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  1. 65 points
    onlyME

    (BIM) Chatbox FREE

    Version 4.0.3

    13,023 downloads

    This is very simple chat system with the basic features: Ajax chat, auto update. Display as IPS widgets, so you can place it in sidebar or top page. Sound notification. User can toggle on/off. Admins/Moderators can block users. Users can ignore some chatters they don't want to see. Load more messages when scrolling end (or top). Announcement (on Top or Tab). Supports emoticons, URL, Image URL (gif, png, jpg) *NEW* Supports GUGGY to turn any text message into funny GIF and Sticker by using /guggy command (Eg: /guggy I love you) *NEW* Supports GIPHY to finds GIFs and Stickers by using /giphy command (Eg: /giphy happy new year) *NEW* Supports Youtube, playing video in iframe and popup @mention by clicking on usernames. Flood control. Bad word filters. Time format. Display newer messages in top or bottom. Permissions for viewing, chatting & management. Edit/Delete messages. Download version 4 if you're using IPS 4.4.x

    Free

  2. 22 points

    Version 1.0.0

    71 downloads

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

    Free

  3. 20 points

    Version 1.2.7

    83 downloads

    Photo Competition is the number one application for increasing engagement on your community and is suitable for almost all community types. Competitions can be scheduled automatically on a weekly or monthly basis or you can set specific start and end times. You can also run multiple competitions simultaneously. Engagement All entries support voting, sharing to social media and rankings. The app supports commenting and post before register so visitors can register as part of the competition entry process. First, second and third places are permanently recorded in the previous winner's hall of fame. Users can optionally be notified when their entries receive a vote using the default Invision Community notifications feature. Includes a current leaders block that can be added to other pages in your community. Moderation Options Entries can be hidden, locked, edited or deleted by moderators and a full moderation history is kept. Users can report images to prevent abuse. Other The app is fully language abstracted and contains a section for adding rules and introductory text. Use this section to describe your photo theme if you have one. Optionally limit the number of entries per competition and the number of entries members are allowed to vote on.

    $40.00

  4. 20 points

    Version 1.0.0

    72 downloads

    Sharing the love 💖 ... This is the first of many FREE apps provided by GT Services. Troubleshooting member's account is what we do on a daily basis. Oftentimes, you Sign in as member to see what they are seeing. To do this, you normally log in to your Admin Control Panel and run a search for the member. Open their account and click Account Actions > Sign In as That's a lot of steps. What's worse is that sometimes the search feature in Admin Control Panel is not successful (eg. special characters in username). All of this takes up a lot of time. Time is money. I'm a strong believer that Admins should be focused on building relationships and/or new content. Because of this we created an easier way for Admins to "LogIn as XYZ User". It's a simple link provided to Admins with the proper permissions so they can Sign In As XYZ User via a member's Profile page. Not available anywhere else - just in Profiles. No settings. Just install. More FREE apps coming soon... (The more LIKES we get the more free apps we will make available.)

    Free

  5. 19 points
    My websites slowed down dramatically when this problem with licence keys appeared. Please rework this part of IPS (which rechecking expired/invalid licence keys, or whatever it does what causing the problem), this must be implemented as background task, so our websites must not be affected when there is a problems on your side.
  6. 18 points
    day_

    Night Mode Theme

    Version 1.0.3

    117 downloads

    Night Mode Theme Zero template edits with CSS customisations only in custom.css and theme settings, so you're free to upgrade without waiting on updates! Tested with all IPS apps. (ltr only) Includes the Night Mode Editor Theme. If you spot any issues please let me know in the support topic.

    Free

  7. 18 points
    Every day, LGBTQ young people from all walks of life log into TrevorSpace, the world’s largest moderated safe space for LGBTQ youth online. Here, young people can support each other, share their stories, and find refuge from what might be a less than accepting environment offline. Launched in 2008, TrevorSpace is housed under The Trevor Project, the foremost suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth in the world. Having an affirming digital community has been an indispensable resource for the youth The Trevor Project aims to protect, but guiding it to the success it enjoys today has had its challenges. Shortly after its launch, TrevorSpace rapidly grew to serve tens of thousands of users in just a few years. While the platform initially started on commercial community software, some unique requirements led the organization to go custom, building a community platform from the ground up. Faced with increasing hosting and development costs and declining user activity, senior leadership faced a tough decision: either dramatically transform the program, or discontinue it altogether. That’s when Invision Community stepped in. “We were already planning a digital transformation, replacing everything from our physical computers to our crisis services software infrastructure, the platforms that young people use to reach out to us, like TrevorLifeline, TrevorChat, and TrevorText,” John Callery, director of technology at The Trevor Project said of the challenges facing the organization at the time. “We had to be very careful with our resources and where we allocated our time.” Continuing the TrevorSpace program would mean The Trevor Project needed to move to a solution that could be implemented and managed with very limited resources while still providing the quality of care that the community had come to expect. It also meant meeting the specific needs of the organization’s mission, particularly around safety. After looking into the Invision Community platform per the suggestion of a team member, it became clear that they had all of the fundamentals TrevorSpace was looking for, like messages boards, social networking, and private messaging. Here was a chance to save the platform. Customers rarely have the opportunity to meet the people behind the technology they use. This wasn’t the case for The Trevor Project and the Invision Community team, who made it clear they believed in our mission to support LGBTQ youth in crisis and were willing to partner with us to realize our specific needs and figure out new solutions. Through utilizing the Invision Community team’s applications and plugins, we were able to meet all of our community’s custom needs, adding functionality unique to TrevorSpace to protect our users, many of whom are especially vulnerable when it comes to their privacy. None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of the Invision Community team. For just one example of how crucial TrevorSpace is to young LGBTQ people around the world, listen to Mani Cavalieri, the community’s product manager: “When the most prevalent forms of social media are so enmeshed with our in-person relationships, LGBTQ youth often lose a safe place to explore their identities. TrevorSpace is one of those special communities that balances anonymity (often a necessity for safety) with real, personal connections.” Since joining the team, Mani has already seen multiple instances of users finding lifelong friends - and even partners - over the years on TrevorSpace - and on the Invision Community platform, it is able to reach more users than ever before. In January 2018, TrevorSpace received double the number of registrations than any other month in the program’s 10-year history. We continue to see more than a thousand new registered members each week. As we begin international promotion of the program, we expect to break many more records in the coming year. As we continue to grow TrevorSpace, we also continue to rely on Invision Community’s extensibility. Our mission is to improve support networks and mental resilience for our users. This requires us to understand our users’ behavior and needs from a different perspective than other online communities, and it will continue to require more custom solutions. The marketplace of plugins, as well as the enthusiastic support of the Invision Community team, enable us to be bold in our ambitions, to build out a community that is truly unique in its class, and to improve the lives of those that need a supportive community the most. As one user puts in, in their welcome message to each newcomer: “That's our little secret - there's some one here, going through what you're going through. Whether that be mental health, body issues, parents, friends, and whatever else life as someone who's LGBTQ+ can throw at you. Reach out, and someone will be there for you.” - This entry was written by The Trevor Project team https://www.trevorspace.org https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
  8. 17 points
    onlyME

