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This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release.

We are happy to introduce the next major feature that will be available in IPS Community Suite 4.2 - Clubs.

Clubs are a brand new way of supporting sub-communities within your site. Many people have requested social group functionality in the past and Clubs are our implementation of this concept. Let's take a look at a few screenshots, and then go over what they are capable of doing.

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The Club directory

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A Club homepage

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Club member listing

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Example of content within a club (topics, in this case)

There's a lot to digest there! Let's go over the basic functionality.

 

Club Types

Four types of club are available:

  • Public clubs
    Clubs that anyone can see and participate in without joining.
  • Open club
    Clubs that anyone can see and join.
  • Closed club
    Clubs that anyone can see in the directory, but joining must be approved by a Club Leader or Club Moderator. Non-club-members who view the club will only see the member list - not the recent activity or content areas.
  • Private club
    Clubs that do not show in public, and users must be invited by a Club Leader or Club Moderator

As the site admin, you can of course configure which club types can be created and by whom. You could, for example, allow members to create public and open clubs, but allow a "VIP" group to also create Closed and Private clubs.

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Admin configuration option for Club creations

 

Club Users

Each club has three levels of user:

  • Leader
    A leader has all of the permissions of a moderator, and can add other moderators. They can also add content areas (see below). The club owner is automatically a leader.
  • Moderators
    Moderators, as the name implies, have the ability to moderate content posted within the club. As the site administrator, you can define which moderator tools can be used. You could, for example, prevent any content being deleted from clubs, but allow it to be hidden. Moderators can also remove members from a club.
  • Users
    Anyone else that joins the club.

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Defining the moderator permissions available to club moderators

Your site administrator and moderators, with the appropriate permissions, are able to moderator content in any Club regardless of whether they are a member of it. 

Clubs can be created by any user who has permission. As you would expect, this is controlled by our regular permission settings.

For closed clubs, there's an approval process. Users can request to join and the request must be approved by a leader. Leaders get a notification when a user requests to join; the user gets a notification when their request is approved or denied.

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Approving and declining join requests

 

Club Content

Club Leaders can add a variety of content areas to their club - forums, calendars, blogs and so on. It's important to note that these content areas are fully functional just as if they existed as a top-level admin created area. They will appear in search results, activity streams, users can follow them, embed links to them, and so on. If a user has permission to see a forum (for example) within a club it will behave exactly like other forums they see - and the same for all other kinds of content.

Each content area a leader adds can have a custom title, and will appear in the club navigation. This means, for example, that you can have multiple forums within a club, and give each a different name.

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Adding content areas to a club

 

Club Custom Fields

Clubs also support custom fields. Custom fields are defined by the site administrator and can be filled in by Club Owners. The values they enter are shown (along with the club description) on the club homepage.

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Custom fields in a club

On the Club Directory page, users can filter by the custom club fields.

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Filtering clubs

 

Club Locations

Clubs have built-in support for Google Maps, allowing users to specify a physical location for their club. Let's say you run a community for car enthusiasts; each club might be tied to a particular region's meetup. The Club Owner specifies the location when setting up the club, and clubs are then shown on map on the directory page:

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Club locations

And within a club, the location is shown too:

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Club Display

We offer two ways to display club headers within the club - the standard way, shown in the screenshots you've seen up to this point, but we also have a sidebar option. This is something the admin sets globally for the site, rather than per-club. This is useful where your site design doesn't facilitate another horizontal banner taking up valuable screen real-estate; moving the club banner to the sidebar alleviates this pressure on vertical space.

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Sidebar club style

Using Clubs in Other Ways

There's a lot of scope for using clubs beyond allowing users to create their own groups. You do not even have to call them "clubs" if that does not suit your use case. For example, on a company intranet you could rename Clubs to "Departments", and create a private group for each of your main roles. This would allow each department to have its own community, with its own forums, gallery, file sharing and so on, private and separate from other departments.

Similarly, they'd also work well in situations where you as the site admin want to create entire micro-communities. Take for example a video game publisher. Using Clubs, they could create a micro-community for each of their games, complete with forums, galleries and so forth, and then set the Clubs directory as their overall community homepage. Immediately, they have a setup that hasn't until now been possible out-of-the-box with IPS Community Suite.

