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What's new in 4.4.5?

Minor releases are almost always just maintenance releases. We gather up a fistful of bug reports and fix them to ensure that every month or so, our clients enjoy more stability and efficiency with Invision Community.

However, more recently we've noticed that we're running low on bug reports, so we've managed to squeeze in a handful of improvements in Invision Community 4.4.5.

Let's take a look and see what's new in Pages.

How should the canonical tag behave?
While this isn't the most exciting name for a feature, it does explain it reasonably well. We had a recent discussion on the forums where it was pointed out that the canonical tag directed search engines to the first page of any record. While this makes perfect sense for an articles or blog system where the content you create is more important than the comments, it makes less sense if the user-generated content (aka the comments) is more important than the content you put up. A good example here is where you put up a video or link for review. You don't want the canonical tag pointing to the first page as it will ignore the reviews themselves.

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If you didn't understand much of that, don't worry. The idea behind this feature is to provide Google and friends with a better hint about which content is more important. A happier Google bot slurping your site is a good thing.

How about that Admin CP menu?
When you create a new database in Pages, it is shown in the ACP menu under 'Content'. This is fine, but when you get a lot of databases, it starts looking a little cluttered, and it can be hard to find the correct one.

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We've reworked the menu so items have their own section, and can be re-ordered using the ACP menu re-ordering system.

Member fields are now filterable.
Pages allows specific field types to be filterable. This means you can sort by them with the table's advanced search box, and you can drag and drop a filters widget next to the table to refine the rows shown.

Now a member custom field is filterable, which is handy if you use them in your databases.

Other areas of the suite.

Messenger search
A while back, we made a change that removed the ability to search messenger by the sender or recipient name. We also limited the reach of the search system to one year and newer.

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Unsurprisingly, this wasn't very popular. We've restored sender, and recipient name searching removed the one year limit and re-engineered the internals of search, so it's more efficient and returns results much faster.

How many members do you have?
You can see quite quickly if you have the member stats widget on the front end, but finding out via the Admin CP is a little more tricky. 

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Until now! We've added a dashboard widget that not only shows the number of members you have registered, but also a break down of their email opt-in status.

A happier autocomplete.
Apple has this cool feature where if you receive a text message for a two-factor authentication login, it offers to auto-fill the code box for you.

We've had a sweep throughout the suite to ensure two-factor authentication fields allow this autocomplete to happen.

While we were at it, we made sure that other fields are more easily autocompleted.

That wraps up the new features in Invision Community 4.4.5. How many have you spotted after upgrading?

Let us know your favourite below.

Edited by Matt


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Is there any way to search inside of a conversation, for example if a conversation thread has 50 pages and you wish to find a specific message?

(Or is there an add-on that does this?)

Thanks.

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5 hours ago, theipsguy said:

Is there any way to search inside of a conversation, for example if a conversation thread has 50 pages and you wish to find a specific message?

(Or is there an add-on that does this?)

Thanks.

Yes, I would very much like to see this as well.  I (and others on my forum) have many long-running conversations that are over 50 pages, and it would be fantastic to be able to search inside a conversation just as you can search from within a forum topic.

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However, more recently we've noticed that we're running low on bug reports, so we've managed to squeeze in a handful of improvements in Invision Community 4.4.5.

Fixed it for you:

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However, more recently we've noticed that we're running low on bug reports, so we've managed to squeeze in a handful more bugs in Invision Community 4.4.5.

Just teasing. 😛 

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18 hours ago, *Salvo* said:

is there an automatic way to switch form 4.3 to 4.4?

Hi, there's no automatic switch.  It requires an update of the core software. 

If you're cloud, send in a ticket.  

If you're self hosted, run the support tool OR download the package from the Client Area and upload.  

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On 8/1/2019 at 4:35 AM, MMXII said:

I especially like how pages databases are now handled in the AdminCP. Very nice improvement!

Same. I've got 5 of them all with similar names and it was always a bit of a hassle/pain to figure out which was which.

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18 minutes ago, opentype said:

Or no one knows what “the problem“ is supposed to be.

I am sure anyone who has downloaded and installed it has gotten that notice "dangerous php functions enabled"...

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4 minutes ago, AlienOrigins said:

I am sure anyone who has downloaded and installed it has gotten that notice "dangerous php functions enabled"...

Sure. That message is a recommendation about server security. It’s supposed to be helpful. So again: what is “the problem”?

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4 hours ago, opentype said:

Sure. That message is a recommendation about server security. It’s supposed to be helpful. So again: what is “the problem”?

It's annoying...Don't know. I do not use IPB anymore but was wondering about that.

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On 8/3/2019 at 12:55 PM, AlienOrigins said:

Has that dangerous php function problem been fixed?

I just did a new installation and I get the notification "Dangerous PHP Functions Enabled".  Is it something I should be worried about.  It sounds like I'm not the only one getting it. Is it really a problem I should address or just a warning that can be ignored?

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