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Invision Community 4.3

We are happy to announce the new Invision Community 4.3 is nearly available! Here is the list of what's new and we will follow up with individual blog entries going into detail about each new feature every couple days over the next few weeks. There will be a public preview in late January and we should go to public beta soon after that. Keep an eye on our blog for updates! Some hi…

Charles

Charles

4.3: Scaleable search and interface improvements

Search. Let's be honest, it's not the most exciting feature in the world. You ask to find things, and it shows you what it found. Simple, right? It's a lot more complex than that. After numerous tests, a few surveys and many discussions with customers, we've decided that there is no "right" or "wrong" way to search. Invision Community is used on many diverse communities and each has it…

Mark

Mark

4.3: Welcome to the future, blog!

Good news! We've taken Invision Community's Blog app by the scruff of the neck and dragged it into 2018! There has been a growing trend for imagery to play a very important part of a blog entry. This update reflects that. Introducing Grid View <br> We have added a new view that shows your blog entries as cards with space for a cover photo. We've very visual creatures, and a …

Matt

Matt

4.3: Sign in from other sites using OAuth

The best way to convert guests into members is to make the onboarding process as simple as possible. Over the years, we've added special log in methods for Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft. We've carefully hand coded these integrations to allow guests to sign up with just a few clicks using services they're already a member of. These services used to use proprietary methods to …

Mark

Mark

4.3: Express yourself with Emoji

Emoji: built in to¬†Invision Community 4.3! ūüéČ Invision Community has a long history. We remember the early days of forums, back when graphical¬†"emoticons" or "smilies" were added. We have always shipped our products¬†with¬†a basic set of emoticons with the ability to add your own images and has supported emoji from mobile devices. Emoji has become a standard across mobile and desktop…

Mark

Mark

4.3: Automatic Community Moderation

One huge benefit of running your own Invision Community is the moderation tools. Out of the box, Invision Community allows you to turn members into moderators. Better still, you can define what these moderators have permission to do. Part of this moderation suite is the report system. The report system allows your members to flag posts that need a moderator's attention. There come…

Matt

Matt

How Invision Community's tools can help with GDPR compliance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation (EU 2016/679) that is intended to strengthen and unify data protection for EU residents from 25th May 2018. How can Invision Community help? <br> While Invision Community enables you to collect and store information, it's important to note that you as¬†the site owner¬†are the¬†data controller.¬†If your site can collect data from EU …

Matt

Matt

Invision Community 4.3 Coming Soon

Our recent release of Invision Community 4.2 was the most well-received version ever! The feedback we received on new features like Clubs, Reactions, and Promotes was better than we could have hoped and we really enjoyed seeing all the creative uses as people implemented them on their own communities. We have been hard at work on version 4.3 with a goal of improving on all the great new fea…

Charles

Charles

 

Update on Invision Community 4.2

We are working hard to get Invision Community 4.2 ready to go! If you have not been following this upcoming version, check out the details: Over the last month we have released several beta versions and feedback from those that have chosen to jump in on the beta has been great. We really could not be happier. Feedback has included amazement over how stable the beta is to reactions from com…

Charles

Charles

Invision Community 4.2

Here is the roundup¬†of what's new in Invision Community 4.2! Highlights There's a lot of new feature¬†in 4.2 but here are a few of the highlights: Promoting Content -¬†A new way to promote content in your Community internally, on Facebook, and on Twitter. ¬† Clubs -¬†Clubs are a brand new way of supporting sub-communities within your site. Many people have requ…

Charles

Charles

New: Complete Your Profile

Completing long and complex forms online is tedious. It can be off putting having to fill in a lot of information before you can join a site or service. You may find that potential members never bother to convert from a visitor. How to convert guests into regular members is an often asked question. The simple answer is to lower the barrier to entry. Invision Community 4 already allows you t…

Ryan Ashbrook

Ryan Ashbrook

New: Leaderboard Enhancements

This entry is about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release ¬† Top Members For 4.2 we¬†made some improvements to the Top Members section of the Leaderboard. A new overview page tab shows a selection of the top members across different criteria. Top Members Overview Page showing members with Most Reputation and Most Content The filter menu allows you to view more …

