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IPS Marketplace Update

The IPS Marketplace is the place to go for plugins, skins, language packs, full applications, and other resources provided by the IPS community. Some resources are free and some have a small fee. It's a great way to find ways to personalize your community and expand its functions.


Some updates...

I wanted to share some general statistics on the Marketplace (yes, I'm channeling Apple here). Yesterday we reached a great milestone:

Since its inception, we have paid out over $250,000 to contributors. Yes over a quarter million dollars has been paid out to those that sell resources in the Marketplace!

What's even more exciting is the growth we are seeing. In fact over 40% of that total payout was done just this year! Because I love any excuse to play with Excel here's a chart showing growth trend:



We also now have over 500 individual contributors that are providing both free and paid resources in the Marketplace.

Improvements coming soon

We are in the process of doing some cleaning up to make resources easier to find. Expect to see new categories based on what things do (moderation tools, promotion, utilities, etc.) rather than what they are (hook, mod, app, etc.) which we think will make finding resources for your community even easier.


A new ability to allow us to feature more than one resource at a time has already been launched.

Take a moment to browse the IPS Marketplace and see if there are any resources that would benefit your community. If you find one don't forget to thank the contributor!

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Whilst contributions to the market place are great and some have their place, I've found over the years that to use, and rely on, addons is a big mistake.   Addons come and go, and so do many of the developers responsible for them and as IPBoard evolves, the third party addons get left behind or abandoned leaving users with unusable third party apps.

 

Of course, there are developers who continue to develop and support their apps, but there are a whole load who don't either which is why I have few mods on my site now, and those I do have I could live without realistically.   I was stung once before with an SEO mod which did my site a tremendous amount of good, then it got dropped presumably because the mod developer wasn't making enough money and my site hasn't recovered, ever, and that was years ago.   My advice, don't rely on mods, don't get your users reliant on mods and only ever introduce mods onto your site that you, and your users can live without.

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We are in the process of doing some cleaning up to make resources easier to find. Expect to see new categories based on what things do (moderation tools, promotion, utilities, etc.) rather than what they are (hook, mod, app, etc.) which we think will make finding resources for your community even easier.

Be nice to have it both ways somehow.  Perhaps allow/require one predefined tag for what kind of a resource it is (app/hook/module/skin/etc)?  Be able to look at utilities but narrow down to hooks would work wonders.

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i would like to see a forced update check url requirement on all applications and hooks as its hard to keep track of updated atm also woudl be nice that when a dev makes a text change to his application info page it dose not send a file updated email

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These guys work really hard to bring us some great hooks, mods, skins and add-ons. Really grateful to them, in particular Michael, Mike John, Marcher, Stoo, Adriano, Sherri and many more. Glad they are getting recognised and paid for their talent. The Marketplace is a brilliant resource from IPS.

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I think the Marketplace is a great thing, for IPS, for the developers, and obviously for users (who either don't have the time or knowledge) to develop their own add-ons.  With that said, markopolo2002's comment has obvious merit, and as I'm pretty sure has happened in the past (I'm new but I'd imagine it's the case) the most popular (downloaded/purchased/reviewed) add-ons will hopefully be added to the growing IPS software suite as an included feature to help decrease the "fallout/falloff" of developer support that can cripple user sites relying on those add-ons.

 

I'm not sure how that process works, but it's definitely a looming concern of mine moving forward.  My hope is IPS looks out for both the top contributing developers and their users, and tries to purchase the most popular products as a mainstay in their own product.

 

As far as enhancements:

- New category structuring will be welcomed to help narrow down on functionality over "type".

- Would be good to maybe promote some kind of coding consistency/standard such that permission sets and configuration is more uniform.  In my start with the IPS software, this has become a bit of a confusing aspect trying to locate the settings because they seem to wind up in various places.  Maybe it already is uniform to some degree, I just haven't seen the "pattern" yet, but again I'm new to it all :smile:

- Filter by version compatibility is a big plus as mentioned above.

- Maybe add a stability status as a product can be released as compatible with a given version of IPS but be under review or development for reported bugs.  With that said maybe adding some kind of bug tracking for developers instead of a support topic. Users can submit bug report, developer can confirm bugs, and developer can set the release to under development/enhancement or stable.  Will just give people a better gauge for the state of the marketplace product at a given point in time.

 

Just my .02 :smile:

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Main issue of market place is that the contributions are not standardized, I mean packages' title prefixes, zip files prefixes,etc

Each file that is being added to market place should have standardized display criteria like some of contributors doing currently, e.g.

(SOS34), also what I miss in Market Place is standardized versioning and option to search by "compatibility version" - now I have to go into each contribution - check compatibility level - check support topic if it really work for specified version.

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Each file that is being added to market place should have standardized display criteria like some of contributors doing currently, e.g.

(SOS34),

 

Personally, I'd prefer it if contributors dropped the naming prefixes in the addon title.  As a new user browsing the marketplace, "(SOS34)" means absolutely nothing to me and is confusing.  "Recent Topics Block on Board Index" however would tell me right away what the file I'm looking at does and whether I'm interested (contrived example to show what I'm talking about).

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Since its inception, we have paid out over $250,000 to contributors. Yes over a quarter million dollars has been paid out to those that sell resources in the Marketplace!


Congrats to all contributors! And a big thanks for all your hard work!
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I've found over the years that to use, and rely on, addons is a big mistake.   Addons come and go, and so do many of the developers responsible for them and as IPBoard evolves, the third party addons get left behind or abandoned leaving users with unusable third party apps.

 

This problema will always exist, here in Wordpress, Expression Engine, Jommla, VB, Xenforo... it is a difficult situation to solve.

 

For instance in the case of Social Groups Mod. Although I have bought it I'm now thinking of stop using it, and creating myself those groups on demand using something like a form.

 

If someone wants a dedicated group, just have to fill out a form and I will create it for them. It is not exactly the same, I find it to be a saver approach.

 

There are probably a couple of add-ons that should be integrated in IPS 4.0 one of them could be Social Groups funtionality out of the box.

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Well, I love the service, I hate the direction. Just one example : the shoutbox mod and the fact that EVERYTHING is happening on a ANOTHER website > that should be banned from here really. You have no control on the dev / community, we have no clue about who does what on that mod, etc. Very bad imho. And it's very UNCLEAR that the mod is not free anymore... Hate it. :x

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Well, I love the service, I hate the direction. Just one example : the shoutbox mod and the fact that EVERYTHING is happening on a ANOTHER website > that should be banned from here really. You have no control on the dev / community, we have no clue about who does what on that mod, etc. Very bad imho. And it's very UNCLEAR that the mod is not free anymore... Hate it. :x

I am not sure what are you talking about. The Shoutbox is a free app

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