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  1. 43 points
    Pete T

    TXT & PHP Widget

    Version 1.0.1

    3,766 downloads

    This mod will let you add Text, HTML and PHP widget IPS4's blocks. also you can disable PHP widget from Admin CP How To Install You just need install the plugin Admin CP > System > Site Features > Plugins > Install

    Free

  2. 40 points
    If you've been around Invision Community for a while, you'll know our frontend default theme hasn't significantly evolved since the early days of 4.0. Indeed, the last significant refresh came with 4.2. With the upcoming release of 4.5, we wanted to revisit the default theme and give it a facelift for 2020, as well as make incremental improvements to the underlying codebase as a stepping stone to a bigger re-engineering in a future version. Keep an eye out for our next blog for more on the facelift. In this entry, I want to go over some of the design and code-level changes we've implemented that will be of particular interest to third-party theme designers, or those building a custom theme for their community. IE11 Support Until now, we've supported IE11 as a 'B' browser - meaning we didn't aim for perfect support (especially visually), but did aim to make all functionality work, and we fixed IE11-specific issues if possible. As of 4.5, we no longer support IE11 in any way and Invision Community will not work well in that browser. By removing support for IE11, we are able to make use of newer CSS technologies which significantly eases development for us and third-party designers. I'll discuss some of those below. Combined theme settings We've combined a number of existing theme settings into one new setting. We've found that settings like poll_bar, step_background, rating_hover and so on are nearly always set to the same color - typically the site's main brand color. These settings have therefore been replaced with one new brand_color setting, which is used throughout the CSS in places where this primary color would be needed. This will simplify the early stages of theme development and make it easier to match branding in Invision Community. Front end colors Removing hardcoded colors While our theme settings have allowed community owners to change most colors, there were still many hardcoded in our CSS framework. These were typically neutral colors used for things like 'close' links, semi-transparent backgrounds and so on, but it was enough to make creating a dark theme an unrealistic prospect without an awful lot of effort (and kudos to those designers who have offered dark themes up until now!). In 4.5, we've removed hardcoded colors from our framework, and instead rely on colors already defined by theme settings. You can now, finally, create a dark theme just by editing the built-in theme settings. Type scale & {fontsize} tag While we've had fixed type-size classes (e.g. ipsType_normal) for a long time, in practice many elements had their own font sizes set. This leads to inconsistency and poor visual rhythm too. Another side effect is it was also tough to globally change the font size (such as for branding purposes, or to create a theme for visually-impaired users). To solve these problems, we first created a type scale; that is, a fixed number of sizes to choose from. A product the size of Invision Community does have need for a flexibility, so we settled on the following scale: x_small: 12; small: 13; medium: 14; base: 16; large: 18; x_large: 20; 2x_large: 24; 3x_large: 30; 4x_large: 36. All of these values are editable as theme settings, so each theme can adjust the type scale used. Our default CSS in 4.5 has been fully updated to put all type on this scale. To actually make use of these settings, we have added a new {fontsize} tag which accepts either a scale key, or a specific pixel size (for those occasional situations where a specific size is absolutely needed, e.g. icons). Why couldn't we just use {theme="x_small"}, or even CSS variables? To solve the problem of globally scaling text, we have also added a percentage-based scale setting that will save you from having to create your own type scale. The {fontsize} tag automatically applies the global scale to any values passed into it. Want text in your theme to be twice as big as default? Simply set the global type scale to 200% and the entire theme will reflect the change immediately. The new font size options Spacing scale The lack of a consistent spacing scale has led to some arbitrary values being used in any given situation, which again has had a negative impact on the visual harmony of our design. We've therefore implemented a 4px spacing scale (using CSS variables rather than theme settings this time) and applied across almost all padding/margin values. In time, we anticipate fully switching all measurement values to the scale. New CSS class families We have added a range of new spacing classes for padding and margins, allowing far more control over how these are applied, especially on different device sizes. Previously, ipsPad (15px) was simply halved on small screens - with no 'opt-out' short of adding specific CSS. We've felt this has been imprecise for some time, especially since mobile devices typically have larger screens in 2020 and don't need to be so tightly-spaced. ipsPad_all now replaces the existing ipsPad, and does not halve itself on small screens. Instead, there's a new responsive naming convention that allows you to apply specific padding on specific device sizes: ipsPad_all:double md:ipsPad_all sm:ipsPad_all:half In this arbitrary example, desktop size (the default) get double padding, medium (tablets) get regular padding and small (phones) get half padding. We've added similar classes for top, bottom, left and right padding, as well as horizontal, vertical and none (to removing all padding) shortcuts. For margins, the old ipsSpacer_* classes have been replaced with a new ipsMargin family that work exactly the same as the padding classes above, with the same range of flexibility. The old ipsPad/ipsSpacer classes will continue working as they did before for backwards compatibility, but should be considered deprecated from 4.5 onwards. We've also added a whole range of new ipsFlex classes, also with responsive controls (making it easy to have horizontal layouts on desktop and vertical layouts on mobile, for example), as well as a new ipsGap utility that automatically adds spacing between elements, without requiring manual :first-child/:last-child exclusions. CSS variables & calc() In 4.5, thanks to IE11 support ending, we're finally making use of CSS variables and calc() to make CSS more maintainable and easier to customize. A lot of repeating or often-customized styles - such as form field styles, message colors, card styles, border radii etc. - are now created as CSS variables, allowing theme designers to easily change styling in one place. Instead of magic numbers, we either stick to our spacing scale, or use calc() to avoid hardcoded numbers. The future The work we've done so far is just a 'first-pass'. We'll be pressing forward with modernization throughout the 4.5.* series and beyond with a view to reducing our footprint, improving our ability to maintain our CSS and, of course, making theming easier for our customers.
  3. 35 points
    Ehren

    4.5: ACP Dark Mode

    A short while ago we revealed the new look Admin CP for Invision Community 4.5. The focus was on increasing the workspace, brightening and modernising the look. However, for some this new look was perhaps a little too bright, especially when setting your OS to use dark mode. Rather than cause an increase in sales for sunglasses, we went ahead and implemented a dark mode for the Admin CP. You can set it to work inline with your OS preference, or you can choose to enforce light or dark mode. I'm sure the next question you're about to ask is "Hey Ehren that looks amazing and now working at 3 am won't wake up the neighbours when I log into the AdminCP but can you do the same for the front-end?" The short answer to that is "no". The theme system isn't currently designed to support both light and dark colour schemes, however our marketplace has a great selection of dark themes to enhance your community. I hope that you like this new feature and I just wanted to say thanks for your feedback; we do listen!
  4. 34 points
    day_

    Dark Theme

    Version 1.0.1

    330 downloads

    I'm not a theme designer, just a customer that created a dark theme for my own site and was never intended to be released to the public, but due to interest within the community I have uploaded this theme on to the marketplace....for free. The theme contains zero template edits, only CSS changes which can be found in the custom.css file. Fully compatible with all IPS apps!

    Free

  5. 34 points
    Matt

    What's new in 4.4.5?

    Minor releases are almost always just maintenance releases. We gather up a fistful of bug reports and fix them to ensure that every month or so, our clients enjoy more stability and efficiency with Invision Community. However, more recently we've noticed that we're running low on bug reports, so we've managed to squeeze in a handful of improvements in Invision Community 4.4.5. Let's take a look and see what's new in Pages. How should the canonical tag behave? While this isn't the most exciting name for a feature, it does explain it reasonably well. We had a recent discussion on the forums where it was pointed out that the canonical tag directed search engines to the first page of any record. While this makes perfect sense for an articles or blog system where the content you create is more important than the comments, it makes less sense if the user-generated content (aka the comments) is more important than the content you put up. A good example here is where you put up a video or link for review. You don't want the canonical tag pointing to the first page as it will ignore the reviews themselves. If you didn't understand much of that, don't worry. The idea behind this feature is to provide Google and friends with a better hint about which content is more important. A happier Google bot slurping your site is a good thing. How about that Admin CP menu? When you create a new database in Pages, it is shown in the ACP menu under 'Content'. This is fine, but when you get a lot of databases, it starts looking a little cluttered, and it can be hard to find the correct one. We've reworked the menu so items have their own section, and can be re-ordered using the ACP menu re-ordering system. Member fields are now filterable. Pages allows specific field types to be filterable. This means you can sort by them with the table's advanced search box, and you can drag and drop a filters widget next to the table to refine the rows shown. Now a member custom field is filterable, which is handy if you use them in your databases. Other areas of the suite. Messenger search A while back, we made a change that removed the ability to search messenger by the sender or recipient name. We also limited the reach of the search system to one year and newer. Unsurprisingly, this wasn't very popular. We've restored sender, and recipient name searching removed the one year limit and re-engineered the internals of search, so it's more efficient and returns results much faster. How many members do you have? You can see quite quickly if you have the member stats widget on the front end, but finding out via the Admin CP is a little more tricky. Until now! We've added a dashboard widget that not only shows the number of members you have registered, but also a break down of their email opt-in status. A happier autocomplete. Apple has this cool feature where if you receive a text message for a two-factor authentication login, it offers to auto-fill the code box for you. We've had a sweep throughout the suite to ensure two-factor authentication fields allow this autocomplete to happen. While we were at it, we made sure that other fields are more easily autocompleted. That wraps up the new features in Invision Community 4.4.5. How many have you spotted after upgrading? Let us know your favourite below.
  6. 33 points