    (BIM) Chatbox+

    Version 1.4.4

    463 downloads

    30$ FOR A LIMITED TIME NORMAL PRICE $35 Chatbox Plus is a chat application that uses Ajax calls to the server to get new messages. Currently, it supports chatting in rooms and clubs. The Private Chat and Groups Chat will be updated soon Demo 1 with basic input form: https://demo.ipsviet.com/chat/room/2-demo-1-basic-input-form/ Demo 2 with Full Editor: https://demo.ipsviet.com/chat/room/3-demo-2-with-full-editor/ Demo 3 with a floating popup at the bottom of pages: https://demo.ipsviet.com/forums/ Features: Rooms: Admin can create multiple rooms, display rooms in widgets. Support rooms for Clubs. Announcement & Rules for each room. Online Users list. Allow guest to join and chat with their custom nickname and random avatar. Floating Popup: Show a floating popup at the bottom of the pages so users can chat anywhere. Toggle show/hide the popup. Option to hide popup chat on mobile. Many stylish designs available: 5 skins: 3 styles for messages: Standard Bubbles Condensed User controls: On/Off sound notification. Open chat in a popup. Select skins. Moderator controls: Edit Announcement. Block/unblock users. Clean room (delete all messages). Quick edit/delete a message. Input message: Clean text: only supports URL, image URL, Youtube URL, Giphy, Guggy. Editor: You can use full formatting from Editor: color, bold, size, emoticons... and all Editor's plugins. System messages to notify: New content posted (post, comment, review) from 3rd-party apps, supports: Forums, Downloads, Pages, Gallery, Blogs, Calendar, Videobox, Musicbox. New announcement. User joined/left room. Auto Messages: Create multiple messages with cycle time in seconds. Select a member as a bot to post the messages automatically every X seconds. Others: Supports playing a song from Musicbox *New* Report center integration allows users to report bad massages. *New* Auto loads old messages when scrolling down (or up). Highlight the message row if someone mentions you. Flood control, max messages, limit characters, sorting messages... Show online users in the panel. Lazyload images. Cache for messages to reduce using SQL queries. Fully responsive. TO-DO LIST: Private Chat & Group Chat like Facebook. Auto-prune messages every x hours. Room's password. ....

    $30.00

  9. 17 points
    day_

    Dark Theme

    Version 1.0.1

    104 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

  10. 15 points

    Version 1.1.1

    140 downloads

    LIMITED TIME OFFER 40% OFF NORMAL PRICE $50 Chat Application allows you to create unlimited chatrooms for your members or staff to communicate in, the chatrooms use the IPS editor allowing your members to create powerful messages with the full editor and toolbar features added to their message's, Members can report and react to the messages, There is no restriction on the amount of online users but if you are going to have them online in the hundreds then I would recommend having a good host. Demo This applicaion is also compatable with IPS clubs allowing club owners to create their own chatrooms Main Chatroom Features Create unlimited chatrooms Choose what groups can view the chatrooms Choose what groups can chat in the chatrooms Choose what groups can whisper ( read below for the whisper feature ) Choose what groups can download attachments Set the amount of messages to be show in each chatroom Chatrooms uses the IPS editor for the messages Full ckEditor toolbar with all your add-ons will work including the new giphy image add-on Full ability to upload attachments directly to the messages from your PC or mobile phone Supports all of IPS' embedding features of videos / images and your own website link embeds Live updates of new messages Choose to play a sound when a new message gets posted Live updates of the online user list Choose to play a sound when the online user list gets updated Whisper ( Allow members to send private messages to multiple users ) Choose to show the new messages from either the top or bottom of the message list Members can toggle the sound on or off for each chatroom Members can toggle to hide/show the online user list Allow moderators to edit the chatrooms on ther front end Directly embed videos by uploading the video file directly to the editor Moderator Permissions Can edit messages Can delete messages Can use the ban list Each chatroom has their own ban list what moderators with permissions can edit to ban certain members from the chatroom Choose from 2 different style chatrooms with a standard or a more compact view of the message list Choose to display only the message senders avatar Choose to display only the message senders name Choose to display both Add a widget to any page showing a list of chatrooms and the amount of members online in each one Create announcements and post them in selected chatrooms Members can react to messages using the IPS reaction system Members can report messages using the IPS report system You can choose to add a little notification icon with the amount of total users online in all chatrooms in the chats nav bar tab Allow members to easily mention other members by clicking their name on the message list or online user list Global Chatroom This will add a small pop up chat box to your site in the bottom right hand side Admins will set the default room to use as the global one Members can change their default room and choose from a mixture of chatrooms to use as their global room Normal Chatrooms ( Members can select to use any ACP created chatroom they have permission to view ) Member Rooms ( Members can select to use their own or another members chatroom ) Club Chatrooms ( Members can select to use one of their clubs chatrooms ) Club Chatrooms Allow club owners to create their own chatrooms for their clubs Club owners have full control of the ban lists for their chatrooms Only club members can chat in the club chatrooms Member Chatrooms Members can create their own chatrooms Member chatrooms will appear in their profiles in the tabs section Member chatroom owners have full control of the ban list for their chatroom You can choose if and what user groups can delete messages from their chatrooms via the ACP Members can choose to make their chatrooms private with the ability to allow certain members access to view & chat in them Widgets Show chatrooms in widgets allowing you to place them all over your site allowing members to chat on other pages These chatrooms can be toggled to be hidden or shown ( Of course it is shown by default ) Shows a list of chatrooms and the amount of users online in each of them Bots Create unlimited bots to post messages when something happens on your site Select a member to send the messages ( You could create a bot member via the ACP and use that ) Each bot can be set to post in different chatrooms Applications supported for bot posting Calendar Create a message when a new event gets created Create a message when someone comments on a event Create a message when someone reviews a event Downloads Create a message when someone uploads a file Create a message when someone comments on a file Create a message when someone reviews a file Forums Create a message when someone posts a topic Create a message when someone replies to a topic Gallery Create a message when someone uploads a image Create a message when someone comments on a image Create a message when someone reviews a image Lottery Create a message when a new game is created Create a message when a game has been drawn Create a message when a member claims a winning ticket Media Uploader Create a message when a member uploads a image Create a message when a member uploads a video file Create a message when a member uploads a audio file Create a message when a member uploads a document Members Create a message when someone registers on the site Members Shop Create a message when a user purchases a item Nexus Create a message when someone reviews a product Random Messages / Quotes Create messages / quotes from a stack setting allowing you add as many as you want and the bot will post random ones each cycle Sports Betting App Create a message when a member places a bet Create a message when a member claims a winning ticket Standard Message Create a message via the editor and the bot will post the messages each cycle Standard & Random Message Cycle Settings Run cycle every 5 minutes Run cycle every 15 minutes Run cycle every 30 minutes Run cycle every 60 mintutes Run cycle every 3 hours Run cycle every 6 hours Run cycle every 12 hours Run cycle every day Each application you pick you can select from a list of their categories / forums etc for when the bot should send a message, this can also be set to all categories / forums etc If you don't have any of the apps installed above the settings will not show for you to enable them If you delete a chatroom from the ACP any bots linked to that chatroom will also be deleted, this is to stop any errors that could be thrown if the chatroom don't longer exist and the bot does More applications will be coming to the bot section in the near future including some 3rd party applications

