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5 ways to show your community members you are thankful for them

Gratitude is an essential part of building community. One of the most powerful emotions is gratitude. It helps foster meaningful connections, expands awareness and, well, it just feels good! Invision Community features powerful tools to help you maintain relationships with your clients, customers or members. Approaching them with gratitude in mind will inspire your community to blossom…

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller

Achievements just became even more powerful

Earlier this year, Invision Community launched a native gamification system called Achievements. We added significant improvements to Achievements in our new release, 4.6.8, out now!  🎉  Achievements allows community leaders to reward members with points, badges and ranks for their outstanding contributions. We listened to your feedback and implemented some very exciting changes. In th…

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller

Maximize community growth with our new reporting metrics

Gathering information, then understanding what to do with it, is essential for sustainability. Reporting tools available in the Invision Community platform can help you better understand the inner workings of your community and decide whether your current setup is leading you towards or away from your bottom line.  We recognize that knowledge is power, so we expanded our extensive list of r…

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller

SEO: Improving crawling efficiency

No matter how good your content is, how accurate your keywords are or how precise your microdata is, inefficient crawling reduces the number of pages Google will read and store from your site. Search engines need to look at and store as many pages that exist on the internet as possible. There are currently an estimated 4.5 billion web pages active today. That's a lot of work for Google. …

Matt

Matt

Editor Stock Replies

Wouldn't it be nice if the Invision Community editor could re-use whole replies, text snippets, and even reply templates? As we get ready to welcome more customers into our staffed community support area, this feature idea has become a reality to help form personalized replies. Invision Community has a saved actions feature that allows the community team to perform multiple actions on mu…

Matt

Matt

Announcing new updates to Clubs and Activity Streams (plus a sneak peek at our website refresh)!

It’s been a minute since our last blog post, but we have cooked up several epic projects in the interim. To refresh your memory, we recently launched a new platform update, 4.6. It includes *takes a deep breath* Achievements, Zapier integration, web app and push notifications, anonymous posting, solved content, the ability to show when a team member has replied, a new health dashboard, spam i…

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller

In Case You Missed It: Watch our 4.6 Live Event

Invision Community's latest update, 4.6, is officially out!  To celebrate, we hosted a live event on Zoom. I, alongside two of the three Invision Community co-founders @Charles and @Matt (shout-out to @Lindy) sat down for a roundtable talk to chat about some of the slickest features 4.6 has to offer. If you'd like to refresh your memory with exactly what features we implemented…

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller

Proud to Present: An interview with Invision Community President Charles Warner

Nearly two decades ago, Invision Community President, @Charles , set out to make a leading online community platform.  Around that time, Charles also met his now-husband of 18-years and hasn't looked back since. Until now.  Behind the code, product updates and newsletters are a group of people who share a passion for community building. Considering how volatile and toxic the Internet can…

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller

What's new in 4.6.0?

Well, friends, what a journey we've been on since we started work on Invision Community 4.6.0. With 11 developers accumulating 934 commits over 3,157 files changing 120,281 lines of code, we're ready to show it to the world. Along with over 260 bug fixes, this new release contains some great new functionality. Let's take a look at what's new. Achievements Achievements, badges, ran…

Matt

Matt

3 Improvements to Spam Management in 4.6

Spam is as much a part of life on the internet as emoji overuse, serial GIF abuse and regretful tweeting. But I'm not here to talk about how I conduct myself online; I wanted to talk about three spam improvements coming to Invision Community 4.6. As you may be aware, Invision Community has its own Spam Defense functionality, which uses a mixture of crowdsourced data, publicly available d…

Matt

Matt

Drum roll please… announcing Achievements!

One of the overarching goals for any community leader is to shine a bright light on your members. Their contributions should be publicly recognized. Now with Invision Community’s new Achievements system... you can! Achievements is Invision Community’s native gamification system baked into our latest update, 4.6.  We’ve dreamed up innovative actions for community leaders to publicly rec…

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller

Wanted: PHP developer to join our growing team

Invision Community has an exciting opportunity for an experienced PHP developer to join our team. Invision Power Services, Inc. is behind the leading community software platform, Invision Community. Our tailored solutions serve clients of all sizes, from smaller communities to the world’s biggest brands. We have been on the forefront of independent and white label engagement communities …

