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FYI the below description has not been updated for the newer 4.6 version. See the screen shots which ARE up to date for what Spacious currently is - I'll be updating this description in the near future to get caught bck up.
Transform your ACP! New Widgets! Better Navigation! Custom Colors! More Utility Functions and Buttons!
There's quite a bit to go through...
Description last updated for Spacious ACP 18
ACP Theme Customization:
Header, primary, and secondary menu background colors fully configurable. Header, primary, and secondary menu font colors fully configurable. Change background color of message information and message warnings. Option for tighter table row spacing throughout to give you more content in the same vertical space. Page fade-in animation effect for ACP content for an app-like feel. Active (currently selected) primary menu icon set at full opacity so you can tell it is actually active. Secondary menu options have mouse-over hover effect so you can actually see what you are about to select. Selectable area increased from just the text to the entire row as well. Option to bold text secondary menu option headings. Un-sticky the ACP header to gain more screen-estate when scrolling. Remove the dashboard widget header backgrounds to lighten their heavy appearance. Change the selector toggles from rounded to squared. Change animation speeds on dialog popups - strongly recommended as these often act as speed limits as you wait for slow animations to end. Compact Menu Style which shrinks the width of the side menu and reduces the icon sizes providing more menu stuff in less space. Option to remove the visit site and support text bits and leave just the icons in the header. All menu and header icons now have a hover enlarge effect. Change the color of the default ACP Orange button! Add a separate favicon for the ACP!
Plugin version numbers appended directly after name. Option to display theme ID numbers after theme names (useful for designers mode to figure out which theme is which in the file directory) S3 storage handlers display endpoint and directory structure in their listed names allowing you to actually tell the difference between various S3 entities. IPS News widget reformatted to not waste so much space. Online Admins widget now with avatars! (Note this widget should be renamed to ACP Users as that is what it is actually displaying, not admins online in your community) Your most online stat is ALWAYS being tracked, not just tracked when the stats widget is on a page on the front end! PM members from the member page! Member view tweaks including moving the tabs from the center to the left. PHPInfo link on the support page now fires off in a new tab/window instead of hijacking your ACP session.
Add a background image or just change the color. The login box is totally customizable as well including transparency and the option to add additional text. IPS icon displayed by default.
Dashboard title now replaced with current online users count. Add custom text after the version number. Optional buttons alongside the dashboard widgets add button. Wipe Caches. Tasks. Admin Log. Moderators Log. Wipe Caches saves you a trip to the support page - just click and you are done! Tasks is a quick link to the tasks list where you can manually run any task you need to or spot hung tasks. Admin and Moderators log buttons are quick links to those pages. IPS News Dashboard Widget formatted to not waste so much space. Online Admins widget now with avatars! FYI this widget shows online ACP users, not admins who are online on the front end. 3rd Party Apps and Plugins that use the update push functionality still only indicate updates on the application and plugin pages in the ACP and unless an admin has business on those pages they are rarely seen. Spacious ACP lets you add buttons to the dashboard to handle this. When a 3rd Party app has an update, the button will appear on the dashboard - click it and a dialog will popup showing the the app, when it was updated, and if the app author has provided it, an update button that will take you to the download page to get it. Of course, that is just a link to the item - the user will still need permissions to download it (for example, many times this link just goes to the Invision Marketplace listing)
Invision often pushes out silent patches. These are not announced publicly and are only available if you re-download your copy of the suite from the client area or if you hit the support tool - something isn't working - if a patch is available it will list it there. This doesn't seem ideal so like the 3rd Party update button I've included a button for these silent patches. If a patch is available, the button will appear on the dashboard. Clicking it opens a dialog window listing what the patch addresses and a button to apply it. Although any ACP user will see this information, users will need permissions to apply patches/updates in order for the button to work.
In both the above cases, if there are no updates, no buttons will appear! I'm considering moving this functionality into the recently added Admin Notifications function though I suspect IPS may have designs on automating this with app and plugin updates anyways... We'll see.
New Dashboard Widgets!
Spacious Widgets are flagged with a block "S" in the Add button dropdown list. The downward pointing triangles next to the widget titles can be toggle on or off in Spacious ACP settings. The 90-Day graphs that some widgets have are configurable for fill style, color, line width, etc. They will by default pull whatever color your ACP header is set to.
The IPS Admin Notes widget has just a single, over-writable block of text and that never seemed good enough for me so I finally got around to writing this one. Stored admin notes! Records the note, who wrote it, and when they wrote it. Dashboard widget display a configurable number of them at a time (last three to seven I believe) with few display options available. The full journal is available in the Spacious ACP menu just underneath settings or view button link on the widget itself. Full journal is searchable by entry content as well.