    $30.00

  11. 15 points

    Version 1.0.0

    54 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

  12. 12 points
    A month ago, CrossFit, Inc. posted a scathing blog entry outlining why they made the decision to quit Facebook and Instagram. I first came across CrossFit back in early 2007 when I was looking for new ways to improve my fitness. Their fitness programming was a breath of fresh air. Most workouts were based around either long cardio workouts such as running or traditional gym workouts with weights and machines. CrossFit successfully combined the two into a short intense workout which gained popularity very quickly. I was a fan immediately and followed the WODs (workout of the day) as closely as possible and watched the early CrossFit stars emerge. CrossFit, Inc. is very strong-minded. Their press release cites several reasons for their abandonment of the Facebook platform. They also expand on this and believe that "Facebook collaborates with government security agencies on massive citizen surveillance programs such as PRISM", "Facebook, as a matter of business and principle, has weak intellectual property protections and is slow to close down IP theft accounts." and "Facebook has poor security protocols and has been subject to the largest security breaches of user data in history." It's certainly a bold move. CrossFit does have a legacy forum system which dates back from its early days which gets some use still. I think that investing in that community platform through modernisation along with a solid community building strategy could pay dividends in them taking back control of their conversation without fear of falling foul of any heavy-handed moderation beyond their control. Modern community platforms like ours have plenty of tools to automate basic moderation, encourage more engagement and work well on mobile devices. CrossFit, Inc join Lush Cosmetics as high profile brands that have taken themselves off Facebook completely. Do you think we'll see a resurgence of owned-communities?
  13. 12 points
    Matt

    Blog dissapointment

    Ok, we hear you loud and clear on categories for blogs. I've added this to our internal list.
  14. 12 points
    Makoto

    Radical Tags

    Version 1.2.0

    41 downloads

    Radical Tags Invision Power’s most comprehensive Tag Management system Radical Tags is a modern tag and prefix management system for IPS 4.4, carrying over the features you know and love from the original Advanced Tags and Prefixes application by Ryan with many new additions and usability improvements. Features Radical Tags supports many features out of the box, with many more useful features coming in future releases. Tag and Prefix customization Customizable tags and prefixes, supporting both an easy-to-use interactive editor and an advanced HTML based editor. Supports not only prefixes, but regular tags as well! Make your tag lists stand our with color-coded tags. prefixes_demo.mp4 Forum / Category settings Radical Tags allows you to configure settings for tags and prefixes on a per-category basis. These settings include.. Requiring a prefix Customizing the tag mode (open, closed, or prefix only) Setting a custom language string for the Prefix input (for example, “Platform” on gaming themed forums) Customizing lists of allowed or suggested tags Customizing which prefixes are allowed to be used Setting a default prefix Setting the minimum number of tags that must be used Setting the maximum number of tags that can be used Aliases Provide “aliases” that replace commonly used tag synonyms with a single standardized tag of your choosing. For example, on a photography forum, you may have common tags such as “nature photography” that you’d prefer just be saved as “nature” or vice versa. With this feature, you can add an alias that will automatically convert these tags on submission. Tag management View a list of your communities most used tags, filterable by any item type (Topics, Gallery Images, Blogs, even other third-party applications!) Replace tags in just a few clicks Easily search for and delete unwanted tags ..and more! Easily port over your Advanced Tags and Prefixes configuration from the Tools page Provide a new, sleek, modern look for your communities tags Coming soon As mentioned above, there’s still many more featured planned for this application that you can expect to see in future releases! Some of these planned additions include.. Multimod tag actions (add tags/prefixes to multiple items at once) Album prefixes (assign prefixes to albums based on the category covers prefix) Tag filters - assign filters for different categories, allowing your members to filter results by specific prefixes