Matt

Matt

Web push notifications, native sharing & offline support

As we approach the release of Invision Community 4.6, I wanted to take you through some improvements for using Invision Community on a mobile device. Web push notifications For some time, we've used the local browser notification API to show users notifications. There's a big drawback though: users had to have the site open in a tab for these to work. This is particularly problematic for…

Rikki

Rikki

Updates to our community

You’ve probably already noticed that something looks a little different in our community today. As part of our ongoing community improvements, we’ve performed some housekeeping to streamline the forum structure, make more distinction between areas and open up a few areas to guests and friends. The big visual change is that we now have four separate areas: support, community, marketplace …

Matt

Matt

No-code automation with Zapier

Invision Community customers can create automated workflows between Invision Community and over 3,000 other apps including Google Documents, MailChimp, Facebook and Twitter with just a few clicks. If you haven’t integrated your Invision Community with Zapier yet, you’re leaving organic growth on the table! It’s been a wild year, so we’d like to refresh your memory regarding th…

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller

Welcome to the team, Jordan!

I'm thrilled to introduce the newest member of team Invision Community. You may recognise Jordan from his photo as he's been an active member of our community as BreatheHeavy. Jordan has been running his site BreatheHeavy.com using Invision Community for nearly a decade. Jordan's official title is "Community Advocate" which means that he will be working very closely with our community to…

Matt

Matt

Health Dashboard

The support tool has served us well for many years. You can identify, at a glance, potential issues with your community both presently and down the road, right from the comfort of your AdminCP, and you can often resolve those issues with just a few clicks. But what if we could do better? What if we could make this useful administrative area of the software even more useful? The next vers…

bfarber

bfarber

We're hiring and have three new positions to fill!

Invision Community is growing! We're currently recruiting three new roles, one full-time and two part-time. Applications are now closed, thank you to all those that applied. We'll be going through them over the next few weeks. It's been a very busy year for all of us at Invision Community and our continued success means that we're looking to expand our team even further with three new ro…

Matt

Matt

Highlight Topics With Replies From Groups

Wouldn't it be great to know if a staff member had replied to a topic before you clicked to open it? When you're scanning a list of topics, knowing which have had a reply by a member of the community team can help decide which to read. Currently, you need to open the topic and scan the posts to see if there's a reply from the team. Happily, in our next release, we've made it clear which …

Matt

Matt

Solved Content Improvements

For a long time, Invision Community has supported a Question and Answer mode within the Forums application which allows a reply to be flagged as the "best answer" to the question posed. With the release of 4.5, we also introduced a way to allow topics to be marked as "solved" which introduces similar functionality without transforming the look and feel or other behavior of the forum itself. B…

bfarber

bfarber

Anonymous Posting

For a very long time Invision Community has allowed community owners to choose how open or private their communities should be. Communities could optionally allow guests to post without registering, they could allow the use of pseudonyms or they could require the use of real names. This covers a diverse range of communities but feedback from our clients made us realize that some use cases hav…

Andy Millne

Andy Millne

Trial Invision Community 4.5 Now

If you're preparing to upgrade to Invision Community 4.5, there's now an easy way to test it out. We have updated our Invision Community demo system to use Invision Community 4.5! This is a quick and easy way to take 4.5 for a test drive and test all the new functionality before making your upgrade plans. Taking out a demo is very simple, just head over to our demo sign up pag…

Matt

Matt

4.5: Sign in with Apple

Since the feature was announced at last year’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) we have received lots of requests to implement Sign in with Apple in Invision Community. We’re pleased to announce that as of 4.5 this is now available. You will need a paid Apple developer account to use it but once enabled users will be able to sign in using their Apple ID and all the convenience that brin…

Andy Millne

Andy Millne

Welcome to Invision Community 4.5

We've been on a little journey together since we announced the first Invision Community 4.5 feature way back in November 2019. The first feature we announced was a revamped Admin Control Panel interface which created more visual space and brightened it up. Actually, we made it so bright that the first feature request was to add a dark mode (which we did). In the space of three short mont…

Matt

Matt

4.5: One More Thing...

Almost ten years ago we launched the Marketplace; a place to connect Invision Community owners with talented developers creating new functionality. Over the decade, the Marketplace has grown to hold thousands of applications, large and small. For many Invision Community owners, the Marketplace has become an essential resource. Our aim was always to have the Marketplace available inside y…

Stuart Silvester

Stuart Silvester

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