    Version 2019-08-23 - 4.4

    685 downloads

    Traducción al Español de España para IPS Community Suite 4.4 Aplicaciones traducidas: ACP (No es una prioridad, aunque se va traduciendo) System Forums Calendar Clubs Para que al importar la traducción la cree con el nombre personalizado, puedes cambiar el nombre al archivo por uno de estos: Español (España).xml Spanish (Spain).xml Demo: Para ver lo que está traducido y como es la traducción. Se puede visitar el siguiente enlace Extras: algunas de las versiones de la traducción puede contener la traducción para algunos complementos y/o aplicaciones que tengo instalados en mi comunidad. P.D: ninguna de las aplicaciones tiene una traducción completa, se irá actualizando con una frecuencia mensual (aproximadamente). Historial de versiones: se conservarán las versiones antiguas (la última lanzada) como legado. Las versiones antiguas no avanzaran, ni se corregiran errores. English =================================================================================================== Translation to Spanish of Spain for IPS Community Suite 4.4 Applications ACP (It is not a priority, although it is translated) System Forums Calendar Clubs Suggestions to name the file: Español (España).xml Spanish (Spain).xml Demo: link for example Extras: some of the translation versions may contain the translation for some add-ons and/or applications that I have installed in my community. P.D: none of the applications has a full translation will be updated each month (approximately). Version history: old (last released) versions will be retained as legacies. Older versions will not advance, nor will errors be corrected.

    Free

  7. 26 points
    Zapier is a service that allows you to connect over 2,000 web apps. In Invision Community 4.5 we are launching a beta service of Zapier integration for Invision Community in the Cloud. What does Zapier do? Zapier acts as a bridge between Invision Community and other apps, such as Google Docs, Twitter, Facebook, Slack, Trello, Facebook Ads, ActiveCampaign, Zendesk, Asana, Salesforce, Hubspot, Discord, Stripe and more. Zapier has over 2000 apps registered currently, and that number grows every single day. Let us look at a real life example. Right now, if you wanted to add a member to a Google Sheets document each time a new registration was completed, you'd need some fairly complex code to be written that was "triggered" by this registration event. This would take days to write at some cost. Zapier simplifies this by allowing you to connect Invision Community with Google Sheets without needing a single line of code. Zapier allows you to streamline your workflows in minutes. Zapier has two types of events, triggers and actions. Triggers When a certain thing happens on Invision Community, like a member registering or a topic being posted, a trigger can be sent to Zapier to then run actions in other apps. For example, you might create a zaps to... When a member registers, add their email to a Mailchimp list. When a moderator posts a topic in a news forum, share it on Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms. When a member posts something that requires moderator approval, send a message to a Slack channel for your moderators. Invision Community Integration with Mailchimp through Zapier Actions You can also set up Zaps so that when something happens in an external application, it triggers an action in your Invision Community. For example, you might create a zaps to... When you add an event in a Google Calendar, create a Calendar Event on your community. When you receive an email to a feedback email address, create a topic on your community in a forum for moderators. When you create a task in Trello, add a record to a Pages Database on your community. Invision Community Integration with Google Calendar through Zapier Self-Integration In addition to using Zapier to integrate with third party services, you can also connect an Invision Community trigger to an Invision Community action. For example: when a member registers, create a topic in a welcome forum. Self-Integration through Zapier Frequently Asked Questions What integrations are available? In the beta launching with Invision Community 4.5, Zapier will be able receive a trigger when a member account or content (forum post, gallery image, etc.) is created and send actions to create the same. More triggers and actions will be added over time. Why is this only available to Community in the Cloud and not on-premise licenses? While we assess the needs during this beta period we are limiting it to Community in the Cloud only so that we can have more control over the communication happening between each community and Zapier. When will this integration be out of beta? Later this year. Will third party applications and plugins be able to create Zapier triggers and actions? Because the integration requires an app hosted with Zapier (which is written in Node.js) and this has to be submitted directly by the vendor, it will be difficult for third party applications and plugins to integrate with Zapier through Invision Community's integration. In the future we may be able to provide basic abstracted integrations for third party applications and plugins through an extension API. In the meantime, third party authors can of course write their own Zapier Apps if desired.
  8. 26 points

    Version 1.0.0

    113 downloads

    This plugin will allow filter language strings by app or plugin Support topic

    Free

  9. 21 points
    We started talking about Invision Community 4.5 way back in November of last year. Now, less than six months later, it's ready for you to test. While we put the finishing touches to a few features, we have set up a preview site so you can test out the new features, leave your feedback and make a note of any bugs you spot. Head over now to the Invision Community Alpha test site. Please be aware that this test site is running in 'development mode' so it is automatically updated with the latest fixes throughout the day. This means it has to work extra hard on each click as there are no caches, pre-built languages or templates to use, so it will be a lot slower than a production version. So please don't worry about it being a touch slow, and definitely don't try and run Page Speed analysis tools on the alpha site! You can read about the headline features over in our product updates blog. Let us know what you think!
  10. 20 points
    Notifications are a crucial feature in enticing members back to your community to read updates and post their replies. It makes sense that there should be as little friction as possible when setting up notifications. We want to encourage members to enable notifications relevant to them. The current notifications form in Invision Community is functional but overwhelming and confusing for new members. Thankfully, we have simplified it to make it clear what notifications are available and which you have enabled currently. This new settings page also includes support for our new mobile app and links to remove all email notifications. Notification Emails Notification emails are essential to re-engage a member. However, we found that when the email contained all of the post content return visits were not as frequent because the email provided all the information the member needed. In Invision Community 4.5, we've added an option to truncate the content of the email to encourage curious return visits and to reduce the chance that a confused member will attempt to post a reply via the email! What does the rest say?! Download's Notifications To receive notifications of new file updates it was previously necessary to follow files. This meant that you would also be notified of reviews and comments even if they were of no interest to you. From 4.5 we have added a separate button (send me version updates) so you have more control over the notifications you receive. Send me version updates We've plenty of new features yet to announce for Invision Community 4.5, but improvements to common features make our lives a little easier and are just as welcome! Are you looking forward to finally making sense of notification choices? Let us know below!
  11. 18 points
    TDBF

    Widgets Extensions

    Version 1.0.2

    248 downloads

    The widget extension allows you to easily add custom blocks and then style them using your own CSS styles and classes. The plugin will add three different types of custom widgets: Text, HTML and PHP. Allowed Block Options: Set the block to display on or off, Set the block to display to selected groups only, Can elect to use a block title or not. Good if you are showing adverts or not, You can use CKEditor or CodeMirror for the block content and this can be toggled via the Blocks settings. For example, HTML and PHP can use CodeMirror to make life easier if you are using HTML or PHP in your blocks. You can easily add CCS styles to the Block Title and Content using the Widget Forms rather than having to edit templates. This makes it easier to customise each block differently to have a different look and feel to match your website theme. You can add custom CSS classes via the Widget Form for quickness. Bear in mind this will add inline CSS to your theme, so it would be better to add custom CSS Classes to the Theme Custom.css instead. And yes, it's free and you're welcome 😉

    Free

  12. 18 points
    We're thrilled to announce that Invision Community 4.4 is available to download now. After months of development, over 1650 separate code commits and quite a few mugs of questionable coffee you can now get your hands on the beta release from the client centre. Not our office Invision Community 4.4 brings numerous new features, over 450 bug fixes and a lot of refinement. We've been talking about the highlights since September on our blog. Here's a recap of all that we've added. We'd love to know which is your favourite feature so far! Drop a line below and let us know!
  13. 17 points

