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4.5: One More Thing...

Almost ten years ago we launched the Marketplace; a place to connect Invision Community owners with talented developers creating new functionality.

Over the decade, the Marketplace has grown to hold thousands of applications, large and small. For many Invision Community owners, the Marketplace has become an essential resource.

Our aim was always to have the Marketplace available inside your Admin Control Panel to make it even easier to purchase and install extra functionality.

I'm pleased to say that as of Invision Community 4.5, this is now a reality. You can browse the Marketplace and install new add-ons without leaving the Admin Control Panel.

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Obtaining Resources

Paid resources can be purchased directly from the Marketplace and are available to install immediately after the payment is complete. You no longer need to download and install the files yourself.

You may also notice some additional information with the resource listing, we'll be introducing a new 'tab' to marketplace resources to allow the authors to provide more useful information such as answers to frequently asked questions, or configuration instructions etc.

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The video below takes you through the purchase and installation of a Marketplace application.

Installing an Application

Updates

Some of the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed in the first screenshot that there are more 'bubbles' showing in the menu on the left. These are supported for Applications, Plugins, Themes and Languages.

In Invision Community 4.5 every resource available via the AdminCP is automatically versioned, you will see update notifications for everything you have installed (previously, you would only see update notices if the resource author supports them).

Installing an update is as simple as clicking on the update notice, then clicking 'update' on the Marketplace listing.

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Installing Updates

Downloads Changes

Our Marketplace is built on our Downloads application, during development of this feature we needed to add new functionality. We have included as many of these improvements as possible in our software for the benefit of our customers, some of these are:

  • Custom Fields can now be set to only show to members that have purchased a file.
  • Files can now be set to accept a single file upload instead of multiple.
  • New file versions can now be moderated without hiding the current version from view.
  • Downloads REST API
    • Performance Improvements
    • New /download endpoint that counts the download
    • Added more data to the /downloads/file/{id} response
    • Ability to sort file results by last updated date

We hope you're as excited about this feature as we are.

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57 minutes ago, ZakRhyno said:

Will there still be a version to allow us to download it and store it in archive if we wish?

That depends on the file compatibility. If it's compatible with 4.4 or earlier we'll still provide a way to download it via a new interface (which is already live here). If the file is compatible with 4.5 or newer only, it can only be installed via the AdminCP Marketplace. There isn't really much need to keep a copy of the resource, if you were to install it manually, you would not get any of the Marketplace benefits such as update notices or the ability to update via Marketplace.

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Just now, Stuart Silvester said:

That depends on the file compatibility. If it's compatible with 4.4 or earlier we'll still provide a way to download it via a new interface (which is already live here). If the file is compatible with 4.5 or newer only, it can only be installed via the AdminCP Marketplace. There isn't really much need to keep a copy of the resource, if you were to install it manually, you would not get any of the Marketplace benefits such as update notices or the ability to update via Marketplace.

I would disagree, archive your own addons and such is no problem. Backing up your stuff you buy it never a bad thing. I guess intill they said else wise it best to now say 100% that it be that way. Maybe a @staff can say something on it.

 

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1 hour ago, Stuart Silvester said:

If the file is compatible with 4.5 or newer only, it can only be installed via the AdminCP Marketplace

how does it install? is it required to provide access to ftp or something? some might not want to provide server logins to install them

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1 hour ago, Stuart Silvester said:

There isn't really much need to keep a copy of the resource,

It wouldn't be unusual a developer removes the addon or it gets removed because he didn't renew his account. This would mean I will lose the access to this ressource?

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32 minutes ago, TheJackal84 said:

how does it install? is it required to provide access to ftp or something? some might not want to provide server logins to install them

It doesn't need FTP or anything fancy, the video in the blog shows the install process.

 

15 minutes ago, Ramsesx said:

It wouldn't be unusual a developer removes the addon or it gets removed because he didn't renew his account. This would mean I will lose the access to this ressource?

I don't recall the last time something was removed like that. What we can do instead is make a resource un-purchasable, so that any customer that has paid for it continues to have access to it.

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9 hours ago, Stuart Silvester said:

You might say it works a little better, as far as I know you cannot Pay for WordPress plugins via their installation process.

It really is as simple as video shows though.

That's great! When plugins/etc get new versions, I assume updating will be just as smooth a process?

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19 hours ago, jair101 said:

Is it going to require an active license?

Yes, we have changed this requirement a few times following discussions with our contributors, but when this rolls out it is going to require an active license to be able to use. If your license is inactive, you will still be able to browse though.

10 hours ago, Tarun said:

That's great! When plugins/etc get new versions, I assume updating will be just as smooth a process?

Yes! It's mostly the same process, if there's an update available the button will show 'update' and then run the update process when clicked.

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42 minutes ago, Stuart Silvester said:

Yes, we have changed this requirement a few times following discussions with our contributors, but when this rolls out it is going to require an active license to be able to use. If your license is inactive, you will still be able to browse though.

Well that means that without an active license you cant re-install your site if something happens...

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