    $40.00

  15. 11 points
    When I wrote my last entry, The Dogly Mail had just reached the 100 member milestone but since then things have grown impressively. The photo competition has proven very successful at encouraging new signups and we are now at around 1400 members picking up 15-20 new members a day. This is far better than I could have hoped for but there a few caveats… Not all traffic and content is equal In building website traffic I’ve realised that high member numbers are great and help to validate your ideas but member quality is far more important. I have been able to boost the member growth non-organically with a minimal Facebook ad spend in conjunction with the competition but we’re still trying to find those super contributors. The members we have are not yet invested in the site themselves and the sense of community that is required to be sustainable long term is still in its infancy. We have also found that with the opt-in mailing list, around 50% of the registered members are signing up for the newsletter during registration. This is encouraging to me based on the non-organic growth so hopefully, with more organic growth this will rise further. What are we doing to get higher quality contributions? We are collaborating with a vet on professional articles to give the site more credibility in the areas I am not an expert in and Andy is covering dog news where he has time. Hopefully, over the long term, this will help to improve the organic traffic to the website. With the articles, we now have high-end long-form content covered although I would like to get a more varied team of writers on board to broaden the appeal of the subject matter. We also have more fun commenting, likes and meme social interaction covered in the photo competition section. This leaves a gap in the middle for more serious user-contributed discussion and opinion and what ultimately will make or break the website. For this, we’re working on getting the blogs application ready for when we feel the traffic is sufficient to launch another area. When it’s ready we will slowly transition the ad spend towards the new blog section and forums to provide more balanced traffic coming to the site. We will also be able to promote the new sections via the newsletter. I am almost at the end of the school year so my time on the site should increase and I can get more involved with discussion topics to try and foster that sense of community. What else have I learned? Keeping people’s attention is not easy and once a member has left the site you need to work really hard to get them to revisit. It’s something I read a lot of on these forums so hopefully, Invision is working on this to help us keep people engaged. As you can see we’re still in the try lots of things to see what works stage but the learning experience is part of the fun. We were running AdSense ads and getting a little back from the spend we were doing ourselves but I feel at this stage it is counter-productive. We have decided to stop AdSense for the time being in order to concentrate on building traffic and the membership and will revisit the monetisation options once the site has grown. Not running the adverts has also given the site a substantial speed boost which will hopefully help us with organic rankings. If you’re running your community as a hobby you may not wish to spend anything on advertising to start and may prefer to slowly add to your website content. With so much competition for traffic online though this would be a very slow strategy for us for what I still hope to be a commercially viable micro business. On the current growth path, I hope to be profitable in 12-18 months and will keep you updated with the highs or lows along the way.
  16. 10 points
    Just wanted to say thanks because after 4.3.5 you're started to make detailed changelogs where we can see not only new features but also bug fixes. Thanks :)
  17. 10 points
    Have you ever found yourself muttering "there has to be an easier way" when managing your community? If you have, it's likely that you are not the first person to think that. Invision Community has been refined over nearly two decades, and in that time we've received a lot of feedback from clients running very large and busy sites. We love a short cut, especially when it makes our clients lives easier. There's plenty of time-saving features throughout Invision Community, and here are five of the best. Saved Actions If you routinely perform the same actions to a topic, such as replying before closing it or moving the topic to a different forum, then saved actions will save you a lot of time. Let's look at a practical example. You have a forum where your members can suggest new features for your product. You might choose to move some of these suggestions to another forum to shortlist them for inclusion in a future version, or to discuss further. You also may like to reply thanking the member for their idea, but it's not feasible at this time. Here you would set up two saved actions, one that replies and moves the topic to a specific forum, and one that replies to the topic and closes it for further commenting. Your saved actions are accessible via the moderation menu You and your moderating team can select these saved actions quickly when reading a topic to perform multiple moderation steps in one go. RSS Feeds If your community regularly discusses topics that feature in the latest news, then you can quickly seed these discussions using the RSS feed import tool. Not only can you import almost any public RSS feed into your community, but you also have control over how these topics are displayed, to whom they are attributed to and how the link back to the source article looks. RSS feed import is an often overlooked but handy tool at starting productive discussions without the need to source and post them manually. iCal Feeds The iCal feed can be considered as the sister feature to the RSS Feed Import tool. It works in a very similar way in that it can accept almost any public iCal feed and import events into your community's calendar. This is especially useful if you maintain an event stream outside of the community, but wish to share those events with your members in a native way, or perhaps you already have a calendar product used by your organisation. Using the iCal feed tool to populate your community calendar with key dates relevant to your community can be achieved very quickly. Auto-moderation Moderating a busy community can be a time-consuming task. Trying to review new posts and topics to ensure they meet your community standards as they come in can be daunting. Fortunately, Invision Community has an ace up its sleeve. Auto-moderation allows you to use the power of your community to identify and remove content that does not meet your community standards. The administrator sets up a threshold so that when a specific number of reports for that content item is crossed, the content is hidden. Auto-moderation has a lot of options to configure which we covered in this blog article recently. Group promotion Ensuring your members feel valued and rewarded for their contributions is key to member retention and keeping engagement high. A simple way to reward long term regular contributors is to elevate their permissions. This can mean that they have access to otherwise hidden areas, or they get more allowances in terms of upload space and fewer restrictions. To do this manually would take a significant amount of time. Thankfully, Invision Community has a feature called Group Promotion. This tool allows the administrator to set up specific thresholds such as post count, or time since joining which then move the member into a new group when triggered. This all happens automatically. Just set it up and let it run! We spoke about Group Promotion recently, take a look here to learn more about this feature. How many of you are already using these features, and which ones did we miss off our list? I'd love to know.
  18. 10 points
    Rikki

    notification.mp3

    I've submitted a change for 4.4.4 that will disable preloading of this sound file (meaning, it'll just load on demand when it's needed, rather than on page load).
  19. 10 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.
  20. 10 points
    Pete T

    Who Was Online (Hours)

    Version 1.0.3

    3,895 downloads

    Keeps track of the number of registered members that have visited your site in a custom duration and also records which day you set the record for the most members online in the same day all options done via the front settings and Admin CP. Features Show online users for how many hours ago. Who Can See. Show Stat. Limit Maximum Number of The List. Groups To Exclude From the Link. Order Users Link By. Sort Type. Show user photo. NEW User photo size. NEW 4.4.x Users please read To make this plugin work to display colors please make sure have the following turn on, ACP - Members - Profiles - Profile Settings Tab, scroll to the bottom of the page: The above is new settings in 4.4.x only.