    Version 2.4.7

    446 downloads

    Fluent Design Theme Edition is a combination of Fluent Design styles Microsoft, iOS Design, Android Design and Google Design. We have also introduced many interesting features that are unique in standard themes. 🔥 👉 === Demo === 👈 🔥 (Change the theme in the footer to "Fluent Design Theme Edition") 😱 === Release Notes - [Theme] Fluent Design Theme Edition === 😱 Comaptibly: (The applications listed below mean specially adapted to the theme or adding support for notification icons) Forums, Calendar, Pages, Blogs, Downloads, Gallery, Commerce, (BIM) Chatbox FREE, Trophies and Medals, Post Notes, (BIM) Hide Link And Code, (BIM) GIPHY, Quizzes, (SD) Company Directory, (SD) Course Box, (SD) Game Keys Store, (SD) Image Host, (SD) Live Streams, (SD) My Places, (SD) Newsletter, (SD) Sales Portal Pro, (BIM) Chatbox+, (BIM) Quick Search, Release Notes in Pages Built-in modifications: (aXen) Record Result Line, (aXen) Group formatting in mention, (aXen) Font Awesome 5 in IPS The theme is available in light and dark version Are you sitting tonight and it's too bright? It's not a problem with our motive! Just switch to a dark theme. Or maybe you prefer a bright theme? Switch theme without reloading page! Font Awesome 5 The theme has built-in icons with Font Awesome 5 and is also fully compatible with Font Awesome 4. Display clubs clubs in the topic Now users can show in topics what club they belong to. Let them brag about everything! Featured author of the topic You can now enable the badge specifically for the topic author. This makes the author more easily visible. Unique footer The footer has many settings, but not only! Works with different language versions thanks to language keys! 👉 (aXen) Article System in Pages for free! 👈 We also attach a system of articles to the purchase of the theme, which is also fully supported by the author. More widget settings Thanks to our modification you can add trophies to widgets, change the appearance of the latest themes, add icons to them and more! Widgets have received a new feature such as (Who's Online), (Topic Feed), (Post Feed). Trophies at widget "Popular Contributors" Highlight your most active users and add them trophies! As a reward :P Slider Smoother animations, keyboard control, choice of who to display the slide, multilingualism, loops and more! You can easily adjust its place and display (Max 10 slots). New look for posts in the topic Topic author, user recognition, new setting buttons, adding icons and a new user panel in topic view! Profile highlight The ability to highlight a profile has been introduced. This option also works on child groups! Notification icons Icons have been introduced for all notifications. Supported above applications also got support. The new look of the mobile version Icons for the menu, avatar of the currently logged in user and his name have been added. In addition, a few new settings have been introduced to make the site more enjoyable. New look of topic titles! The topic title has been highlighted, social media sharing options and easier access to topic assessment have been added. Possibility to block reputation withdrawal Do you want to block reputational withdrawal? This is not a problem with our motive! One option is enough. Change theme colors Change your forum completely using color swap! Let every user feel at home. Happy Birthday! Each of us likes to feel special. Let every user feel that you remember his birthday! The new look of the "Latest Status" widget We have connected the user highlighting function to the widget. Now the statues are highlighted! Shape change Too round? It's not a problem! Now you can set whether you want to have rounded or quartet blocks. You decide what is the default! Users can also change shapes if you allow them! Header / Background change You can now enable header changes for users or the background, if you prefer. The graphics are downloaded from the profile background, so each user can create their own themes! Warning about overfilled inbox Users don't know when the inbox is full? Now you can enable the message about the inbox overflowing, which will be displayed on each page until the user frees up space. The new look of the forums The new look lets you customize the icons of unread and unread messages. It can also highlight forums that have not been read. Change subforums columns in any resolution (up to 4K). Icons have been added to the category in the new version. New user profile in topics In version 2.2.0 we introduced a new profile appearance in the topic, which is the default appearance. Be unique among others!

    $34.99

  14. 17 points
    AndyF

    Any "classic" screen shots of IPB?

    @Matt No, I don't have any @Adriano Faria Thanks for the topic link. I am attaching zip's of each version to this reply for anyone's convenience and curiosity. These are not neatly trimmed sadly, unfortunately the neater ones I cannot find. However having said that they are all there and not bad might just need cropping if you intended to re-use them. Inside each zip there's two folders one with a couple of installer progress pics and then a folder covering most area's of the software, topic / forum view , profile view etc etc and so on: 101.zip 131.zip 200.zip 217.zip 220.zip 236.zip 305.zip 314.zip 323.zip 😄 I was once asked why I had not covered "every version", the reasoning was simple: 1. I tried where possible to use the 'last version of that 'line' to get the most up-to-date images 2. There was no visible (or very little visible) differences between say 230 and 236, the changes were mainly code based. Same for say 320 vs 323 etc 3. There is no 33x or 34x set as at the time of creation, these did not really exist or iirc 33x was the newest and current. Having said that they look similar enough to the 32x series to not justify creation of a set. Enjoy. 🙂 Obviously goes without saying the above zips contain images only, there's no products within. I still have them all actually!
  15. 16 points

    Version 1.0.0

    86 downloads

    Sharing the love 💖 ... FREE apps/plugins provided by GT Services. This simple plugin helps your Staff get things done FASTER. There's no more guessing. When a Report comes in they now know why it's being reported. This plugin requires your users to leave a message whenever submitting a REPORT. For those not aware - IPS doesn't require a message when reporting content. Personally, I think this is a crazy move. They gave us the option to create Report Types but not require a message. 😕 Getting members to report content is a great feature to have. But... it becomes problematic when the reason for reporting is not clear. As you can imagine Big Board sites get many Reports. Many are confusing - it's a big waste of time for Staff when no explanation (message) is available. (I personally know this because I'm on the receiving end when something doesn't work right.) Staff get things done FASTER. Staff are happy. Staff can focus on other important things. To install... Download the file Go to Admincp > Site Features (Plugins) [Click Install New Plugin] More FREE apps/plugins coming... (The more LIKES we get the more free apps we will make available.)

    Free

  16. 15 points
    Security should never be an afterthought. Don't wait until an attack has compromised your site before you take action. All too often, site owners consider increasing their security only when it's too late, and their community has already been compromised. Taking some time now to check and improve the security of your community and server will pay dividends. In this blog, we run down 8 ways that you can protect your community with Invision Community. We go through the security features you may not know about to best practices all communities should be following. 1. Set up Two Factor Authentication Invision Community supports Two Factor Authentication (2FA for short), and we highly recommend making use of this feature for your users, but especially for your administrative staff. 2FA is a system that requires both a user's password and a special code (displayed by a phone app) that changes every few seconds. The idea is simple: if a user's password is somehow compromised, a hacker still wouldn't be able to log in to the account without the current code number. You may already be familiar with 2FA from other services you use. Apple's iCloud, Facebook and Google all offer it, as do thousands of banks and other security-conscious businesses. Invision Community supports 2FA via the Google Authenticator app (available for iOS and Android) or the Authy service, which can send codes to users via text message or phone call. You can also fall back to security questions instead of codes. You can configure which members groups can use 2FA, as well as requiring certain groups to use it. Recommendation: Require any staff with access to the Admin Control Panel or moderation functions to use 2FA. This will ensure that no damage will occur should their account passwords be discovered. Allow members to use 2FA at their discretion. 2. Configure password requirements The password strength feature displays a strength meter to users as they type a new password. The meter shows them approximately how secure it is, as well as some tips for choosing a good password. While you can leave this feature as a simple recommendation for users, it's also possible to require them to choose a password that reaches a certain strength on the meter. Recommendation: Require users to choose at least a 'Strong' password. 3. Be selective when adding administrators Administrator permissions can be extremely damaging in the wrong hands, and granting administrator powers should only be done with great consideration. Giving access to the AdminCP is like handing someone the keys to your house. Before doing so, be sure you trust the person and that their role requires access to the AdminCP (for example, would moderator permissions be sufficient for the new staff member?). Recommendation: Don't forget to remove administrator access promptly when necessary too, such as the member of staff leaving your organization. Always be aware of exactly who has administrator access at any given time, and review regularly. You can list all accounts that have Administrative access by clicking the Administrators button under staff on the Members tab. 4. Utilize Admin Restrictions In many organizations, staff roles within the community reflect real-world roles - designers need access to templates, accounting needs access to billing, and so forth. Invision Community allows you to limit administrator access to particular areas of the AdminCP with the Admin Restrictions feature, and even limit what can is done within those areas. This is a great approach for limiting risk to your data; by giving staff members access to only the areas they need to perform their duties, you reduce the potential impact should their account become compromised in future. Recommendation: Review the restrictions your admins currently have. 5. Choose good passwords This seems like an obvious suggestion, but surveys regularly show that people choose passwords that are too easy to guess or brute force. Your password is naturally the most basic protection of your AdminCP there is, so making sure you're using a good password is essential. We recommend using a password manager application, such as 1password or LastPass. These applications generate strong, random passwords for each site you use, and store them so that you don't have to remember them. Even if you don't use a password manager, make sure the passwords you use for your community are unique and never used for other sites too. Recommendation: Reset your password regularly and ensure you do not use the same password elsewhere. 6. Stay up to date It's a fact of software development that from time to time, new security issues are reported and promptly fixed. But if you're running several versions behind, once security issues are made public through responsible disclosure, malicious users can exploit those weaknesses in your community. When we release new updates - especially if they're marked as a security release in our release notes - be sure to update promptly. Invision Community allows you to update to the latest version via the AdminCP. You no longer need to download a thing! Recommendation: Update to the latest version whenever possible. Remember, with Invision Community's theme and hook systems, upgrades to minor point releases should be very straight forward. 7. Restrict your AdminCP to an IP range where possible If your organization has a static IP or requires staff members to use a VPN, you can add an additional layer of security to your community by prohibiting access to the AdminCP unless the user's IP matches your whitelist. This is a server-level feature, so consult your IT team or host to find out how to set it up in your particular environment. Recommendation: Consider IP restriction as an additional security layer when you are not able or willing to use 2FA. 8. Properly secure your PHP installation Many of PHP's built-in functions can leave a server vulnerable to high-impact exploits, and yet many of these functions aren't needed by the vast majority of PHP applications you might run. We, therefore, recommend that you explicitly disable these functions using PHP's disable_functions configuration setting. Here's our recommended configuration, although you or your host may need to tweak the list depending on your exact needs: disable_functions = escapeshellarg,escapeshellcmd,exec,ini_alter,parse_ini_file,passthru,pcntl_exec,popen,proc_close,proc_get_status,proc_nice,proc_open,proc_terminate,show_source,shell_exec,symlink,system Another critical PHP configuration setting you need to check is that open_basedir is enabled. Especially if you're hosted on a server that also hosts other websites (known as shared hosting), if another account on the server is comprised and open_basedir is disabled, the attacker can potentially gain access to your files too. Naturally, Cloud customers needn't worry about this, we've already ensured our cloud infrastructure is impervious to this kind of attack. Recommendation: Review your PHP version and settings, or choose one of our cloud plans where we take care of this for you. So there we go - a brief overview of 8 common-sense ways you can better protect your community and its users. As software developers, we're constantly working to improve the behind-the-scenes security of our software. As an administrator, there's also a number of steps you should take to keep your community safe on the web. If you have any tips related to security, be sure to share them in the comments!
  17. 15 points
    Joel R

    4x4 Growth Hacks 🚀

    Are you curious 🤔about ways to boost your engagement that don't require a lot of effort? Want some shortcuts to set your engagement on fire 🔥? Check out these 4x4 tips of four growth hacks that you can implement in less than four minutes ⏳ to boost engagement. 1. Add a content block at the bottom of topics. Sounds upside down 🙃, right? Most admins add content blocks at the tops of pages to attract users. But what do users do when they're finished reading or replying to a topic? Nothing. They're finished ... unless you add a block such as similar content, popular posts, recent topics, or another content block at the bottom of topics that help them discover new content. 2. Tag in your superusers 🌟 to stimulate a conversation. Your community's superusers are probably just as active as you are, and thoroughly involved in the community. They're comfortable in the community and would love to provide input. Wouldn't you agree with me @AlexJ @GTServices @Sonya* @Maxxius @media @Nebthtet@Ramsesx @tonyv?? 3. Run a poll ☑️. It makes the topic more interactive, and people love voting. 4. Write a contrarian topic or blog "Why XYZ isn't for you?" That's a surefire way to grab 😲 attention and begs the user to challenge back. And if you can't write a contrarian topic, then maybe ... being a community manager isn't right for you. Or is it?? 😜 Hope you enjoy these tips, and and share your growth hacks in the comments below!
  18. 14 points
    Lindy

    Has the Coronavirus effected your life?

    Some baffling responses here. 🙂 I think some of the responses here simply derive from a concerning pattern in society: shortsightedness. We have a nasty habit of focusing on the NOW without regard for the later. You have some that cite the very success of containment and "flattening the curve" as purported proof that there was nothing to worry about to begin with. Not "awesome, it's working!" It's "this is ridiculous, hardly anything is happening." Truly, truly bizarre. "Influenza kills more people!" There are a couple of things to note about this often misused comparison: 1. There are precautions in place AND vaccines AND preparations - look at the death toll that occurs in spite of this. 2. Imagine what an unchecked, "just a cold" virus could do without any containment or proactive measures. A virus significantly more transmissible than influenza. China's rates are dropping seemingly for no other reason than they have taken draconian measures to contain it and minimize the spread. Facial recognition, tracking, fines, imprisonment. Conversely, other areas who were trying different approaches other than trying to contain it have not seen that kind of success as of yet. There is no place on earth that is not quarantining and not experiencing an uptick in cases. If it's not there yet, it WILL be if left unchecked. To the less informed among us, yes, it does look like a case of "only X deaths." To the actual experts on the front line at the WHO, CDC and virtually every infectious disease center in the world - the models these folks work with show where we started, what's working, what isn't (and it's a daily-evolving process, it seems), etc. It's rather scary how many people look at "X people died from Y, so this isn't bad at all." If you look at ALL of the numbers that go into those nerdy algorithm models that I won't pretend to fully understand, you would see the important numbers are all of the risk factors. Those numbers are seemingly made up of age groups, concentrations of people and subsequent contractions within, transmissibility, development of immunity or cross immunity to future mutations, etc. Those overall risk factors for covd-19, put together, are significantly (10x+ last I read) higher than influenza, meaning, if we let it run its course unchecked or even just "wash your hands and go about your day", it could become another Spanish flu. Most don't give much thought to Ebola, because the professionals went to (and STILL are) exhausting, painful lengths to keep it as contained as possible (with still devastating effects.) Unfortunately, covd-19 was just not contained soon enough - let's leave politics and conspiracy theories out of it, the fact is, travel restrictions and so forth should have occurred weeks and weeks ago, but there was both simply a lack of data and a lack of willingness to accept that there was going to be a problem. While we've learned our lesson from previous pandemic responses, to be sure, we lagged behind and spent too much time denying the severity of the virus. Even now, there are clearly still people who deny the severity, while riding the coattails of those taking it a bit more seriously, to the other side of this - not unlike those opposed to vaccines enjoying the benefits of herd immunity while simultaneously denouncing the effectiveness of the vaccines that provided that very immunity. "I feel fine!" Now we have to take unfortunate measures with long-lasting economic consequences for many, to keep this slowing down. It's quite frustrating and disappointing to all. Bottom line: there are A LOT of unanswered questions with new developments occurring hourly, but a medical degree (or social media university degree) knows a virus can't spread without opportunities for transmission and assuming the experts are correct on the shelf-life for the virus, we could be through this really quickly if more would stop "going to the store daily" and "living their life as normal because I have no symptoms." and recognize this is bigger than you or I. It's not about whether you show symptoms; it's about slowing the spread to allow our infrastructure to catch up. It's about protecting the most vulnerable. The "stay away from locations known to have it" is frankly, quite a concerning statement. NO location has it.... until they do. The virus doesn't take its own Uber to ACME Market and transmit itself. Likewise, "if you're not showing symptoms, you're fine" is just as concerning. It's believed the highest transmission of the virus is occurring amongst those who don't show any symptoms - especially younger people. I don't think we can sustain lockdowns for weeks and weeks. I know I'm almost tapped out after 3 days with my kids home! The good news seems to be, we won't have to if those who don't see the big picture can still be convinced they hold the key to getting us through this as quickly as possible. It's a time for humanity to shine and unite over a common goal, irrespective of politics and personal beliefs. I would like to extend my thoughts and well wishes to those impacted by this. Parents who can't work because their kids are home from school. Workers of businesses that are shuttered. Small business owners who are watching their dreams hang in the balance. What's happening is happening - there is no point in denying, looking the other way, or adopting self-centered practices. Please trust in science, support one another, look after the most vulnerable and do your part to minimize spreading -- whether you choose to believe in the severity or not. Take care, everyone.
  19. 13 points
    Makoto

    Discord Native Widget

    Version 1.0.0

    358 downloads

    Discord Native Widget This is a simple application that adds support for the Discord native widget to IPS. This is the same iframe based widget that you can access from your servers settings screen, Features Plug-and-play, just drag the widget to your sidebar and enter in your Server ID Supports both dark and light themes Unofficial Rich Discord Integration support (can provide a link prompting users to link their accounts below the widget) ☕ Found this useful? Want to support further development? Show your support by buying me a coffee!- https://ko-fi.com/makoto_dev

    Free

  20. 13 points
    Whether you call them Champions 🤩, Advocates 🌟, or Superusers 🏆, every community contains an elite group of members that carries 🏋 the community. They don't just drink the kool-aid 💧. They mix, chug, and swim 🏊‍♀️in the community kool-aid. Learn 🔢 four community management concepts about Superusers in less than 🕓 four minutes. 1. 90-9-1 Rule (aka "1% rule"): The 90-9-1 principle refers to the lopsided inequality of user engagement that 90% of users are lurkers 🙈, 9% of members contribute from time to time 🙉, and 1% of users 😸 account for almost all contributions. Superusers are the 1%. 2. Intrinsic Motivator: Motivation that comes from internal motivation💖, rather than any external rewards. This could be a sense of satisfaction 😃, pride 😤, ownership, loyalty, friendship 🤗, or other emotional and internal motivator. Long-term superusers 🏃 are wired to intrinsic motivation. Tapping into intrinsic motivation is key to providing new motivation for superusers. 3. Spiral of Silence: Be careful ⚠️, however, that your superusers don't overwhelm 🛑 the conversation which can lead to the Spiral of Silence: a theory that as the vocal minority becomes louder 📢, other members adopt the same views or fail to share opposing views. You'll need to privately manage this vocal minority, especially if they're negative 💢. 4. Work Out Loud 💬: An engagement practice for superusers to visibly share 🗣 their work online in your community. It offers opportunities for superusers and members to openly share 👯 their knowledge, generosity, purposeful discovery, and growth ✨. Usually entire point ✴️ of communities of practice.
  21. 13 points
    Adrian A.

    crankychips.