 

We expect our clients will come up with some really innovative uses for the new Club functionality, and we can't wait to see what you do. We'd love to hear your feedback - let us know what you think in the comments.

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10 hours ago, Adriano Faria said:

Any other suggestion?

Can you do this?

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I'd like to see an option for Clubs that shows the Club's avatar in the activity stream rather than the member's. I think this would be less confusing to members as will as help promote the individual Club.

 

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wow.. have u guys read my mind.. i even tried building my own as my community is crying for this.

i can now stop dreaming and now putting it together

this is forums of the future!.. well done guys

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I've been monitoring this for a while now, and for our community to move from Collabs to Clubs, here's what we'd need from IPS or another provider:

  1. Support for Pages. Our Collabs write a lot of things that should be "articles," and it's pointless (and burdensome) to just overuse pinned posts for this.
  2. Support for Databases. Same thing - our Collabs develop a bunch of different databases for their own content, and rather than create those at the global scope, we'd like to see them moved to the Club scope.
  3. More than 3 member levels per Club. We leverage this to set (and advertise) ranks within our Collabs, and having a flatter 3-tier approach will make it harder for us to recognize people who step up and lead within our (very large) community. This also ties in with point 5 below.
  4. Conversion from Collabs (obviously).
  5. Support for badges. I wrote this for Collabs (see link below) and would be happy to write the same for Clubs - I just haven't looked into what it'll take yet as we're not in a position to leverage Clubs just yet.

https://invisionpower.com/files/file/7815-group-collaboration-badges/

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52 minutes ago, wohali said:

I've been monitoring this for a while now, and for our community to move from Collabs to Clubs, here's what we'd need from IPS or another provider:

  1. Support for Pages. Our Collabs write a lot of things that should be "articles," and it's pointless (and burdensome) to just overuse pinned posts for this.

Why not just use blogs?  You could have new blog posts showing up on a page that is like a central station for activity from clubs.

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1 hour ago, Wolfie said:

Why not just use blogs?  You could have new blog posts showing up on a page that is like a central station for activity from clubs.

Because you use the right abstraction for the concept - these aren't blog posts or forum posts, they're reference articles for the community that are edited collaboratively and promoted upon review by senior community members. Articles/Pages is the right implementation in my opinion. (Also, we don't currently have a license for Blogs.)

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2 hours ago, Wolfie said:

Why not just use blogs?  You could have new blog posts showing up on a page that is like a central station for activity from clubs.

Keep in mind that the Clubs homepage is hardcoded with the club's Activity Stream.  You're really not able to change to another type of index page, although I do like your creative thinking to try to use blogs.

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5 hours ago, Joel R said:

Keep in mind that the Clubs homepage is hardcoded with the club's Activity Stream.  You're really not able to change to another type of index page, although I do like your creative thinking to try to use blogs.image.gif

You'll like it even more when you realize that I wasn't referring to the 'hardcoded' homepage, but rather a custom made page (via Content) that pulls from the Clubs blog posts.

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Great addition, I have installed on a test forum (Spare license) to have a play around with.

One thing I have noticed, is there any way to enable or could their be in the future a way of adding sub forums to a 'club' forum?

could be a cool addition for a lot of niches

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7 hours ago, Andrew MacGuffie said:

Great addition, I have installed on a test forum (Spare license) to have a play around with.

You may already be aware of this, but in case you aren't, you are permitted one test/dev install in addition to your live install (per license).

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7 hours ago, Andrew MacGuffie said:

Great addition, I have installed on a test forum (Spare license) to have a play around with.

One thing I have noticed, is there any way to enable or could their be in the future a way of adding sub forums to a 'club' forum?

could be a cool addition for a lot of niches

You can add as many forum nodes as you want, so even though you can't make subforums you could simply list multiple forums in your menu. 

I think, though, that most admins would be more familiar with the traditional forum / subforums hierarchy and not the way IPS has implemented multiple forum nodes.

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58 minutes ago, Wolfie said:

You may already be aware of this, but in case you aren't, you are permitted one test/dev install in addition to your live install (per license).

thanks for the info, I wasn't aware, too late now I guess but I know for the future.