    Free

  21. 10 points

    Version 1.0.0

    52 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

  22. 9 points
    I'll take the credit, even though it was really @Mark who pushed for it.
  23. 8 points
    What do visitors see when they visit your online community? And when was the last time you logged out to browse like a visitor? Check out these 4x4 tips of four items in less than four minutes for the visitor experience: Check your Registration Process, especially any social sign-ins. You may want to increase or reduce security checks. You may need to fix social logins. And you may want to offer an easier onboarding like Quick Registration + Profile Completion. Read your Guest Sign-up Widget. This is the most important text in your entire community, since it's the first message visitors will read. Is your Guest Signup Widget giving visitors the first impression you'd like, with proper keywords and messaging? Audit your Visitor Permissions. In the ACP, go to Groups > Guests > Permissions. Do your guests have access to the right boards and categories? Test on other browsers and devices. Most of us don't have ten different computers and smartphones running different OS's and browsers, so it can be hard to check the UIX. Luckily, there are free cross-browser tools like BrowserShots.org or Device Mode on Chrome Devtools that can help. Hope you enjoy these tips, and if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below.
  24. 8 points
    day_

    Dark Theme Support

    As promised, the Dark Theme I created for my site has now landed in the Marketplace, even got myself a fancy new Contributers badge thing. The theme has no template changes, only CSS, if you notice any bits I've missed let me know as and I will get them fixed up straight away. Please remember this theme has only been tested on the Forums, Calendar and Gallery app as I do not own Blog or Commerce.
  25. 8 points

    Version 1.0.0

    27 downloads

    This plugin will EXCLUDE private messages from the setting Merge concurrent posts. You won't get any notification if the user replies again within the setting time, so you won't be aware if something important has been said/changed.

    Free

  26. 8 points
    It’s instant and on the system level. You don’t need to open the site manually or check your emails. You get a notification on your mobile device. Whatever you do, wherever you are. It’s how the big players like Facebook and Twitter get people to open their app over and over again.
  27. 8 points
    Communities are bound by a code of conduct that govern user behavior. Sometimes these rules are explicitly written, such as terms, guidelines, or my personal favorite: “Must Read Before Posting Or Banned!!!” topics. (That’s a joke. Please don’t ever write a topic like that!) Sometimes the rules are unwritten, based on evolving behaviors and user-to-user interaction. No matter the method of conduct or scale of communication, all communities contain these community guideposts that govern user behavior. Being able to influence, and being influenced by, these rules of conduct is our second element of Sense of Community. Community Managers. The original influencers. The privilege to persuade is a powerful feeling. It fills users with a sense of control, knowing that they can impact others. It gives purpose to users, who will tap into their inner helpfulness by assisting others. And it imparts a sense of satisfaction, which is one of the highest transcendent values a user can feel. It also leads to a better community. Over time, the mutual interaction between members builds trust, forming a community of authenticity where users can expect repeatable and expected behaviors. It also leads to good governance, where members embrace the codes of conduct by the group, inculcate the code into their own behaviors, and repeat the code to newer members – reinforcing the very codes they learned themselves. Members conform to community rules and standards, sacrificing a little bit of their own individuality but gaining acceptance by the community. Clearly, influence and persuasion is a powerful element. Let’s take a look at some ways in which you can build a better community by unlocking the power of influence. 1. Show New Members How to Influence If your community is anything like mine, you have a welcome topic or message: Do this, read, that, follow this. It’s usually filled with stuff to influence the member. But have you thought about giving the new member an opportunity to influence? And not just in a superficial manner like posting an Introduction topic, but one that’s filled with meaning and purpose. In addition to linking to the best guides and expert content in your community, ask your users to help other members, answer challenging topics, or identify any skills that can help others. 2. Influence through explanations Have you seen communities where the moderators take heavy-handed actions and do things without prior notice? Or they assume you know everything? It feels rude, unwelcoming, and very cliquish. On the other hand, I’ve also seen communities where the moderators and community managers take the time to explain every response. When you take the time to explain the response, you share your reasoning with others. That’s influence. Over time, users will turn around to repeat the reasoning to others, which builds good governance. (It also means less work for you!). Communities are built on transparency and trust, and the more you can openly establish your community norms, the more clearly other users can repeat and reinforce your governance. 3. Be influenced by asking for help One of the most powerful and uplifting things you can do is to ask your members for genuine help. Be candid. Be vulnerable. Explain the challenge. And ask for help. You will find members who will rise to the occasion. Humans are naturally compassionate. We will always help others if we can and communities are one of the best platforms to ask and receive help. If you ever make a mistake, take on a big project, or if you’re ever in over your head, don’t be afraid to ask for help and allow others to influence you. 4. Influence as a privilege One of the stellar reasons for choosing Invision Community are the multiple ways to publish content. You can offer user albums, polls, blogs, articles, discussions, files, clubs, the list goes on. This allows you to offer increasing channels of influence for your superusers. Unfortunately, most communities throw all the choices at a new user, hoping one will stick. That’s like asking a new member who steps into a room of strangers if he wants a microphone, a loudspeaker, and a spotlight! That can be scary. Influence is something to be gained over time, in small bits of comfort and trust. 5. Appreciate the influence. One of the most inspiring actions you can do as a community manager is to acknowledge and appreciate the influence of others. When you do, you affirm the influence of others. It's one of the simplest things you can do too. Pick three random post by members on your site and reply: “I appreciate this contribution because …”. You’ll be surprised by how well members respond to your note of appreciation. CONCLUSION The best influencers are the members who care about the needs and wants of other members. The power to influence is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your members. By allowing them to influence other members, the codes of conduct, and even the direction of your community, they feel a deeper sense of community because they can make an impact on others. The most influential members in a community are surprisingly not the ones who post the most or who act the most dominant. The best influencers are the members who care about the needs and wants of other members. Share in the comments below one of your success stories on how you influenced – or were influenced by – another member. As always, I appreciate your contribution to join me in helping Invision Communities of all sizes build more rewarding and successful communities.
  28. 8 points
    It took a lot of careful consideration and elaborate engineering to come up with the sophisticated solution for keeping track of the entries. But I think it was worth the blood, sweat and tears I poured into it. (It's a .txt file)
  29. 8 points
    Cultivating a strong Sense of Community is a clear goal for community builders. Develop a strong sense of community, and you’ve built a community experience that sparks a more meaningful and connected community that your members will love. A strong sense of community means: An integrated community where members feel personally related An impactful community where a member can influence and be influenced by the group. A fulfilling community where members meet the needs of others and can feel rewarded. A shared community, where users undergo common history, time together, and social experiences. Do you believe you’ve developed a strong sense of community? Follow long as we critically examine the first element in the Sense of Community: Membership. Membership Boundaries of communities have always existed, whether it be neighborhoods, social groups, or online communities. By definition, there are people who belong and people who do not. It’s okay to decline membership to users, thereby providing a more comfortable space for members who are accepted. Here are some time-tested tips from my years of community management that touch upon various attributes of membership: Don’t try to be everything to everyone. It’s far better to be an exclusive community to a smaller, impassioned group of users than to dilute your community for a wide audience. Not everybody deserves to belong, and by intentionally removing irrelevant members, it makes it a more purposeful community for those who can join. Define who should belong, and outline the requirements on your Registration screen and Guest Sign-up widget. Boundaries are walls, but safe walls. Although there’s the pain of rejection and isolation of private communities, it’s offset with the positive benefits of joining. It creates a space where members can feel safe to open up, to feel related to one another, and to feel protected. Reinforce the benefits of joining the community to new members in a welcome message. A new sense of identification. Not only do members join the group, they should develop an extended sense of belonging and identity with the group. The more strongly you can define the sense of belongingness, the more deeply the member will feel connected. There should be a feeling of acceptance, an expectation that one fits in, and a willingness to sacrifice for the group. Create a welcome team that immediately reaches out both publicly and privately, ask how the new member can contribute, and constantly highlight how the community has gone above-and-beyond in members helping members. The higher the boundary, the greater the reward. Personal investment is an important contributor to a member’s feeling of group membership. By working for a membership, a member will feel like he’s earned a place – and that the membership will be more meaningful and valuable. You can ask guests for their accreditations, background, or how they can contribute to the community. The power of symbols. Social groups throughout history have long used symbols, icons, ceremonies, and group language to cultivate a unique sense of identity. These conventions are powerful representations of a group. You can cultivate and write a common language in your Invision Community in large ways and small by uploading unique reactions, changing the language string, and celebrating community-specific holidays and events. As you re-evaluate your community framework with me, take the time to outline what it means to be a member of your community. Defining your membership goes hand-in-hand with defining your purpose. It should touch upon these five attributes of membership: boundaries, emotional safety, sense of belonging, personal investment, and common symbolism. Establish clear distinctions for your community’s membership qualifications, and you’ll be able to develop a deep Sense of Community from the very start of a member’s registration. Share with me and others how you've defined your community's membership in the comments below. I love to hear about other Invision Communities. Joel, Invision Community Advocate and Certified Community Manager
  30. 8 points

