).

For all those reasons, I would really appreciate if the "Powered by" was removed from the forum page title (where it brings nothing good anyway).

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Joannes
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I don't see how that line can seriously hurt a user's experience. It's just a title that your browser displays in the title bar of the active window - not like it's some sort of flash banner or leaderboard advertisement. :blink:

You can always manually remove/edit the line in the title in sources/action_public/boards.php anyway.

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It can be edited via sources/action_public/boards.php

Just search for "Powered by Invision Power Board", and you can take it out, change it, or whatever you like (If you remove it, just leave the string blank).

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        $cp = " (Powered by Invision Power Board)";


Make sure you don't get rid of $cp, you just change it.

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It can be edited via sources/action_public/boards.php



Just search for "Powered by Invision Power Board", and you can take it out, change it, or whatever you like (If you remove it, just leave the string blank).



Edit:


line 190:

        $cp = " (Powered by Invision Power Board)";


Make sure you don't get rid of $cp, you just change it.




Thank you very much for the indication. Unfortunately, I am using the hosted version of IP.Board and the PHP code has been compiler in binary with Zend. I can't edit any PHP file.

Joannes
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I don't see how that line can seriously hurt a user's experience. It's just a title that your browser displays in the title bar of the active window - not like it's some sort of flash banner or leaderboard advertisement. :blink:




Well, it does to some extend because because the "Powered blah" appears in the link title in search engine listing. As a result, the main forum link ends up mixed with Invision.

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Thank you very much for the indication. Unfortunately, I am using the hosted version of IP.Board and the PHP code has been compiler in binary with Zend. I can't edit any PHP file.



Joannes




that being the case, I'm sure that if you submitted a ticket to invision, they'd be happy to take care of that for you. :)
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that being the case, I'm sure that if you submitted a ticket to invision, they'd be happy to take care of that for you. :)



I have submitted a ticket to Invision. Here is the response.

You cannot. As the /sources directory is encoded, you cannot change any of the files in that directory.



It really does not help.

Joannes
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I stopped manually removing the title a long time ago as it was a low-priority "modification" during every upgrade and (actually remembering to do it was a key factor) i ended up giving in and just leaving the damn thing there.

I strongly believe that removing this advert from the board title should not require modification of source files and if this does become an option in a future release i won't hesitate to use it.

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I agree. This 'feature' neither helps Invision nor the customer, so why keep it? Just make the text in the title a configuration variable and set the default to 'Powered by IPB'. This way, users can keep the text, or change/remove it if they want to.

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If it really bothers you that much, you can permanently change it by editting your board header. Be advised though, it won't display the topic title afterwards but just the name of your forum (I have it set that way).


That's not such a great idea, neither from a usuability nor from a SEO point of view.

That was actually what I did to remove the text when I first installed IPB, though. I didn't know at that time that it was used to display topic titles too, so I just replaced it by a static title. I was wondering for months why IPB lacked such an obvious feature.
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Here you can see a Staff Member of IPB said that it is legal to change the (Powered by Invision Power Board) notice.



I'm doing it as I have a response from an IPB employee. ;)


It's been long established that this is okay to do, I think it's even in the KB on the Customer center.
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I stopped manually removing the title a long time ago as it was a low-priority "modification" during every upgrade and (actually remembering to do it was a key factor) i ended up giving in and just leaving the damn thing there.



I strongly believe that removing this advert from the board title should not require modification of source files and if this does become an option in a future release i won't hesitate to use it.



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It can be edited via sources/action_public/boards.php



Just search for "Powered by Invision Power Board", and you can take it out, change it, or whatever you like (If you remove it, just leave the string blank).



Edit:


line 190:

        $cp = " (Powered by Invision Power Board)";


Make sure you don't get rid of $cp, you just change it.


I don't get it.

Everyone acts like it's so easy to do this. Even with what this guy just said im still baffled beyond belief.

Just goto sources/action_public/boards.php?

What the hell is that? Where the hell is that crap in the admin cp. Can't find it anywhere. You have to explain how to get to that point first....
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It's not a setting in the ACP, you need to edit the PHP source files manually. Just open the file in an editor (ie. Notepad), search for the line and replace it by something like this:

$cp = " Your title goes here";



Then upload the file to your server (overwriting the original one) and it should work.

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What/where are the php files?



I have hosting via invisionzone. They did the setup for me. I didn't pay for my own hosting and upload everything myself and whatnot. They did all that for me. All I have access to is the admin cp. So I don't understand where these php and source files are.




You can't modify them anyway, they're encoded for you. It's unfortunately one of the prices you pay for the complimentary IP.B license you get with your hosting.
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