 

33 minutes ago, Joel R said:

You can add as many forum nodes as you want, so even though you can't make subforums you could simply list multiple forums in your menu. 

I think, though, that most admins would be more familiar with the traditional forum / subforums hierarchy and not the way IPS has implemented multiple forum nodes.

Yes I realised that when I tried to add another forum area it added itself to the club menu, personally I would prefer the traditional hierarchy you referred to, or if I was being super greedy, the choice :thumbsup:

 

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5 hours ago, Andrew MacGuffie said:

thanks for the info, I wasn't aware, too late now I guess but I know for the future.

There is a benefit to having a separate license for testing things, that being that you can use your primary license to test out stuff before adding it to your live site, while using the other license to have a 'live' and 'test' installs for testing out other things that you may not want to introduce to your main community, or that you may want to test with different settings, etc.  Of course, if you ever open a second community, you'll already have the license and be locked in at the current renewal price for your suite.

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I need this asap please!  :lol:
When is 4.2 full release?

I run a gaming community, and Clubs is something that will be essential!
Are there any plans of making a custom database that records activities between clubs, say, a match between Club A vs Club B, with their head-to-head stats displayed or other analytics? This would be useful for both sports communities and gaming communities if we were to build data-driven resourceful sites, which is my main aim. I guess this is where we need plugins from contributors..

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I'm really trying to understand why people will use clubs instead of  simply creating a topic in a specific area of the forum and post in it like it was a "club" ?

i'm not being sarcastic... can someone explain to me ??

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5 minutes ago, FabioPaz said:

I'm really trying to understand why people will use clubs instead of  simply creating a topic in a specific area of the forum …

Because that doesn’t give you any of the features and benefits mentioned in the first post. 

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6 hours ago, FabioPaz said:

I'm really trying to understand why people will use clubs instead of  simply creating a topic in a specific area of the forum and post in it like it was a "club" ?

i'm not being sarcastic... can someone explain to me ??

Clubs are like sub-communities, with their own content and resources, and can be managed by regular members without requiring administrator involvement (and thus, no need to use the AdminCP).  Let's say you run a site about video games and someone wants to be in charge of a particular game (or gaming series).  Instead of you making an individual forum, blog, gallery, and downloads area, as well as granting them moderation privileges for those areas, the user can make a club.  From a visitor perspective, jumping around the site to get from one area to another for the related content (say from forum to gallery), it requires a few clicks, or special links that, again, require ACP access to control.  Using a club to control it, it's all right there.  It also allows the user to control who is in the club, etc, without having to bug admins to make changes.

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25 minutes ago, Wolfie said:

Clubs are like sub-communities, with their own content and resources, and can be managed by regular members without requiring administrator involvement (and thus, no need to use the AdminCP).  Let's say you run a site about video games and someone wants to be in charge of a particular game (or gaming series).  Instead of you making an individual forum, blog, gallery, and downloads area, as well as granting them moderation privileges for those areas, the user can make a club.  From a visitor perspective, jumping around the site to get from one area to another for the related content (say from forum to gallery), it requires a few clicks, or special links that, again, require ACP access to control.  Using a club to control it, it's all right there.  It also allows the user to control who is in the club, etc, without having to bug admins to make changes.

Thank you for you time! It will be interesting to see what users will do...

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We would love to use this as the main focus for a new site based on walking sports clubs

We have heard that initially it will not support club categories and wondered when / if it will?

We would like to have top level categories for the users to place their clubs into such as walking rugby, walking netball, walking football etc

 

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Hi,

Where do we post if we spot a bug?

Think I have found a couple in clubs (which is looking very good by the way)

1 - When deleting a club and re-adding with same location, it doesn't add the map marker the second time round.

2 - When trying to filter - it is auto populating all the fields with a tick and you have to untick all boxes first

3 - Filtering doesn't appear to work if we created the custom field using checkboxs, only seems to work if we create custom field with radio buttons

Also feature requests

1 - Will it be possible to have a different coloured map marker per custom field?

So we can differentiate which sport the club plays when someone is viewing the map.

2- Will we be able to resize the map? It's a little small at the moment

 

 

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