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IPS Community Suite 4.1: Upgrade Prep

Version 4.1 of IPS Community Suite is nearly ready for its supported release. We have fixed hundreds of issues leftover from the 4.0 versions, introduced dozens of new features, and made the system run much faster.

Check out the release notes and preview blogs for more information.

When you upgrade from version 4.0 to 4.1 there are a few things to know and we will touch on the big points here. Be sure to read the release notes for a complete list.

Theme Changes

There are quite a few theme changes in 4.1 but most will not destroy 4.0 themes completely. You may need to update some areas though. If you used the custom CSS feature or the easy mode theme editor then most of those settings will be preserved in the upgrade. Note that the globalTemplate did change, specifically to remove the "utilitiesMenu" template bit. The upgrade system will attempt to handle all this for you but if there are any issues you can either update your theme or revert any templates causing issues. The system will show you a warning if there are any problems.

You can check out out theme difference tool to see all changes. Most 4.0 themes will work just fine on 4.1 and those that do not generally just require small updates. Be sure to do a test upgrade on a backup first to see how it goes.

Menu Manager

The new Menu Manager in IPS Community Suite 4.1 is a powerful new feature that gives you much more flexibility in your top level menu structure. When you upgrade, the system will make its best guess on how the menu should be shown. Of course you may not like this layout but you can easily change it in the AdminCP under the Menu Manager. Just drag and drop to whatever menu setup works best for you!

Activity Streams

Many older areas like View New Content, My Content, and more are now merged into the new Activity Streams feature. You can still replicate all that those old areas did and we actually ship with some default Streams to get you started. You can also, if you like, set an admin-default stream that shows in the upper right area automatically. Your members can override that with their own defaults if they find they like their own custom streams better.

 

For example, every morning when I get online I first check a custom Stream I created that I named "Home" which I selected as my default. By checking the default icon, a link always shows in the upper right.

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Admins can also define a selection of available streams and set a global default. Here is an example that creates an unread content stream.

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There are tons of new features, fixes, and enhancements in 4.1. We hope you enjoy!

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Looks great! I like the option to make a stream the default. I also like the way you pin a stream, so for example I could create a stream called Latest Halloween Content which will be great for members.

I'm glad the theme differences aren't too big for the theme designers out there.

So much hard work, well done and thank you.

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Is there a way to setup pagination for activity streams? For large forums, the page can get extremely laggy if you just keep clicking view more and they load all in the same page. If not, at least a 'view all' option so I don't have to click that link over and over and over again.

 

Also if you realize that many people will be missing the 'View New Content', why did you opt not to include it as one of the default setup streams instead of making admins have to manually set it up?

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6 minutes ago, Erwinrom said:

On the page Theme Differences there is now also an option 4.1.0. That wasn't available yesterday...

They just changed to current release. 4.1 is officially out... :)

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I just upgraded to 4.1

Everything went very smooth...

Just heads up, while upgrade some of the parts take really long time it looks like endless loop but it completes the process (do not worry)

And of course after the upgrade I see background process, I am going to see how long this one is going to take???? lol!

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2 hours ago, media said:

I just upgraded to 4.1

Everything went very smooth...

Just heads up, while upgrade some of the parts take really long time it looks like endless loop but it completes the process (do not worry)

And of course after the upgrade I see background process, I am going to see how long this one is going to take???? lol!

Ok including background process the upgrade is complete....

Background process took about 4 hours (95 thousand user 1 million posts)

Everything look good except if you have a third party application you get below error if you click on activity menu (either 3rd party owner fix this or I have to do something not sure!!!!)

I have video application by Michael...

Fatal error: Access to undeclared static property: IPS\videos\Video::$urlBase in /home/media/public_html/test/system/Content/Item.php on line 957

 

I am loving the new menu tab at the top...

OMG... So useful and easy to modify and so on... :)

Overall, excellent job IPB.

So far no problem at all... I am sure that 3rd party will be fixed soon by Michael

Thanks

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