    Version 1.2.1

    20 downloads

    (1.)2.0 is here, no idea why we jumped to far but why not! http://area-games.ro/demo Demo account: Username: test, password: test Please pay attention to the ACP instruction while working with the slider! For the slider we chose let your work with JSON to allow you to add as many slides as you want! This is a example of JSON for your slider: { "Crankchips": { "text": "This is v1.0", "button": { "text": "Check this out!", "link": "https:\/\/www.puffysticks.com\/" } }, "Crankchips v2.0": { "text": "This is v2.0" } } This is a example of JSON code for a slider with 2 slides. The objects inside the first (main) json ( defined by an opened curly bracket => { ) must have this specific form: "Crankchips": { "text": "This is v1.0", "button": { "text": "Check this out!", "link": "https:\/\/www.puffysticks.com\/" } } "Crankchips": { "text": "This is v1.0", "button": { "text": "Check this out!", "link": "https:\/\/www.puffysticks.com\/" } } Where "Crankychips" is the title of the slide, and the object after the colon ( : ) are the properties of the slide, the first property is "text" which represents the content of your slide, the second property ( which is also an object ) is "button" which has properties too, those being "text" ( again but as property of the "button" object ) which represents the button text on which users will click to read more about your slide and the "link" property which represents the link where the users will be sent to when clicking the button. The title and property of every slide should be passed through an online JSON escape tool like this one! If you are one of the first 10 buyers contact us about a freebie. It's free!

    $15.00

  22. 11 points
  23. 11 points

    Version 1.0.11

    994 downloads

    Unbelievably Brilliant Discord Integration for every community Brilliant Discord Integration was designed to work efficiently with every size of the community. This App doesn’t set any limits of community users number to support it brilliantly, therefore it’s ideal for small, medium-sized, and even for really huge forums. Our Brilliant App redefines integration standards Forget the usual problems with: App configuration Role synchronization Adding users into the server and enjoy rethought functionalities offered by our Brilliant Discord Integration App. Our experience allowed us to offer most awaited features: Brilliant transparency in every configuration step We worked with many people to make the configuration possibly simple. And we achieved it! The only thing you have to do is to run the configuration wizard. It contains very helpful field descriptions, and just two text inputs. Perfect synchronization of roles and nicknames Our Application automatically synchronizes roles and nicknames of your community members. This feature allows them to easily identify each other on your Discord server. And gives you possibility to easily manage their permissions. Roles and nicknames are synchronized from your site to Discord server and not the other way around. Innovative notifications solution Brilliant Discord Integration can send notifications about all content on your site to the Discord server. You can select from 25* different types of content + all content from Pages databases, including comments and reviews. You can configure to send notifications only about content from specified categories, only authored by specified members or comment/reviews only for specified content items. To improve notifications' look, you can use configurable Discord's Rich Embeds. *With all official IPS applications (Blogs, Calendar, Commerce, Core, Downloads, Forums, Gallery) installed. Original Magic Invites system Magic Invites allows you to manage who can join your Discord server. You can create invites in ACP, and setup group specific permissions for them. If you have enabled Friendly URLs on your site, you can also use a friendly URL for your invites (example.com/invite/invite_key or example.com/discord/invite/invite_key). Please note that the whole application (including Magic Invites system) works perfect when there are no basic Discord invites on your Discord server. Server security with brilliant Approval Queue Using Magic Invites system, you can force your community members (or just specific groups) to send approval request before they join your Discord server. After administrator accepts a member for just one-time or forever, he is immediately added to your Discord server. Server promotion with Discord Widget Our widget is the best way to promote your Discord server among your community members. Currently it supports 4 official looks from Discord. It may also be a link to a Magic Invite. Note that it only works if you have enabled Server Widget in your Discord server settings. Logging in and registration using Discord Logging in with Discord is automatically enabled when you finish Brilliant Discord Integration's configuration. Moreover, to enable registration using Discord or edit settings of the login method, go to the Login & Registration page in ACP. Easy switch from “Rich Discord Integration” This application gives you an option to automatically migrate the whole configuration and data (members' Discord account links) from Rich Discord Integration. A blue box with a link to the wizard will appear on the top of Configuration page on Brilliant Discord tab in ACP if you already have configured Rich Discord integration on your site.

    $35.00

  24. 11 points
    Chris027

    Support for Amazon AWS SES

    I used Sendgrid based on the recommendation of the IPS staff and because support is built into IPS. Unfortunately the price of Sendgrid is 10x that of Amazon's SES simple email service. I just switched over to Amazon SES and am stuck using the SMTP route rather than via the API because there isn't native support via IPS like there is for Sendgrid. I'd like to ask for or vote for IPS adding support for Amazon SES, just like it supports Sendgrid.
  25. 11 points
    “Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision and change.” – Richard Branson, billionaire and founder of Virgin Group. We all seek success with our Invision Communities. For too many of our communities, however, we yearn for success but we don’t plot the correct navigation to get there. We haphazardly pursue our strategies, trying new ideas and hoping one will stick. It’s time to take a step back and assess your goals in context to your growth. It’s important to understand the stages of the community lifecycle, and to strategically match your goals with your growth sequence. Alicia Iriberri and Gondy Leroy of Claremont Graduate University surveyed over 1000 publications across multiple disciplines including computer science, information systems, sociology, and management in their seminal 2009 research paper “A Life-Cycle Perspective on Online Community Success.” Their research forms the foundation for most modern community management, and in their paper they write, “The impact each design component has on the success of the online community shifts depending on which life-cycle stage the online community is experiencing.” The right strategy at the right time will maximize the impact. Every community goes through a community lifecycle of four stages: Inception, Growth, Maturity, and Mitosis. Setting the wrong objective can not only fail, it can even backfire and destroy goodwill. Here are classic examples of good strategies that go wrong because of poor sequencing: A new community with no activity that builds dozens of new boards A growth community not fostering a unique sense of community A mature community not establishing strong codes of conduct Architecting a community is very different for the first ten users versus the next thousand users. New priorities come into play, community concerns will shift and strategies need tochange. As a community manager, ensure the strategy is appropriate and reflects your community lifecycle to ensure maximum impact. Let’s take a look at proper goal settings for each stage of the community lifecycle. Inception Inception is the start of your community. You’re bursting with energy, enthusiasm, and big ideas. While your Invision Community is full of potential, your goal is to turn your vision into reality: Members: Focus on nurturing a core team of members. Your goal is to get 10 – 12 superusers to consistently engage and support the community vision. Promotion: Your community won’t contain enough content to attract visitors through search engines, so you’ll have to rely on personal referrals, word-of-mouth, and direct acquaintances. Content: Focus on building expertise on core content areas that will make you stand out. You want to be the best in one subject. You’ll need to generate much of the content programming yourself, which should focus on functional value. Organization: Establish organizational parameters for the community, define the vision with stakeholders, write your Terms of Use, and validate the community concept. Community: The community is heavily centered around the community founder at this stage, so set the right tone and lead through example. Growth Growth is where the magic of community happens, balanced against the development of more explicit and formal conduct. Members: Shift your focus from nurturing individual users to creating a workflow that can systematically welcome new members. Promotion: You should be proactive with your self-promotional activities to build community awareness such as email marketing, social media, or mailing lists. Content: Content will now be a mix between self-generated and co-created. You want to highlight community content by others to encourage community expertise. When you create content yourself, you want to start including emotionally-driven questions that connect users. Organization: Measure specific metrics for organization goals, highlight community health and successes, secure funding for ongoing budget and team. Community: A unique sense of community is cultivated at this time with shared experiences and language between members. Members feel excited to be a part of your community’s growth. Maturity Maturity is when your Invision Community becomes critically acclaimed and well-known in the field. Even though your community looks to be run smoothly, there are still areas to address so your community doesn’t stagnate: Members: There should be a clearly defined process and welcome guide for onboarding new members, an established pipeline that constantly brings on new superusers, and a rewards program that recognizes members for different types of member journeys. Promotion: Your site is well-known, so the search engine traffic and content within your community is enough to bring in new users. You can optimize your SEO at this point. Content: Almost all content is user-created at this point, which means your focus needs to shift to content recognition, organization, and moderation. Highlight the best community content; categorize and properly tag new content so the community stays organized; and scale your moderation to handle the size of your community. Organization: The community is a key part of your organization’s larger success and supports multiple areas of the business. Be a strong internal advocate for the community and align your community with your organization’s new profit areas. Community: Superusers not only have the privilege of creating their own content for the community, but they’ve stepped up as mentors and moderators. Your community has a strong culture that’s reinforced by members. Mitosis Mitosis is the stage when your Invision Community grows beyond its original mission, potentially splitting off into new subgroups. Many communities stagnate at this point with falling engagement and plateauing registration, but you’re catching onto the next big trend in your industry to grow into. Members: New member registrations flatlines because you’re tracking with the industry. Your goal is to continue to delight members with new forms of omnichannel engagement like regional meetups, video conferencing, and headline conferences. Promotion: Your community self-generates organic traffic. Your promotion should shift from trying to advertise for yourself to exerting influence with industry partners as a trusted leader in the field. Content: Members can find the most comprehensive set of resource documents and discussion on your community. Your goal is to distill the knowledge into the best tips and guides for newcomers to obtain the most accurate information as quickly as possible. You should also archive areas that no longer receive activity while finding growth topics in your field. Organization: The community is a critical part of all business operations and integrates into all relevant workflows. You should build custom metrics to measure results, help determine new investment decisions, and streamline business efficiencies at the organizational level that benefit the community. Community: Your community becomes an incubator of new sections in a controlled manner for potential spin-off. Superusers control and moderate their own areas of the site like Clubs or Blogs. Online communities evolve through distinct stages of the community lifecycle. At each stage, the needs and activities of members require different tools, features, and community management. Certain strategies are more impactful when they coincide with the right sequence. Invision Community makes it easy to get started with a technology platform packed with features that every community manager can start using right away. But how you get to the first ten users, to the first thousand posts, or even to one billion likes will be a journey that’s truly your own. Share your success story of Invision Community in the comments below. Did you make any rookie mistakes that you wish you knew beforehand? What are some strategies that you’re pursuing right now, and why do you think it’s an impactful decision for this stage of your community’s lifecycle? We’d love to hear your journey along the community lifecycle.
  26. 11 points

    Version 1.0.0

    77 downloads

    This plugin will set a number of content items that users must have to start a private message. User will still be able to reply to existing/new private messages. Settings: Display number of items required on the error message Number of content items required Apply restrictions to (choose groups)

    Free

  27. 11 points
    opentype

    Pages in Clubs?