Get your Alexa ranking (for whatever that's worth...) right in your dashboard. Both global and country. Updates daily and flags trending up or down from previous check. This is now storing your rankings daily! Tabbed graphed displays of both global and country rankings for last 90 days!
Real-time server load, IPS installation size, IPS database size, memory available (or free), storage space available, options for Community in the Cloud customers, database details including your database engine and character search limits. Graph colors match your chosen ACP header colors with option to override. When memory/server space becomes critical graphs go red! You configure when the memory and server space warnings kick in! Details button for more information - server location map if Google Maps, etc. is enabled. That little blip you see on the right in the diskspace rail in the screenshot above is the size of your local IPS installation (anything within your IPS directory plus your IPS database size) - you get both the actual numeric size and a graphic representation against your drive. At a glance see if your server has been rebooted!
Lists the last five system errors so you can actually see what problems are occurring under the hood. Those last five errors are on a look-back basis meaning the five most recent system errors that have occurred between three to seven days ago (configurable). Two errors over the last five days? Those two will display. No errors within that time span will display the "All Systems Go!" look as seen above. Widget will always provide a numeric count of the last 30 days worth of errors though that number will not be totally correct if you have set system error logs to purge less than 30 days. I strongly recommend having this on your dashboard. Just because your system appears to be running smoothly does not mean 3rd Party apps and plugins, or Invision apps even, are not throwing errors. These may be pointers to server problems or bugs that need to be reported. This widget provides direct links to the actual error reports and a button to the full list of system errors. 3rd party developers do not have a built in error reporting system like IPS does right now and we can only fix what we know about.
Mostly a rework of the default Gallery widget but with better formatting. Note the default widget (and this one) only tracks the storage space of the original images, not all the copies actually made and used by the IPS system - those stats are not saved anywhere. Includes the four newest images along with the four most viewed. Widget is fine wide or side. 90 day graph is configurable on or off as unless your site sees daily Gallery uploads the graph can look pretty barren.
Tracks graphically 90 days worth of topics started and responses made and combined. Includes live today counts. Also include a ratio-rail so you can easily see if topics are being started but no one is talking... Some basic lifetime counts plus a look at who your recent positive contributors are.
Still getting worked on - more to come! A rail that shows the counts and ratio of your community members. From right to left members active the past seven days, the last eight to ninety days, the last ninety-one days to one year back (not shown in this screen shot). All remaining registered members that have not visited your community in the last year are flagged as inactive. If you are having your members list their birthdays, you can also get a rough median age for your members. Naturally this statistic is not worth all that much as often times members input false birthdays but in large communities this number will probably give you a decent idea of your member age.
Most Active Topics Last 3 Days
As stated. Based on topic responses only. Maximum of five listed. Useful for large boards where admins can likely miss where the action is at any given time.
There is just a single application file (tar) and an optional IPS black browser .ico file. Install the tar like you would any other application. All Astronauts applications all have their settings in the ACP under a new AA tab. You can't miss it - and that's it!
Widgets with Google Charts in them can sometimes render weird when you first drag them onto the dashboard. Just refresh the page. On install AND upgrades, Spacious tasks are automatically marked as never ran (this behavior is standard for all app tasks as of 4.3). Some widgets rely on pulling saved information that is generated by these tasks. Feel free to manually run any Spacious tasks to spark the process along if you do not feel like waiting 10-15 minutes (or longer for some stats). In some server/hosting situations some data I try to read for the System Overview widget may not be accessible. Do not buy this if the Server Overview widget is the only thing you are interested in. No refunds will be approved due to some elements of that widget not working correctly on your site. Specifically, you will need allow read access to the /proc directory on Centos/Red Hat/Ubuntu systems and in some cases you may have an Apache setting called open_basedir preventing this. A simple file edit on your server will usually solve this. VestaCP users will need to edit some configuration templates to change this variable.
$30 and $12 every six months. Renewals keep us devs going! Licensed for your IPS site bound to your IPS account plus any/all dev boards (localhost or otherwise). Other sites should/need to get their own licensed copy of Spacious ACP. All rights reserved, etc.
Spacious ACP 4
Better visibility! More information! Totally Customizable!
Now includes Spacious Widgets!
Originally I wanted an ACP theme that would display more options/information on a smaller sized laptop screen (i.e. 1600x900) and provide some customization. I've now re-written Spacious to be a more well-rounded modern look rather than focusing almost exclusively on compact information display. The result is a customizeable ACP that still retains the denser information views of the older versions. Trust me, you want this.