Mark

Mark

New: Richer Embeds

This is an entry about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release. You are probably already familiar with our content embedding feature in IPS Community Suite. When a link to content in the community is pasted into the editor (e.g. a topic, or a post, or a gallery image, etc.) it is automatically expanded into a preview of the content, usually with an accompanying image, allowing users to click th…

Rikki

Rikki

New: Group promotion improvements

This is an entry about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release. The ability to automatically promote users from one group to another based on set parameters has been a staple of community software for some time. Traditionally, the most common determination¬†of promotion has been post count. Additionally, the 4.x Community Suite supports promoting members automatically based on the time elapsed s…

bfarber

bfarber

 

New: Fluid Forum View

This is an entry about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release. When you have a diverse range of topics within your community, it makes good sense to separate topics within forums and categories. This will ensure that the viewer can find relevant content by scanning the list of forums first. If you have a more focused community with fewer forums, presenting your community with a list of th…

Matt

Matt

 

New: Member History

This is an entry about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release In previous versions of IPS Community Suite we have had an account history feature in our Commerce application. This feature showed many important actions that may be relevant to the customer such as when an invoice was generated or when a customer changed their account details. In IPS Community Suite 4.2 we have expanded this …

Stuart Silvester

Stuart Silvester

 

New: Editor Uploading

This entry is about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release IPS Community Suite has supported drag and drop uploading to the attachments area at the bottom of the editor since 4.0. In 4.2 we're pleased to add the ability to drag and drop right into the editor, so you can drop your attachment exactly where you want it to show without having to add it afterwards. Drag and drop into…

Mark

Mark

 

New: Authy Integration

This entry is about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release In 4.1.18 we added Two Factor Authentication. Already in 4.2 we have announced a new setting to trigger 2FA when logging in from a new device, and in 4.2 we are also adding Authy as an authentication handler. Authy can send a user a text message, make a phone call, or send a push notification to a smartphone app to authenticate th…

Mark

Mark

 

New: Commerce Improvements

This entry is about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release ¬† Improved Stripe Integration Stripe is a popular payment gateway that supports card payments. In IPS Community Suite 4.2 we have made some improvements to our integration: When viewing a transaction in the AdminCP, it will show the last 4 digits of the card used, and the result of Stripe's risk evaluation. More…

Mark

Mark

 

New: Additional REST API Endpoints

This is an entry about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release and features content specifically aimed towards developers. If you are not interested in developing for 4.2 you may wish to skip this entry. Don't worry we still have lots of exciting core feature announcements still to come.¬† We are expanding on the already available REST API endpoints to include more support for nodes. This signif…

Andy Millne

Andy Millne

 

New: Gallery improvements

This is an entry about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release We are happy to introduce¬†several changes to our Gallery application to both refine the existing capabilities¬†and to introduce new useful functionality;¬†particularly for Albums. We have clarified how to submit images directly to a category on the first step of the upload form in Gallery. Clarification for submi…

bfarber

bfarber

 

New: Statistics

This is an entry about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release Statistics can be an important part of monitoring your site and ensuring it grows and responds to your marketing and promotion efforts effectively, and several new statistic tools have been added to the 4.2 Community Suite which we know you will be excited to learn about! A simple tool has been added that will allow you to look…

bfarber

bfarber

 

New: Copy Topic to Database

This is an entry about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release We have introduced a feature which will allow moderators, with permission, to copy topics from the Forums application, into any custom database in the Pages application. New Moderation Item This feature will copy the contents of the first post of a topic, and copy it as the body of the new record. The moderator…

Ryan Ashbrook

Ryan Ashbrook

 

New: Downloads Index Page

This entry is about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release In IPS Community Suite 4.2 we have added a bunch of new settings for the Downloads Index Page. <br> ¬† Downloads Index Page -¬†Settings With 4.2 you'll be able to hide any of the boxes.¬† Hidden Most Downloads Box ¬† Another often requested feature was that people want to be able to cho…

Daniel F

Daniel F

 

New: Customizable Blog Sidebar

This entry is about our¬†IPS Community Suite 4.2¬†release In IPS Community Suite 4.2 we have added some additional customization options for Blogs The sidebar now features a space reserved for Blog owners to add a little further info, add links to social network sites, contact info, or anything at all they desire. The New Blog Sidebar The sidebar will show across …

Andy Millne

Andy Millne

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