    Oh, and a big one: Online Courses! With Pages databases in clubs we could easily sell online courses with articles, video lessons and so on. The entire club could be a paid course and the usual features like discussion area are there already as well. And members could make money selling courses and admins can get a cut of it.
  28. 10 points

    Version 4.4.10

    1,543 downloads

    Вследствие неопределённых обстоятельств, список подписчиков данного файла был очищен. Вы можете снова подписаться на него, нажав на кнопку сверху-справа. Это позволит вам получать уведомления о выходе новых версий языкового пакета. Invision Community - Русский языковой пакет Это профессиональная локализация Invision Community 4 на русский язык. Моей целью было сделать универсальную русификацию, подходящую как можно большему количеству сайтов. Поэтому она бесплатна, и не содержит никаких скрытых ссылок и рекламы. В каждой новой версии Invision Community разработчики производят изменения в языковых строках. Я поддерживаю перевод в актуальном состоянии, обновляя его в течение нескольких суток после выхода новой версии системы. Поэтому большинство русскоязычных сайтов на Invision Community используют данный перевод. Участие в переводе и ошибки Весь процесс перевода осуществляется в специальном репозитории на GitHub. Если вы хотите сообщить о найденной ошибки, опечатке или неточности в переводе, или просто хотите внести предложение по улучшению русификации, то я буду рад, если вы сделаете это в разделе Issues репозитория. Таким образом ваше сообщение не затеряется и будет обработано в кратчайшие сроки. Инструкция по установке Скачайте архив с переводом и распакуйте его в любую папку. На сайте перейдите в AdminCP → Customization → Languages и нажмите кнопку Create New. Перейдите на вкладку Upload и выберите файл All Applications.xml. В списке Locale выберите Русский (Россия), нажмите кнопку Save и ждите завершения. Напротив языка Русский (RU) нажмите кнопку Edit, отметьте флажок Default Language? и нажмите Save. Инструкция по обновлению Скачайте архив с переводом и распакуйте его в любую папку. На сайте перейдите в Админцентр → Внешний вид → Языки и найдите Русский (RU). Напротив языка Русский (RU) откройте меню и выберите Загрузить новую версию. Выберите файл All Applications.xml и нажмите кнопку Сохранить. Официальный сайт Более подробную информацию о локализации вы можете найти на сайте https://ilyahoilik.com.

    Free

  29. 10 points
    When your customers buy or use your products, they will have many questions. They may have issues using the product, or they may have requests for future versions based on their needs. Managing and responding to those questions and requests quickly increases conversion, satisfaction and the likelihood or purchasing again. The statistics back this up. There is no doubt that unless you have a support community for your brand, you are not delivering the best experience for your customers and risk losing them to competitors that do. Building a support community around your product or service will positively drive your business across all departments from product development through sales and into customer support. Let's break it down and look at the key benefits for each department. Customer Service Encouraging your customers to visit your support community is the simplest way to reduce the cost of supporting your product or service. Creating a self-help culture allows other more experienced customers to offer assistance and troubleshoot any problems they have. 73% of customers fall in love with a brand because of friendly customer service representatives.** Quite often, new customers encounter the same issues that would flood customer support if they were all channelled to your support desk. For example, consider a company that produces an internet-enabled smart device. Less technically savvy customers will likely contact support to troubleshoot initial connectivity issues which can quickly be resolved by peers in the support community. These questions and answers form a crowdsourced knowledge base that will allow customers to help themselves without any intervention from your team. Furthermore, these questions will feature in external search results, driving more traffic to your site. Sales The primary purpose of your community may have initially been to help support your customers, but it quickly becomes a valuable resource to help drive sales. Your support community will be a relaxed place where customers talk to each other honestly and openly. They will be less inhibited than they would if they were talking to your sales agents. Customers might be discussing a need for more functionality that you have in another product or service. Your sales team can move these conversations from the community to your CRM to curate new sales leads. 72% of customers will tell 6 people or more if they have a satisfying experience. - Esteban Kolsky Customers that have had positive interactions with their peers and members of your support team will become advocates for your brand. They will help sell your product over social media and among their friend circles. Given than 90% of customers are influenced by a positive review when buying a product*, having brand advocates is critical to your growth. Marketing There are several costly routes to learning about your customers and their wants and needs. You can conduct external surveys, or pay for research groups to look at your products and offer feedback. 56% of customers don't mind sharing their personal information in exchange for better service.** The most effective method is to look at your community. Your customers will be posting their thoughts daily. They'll tell you exactly how they use your products, offering you valuable insight into the problems they are solving with your product. This information should be used as the basis of new marketing campaigns. Project Development Your support community is a direct line to your customers. You no longer need to use external tools and services to determine which features you should add next. You'll be told directly! 55% of customers are willing to spend more money with a company that guarantees them a satisfying experience.** You'll find that some feature requests bubble up regularly. These are the ones you will want to move to your product roadmap. Invision Community allows you to segment your community into private areas for beta testing. Your developers can interact with this group to work directly with your customers to shape new functionality. Harnessing analytical data will inform development decisions. Invision Community can track keywords in user-generated content. If you have released a new feature, you can track how often it is mentioned in conversations to monitor its uptake. 52% of customers believe that companies need to take action on their feedback.* Setting up your Invision Community Now we've looked at the compelling reasons you should create a support community around your products, let's take a look at how to set up your Invision Community. Support Desk Invision Community has a fully-featured built in support desk functionality. Commerce has all the features you need, including multiple support desk categories, reply by email, pre-written reply templates and private notes. However, if you already use another support desk such as Zendesk then our API tools mean that Invision Community can integrate with your existing support flow seamlessly. Keyword Tracking Invision Community allows you to track how often specific words or phrases. This is useful to monitor which of your products are trending or monitoring uptake on new features. To set this up, visit the Statistics section of the Admin CP. Question and Answers To formalize a support or ideation area within your support community, Invision Community offers a Question and Answer forum type. Question and Answer forum types allow your members to post questions and enable other members to upvote the questions and replies. Your support team can also flag specific responses as the "best answer" which turns historical questions into a crowdsourced knowledge base. Showcasing Great Content Invision Community has several tools to highlight great customer-created content. You can pin topics, and feature specific replies within those topics. You can also convert posts into new articles within a formal knowledge base or blog to further help your customers find the right answers to their questions. Extensibility Invision Community has OAuth and a REST API out of the box. This means it's trivial to extend Invision Community to work within your existing flows. Integrate Invision Community to your SalesForce CRM and Zendesk support systems seamlessly. Create a federated search to integrate your external knowledge base with client-generated knowledge. The options are limitless, and we can take care of any custom integrations for you. If you have any questions, please let me know below, or contact us to see how we can help you harness the power of community for your business. * https://www.customerthermometer.com/customer-service/customer-service-and-satisfaction-statistics-for-2019/ ** https://www.qminder.com/customer-service-statistics/
  30. 9 points
    Pete T

    Classic Blue

    Version 1.0.0

    93 downloads

    This is new version of Classic Blue using simple style make your site look different and stand out from the rest this has dropdown menu's that hover over and clean lines this uses all css and very little template changes.

    Free

  31. 9 points
    Our absolute number one aim with Invision Community is to provide a platform that enables rich discussion of a topic with permanence. There are a hundred directions we could take our software, so we have to choose wisely. Before we add major new functionality, we ask ourselves "does this enhance multi-person rich discussion of a topic or does it detract from it?" I can see the value for a strong chat/instant messaging app for some communities. But for others it'll just cannibalise those rich discussions into instant chats which are then disposed. You will move your community from a state of permanence into social media where conversations are lost after a few hours. Please do not assume that just because we do not do a thing, it means we don't care, or we haven't discussed it at length internally. If you are screaming at us because our software doesn't provide the functionality you require, then perhaps you are trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, and you are now just hitting us with a hammer and demanding we make it fit. If you need instant discussion and accept that discussion will become disposable, then you are probably better off with a Facebook Group.
  32. 9 points
    I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak on the Expert Focus podcast, hosted by experienced community manager and public speaker, Claire Dowdall. Claire has significant experience in managing and developing strategies for increasing Facebook Group engagement for high profile speakers and entrepreneurs, while my background is with independent communities. This set us up nicely for a lively conversation to really pull apart what makes for a successful community, and what platforms to consider when starting out. From Expert Focus: I really enjoyed speaking with Claire, and I hope you find a little time to tune in. Listen now: iTunes link for Apple devices On Spotify On all other devices
  33. 9 points
    simonle

    Show us your IPB 4 sites!

