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Guest Blog: How to beat your competition
The Internet is a fierce battleground for users, clicks, attention, and audience. Competition surrounds your community from all angles and new threats constantly emerge.

The Internet has leveled the playing field for local businesses, solopreneurs, and small organizations which means more people than ever are competing for users. Online communities are no different, and as companies realize the growing power of communities, you too may face more challenges.
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Team Talk: Your favourite 4.4 feature?
Release parties at Invision Community are a fairly tame affair. You'd think after months of planning, coding and testing we'd want to cut loose and dance the night away.

The reality is we send each other a few amusing GIFs in Slack and then wait for support tickets to start appearing while our developers crack their knuckles and prepare for bug reports to be filed.

We did manage to find five minutes to ask the team what their favourite feature of 4.4 was.
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Welcome to Invision Community 4.4 Beta!
We're thrilled to announce that Invision Community 4.4 is available to download now.

After months of development, over 1650 separate code commits and quite a few mugs of questionable coffee you can now get your hands on the beta release.

The incredible power of anonymity when growing your community in a privacy eroded world
When you allow your members to take back control of their privacy, you are empowering them to make decisions about what to share.

Given how eroded our privacy is in our modern always-connected world, this is a precious gift.
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Guest Blog: 2019 Year of Community
It's a new year, and a new beginning. And the possibilities are endless for you and your community.

It’s an exciting time to be leading an online community with Invision Community - whether you’re starting out or switching over - and the new year is the perfect opportunity to start anew.

How are you celebrating the new year with your community? What are your community goals for 2019?

To kick off the new year, I’ve outlined guidance for several types of communities, whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking to take your community to the next level.
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Test drive Invision Community 4.4 now!
We've upgraded our own community for wider testing.

A big focus has been on page speed, so you will notice that our community is significantly faster that it was on 4.3.
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4.4: Recurring PayPal Payments and more with Braintree and Commerce
Braintree is a payment gateway provided by PayPal which provides some great additional features for PayPal transactions including a significantly improved recurring payments model. We are delighted to be bringing full support for Braintree for Commerce in Invision Community 4.4.
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Guest Blog: Which hat do you wear?
A successful community manager is a combination of so many things.

Being a successful community manager demands that you be a multi-faceted person and to apply a dynamic personality to a position that’s always in flux. You’re the authorized ambassador of your organization; you’re the chief moderator who sets and enforces community guidelines; and you’re the counselor and friend to all of your peers in the community. You may also be the one who updates your community suite, approves members, and manages the moderator team. Oh, and you find time to be the social media coordinator, digital designer-in-training, and all-around fantastic human being.
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4.4: New Email Features
It's easy to think that email is a relic from the past; from simpler times long before social media and the rise of phone apps.

And it's reasonable to think that way. Your phone constantly pings at you, and your laptop OS constantly pings at you, so why bother with email?

Because it's still a hugely powerful medium to get and retain attention.

Let's take a look at three new email features.
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4.4: SEO Improvements
It's been said that the best place to hide a dead body is on page 2 of Google.

While we can't promise to get you to page 1 for a generic search term, we have taken some time for Invision Community 4.4 to do an SEO sweep.
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Interview with Michael Rielly of ClausNet.com
Did you know that the most magical community in the world runs on Invision Community?

For close to 12 years, Michael has been spreading joy through the ClausNet, the world's largest online community dedicated to the faithful portrayal of Santa Claus.

We speak to Michael on how he uses Invision Community and engages with his unique community.
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Team Talk: Where in the world would you like to live?
Sun kissed beaches or snowscapes? Bustling cities or quiet villages?

The question we posted this month was: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

In theory we could work from anywhere in the world that has a decent internet connection, but where would we choose to live?
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Guest Blog: 16 Community ideas to ring in the holidays
Outside your window, the leaves have burst into fiery reds and oranges.  A crisp breeze floats in the air.  The birds have long chirped their good-byes.

And you’re sipping a hot cup of apple cider, contemplating the change in season.

The holidays are almost here.

