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Switch to IPS

IP.Board 3.4 is approaching and will be released soon with all sorts of great enhancements such as SEO improvements, upgraded editor, login enhancements, core performance improvements, lots of minor changes from feedback, and more still to be announced.

This is a great time to take a look at IPS if your community might still be running another software. Perhaps you have a friend or a site you visit frequently using another software and you want to encourage them to switch to the IPS Community Suite. By starting the switch process now you can have your community ready to go, be familiar with IPS software and services, and have any questions answered so when IP.Board 3.4 is released you can jump right on this new version!

Advantages of IPS

IPS prides itself on a few key points that have driven our success for over 10 years making community software. While there are many points these are the key factors:

Our staff is engaged in the community


We use our own software


Great customer service


Active, responsive development


Switching to IPS

If you are using another software provider and are ready to switch to IPS please check out our converter page on our site. We offer a free converter script that supports many existing packages. If yours is not listed please contact us and we will do our best to assist you. The converter script is very easy to use and makes a copy of your old data so you are free to try a few test conversions before going live. That's a great way to be sure all is well as switching software can be disruptive to your community so the more careful you are the better.

Depending on what software you're switching from, our converter scripts can convert various data in your community. For many software packages we also offer 301 redirection scripts so your old URLs will automatically redirect to their new location. This allows for as minimal an impact as possible to your SEO and search engine exposure. Of course changing software will always have a short and medium term impact to your visibility but these scripts are a great way to help mitigate that.

Ask Us or our Clients

If you have any questions, need some advice, or want to get first hand experience just email sales and we will be happy to help. You might also consider posting in our pre-sales forum where you can get first-hand information directly from IPS clients. By talking to IPS clients directly you will get a realistic view of what's involved from others who have done it. There's no better way to decide if IPS is best for you than to talk to clients who use our software and services.

Special Promotion

We are running a special promotion now through 1 October 2012 for anyone wanting to switch to IPS Community Suite. Use the coupon code SWITCH at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order. This is in addition to the existing bundle discounts you get when purchasing multiple IPS apps!

Take this great opportunity to have a look at IPS Community Suite. Tell a friend or convince a web site you visit to have a look. Try our free demo to experiment with our Suite for a few days. Ask our sales team questions or post in our pre-sales forum to get information from existing IPS clients. Our community and staff are welcoming and here to help!


Current IPS clients can also use our SWITCH coupon code. It's a great time to get another license...

We talk to clients, joke with clients, and listen to feedback. Sometimes we cannot implement every bit of feedback we receive (image the chaos if we tried!) so we try to spot trends to pick out what is clearly a must have change.

Both on our company forums and our own web site we use what we make. Nearly all of our staff comes from a background where they also ran their own community giving us a unique perspective as both creators and consumers of our services.

The technical support services we offer are second to none and any IPS client will tell you that we always do our best to help a client out with technical problems as quickly as we can.

Perhaps our biggest advantage and difference is our continual development and improvements. You will never see us sitting around idle. There is always something new in development or something old getting improved. Sometimes these are big changes and sometimes they're small but we are always doing something behind the scenes. We never abandon our clients and allow our software to stagnate.

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Great, loving IPB forums.

Please don't scare away of changing it because of custom skins.
There are many skins (and some of the custom skins are pretty lame.)

There are mainly a few good sites that have all HQ good IPB skins and they always keep up to date.
Thank You.

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I'm one of those clients that will vouch for what is said in this blog entry. You can find public proof of IPS actually going out of their way to keep people happy even when it wasn't expected nor required. (For example, someone sold fake licenses and IPS worked with the victims to sort things out.)

Even without the great interactive support, the quality of the software is top notch. Been using the software for nearly a decade and am proud of it.
:)

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I use other forum scripts. I can attest to the following and more:

Unlike the 2 big competitors (you know them!), IPB actually posts regular updates that are coming and then delivers on them soon after. You don't wait years. You don't have to follow them around the internet to get their news from third party websites. You don't have to wait for developers to crawl out from hiding behind their computers to say something. You don't have to rely on mockups to make a decision. And you don't have to take sides in a lawsuit.

Templates, IMHO are easier to skin in IPB. You don't have to run through a bunch of files to get rid of the orange and blue pillow puffy rounded shadowy oh so 90's look 2 other competitors have (my personal opinion not meant to offend anyone). You can put your own header, footer, css, etc. into IPB pretty easily. IMHO, it's not that different than skinning for WP.

Nexus is perfect for selling ad space! Keep your own revenue and don't rely on third parties! You can also use Nexus for selling goods, hosting, IP.Downloads, Classifieds addon, etc.

With any forum platform, there are many differences. If you look at just the features you will see things you like and don't like in each platform. None of them are exactly alike. You will miss some features/addons and you will gain some features/addons! However, if you are looking for a platform that keeps you updated, delivers sooner rather than later, and has helpful staff....I'd consider IPB first.

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[quote name='CallieJo' timestamp='1346107828']
I use other forum scripts. I can attest to the following and more:

Unlike the 2 big competitors (you know them!), IPB actually posts regular updates that are coming and then delivers on them soon after. You don't wait years. You don't have to follow them around the internet to get their news from third party websites. You don't have to wait for developers to crawl out from hiding behind their computers to say something. You don't have to rely on mockups to make a decision. And you don't have to take sides in a lawsuit.

Templates, IMHO are easier to skin in IPB. You don't have to run through a bunch of files to get rid of the orange and blue pillow puffy rounded shadowy oh so 90's look 2 other competitors have (my personal opinion not meant to offend anyone). You can put your own header, footer, css, etc. into IPB pretty easily. IMHO, it's not that different than skinning for WP.

