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Upcoming Release Candidate

The first release candidate of IP.Board 3.0.0 is coming very soon. Everyone here at IPS wants to thank all of our customers who took their time to test the various beta releases of IP.Board to date. We also want to thank those who participated in the IPB3 preview forum and gave their pre-beta feedback.

IPS believes that the public beta process was an important part of this process. Although the process took longer than we originally anticipated, it is our firm belief that taking feedback and testing results from our customer base has created a great product we can all be proud of. Not only did we fix various bugs and issues but we also took the time to make certain changes to IPB3 when people pointed out areas we thought were great but turned out not so great. Granted it took time to make those changes but the end results are very good for all. That is the beauty of collaborating with our customers and are happy with the outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are receiving various questions about the upcoming releases. Here are a few below. Some are repeats but good to review.


What is a Release Candidate?

A release candidate is a version of the software between the beta phase and a final release. Once we post the first release candidate of IP.Board 3.0.0 you can safely assume that we consider the software stable enough to use on your live community. Everyone here at IPS is very excited to reach this milestone of development. Note that technical support and service is not available until we reach the final, supported version. Keep in mind that, although this is a release candidate, there will probably still be some bugs and issues so make your decision to use the software carefully.

Is there a cost to upgrade?

So long as you have a current and active support/upgrade license there is no cost to upgrade to IPB3. Also, if you are on IPS Hosting, there is no cost to upgrade. If your Standard license is expired you can renew it for $25. If you need help just contact customer service.

Can you upgrade my board for me?

We will be happy to upgrade your board when IP.Board 3.0.0's final version is released. However, we do not provide support services for the release candidate stage. Keep in mind that all active IP.Board licenses come with free upgrade services so you can upgrade your install yourself or our staff would be happy to do it for you at no cost to you.

What about IP.Blog/Gallery/Downloads?

The release candidates for the applications will be available just a few days after IP.Board's release candidate. We are staggering the releases so bug reports can be confirmed that they are only regarding IP.Board itself. On the final release day, all applications will be released right along with IP.Board. Please note that the updates to the applications did not contain any major changes at this time but instead were updated to work with IP.Board 3.0.0's code. One of the very first updates made after IP.Board 3.0.0's final release will be major upgrades to the applications.

Will IP.Board 3.0.0 be encoded?

The beta releases were encoded so we could control the releases and how long they were in use. Starting with RC1, IP.Board 3.0.0 will not be encoded.




IP.Board 3.0.0 RC 1 will be out very soon. We hope you all enjoy!

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It's been an interesting journey but I'm happy with how IPB3 has turned out. Kudos to IPS and it's developers for listening and implementing customer feedback throughout the process and having the balls to open up a live "alpha" preview of it to your customers. I think that really helped and hope you consider a preview site for your next large project :)

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Is 3.0 backward compatible with 2.36? In other words, will the installation of 3.0 make database changes rendering it non-backward compatible? I just want to know if there is a fallback. In case I prefer 2.36, will I be able to re-deploy it?

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Is 3.0 backward compatible with 2.36? In other words, will the installation of 3.0 make database changes rendering it non-backward compatible? I just want to know if there is a fallback. In case I prefer 2.36, will I be able to re-deploy it?

Before upgrading download a free 30 day trial of MySQL Front. (http://www.mysqlfront.de/) This program works great at downloading your MySql database. Make a backup of your entire forum as well. If things go south you can simply restore 2.3.6 & re-upload the MySql backup.

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