    Here's a new dashboard page I've made that will act as an index page for registered users (guests will see a new landing page which I'm currently working on). Pages is such a great tool!
  34. 9 points
    We attach a significant amount of personally identifiable data to our social media profiles daily. I regularly use social media to share photos of my kids and holidays. I post my personal thoughts on products I've used and TV shows I've watched. I'm even tagged in location-based check-ins. It's all there in my news feed for anyone to see. I'm not alone. More and more of us live our lives through the prism of social media. We share things we love, things we loathe and things that make us laugh. With just a few clicks, you can discover a lot of information about a person. More often than not, you can see where they work, where they live and what school they went to. Scrolling through their timeline often reveals their stance on hot topics such as gun control, the current President and other recent headline news items. This information follows you when you join a Facebook Group. Your past Tweets are always available to trawl through. Indeed, there may be some groups that you decide you cannot post in as people would be able to identify you. This is particularly true for stigmatised conditions, such as financial help, illness and mental health. After all, if you were seeking help with a large amount of debt or managing an embarrassing medical condition, you wouldn't feel comfortable knowing that work colleagues, friends and family could read your posts. The benefit of anonymity for stigmatised topics "Forums can all offer some initial anonymity, a community, and information that geographically proximate others may not have. What stigma-related forums uniquely offer is that the anonymity protects those who are not ready to be publicly associated with sensitive topics; the community helps to neutralise the “spoilage” of identity that accompanies stigma." (1) Unlike social media where reams of personal data is willingly added, and which can identify you to other online users, forums allow you to add as much information as you are comfortable with. Support communities for mental health and illness flourish using forums for this reason. An individual may feel devalued in society and unwilling to share their condition over social media. "Nowadays people can both avoid and proactively cope with this devaluation by turning to online forums populated by others who share the same devalued group membership." (1) Forums offer a safe space for these individuals to seek and receive support from others without disclosing large amounts of identifiable data. Allowing a level of anonymity encourages more people to register and over time, they will develop ties with other users. For an individual with a stigmatized condition, a forum may be a real life-line in coping with the condition as face-to-face support is often limited. Adrial Dale, who owns Herpes Opportunity agrees. "In order for us to truly be able to work through the shame that stigma can trigger, it's absolutely vital for us to feel safe to open up and tell all. Through opening up, we not only get to share with an understanding and compassionate community (which normalizes our shared experiences), but we're also able to begin to release what has felt like our own solitary burden to bear. Then a magical thing can happen ... an alchemical process that transforms shame into an opportunity for connection. An opportunity for us to be accepted for who we are *behind* the thick wall of shame. And ultimately, an opportunity to accept ourselves. Especially in these days of the internet not feeling so private (even in places where it absolutely should be), having true privacy and anonymity is paramount for communities like Herpes Opportunity. Anything other than that is grounds for paranoia and holding back from sharing ourselves. (In fact, just the other day someone messaged me asking "Are private messages really private?") Fear can lead to closing ourselves off, which can lead to isolation and paranoia, which can lead to a downward spiral of self-loathing and depression. On the other hand, safety, connection and compassion creates an an okayness with the nitty-grittiness of what it means to be human." The benefit of expressing a new identity "People may strategically express identities when they think they will not be punished, and/or connect them to an audience that is valued." (1) It is arguably true that not so many years ago, tech-related communities were very much male-dominated, with female contributions valued less. Forums allow a way to create a new identity that is either gender-neutral thus allowing the male users to assume a gender, or overtly male to ensure their contributions are evaluated on merit, and not with any gender bias. Christopher Marks who owns Nano-Reef has seen this first hand. "During a discussion with a women’s group in our generally male dominant hobby, a number of women had expressed the benefit of having an anonymous username and profile when asking for help and advice on forums, they receive equal help without the unfortunate gender bias or belittling that can sometimes happen in real life when seeking the same help in person." Invision Community's Jennifer has also experience of this on her own community; RPG Initiative. "RPG Initiative is a community for all roleplayers. We focus on all text-based roleplaying forms that are hosted on the internet. We encourage roleplayers to find each other, discuss roleplay and grow as collaborative writers here at the Initiative in a safe environment." Jennifer relies on, and encourages anonymity. She knows that because her site is predominately female, some female users identify as male to increase the chances of getting others to collaborate with them. "Male players are rare, in fact, I recently ran a poll on my site and of those that responded to it less than 15% of them are male (or identify as such). So this gets them more attention and in turn, more people that want to write with them." Jennifer explains how anonymity is critical to her site's growth. "Anonymity is a difficult thing to accomplish in a small niche like mine, but it's sort of like a small town where everyone knows everyone, and they likely know all of your secrets. So enforcing rules to preserve anonymity is really important to my community and me. This includes prohibiting the "naming of names" or the "site" that the drama is coming from when seeking for advice or help. This doesn't negate that people may know the existing situation or people involved because they are also involved or know some of the people involved, but it helps cut down on the drama and the spread of negativity and false information about people." With a forum community, you can truly be who you want to be. This is not so with social media where others can create bias based on your gender, looks or topical preferences. Together, together "In her early work, Turkle argued that the internet provided myriad positive opportunities for self-transformation, but more recently, she argues that the explosion in social media options has led us to develop superficial, emotionally lazy but instantly available virtual relationships." (1) It's hard to argue against this statement when you consider the content that predominates social media. And often an endless stream of self-focused content. "Indeed, we provide clear evidence that online forums afford users a way of being genuinely “together, together”, as opposed to what Turkle calls “alone together.”(1) The bottom line is that it has been proven that allowing a degree on anonymity increases engagement across all niches, but especially those that are built to support those with stigmatised conditions. These forums have a greater sense of community and depth than those built on social media. When you allow your members to take back control of their privacy, you are empowering them to make decisions about what to share. Given how eroded our privacy is in our modern always-connected world, this is a precious gift. If you are looking to create a new community then consider this before choosing your community platform. References: 1: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S074756321500268X 2: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10410236.2017.1339370
  35. 9 points
    This is really good news, I'd been hoping to see a performance-based release for some time as traditionally IPS does rate low in Page SpeedGTMetrix/Yslow tests and we've been waiting for some of these overdue improvements for quite some time. So huge thanks! Lazyloading should really help with Gallery in particular, I currently get a poor Pagespeed score of F42 on one of my sites. Please consider adding to your to do list (if not already added): Serve scaled images (current GTMetrix reports a score of F0 with a 1.2MiB 80% possible saving is possible on my Gallery index page) Where static content is uploaded to Amazon S3 and Cloudfront (it should be copied, not moved!), often there is missing header metadata such as cache-control, expires etc. Whilst investigating poor Cloudfront cache hit ratios of just 5%, I noticed this week an IPS uploaded .png image placed in my S3 bucket with a content-type of image/jpeg instead of image/png. Leverage Browser Caching (you can't do anything about Amazon and Google external resources, but IPS could and should add more to improve caching of its static resources) Specify Image Dimensions - I get awful scores for this both on Gallery and Forums where images are missing width and height attributes. This happens particularly in grid view layout and where you upload an image attachment into forum description fields via AdminCP. Remove query strings from urls - Have raised this several times, and keep getting told it's needed to allow cache busting, but the string token could be built into the actual filename/url itself. If CSS for example is later rebuilt, a new url is created and immediately browsers see the updated resource and recache it. All of the separate CSS and JS files should be grouped into one or two files, not like 10-12. Pages article images should have medium sized thumbnails available instead of just tiny thumbnails which look awful stretch to cover on 4K displays. The alternative is full-sized (in my case massive 1920x1080 images) which kill page loading times are are such overkill for article listing previews.
  36. 9 points
    Two purchases made and more to follow - this is a brilliant and generous way of adding functionality to your site. Again, a huge thank you to everyone participating in this venture. 👍
  37. 8 points
    There is one setting now: Moderate new records But one VERY Important setting is missing: Moderate records changes Without this setting the whole system is useless as the user can post cool new posts and after they get approved they are posting porn stuff in it ... and i dont even get informed about post changes AT ALL!!! do i always have to get there and see if there is changed content ... every hour, every minute? So why dont moderate post changes? Here is a possible solution: after the user changes the post inform moderator save a copy of this post: "set this post for moderation" from now on this user sees only this "edit-copy" of this post, all other users see the original post let the user edit this copy so many times he wants to after every submit, the post is sent for submiting (if revisions are enabled only this revision) no need to hide or delete the original post unit changes are confirmed as its different postID if revisions are enabled => use it insead of postID or always use revisions when wiki-editing is enabled after the moderator confirmed the changes ovverride the orginal post with the new version delete the copy or save a revision inform user => post approved This system right now makes absolutely no sense without changes-moderation. So please make some changes or disable it completly. What you think?
  38. 8 points
    We've added this 🙂
  39. 8 points
    ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT FOR THE BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR!! !! !! 😲 😱 🤩 💝 THE MARKETPLACE COMMUNITY IS THE ONLY THIRD-PARTY MODDING COMMUNITY OUT OF ALL ONLINE FORUM COMMUNITIES TO HOST A COMMUNITY-WIDE SALE. 😍 BE AMAZING LIKE A UNICORN 🦄 AND STACK ON MULTIPLE PURCHASES FOR MAGICAL SAVINGS. NOVEMBER 9 - NOVEMBER 30 BUY NOW, SAVE NOW, AND CELEBRATE ALL YEAR. Thank you to @Pete T @TAMAN @A Zayed @Adriano Faria @Veilon @opentype @Nathan Explosion @onlyME @steve00 @DawPi @Faqole @ehren. @stoo2000 @Heosforo @The Jimmo @HeadStand @Spanner @InvisionHQ. Several others have posted in their own support topics, so check around and see what you see like! ❤️ from the IPS Marketplace
  40. 7 points
    I have migrated my Woltlab community to Invision. Same server, same configuration, nothing has changed, no performance trick or something else. Only the forum system has changed. What Google thinks about is: Just migrating to Invision Community has greatly improved the performance. Well done
  41. 7 points