Nexus is perfect for selling ad space! Keep your own revenue and don't rely on third parties! You can also use Nexus for selling goods, hosting, IP.Downloads, Classifieds addon, etc.

With any forum platform, there are many differences. If you look at just the features you will see things you like and don't like in each platform. None of them are exactly alike. You will miss some features/addons and you will gain some features/addons! However, if you are looking for a platform that keeps you updated, delivers sooner rather than later, and has helpful staff....I'd consider IPB first.

IPB is the leading forum software but many people don't know the name and are not familiar with it.
but that will change. IPB is getting more popular by the day and many people are now switching to IPB.

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I've been with IPB since 1.1, and I wouldn't dream of using anything else. The customer service is top notch, and the security and stability is even better.

I tried one of those other very popular CMS products, and the script kiddies had the latest version defaced in less than 24 hours. IP Content is way easier to use, and far more secure.

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Nice one! But comon guys, give them a bigger discount...
Use the coupon code SWITCH at checkout to receive 10% off your entire order. This is in addition to the existing bundle discounts you get when purchasing multiple IPS apps!
If someone were to buy everything (standard license, not priority), normally it would be $348.75. With the discount, it's another $34.88 off for a total of $313.87 as opposed to $465.00 - 10% (46.50) = $418.50. So bundle discount, it's already $116.25 off, then they get an extra 10% off of that. That sounds like a rather sweet deal to me to be honest.

(Just to mention though, it rejected the coupon code when I tried it, so needs to be fixed.)

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It would greatly help to know what "will be released soon" means. If developers are trying to plan their next moves, or even a switch, it is absolutely necesary to have at least an estimation of when the next version will be out. Al least a rough timeframe...

This way we migh be putting lots of work in a system that will be outdated and require updating (skins, mods, ...) very shortly. Wasted time.

It would also be good to hear about skin changes and so. Would we need to make it all over again in 3.4?

Thanks

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[quote name='xunyx' timestamp='1346146844']It would greatly help to know what "will be released soon" means. If developers are trying to plan their next moves, or even a switch, it is absolutely necesary to have at least an estimation of when the next version will be out. Al least a rough timeframe...

Good developers don't give time estimates on products this complicated - this is also why they don't tell us what will be in a future version until they're sure it will actually be in that version (i.e. a month or so before).

It's just impossible to say how long something will take on a product of this scale - even if they've got all the code complete the beta testers might find more (or less!) bugs than expected so testing might go on longer.

In the history of programming web applications, people always get pissy when they're given even an estimated release date and the product isn't released by that date. I've seen a while back when someone gave an estimate of "a few months" and someone literally held them to that meaning "60 days". It's just not worth the hassle.

My guess however would be that it will be released in the next week or two - there's little point enticing new customers with a discount and saying the release is approaching unless the release is reasonably close.

On the skins/mods side of things, all I've read about 3.4 leads me to believe there won't be that much changing in terms of skinning, and certainly not a huge code rewrite so I'd be tempted to say that neither of those would be affected greatly. Version 4.0 however... ;)

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[quote name='CallieJo' timestamp='1346107828']
Unlike the 2 big competitors (you know them!), IPB actually posts regular updates that are coming and then delivers on them soon after.


+1, one of reason I choose IPB, good work DEV

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[quote name='Breadfan' timestamp='1346144647']
How much of a skin changes are there in comparison to 3.3.x?


There will be very few. If you've been following the blog entries, many of the changes are in core improvements (SEO, editor, etc.) and integration/APIs (IPS Connect, Viglink, CDN, etc.).

There are always some - even just fixing bugs often requires template updates. But our focus has not been on front-end visible features in this release for the most part, which minimizes skin changes.

[quote name='Peter.B' timestamp='1346156370']
My guess however would be that it will be released in the next week or two - there's little point enticing new customers with a discount and saying the release is approaching unless the release is reasonably close.


We do not have a public release date estimate at this time, for those wondering, I'm afraid. We rarely give release estimates, as they are notoriously unreliable (yet many clients don't understand that).

Having said that, I expect it will be longer than "the next week or two".

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[quote name='bfarber' timestamp='1346159646']
There will be very few. If you've been following the blog entries, many of the changes are in core improvements (SEO, editor, etc.) and integration/APIs (IPS Connect, Viglink, CDN, etc.).


Ok. will these be automatically applied after the update or do I have to look for them in the Admin -> Look &Feel -> Template Merge Center and manually enter the new temaplte bits into my custom skin?

Thanks.

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[quote name='Peter.B' timestamp='1346156370']It's just impossible to say how long something will take on a product of this scale - even if they've got all the code complete the beta testers might find more (or less!) bugs than expected so testing might go on longer.


[quote name='Peter.B' timestamp='1346156370']Good developers don't give time estimates on products this complicated - this is also why they don't tell us what will be in a future version until they're sure it will actually be in that version (i.e. a month or so before).


[quote name='Peter.B' timestamp='1346156370']My guess however would be that it will be released in the next week or two - there's little point enticing new customers with a discount and saying the release is approaching unless the release is reasonably close.

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Adding to the other positive comments, IPS makes great products and their customer service further backs that up. The community here is top notch too.

We run both IPS and VB, however, once 3.4 comes out with the improved SEO enhancements, I can see us switching to IPS 100%.

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I appreciate those of you posting comments about your positive experience with IPS. While we're not perfect we do work hard and make an effort and I think it's that effort that people appreciate. Those of you who have been with us for the 10+ years we have been around know that we're always working to better what we do.

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