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IP.Content 2.3: What To Expect

IP.Content, our popular content management and creation tool, allows administrators to manage content throughout their site. You can create templates, pages, blocks that can be embedded anywhere (even outside of IP.Board!), and databases of custom data with many easy to use yet comprehensive tools built into the software. Development is underway on the next major version of IP.Content, version 2.3, and we wanted to take a moment to let you know what you can expect to see in this release.

Please keep in mind that all specific features and release schedule time frames are subject to change depending on circumstances outside of our control. With that in mind, let's take a look at the areas we will be focusing on for IP.Content 2.3.


Usability
One of the most important areas of the software we are focusing on with 2.3 is usability. We have received and reviewed much feedback regarding the way IP.Content users utilize the many features in the software and will be placing a very heavy focus on streamlining the interface to make your work flows quicker, easier and more intuitive. Every word, button, link and form option for every page of IP.Content has been scrutinized, and we have found many areas we feel we can make more intuitive without removing functionality for advanced users.

To go along with improving the ease of use of the software, we are intending to include some new functionality to help novice users get started using the software quicker. Certain requests in the forums show a pattern, and we've been paying attention to these patterns. IP.Content 2.3 should prove much easier to use, for beginning users, average webmasters, and developers alike.


Consistency
The IP.Board framework offers a vast array of features and functionality that can be utilized by applications tied to it, including IP.Content. While IP.Content makes use of many of these features out of the box already, we are going to be expanding the use of existing framework functionality, which will serve many important purposes:

  • Consistency helps users better understand how the software works, and learn how to use it quicker
  • Better use of framework functionality will improve moderation and administration of the software
  • Expanded use of built in functionality of IP.Board will allow you and your users to utilize more features in the software

There are some specific areas we will focus on with this release, and we are sure that you will be pleased with the expanded feature set and improved consistency between IP.Content and the rest of our addon applications.


SEO
Search engine optimization can be a challenging task with software such as IP.Content, primarily because you are in control of the majority of the final output. Nevertheless, some specific areas of focus have been identified and we will be improving some various aspects of the software to help ensure the software itself is not a hindrance in allowing you to target your site as you see fit.


Strengthening Existing Features
We want to take this opportunity to also strengthen some of the existing feature set of IP.Content. Certain features do not always work as some of our customers expect, and we want to ensure your experience with the software is intuitive, and produces the outcome that you expect. We are going to focus on some of the existing features that we have received feedback about to ensure they work as you expect. Before we move on to brand new features in the software that will blow you away (and we have internally identified several we wish to explore further), we want to be certain that the existing features work perfectly for you first.


Stay tuned for future blog entries outlining details of the specific changes to come. We wanted to give you a high-level overview of the direction we are taking IP.Content, and the areas we are focusing on, so that you can know what to expect when we start talking specifics in the coming weeks. We are targeting spring of 2012 for a release, and in the mean time will be working closely with focus groups, alpha testers and developers to ensure the release we deliver is as great as we hope it will be. Please ensure you post feature requests in the IP.Content feedback forum, otherwise we welcome your comments in the area below!
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I didn't.... but will we see a 2.2.3 with the functionality we direly need?
Above and beyond tags, which I am aware is in progress..... can you honestly say default mobile doesn't look truly shoddy?
http://community.invisionpower.com/topic/318259-ipcontent-and-phones/page__view__findpost__p__2199542

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[quote name='bfarber' timestamp='1321975397']
Where did you read that in the blog entry? :blink:


so far you haven't said anything. C'mon Brandon give us more details not just more usable more lovable more adorable

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Well it seems like if he isn't implying that he could pretty easily clear it up and let us know we'll be getting tags sooner than 2.3. Content hasn't had any major new feature updates like the other apps have since 3.2 was released and now it looks like we could be waiting from 4 to 7 months for a new version that adds extremely useful things like Tags.

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Guys, 2.3 *is* the next major version update. We will *not* be releasing major new features in a minor point release. So, yes, 2.3 will be the next release that contains major new functionality (such as tagging).

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Although I'm disappointed in such a long timeframe until the possibility of the tagging being added, thank you bfarber for clearing that up so that those of us who do heavy development in IPC know what to expect and when.

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[quote name='bfarber' timestamp='1321995259']
Guys, 2.3 *is* the next major version update. We will *not* be releasing major new features in a minor point release. So, yes, 2.3 will be the next release that contains major new functionality (such as tagging).

.....so what exactly, was the entire 2.2.x iteration? you added No features.... a Hotfix?