More compact primary and secondary menus to fit more more menu options on the screen at a time. Reduced icon sizes as well. Header, primary, and secondary menu background colors fully changeable. Header, primary, and secondary menu font colors fully changeable. Removes the section header background and enlarges the section title for a clean modern look. Margins reduced across the board, interior tab elements styled more compactly. Change the name of the ACP to whatever you want. Latest IPS news and Admins Online widgets have been altered for better display. Optional modern-style dashboard widget format. New look for ACP warnings and new version announcements are now a single alert bar you click to expand to a details modal. No more wall of text destroying the dashboard! Subtle animation effect when moving between ACP areas. Feels app-like! Other under-the-hood changes... New in Spacious ACP 4: Login page customization!
Introducing Spacious Widgets!
The Spacious ACP theme comes with bonus dashboard widgets to fill in the gaps left by the rather lackluster IPS dashboard widgets. Includes:
System Overview: Realtime server load, IPS installation size, IPS database size, memory available (or free), storage space available, options for Community in the Cload customers, and more!
Gallery Overview: Mostly a rework of the default Gallery widget but with better formatting and it now displays the four most popular images in the Gallery.
Forum Statistics: The most glaring IPS ommission. You get not only the usual topic counts but 24 hour, 7day, and 28 day lookback totals. An 8 week compact bar graph to see how your community is trending. All that again for topic responses, totalled separately from topic first posts. Top three topic starters and responders with thier respective totals.
Member Statistics: Member count of course but inludes the 24 hour, 7 days, and 28 days members active count. See how many members are actually using your forums on a regular basis! Also counts members that have not visited your forums in over 6 months. Members online, guests online, and new members over the last 7 days as well.
System Errors: Lists last five system errors so you can actually see what problems are occuring under the hood. Direct links to error reports and system error page.
SimilarWeb: A website ranking/tracking service. Two SW default widgets for tracking visitor types and relative rankings, embedded in a single IPS dashboard widget. The rankings widget can have two additional websites added for tracking alongside your own site.
Alexa: Get your Alexa ranking (for whatever that's worth...) right in your dashboard. Both global and national. Updates on a 7 day basis and flags trending up or down from previous check.
Future Widgets? Downloads, Blogs, and Commerce will probably have "something" done in the future but it will be awhile. As far as the next new widget goes it will be a Database Health widget.
For a full rundown on all the widgets plus what's on tap for additional Spacious ACP and Spacious Widgets changes and addons please read the Support Topic.
For Spacious ACP install the .xml file as a new theme under Customization in your ACP. Please remove any previous Spacious ACP theme you may have installed. This is a totally new re-write and you should NOT upgrade the old theme. Be sure to assign permissions for the theme to Admins only. As before, this is exclusively an ACP theme; not a front end theme. To change the Spacious ACP settings just edit the theme settings as you usually do. All the Spacious options are under the Spacious ACP tab within that area; you may edit the other options (default theme options) but they may or may not have any effect.
For Spacious Widgets install the .tar file as a new Application. All configuration of Spacious Widgets can be found under it's own menu option which you will find under the Customization tab in the ACP. This is where you can configure the System Overview widget if you are a Community in the Cloud customer, change the SimilarWeb widget settings to add up to two additional websites to track alongside yours, and change the appearance of the ACPlogin page.
To add the new widgets to your dashboard just click the add button on the dashboard, choose and then drag them where you want them to be. Be aware that both Forum and Member Statistics only support the large display widget area. All the others can be used in the large or small areas.
In the support topic. This initial release will have some quirks with responsive css on Phone view plus left-to-right language support is pretty much nil right now. Also language bits. I need to add more variables so you can at least translate some stuff in the widgets.
Some of the new widgets give you a sampling of statistical information you probably want about your site and though you can request that I add some things of this nature to Spacious Widgets they will probably NOT be added as that will require storing substantial information in the database. That's well beyond the scope of an ACP theme and some addon widgets. Better off in a separate application where it can be done right.
Keep in mind that in some server/hosting situations some data I try to read for the System Overview widget may not be accessible. Do not buy this if the Server Overview widget is the only thing you are interested in. No refunds will be approved due to some elements of that widget not working correctly on your site.
$10/$5 every six months. Basically $10 a year once you get going for a customizable ACP and a bunch of new dashboard widgets (with more on the way!). Feel free to skip a renew if you must but if you skip more than one renewal and try to renew more than a year later and I may just have you buy it outright again. Renewals keep us devs going! Licensed for your IPS site bound to your IPS account plus any/all dev boards (localhost or otherwise). Other sites should/need to get their own licensed copy of Spacious ACP.
Click the logo to get Spacious ACP and Spacious Widgets in the IPS Marketplace: