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IPS Resources back online

Thank you for your patience while we made our improvements to the resource site! There are some exciting changes we would like to point out to help you navigate through the new features. Homepage Updates We've made a few improvements to the homepage, with more to come. Immediately, you will notice we have separated the left column to show 'Top' listings and the right column to show 'Latest' li…

Alex

Alex

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IP.Nexus

Recent advances in technology coupled with a tremendous increase in online awareness have had a profound effect on the growth of online communities. To better serve both present and future customers and in the interest of furthering our position as a leader in online community development, we are pleased to announce that we will immediately increase and refocus all development resources to the enh…

Lindy

Lindy

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Introducing IP.Shoutbox

In our efforts to improve the services offered to you through IPS Resources, we will soon be releasing another community-driven project, IP.Shoutbox. Much like IP.Tracker, this will be an IPS-sponsored project written by you, the community. We have approached two people who we feel will do a great job on IP.Shoutbox, these two are currently working very hard to produce a beta of the modification.…

Alex

Alex

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Resource Site Updates

Our new resource site has been online for a few months now and the feedback has been great so we are going to enhance the offerings and further involve our community of resource authors. Some upcoming changes include: Forum Organization We will be reorganizing and adding new forums to the company forums resource section to make it easier to navigate and find information. You will also soon notic…

Charles

Charles

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IPB3: Banned User Management

The term 'ban' in IP.Board has a relatively loose definition and can often mean many different things. IP.Board supports an array of useful features to control access to the board, or in this case to restrict access to the board. Some examples of what 'ban' may refer to are IP address ban filters Email address ban filters Username ban filters Placing a user in the 'Banned' group Suspending…

bfarber

bfarber

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IPB 3: Styling IPBoard 3

One of the first items we determined for IPBoard 3 was that it was going to ship with a brand new skin. Our current skin has been with us since the first release of IPB2, and the style goes back even further than that. The Pro skin was introduced more recently, but its main intention was to simplify, rather than bring a significant update. And so, the responsibility for designing and implementing…

Rikki

Rikki

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Advancing the Login Manager

IP.Board 2 included a login manager utility in the admin control panel. Using this tool, you could tell IP.Board to authenticate login requests against third party databases, LDAP installations, or against IP.Converge, for example. You could even write up your own login methods and authenticate against any external data source of your choosing (i.e. the IP.Board 2.3 OpenID module). We used t…

bfarber

bfarber

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IPB 3: Making Templating Easier

HTML logic has been a feature of Invision Power Board for quite some time now. Although we didn't make much use of the '<foreach>' tag so that skins could be backwards compatible, we did make good use of the <if> <else /> logic. Now that we have a clean slate with v3.0, we can really make some positive changes. Invision Power Board 3.0 makes full use of the existing HTML logic and adds some more …

Matt

Matt

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IPB 3: Creating a new framework using PHP 5

One of the biggest discussions we had during Invision Power Board 3.0's planning was whether or not to drop support for PHP 4 and require a minimum of PHP 5. The advantages of using only PHP 5 were numerous and we really felt like we could increase security and efficiency by taking advantage of the new PHP 5 features. This decision became much easier when we learned that PHP 4 was no longer being …

Matt

Matt