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Don't be so hostile guys... be happy for the hard work that is going into this. I know it's been something that needs improvement, and you are hearing it directly from Brandon that it is going to be improved upon. I would have expected more "Thank you's" being Thanksgiving and all! :)

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Good to hear usability is going to be looked at.

Number one on my wish list is the ability on a per page level to define what's in the search field. i.e. on an IP Content created page it says "Pages" but more often than not I would prefer the default search from that page to be forums.

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it sounds like we are going down the "wait till the next major board version is out" road again
please tell me its going to be out before 3,3?

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never mind
just re-read and saw this
We are targeting spring of 2012 for a release,

3-5 month wait for needed now features ... wonderful! :)




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To clarify, since it was asked, this release does *not* hinge upon IP.Board 3.3 being released first. That said, it is possible IP.Board 3.3 will be out before IP.Content, and the reverse is also possible. Time will tell.

The 2.2 branch was largely a compatibility update (same for IP.Downloads 2.4, for example). We have gone through our addon applications and pushed out "major" updates for them, and we are working hard to push out a major IP.Content update now. We have exciting features planned and can't wait to share them - we just thought a little introductory blog to let you know the overall goals would be a nice way to start is all. :) I'm starting to think perhaps this introductory blog isn't so helpful and we should have simply started discussing the features to come lol.

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[quote name='bfarber' timestamp='1322013423']
To clarify, since it was asked, this release does *not* hinge upon IP.Board 3.3 being released first. That said, it is possible IP.Board 3.3 will be out before IP.Content, and the reverse is also possible. Time will tell.The 2.2 branch was largely a compatibility update (same for IP.Downloads 2.4, for example). We have gone through our addon applications and pushed out "major" updates for them, and we are working hard to push out a major IP.Content update now. We have exciting features planned and can't wait to share them - we just thought a little introductory blog to let you know the overall goals would be a nice way to start is all. :) I'm starting to think perhaps this introductory blog isn't so helpful and we should have simply started discussing the features to come lol.

:D that works for me LOL.

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[quote name='bfarber' timestamp='1322013423']
I'm starting to think perhaps this introductory blog isn't so helpful and we should have simply started discussing the features to come lol.


I like this :)

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[quote name='bfarber' timestamp='1322013423']
I'm starting to think perhaps this introductory blog isn't so helpful and we should have simply started discussing the features to come lol.


or better yet go straight to releasing the software ;P

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Looking forward to any and all updates for IP.Content (more-so than IP.Board). It has so much potential, but needs to grow and mature so much to get there.

To be honest, this blog entry is too vague Brandon. All you've really told us is you will be improving IP.Content to make it easier to use and more consistent, etc without any details whatsoever on how this will be done. Those 4 bold headings alone are all one needs to read in this blog entry, the rest is uninformative padding.

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Glad to see an update.. keep em coming. I was honestly hoping to see something more substantial since the last major update almost a year ago. The 3.2 compatibility release needs to be finished.. make the backend ACP as easy to manage database records as 3.1 was (searching??).

My predictions for the next major release:
* Tagging
* Some type of "app" packaging system where you can package databases and templates up and share with others
* Improved block configuration options (hopefully less implied hidden logic that users have to guess at when using block filters)
* Some type of IP.Nexus block integration
* Some type of easy-button UI for newbies to use IPC

What I'd like to see but have doubts on:
* Some option to modify skin-dependent versions of blocks and templates (such as the mobile skin version)

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The reason there is no details in this blog post is because there is not meant to be any!

It's an introductory blog, just letting people know that they have not forgotten about IP.content and some of the areas they will be improving.

It really seems impossible to please everyone around here. If you realease updates with fixes and updates, people moan the updates are too frequent. If they don't release them, people moan the updates are "urgent" and NEED to be released as if IPS are providing a firmware for a pacemaker or something.

On the same note, if IPS release information about the updates, people just want it relaeased straight away, which obviously is not going to happen. On the other hand, if IPS say nothing and just go ahead and release an update, in the time leading up to the update, people would moan like hell that that their suggestion is not being listened too or they are being left in the dark about progress.

I just get highy frustrated with people acting as if IPS should do exactly as they say. There are companies and software out there that provide MUCH less support and user interaction than IPS so we should think ourselves lucky to even have a say in what goes on behind the scenes.

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Well, many words, little (new) information.

[quote name='Rhett' timestamp='1322006489']
Don't be so hostile guys... be happy for the hard work that is going into this.

Why? This is no free open-source project, so you pay for this ;)

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[quote name='Ikadon' timestamp='1322038898']
Why? This is no free open-source project, so you pay for this ;)

Exactly. You bought the software for what it could do when you bought it. NEVER assume you'll get new features.

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