    Version 1.0.9

    83 downloads

    This plugin will show similar topics to the currently viewed topic in a widget. The plugin has the following features: Group Permissions. Select forums to display in. Widget title. Select how to match between topics (Based on first post or topic title). Cut-off length for the matching topic (search for how many characters in topic title/first post). Option for cut-off [Cut-off by character or word]. How many similar topics to display. Display/hide similar topic 1st post. Option added to exclude words from the matching process. Row display options (Normal view / Similar Tags Plugin view). Option to determine the minimum word length to match. Option to exclude forums from matching their topics.

    $20.00

  42. 7 points
    My files with discount for the Black Friday: https://invisioncommunity.com/profile/114025-adriano-faria/content/?type=downloads_file&sortby=file_updated&sortdirection=desc ————— A little bit more for Black Friday: buy any file with price starting from $12 (original price $15) and get one free of $9 (original price $10). Just send a message with the chosen file and you will get it for free. 1: This is valid while Black Friday is happening. File won’t be added after Black Friday is over, even if you purchased it during the Black Friday. 2: Send a message if you purchased a file yesterday so I can add a file to you.
  43. 7 points
    MrFisc

    Grapply Chat (Beta)

    Version 1.0.4

    17 downloads

    A chat application for Invision Community, integrated directly into your community! This is not an external embedded chat feature. Grapply Chat integrates directly into your community and its members, complete with administrative tools and theming capabilities! What is it? Grapply Chat gives your community the option to chat with each other from anywhere within your forums! Most of the existing chat applications for IPS (that I'm aware of) work using a widget or something similar, and generally center around a chat room or something of the likes. This application is specifically for Member to Member chat conversations. It also displays ANYWHERE on your forums, not as a widget but instead as an overlay to all pages. What's included? Features Chat with anyone in the community from anywhere. Block / Unblock members from chatting with you. Enable or disable Grapply Chat for specific member groups. View client chat logs from within ACP and download them as CSV, TXT and JSON. The ability to enable/disable Grapply Chat or just chat notifications for your account. The ability to manage your chat blocks from within Account Settings. A full list of online members. A search functionality to search members to chat with. Fully customizable themes using the Grapply Theme Generator so you can rest assured that Grapply Chat will line up with your IPS theme. What's to come? Coming Soon Member specific permissions. The ability to report a member and include a log of their chat. Customizable chat bots. Configure an external server to alleviate some of the stress that this application may put on your forum database. The ability to send images and other media including oEmbed content from within chat. Support for parsing emojis. Group messages. More to come! Other useful information Important Notes Grapply Chat is still in its early beta phase, these features may not perform with the stability you will expect, but future iterations will improve on them. This application may have an undesired performance hit on your forums due to the amount of requests required for it to operate. To alleviate this, you can try to raise the Client Refresh Rate in ACP to help with this. In the future, there will be an option to use a secondary server dedicated to chat processing to help alleviate this. This application is not yet optimized for mobile, and as such will not display on mobile devices. Feedback I would greatly appreciate feedback while this application is in its beta phase. This is how I will tailor it to fit your needs. Please leave any feedback in the forum topic for this application, or feel free to send me a PM.

    $20.00

  44. 7 points
    If I die, my community dies too. I don't care what happens after.
  45. 7 points
    day_

    Dark theme by IPS

    I would support adding to the IPS workload by adding a native dark/night mode option which comes out the box, Ive tried myself a few times and it’s a nightmare, especially the editor. Night mode is one of the most requested features for both iOS and Android operating systems, Twitter, YouTube both have them now, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are both working on releasing soon. Users no longer want to be blinded by bright whites, especially at night. #MobileEyesMatter
  46. 7 points
    Mark

    2 Factor Auth via e-mail

    Two Factor Authentication significantly improves your security and is certainly not just dumbing things down. Generally speaking, there are three ways of proving you are who you say you are: knowledge factors (something you know, like a password), possession (something you have, like a mobile phone) and inherent (something you are, like a fingerprint). Using a strong password helps address some of the shortfalls of the knowledge factor - it protects you against someone trying to guess (or bruteforce) your password. However, it doesn't prevent you against a variety of other attacks (for example, if someone was able to compromise your system and install a key logger). But two factor authentication adds an additional factor into play: usually a possession factor. In addition to providing your (hopefully strong) password, it requires you to prove that you have in your possession a device which belongs to you. It should be used whenever available, especially for things which require additional security. To address the original question: email is generally not a great 2FA method as it is already the method of recovery if a user forgets their password. If you use email as the second authentication factor, it means an attacker only has to gain access to the desired victim's email account in order to compromise their account - which effectively brings you back to a single-factor authentication system.
  47. 6 points
    TheSaint

    Multipur

    Version 1.0.5

    121 downloads

    This is TheSaint. I wanna thank Storm developers for allowing me to take over this project and keep it moving to the next step of its future. I am working on getting something together for it and will release an update soon for everyone. =============================== Multi Purpose IPS Theme that has various options and settings to make this theme very customizable, It is great for a nice clean website and projects you are looking to setup thats different from the rest with a few tweaks of the settings. The choice is totally up to you Support: IPS Forums Personal Messages Website click here Demo: click here Theme Basics: Fully Responsive Included Master XMLs ( Blue ) & Outter Dark Red Included Multipur Dark (Since Release 1.0.2) Theme options of this theme has a range of features, Listed below these are the additional options that extends the core IPS standard colors and settings. Header: Add Favicon Logo Max Height ( So fits well with your design and is not going to be too large) Enable Full Width Logo Use of a background image if you do not wish to use a standard color Gradient Options and angle degree if you dont want standard color or background image Footer: Choice to use original IPS footer or use our called “Mega Menu” Options to edit mega menu background, font color, link color, link hover color Footer Gradient Color Options and angle degree Use of background image Edit links and menu layout from the footer tab Enable a top border with choice of color Menu: Main Nav – background options also gradient, angle degree options Main Nav Active / Hover State – background options also gradient, angle degree options Sub Menu – background and font color options also gradient, angle degree options Enable a Drop shadow and color of choice modify default menu you can add margin and rounded corners use of custom css if you wish to change the menu that fits your needs Sections (forum and sitewide section headers): Standard background color Option to enable gradient color with angle degree to change the color of choice Option to enable a border at bottom of these headers with a choice of color Widgets (sidebar / other) Standard background color choice Font color of choice Option to enable gradient with angle degree to change the color of choice Option to enable a border at bottom of these headers with a choice of color Extras: Theme Selector in Member Menu Instead of Footer Sections and Widgets Borders enable or disable Sections and Widgets Borders color of choice Enable site body background image if you wish to not use standard color Body background gradient color options with angle degree if enabled Enable Author Panel background (APB) APB – Color of choice APB – Gradient colors and angle degree of choice APB use image instead ( If you prefer to use a background image) Global Messages: Displays at top of site (sitewide) if you need to make an important announcement Title Background Gradient Colors and angle degree of choice Fully color editable on the header and content with font color of choice too. Border bottom on or off with the options to choose a color Integrations: Addthis bar on website (Needs addthis registration and publisher id) Additional: Button as you scroll down that pushes site page pack to top Plus more to come as we work on it further.

    Free

  48. 6 points
  49. 6 points
    I always see it as a literal “evolutionary” process. I constantly try out new “mutations”, i.e. features. If they turn out to be beneficial, I might put more work into them and make them more prominent. If they do not work, I scale them back slowly (e.g. by first demoting them in the menus) and remove them eventually. There certainly is a danger in adding too much stuff. Not just in regards to the software conflicts you will get, but also in the way you confuse your users. I even have tons of “display:none” declarations in my theme to hide stock functionality. Often less is more.
  50. 6 points
    Matt

    4.4: New Email Features

    This is something we want to do. It won't make it for 4.4, but keep watching this space. (Not literally, nothing is going to happen in this specific space).
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