    Version 1.1.0

    7 downloads

    This will change the default navigation menu view of the default IPS theme (And all themes based on default theme design) to: Vertical Fixed Main Menu and Horizontal Fixed Sub Menu... Community users has the option to change position of the menu (To right/left) during their active session. The plugin won't add any tables or columns to the core tables to ensure best performance. Plugin in action:

    $15.00

  31. 8 points
    Matt

    Why did Lush quit social media?

    In a move that surprised many, British cosmetics firm Lush has chosen to quit social media. With a combined following across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, Lush has a combined audience of over 1.2 million followers. Lush are being a little cryptic about its reasons but cite having to pay for visibility and getting tired of trying to produce content so just that algorithms will rank it highly. "Increasingly, social media is making it harder and harder for us to talk to each other directly. We are tired of fighting with algorithms, and we do not want to pay to appear in your newsfeed. So we’ve decided it’s time to bid farewell to some of our social channels and open up the conversation between you and us instead." It feels like sacrilege for a brand to come off social media, but I'm not surprised. Social media is about broadcasting more than it is about meaningful conversation. And now, even with a huge following, broadcasting doesn't get the same reach it did a few years ago with platforms pushing paid options more and more. Lush also targets a very young demographic that simply aren't using social media anymore. The firm said it was "cutting out the middleman between ourselves and the Lush community". It remains unclear which direction Lush is going to take to facilitate conversations, but using an independent community platform like Invision Community should be considered. It cuts out any algorithm biased, money hungry platform. It opens up the conversation between the brand and its customers in a meaningful way, and the brand is completely in control of their data and what their customers see. At Invision Community, we're seeing more and more brands looking for a solution outside of social media. Perhaps this will accelerate the trend.
  32. 8 points

    Version 1.2

    40 downloads

    When you use the search functionality (which encompasses search and streams), the ENTIRE content item text for each matching item is returned on the page. Which may be a stunningly large amount of text. All of it. For each item. For both search results and stream results, after all that text has arrived and the page has fully loaded, a javascript controller is then applied. For search results, the javascript finds the matching search term/s in the content, highlights those terms, and then provides a snippet of text before and after. All well and good and working as intended. Streams, which is just search results based on non-term-based queries, the javascript applied is only truncating all of that text down to two or three lines of text. That's it. It would be awfully wonderful if this truncation happened before dumping all this text to the page... I can't help much with search results without handling the finding-the-match-in-the-text stuff, but for STREAM results, I got this. This lets you set a limit of words kicked out to the page per content item. From 50 to 500. Now, with a massively LESS amount of text getting pushed to the stream pages only to get truncated via javascript, stream pages will be MUCH faster. Note that the truncate function on stream pages is still being applied. The advantage here is not loading the page with so much unnecessary text to just be truncated. Stream page items may truncate down to two OR three lines. Recommend leaving the word setting at 100 at least. Adjust as needed for font sizes, and so on, and such forth... English language tested. Yell at me if this breaks Russian or whatever and I can take a look but don't expect instant results.

    Free

  33. 7 points

    Version 1.0.2

    39 downloads

    English: The plugin formats the user name in the mention. Polski: Wtyczka formatuje nazwę użytkownika we wspomnieniach (mention).

    Free

  34. 7 points
    Matt

    Invision Stories

    There's a few barriers here. The technical: to allow 'stories' to be posted, you'll need a fair bit of storage for the videos, you'll also need a queued system to take in raw video and transcribe it into a more friendly and compressed format which is beyond the reach for most self-hosted sites. The strategic. No one comes here to see what I'm up to. They come here for help with their Invision Communities, or they come here to post advice for others, or to learn how to manage their communities. Forums are discussion led platforms. The discussion is the star. Social media are people led platforms. The person is the star. Allowing random members to upload stories about what they're doing and so on cross-circuits the purpose of a discussion led platform. Social media is great at being social medial. Forums are great at being forums.
  35. 7 points
    MrFisc

    Grapply Chat (Beta)

    Version 1.0.4

    14 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

  36. 7 points
    shahed

    Legend Blocks

    Version 1.1.0

    25 downloads

    Legend Blocks is Powerful 40+ Templates for creating Blocks and Widgets + 1 Special "Page Builder" Template. Its also come with a plugin Contain some setting to customize the view of blocks and page builder. Basically you can now create blocks with these new templates (through Pages app Block management) and then use them in all around your community (with IPS sidebar manager) customize the look of those blocks through Plugin settings, and If you want to Create an Index Page for your website, you also can use Special "Page Builder" Template for a new Index page. Special "Page Builder" Template also have it's own settings and you can use it in variety of ways. Demo 1 / Demo 2 ... Templates: Contains currently 40+ templates (Regularly updated and added more) for creating Blocks for your latest articles, news, reviews, topics, files, posts, comments, events, images, albums and ... It's also includ a "Page Builder" template, that can be used for creating Index Pages and this template also have its own plugin settings.

