Jump to content

Introducing Community Hive

Recommended Posts

  • Management

Everyone at Invision Community is pleased to introduce Community Hive.

We are creating a new free-to-use service to help independent communities reach new audiences and re-engage existing members.

Community Hive delivers updates from your favourite communities and helps you explore new ones by bringing all the communities you follow into a single feed with optional email updates.

The Invision Community September 2023 release will bring Community Hive integration to Invision Community and we're also releasing integrations for XenForo, Squarespace and WordPress. More integrations for popular platforms are planned over the coming months.


Could contain: Computer, Electronics, Mobile Phone, Phone, Tablet Computer, Car, Transportation, Vehicle


The "Why"
We believe in the power of independent communities. Technology has changed over the two decades we've been building community tools and despite the advances in technology a key problem independent communities still have is re-engaging existing members and finding new audiences. Social media has diminishing returns, and search results continually down-rank user-generated content. Reaching new audiences has never been more challenging.

Community Hive solves that by providing a single platform to showcase your content to new and existing audiences. We don't keep your content; the only way to engage is to visit your site, ensuring you retain complete control and ownership.

Regular updates via email and push notifications reach your existing members wherever they are.

As our attention spans shorten and our online time becomes more cluttered, checking in with each community becomes more of a struggle. Independent and forum based communities fight for attention with social media, and owned platforms like Discord and Slack. Allowing your members to follow your community with Community Hive gives you increased visibility and discoverability and helps level the playing field.


The Platform
Community Hive has a familiar feed view with two main areas. "Following" shows a feed of communities you already follow to ensure you see more of what you like. This feed learns over time what content you favour and ensures you see more of what you like.

The "Discover" tab shows you a feed of content from communities outside of your following list, which is a great way to discover new online communities to join. Following is easy; you don't even need to register on the community to add it to your followed list on Community Hive.

Robust account management makes it easy to unfollow communities and set your desired audience classification preferences.

Community Hive is mobile-first with push notifications and is ready to be added to your phone's home screen as an app.


Community Hive will launch with integration for several platforms such as XenForo, Squarespace and WordPress. Invision Community integration has several tools to nudge your members to add your community to Community Hive with buttons in key follow areas.

Could contain: Text, Business Card, Paper

Following from a community only requests your email address. You can optionally set a password later on Community Hive to enable your feed to be viewed on multiple devices.

Could contain: Text, Page

Clicking "Follow on Community Hive" from an Invision Community when you have an account with that community.

Could contain: Text, Business Card, Paper

Clicking "Follow on Community Hive" from an Invision Community when you do not have an account with that community.

Community Hive will be launched in beta alongside Invision Community's September 2023 release, with integrations released for other platforms.

You can visit Community Hive now and join in the discussion on the Community Hive forums. We look forward to seeing you there!

View full blog entry

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Management
13 minutes ago, EmpireKicking said:

So in terms this can help your own community and also is it easy to just get a feed going to your site over to hive without the need of going to hive to create a feed? 

You activate Community Hive in your Invision Community AdminCP. Once you do, you can then go to Community Hive to set your categories and indicate what age-group your community is targeted for. You can also control what types of content is shown on Community Hive.

Community Hive is designed to send traffic to your community. It does this in a few ways:

  • Content is only shown as a snippet so visitors must go to your community to read the full content.
  • There are algorithms in place to learn what is popular and move it up your feed.
  • Following your community on Community Hive does this via sending a visitor to your community first. This allows you the opportunity to capture the visitor to become a member on your community. If they are not ready to join, they can also follow anonymously. If they join later, they can link up their existing Community Hive account.
  • Visitors cannot interact with your content on Community Hive. They have to go to your site.

Happy to talk about Community Hive's integration with Invision Community here. But, if you have questions about Community Hive in general, please visit https://talk.communityhive.com to discuss.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Dean_ said:

Love the idea. It's just another site/forum/place to sign up to. You've got to drive people to this place...

I've joined to get an idea. But, my god, we've got to beat FB somehow.

That is the whole purpose of Community Hive! Every interaction with it intends to drive customer/clients/users BACK to your community. It does not want to be the center of attention!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Could someone help @Charles figure out the CORS error I'm seeing? :ph34r:

Access to fetch at 'https://communityhive.com/webapi/feed' from origin 'https://www.communityhive.com' has been blocked by CORS policy: No 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' header is present on the requested resource. If an opaque response serves your needs, set the request's mode to 'no-cors' to fetch the resource with CORS disabled.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Management
5 hours ago, AlexWebsites said:

Nice job, looks great! Any thought to additional future categories? Powersports (maybe that is under Cars) as an example and maybe Outdoors (for hunting, fishing, etc).

Feel free to post on talk.communityhive.com with any suggestions you have

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
  • Create New...