    $12.00

  37. 7 points
    I say leave Apple and it's iPhones in the dust. Why must everybody wait for some company which may end up NEVER doing that? I sincerely believe that you should go with Android which has a HUGE userbase. That would benefit IPS users NOW bring more profit NOW. I honestly can't think why you haven't done this yet. It's not like Apple has 98% of the users and 2% are Android ones..
  38. 7 points

    Version 2019-06-03 - 4.4

    606 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 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 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

  39. 7 points
    newbie LAC

    (NB44) Polls Walls

    Version 1.0.0

    2 downloads

    This application allow to create polls walls based on different filters. By default supported next content types - Forums topics - Blogs entries IPS 4.4.3+ Support topic

    $25.00

  40. 7 points
    A successful community only needs three core elements to flourish and begin producing results. Your community will require some care and effort to flourish, but with the right strategies in place, you'll ensure that the value your community produces continues to increase as time goes by. Let's take a look at the three elements that make for a successful community. Content Content is the life-blood of any community. Content is what is posted by your members, and by your team. In the early days, you'll need to seed discussions and respond to customers posts regularly. It's important to demonstrate that you're actively involved with the community and encouraging others to post and extend discussions. Over time, user-generated content will begin to propel your community forwards. A great way to bring in new users is to write valuable articles using Pages, or the Blog apps. Writing about issues relevant to your community can help position you as an expert and will be shared widely by your community. You don't have to be an expert writer to create articles. There are free apps such as Grammarly to help polish your prose. A great way to quickly generate new content is to quote other news sources and offer your own commentary. For example, if your community is based around TV shows, right now you could easily create a new article for your site based on Game of Thrones by quoting a small part of two or three existing articles denouncing how the quality of writing on Game of Thrones has slipped and offer your contrasting thoughts. Just remember to link back to the original article and check the source site to make sure they are happy for this to happen. HubSpot has a great article on how to quote without stealing. Traffic To really start building your community, you need a steady flow of visitors from outside sources. The content you create will drive traffic into your community, but it sometimes needs a helping hand. Content from inside established communities can drive millions of impressions a month from search engines. It's worth making sure you're making good use of the built-in SEO tools. We recently performed a thorough review of how Invision Community optimises for SEO including adding features such as lazy loading. It is also a good idea to put your community link in your email signature, and share it widely via social media. A good number of our successful community owners have created a Facebook page, and a Twitter account for their community and share their best content over those social channels. Email is still a very powerful tool for creating an audience. We send out a monthly newsletter here at Invision Community, and articles we share with it are viewed at least four times as much as other articles. Engagement Once you have a steady stream of visitors consuming content on your site, you need to engage them to convert them from a casual visitor to a registered member, and then beyond. The first step is to get your visitor to register. While we recommend you make many forums open for guest viewing, we do recommend that you ask for guests to register before posting. We recently added a new feature called 'Post Before Registering' that allows guests to reply and sign-up in one simple activation flow. Most members initially join for selfish reasons. Perhaps they have a broken iPhone and want to ask for help. Or perhaps they came to ask how to fix a code problem. Generally speaking, they do not join out of altruism and a strong desire to help others. To convert a one-time poster to a regular contributor can take some work. Ensuring the default notifications include email when a new post is made will help encourage the poster to return. You can also tag the member in other discussions you feel may be interesting to them. We recently added a few new engagement features that also showcases other interesting content in notification based emails. Taking the time to welcome the member, and showing them how to access the best from your community can go a long way to making your site stand out. Taking the time to focus on these three core elements will help your community grow and prosper. You may not see overnight results, but over time you will start to see a huge difference in visitors, registrations and returning members. That wraps it up for this article. We'd love to know your thoughts on our suggestions and any strategies that you've used in the past that have worked well.
  41. 7 points
    +1000. I have a community for enthusiasts of a specific sport. My community competes for participation and attention against a Facebook group for the same sport. The Facebook group is crushing my community for daily interactions and up-to-the-minute breaking news type posts. I think this is due to 2 big things, among others: 1, people are on FB all the time anyway, 2, PUSH NOTIFICATIONS. Just to level-set, a push notification is one that shows up on your phone or desktop if you allow it, regardless of whether you're currently using that app. Existing IPS notifications are great, but the user only sees them once they browse to the site. Email notifications are not a solution and should be minimized for obvious reasons. Tapatalk is one solution, but IMO it is a non-starter because the look and feel is nowhere as good as the mobile version of IPS, and to get your own branding and ads on Tapatalk you have to pay. I already pay $70/mo for IPS, that's enough. Tapatalk is its own ecosystem and they are very much in control of the user experience. The only things saving my community from being obsoleted by the Facebook group is the sheer fact that a forum is a much better archive of information, and is a more dedicated environment. The searching and organization cannot be matched by Facebook. A FB group flows by like a river, and topics are gone and forgotten within a day or so. There is also no way to monetize a FB group. My community sells subscriptions which pays for the hosting and the rest we donate to charitable organizations in our sport. A huge reason FB wins is that dopamine rush from receiving push notifications. If IPS would provide a push notifications solution, there would be no need for a half-baked 3rd party solution, and it would dramatically improve our forums' ability to compete with Facebook.
  42. 7 points
    Morgin

    Improved Feature: Note to Reporter

    You know when you go to warn a member how you can write a note to the user, and a note to mods? Can we add a third note to the original reporter to have a few form responses "thanks for the report, we are reviewing", etc. stuff like that or a custom response field so that when people report they know the report has been seen? I feel I could increase my community's self moderation if people felt reports led to actionable tasks.
  43. 7 points
    Ok, I have received a couple of messages regarding my night theme, asking if it was available for purchase at all. I'm not a theme developer, it's was never intended to enter the marketplace so the custom.css is not the most professional or tidy one you will ever come across, but I am happy to share it for free and unsupported in this topic. Couple of things, my site runs on a few template modifications, I have reverted all template files for the theme download so it's running all stock 4.4.2 templates. I have also removed CSS which is unique to my site such as the fixed width and icon replacements which you will see in the screenshot below. If you want fixed with, just add this to the top of the custom.css file and edit the value for what suits your site. .ipsLayout_container {max-width: 1100px;} I have also included the editor skin, simply unzip, upload to /applications/core/interface/ckeditor/ckeditor/skins and then select Night Mode under the Editor tab in your theme options. If anyone would like to tidy this up and package it for the marketplace feel free, although it would be nice if it was kept free. Hopefully IPS realise that Dark Themes for mobile users are becoming more popular and include one out the box in future, come on IPS, sort it out! NightMode.zip Dark_Theme.xml
  44. 7 points

    Version 1.0.1

    52 downloads

    This resource will restore the FILES tab on user profile. Requirement: Downloads app Settings: Display TAB if the member has no file submitted Number of files per page Display Files TAB to chosen groups Display Files TAB from chosen groups Honor pinned files Hide Moderator options Important Notice: If you used the previous version of this resource (which was a plugin), follow the steps before install this application: Uninstall the plugin Via FTP, delete the following file from your file system: applications/downloads/extensions/core/Profile/Files.php. Install this application

    Free

  45. 7 points
    Since the last blog entry in this series I have been very busy. I’m still working full time so haven’t been able to spend as much time as I would have liked on The Dogly Mail but I’m really enjoying the time I can. Early growth has been promising and I have been experimenting with different ideas that have come from founder members to see what might work long term. We recently broke the 100 member milestone and that all came from word of mouth. We’re not talking huge numbers but I’m very encouraged for the future. My focus is now on building interactions with four main areas of the site. Forums I had imagined the forums being the most active area after seeing other Invision Communities but I don’t think there are enough regularly active members yet for this area to be truly useful so it is (for now) not the main priority. I am however using some forums functionality effectively. I’ve added a special offers forum that is viewable by non members but to get to the actual topic contents you need to register. This seems to be enticing a few people to sign up and I want to approach more retailers to build on this. I also installed Simple Topic from the marketplace to simplify the posting process down to the absolute minimum steps required. Polls are also proving popular and new members who may not want to commit to introducing themselves or posting a full topic are at least interacting. I’ll be looking for more ways of adding easy interactions such as this. If anybody has any ideas for encouraging early discussion please let me know in the comments. Articles In the articles section new items are slowly being added and I find this a good opportunity to show some personality and indicate to users what they can expect from the rest of the site. I am trying all kinds of articles such as news, reviews, recipes and dog training guides to find out what I should focus on. I would also like to attract some guest writers for different viewpoints and to free up some of my time. Being able to see article view counts in Invision Community and the direct commenting functionality gives me good feedback. Events The launch of the events section coincided with a large dog related event in London and through it I was able to collaborate with the event organisers and do some succesful networking. This has led to some future opportunities for product reviews and reinforces my point from the last blog article where not all of your time should be spent behind the keyboard. Most of the events are being added by myself but hopefully as this section builds others will find it useful for promoting their own events. Photos One of the early members was quick to suggest we incorporate image sharing into the website as after all how can anybody resist cute photos of puppies? For this I originally looked at the Invision Gallery but felt that this section needed to have a voting element and Gallery was perhaps too feature rich. I wanted it to be a simple first interation with the website. I wanted people to be able to vote and more importantly encourage their friends to sign up and vote too. We started out with a simple topic and for the first month with not many people this worked great. One post was an entry and people could “Like” their favourites. It quickly became quite popular and it was clear that we would need something dedicated to the task so I commissioned some custom work. This was real investment but is already showing promising signs after launching April 1st. New members can now enter the photo competition and register at the same time so most new registrations are now coming from this route. I’ve recently discovered the profile completion feature so will enable that this month to try and increase engagement a bit further. I want to keep to our non intrusive privacy policy so this will all be optional and limited to member photo and some simple dog breed and numer of dogs fields. The Auto Welcome plugin from the marketplace will also be used when I figure out the best way to deploy it. With what I have learned so far I have a better idea of what is going to work to attract registrations and there is also a credible amount of content. This month I will be starting to look into some paid promotion with the hope of hitting my next milestone of 250 members. I will share my findings and hopefully some helpful marketing tips next month.
  46. 7 points
    TheJackal84

    Update Checks

    Version 1.0.1

    17 downloads

    This is a simple application I made because I thought it was long to keep going onto my server to change the update check php files each time I update a app or plugin How to use Simply upload the .tar file and wait for install Navigate to this apps menu in the ACP and click files Click to create new and enter all the details about the application Files Name Files Version Files Long Version Files Update URL Files Release Date If you have downloads installed and files uploaded you can choose to use that file to bring the name and update url automatically by selecting that file from the list, if you don't have downloads installed and files uploaded then you would enter the data manually Each one has a little button on the table what will bring up the update url you will add to your app or plugin NOTE... Unless you are a developer who makes apps / plugins / themes this app will be no use to you it is only intended to be used by developers for easy access to edit their files update checks

    Free

  47. 7 points
    Makoto

    Discord Native Widget

    Version 1.0.0

    141 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

  48. 7 points
    Pete T

    TXT & PHP Widget

    Version 1.0.1

    3,435 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

  49. 6 points
    Some thoughts in no particular order: 1. Yes, Facebook will be here for a very long time. They've done an exceptionally good job of making the service as sticky as possible for users, with games, marketplace selling, and soon their Libra coin. 2. Facebook and Discord is not free. There's a false sense of free with those services, where it's literally costing you your user data and privacy. 3. Whether or not Facebook and Discord are easier to start a new community on, they're exceptionally bad for large communities with a lot of activity. There's no long form communication or organization on those platforms, which makes to hard to save and retain the best content. The one overwhelming takeaway from this article is that anytime you rely on another platform, you're at it's mercy. The only way to protect yourself is to run an independent community. You lose a lot of the platform's benefits, but you control your own destiny.
  50. 6 points
    Joel R

    Improved Feature: Note to Reporter

    I would be interested. I think it's important to bring transparency to the report and make the reporter feel that their time and energy to help sustain a clean community is appreciated.
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