The end of the year is one of the best chances to take stock your community and provide an emotive experience for your members.  It’s a chance to reflect upon what you learned, what new initiatives you started, and what you still have ahead of you.  It’s a chance to provide a sense of closure to the year and to ignite one more burst of community-wide goodwill.  In short, the holiday season is an amazing opportunity to bring your community together one last time in 2018.
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4.4: Extend Invision Community with the REST API
Ever since its first release, the REST API built into the Invision Community software has proven to be a very powerful and well-received feature.

We love seeing what our clients and modification authors are able to do with the level of integration afforded to them through this capability, and so it is only natural that we have looked to expand the functionality in our upcoming 4.4 release.

IPS Marketplace Black Friday
THE BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR IS COMING BACK TO THE IPS MARKETPLACE!! !! !! 

THE TALENTED AND AMAZING IPS MARKETPLACE COMMUNITY IS COMING TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL MARKETPLACE BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!  🤩

FOR THREE SHORT WEEKS ONLY, GET THE BEST PRICES OF THE ENTIRE YEAR FROM ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE THEMERS, DESIGNERS, AND CODERS. 

RING IN THE HOLIDAYS WITH SOME STOCKING STUFFERS FOR YOUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS.  GET NEW THEMES AND NEW APPS!  🎁

BUY THE GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING WITH MODS THAT WILL DELIGHT AND ENTERTAINMENT YOUR USERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. 

 

NOVEMBER 9 - NOVEMBER 30

BUY NOW, SAVE NOW, AND CELEBRATE ALL YEAR.  


The IPS Marketplace during the holidays.  IPS let me decorate this year. 

The IPS Marketplace Black Friday sale is the largest and premier sale that goes on once a year, exclusively during the Black Friday season.  The sale goes from November 9 - November 30, so hurry for the best sales on your holiday themes, must-have plugins, and new apps.  These will be the lowest prices of the year.  

All of the most trusted and respected modders from the IPS community are participating again in our IPS Marketplace Black Friday sale.  Our list of participants is a Who's Who of the Invision scene:  Adrian Faria, Newbie LAC, Mike John, DawPI, onlyME, Fosters, OpenType, Faqole, A Zayed, TheJackal84, Invision HQ, Ehren, IBTheme, Pete T, Steve00, Mark Round, TAMAN, Veilon, Heosforo, Lis Koduje, Brian A, Teascu Dorin, JCDesign and others.  

We're the only third-party community that comes together for the Black Friday sale, as a sign of unison during the holiday season.  We're proud to extend and support the amazing communities of IPS clients into new and wonderful days.  As admins of our own IPS communities, we know how important it is to customize the design and functions of our communities and create special experiences for our users.  

❤️ from the IPS Marketplace
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4.4: Store Filters and other Commerce updates
Allowing your customers to find exactly what they need as fast as possible will no doubt increase sales.

A good number of our customers use Commerce to sell physical items. Until now, it's always been a little tricky to set up the store to allow customers to drill down into specific items within the store.

In Invision Community 4.4, the sidebar in the store now includes filter options to help customers find the product they're looking for.
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Team Talk: What's your favourite movie?
This month, Matt thought he'd ask a trick question: "What is your favourite movie?"

He fully expected to be told "but Matt, we work so hard on Invision Community, we don't have time to watch movies." just so he didn't have to complete this month's entry.

But no. Apparently, most of our team have MULTIPLE favourites.

And here they are.
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4.4: Increase visitor registrations with Post Before Registering
Invision Community already makes it easy for guests to sign up using external services such as Facebook, Twitter and Google.

However, there has to be a conscious decision to click that sign-up button. For some, this may be a barrier too many.

Invision Community 4.4 reduces this barrier by allowing guests to create a post to a topic they want to engage with.

Once they have posted, they are asked to simply complete their registration. They are more likely to do this now they have invested in your community.
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Guest Blog: Joel's 5 Secret Interface Tips
Yet again, Joel hijacks our company blog for another generous slice of knowledge from the front-lines of administrating a successful community.

This time Joel reveals 5 secret Invision Community features you may not have seen.
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4.4: Application manifest and icon management
Who remembers the earlier days of the internet? Back when you popped your logo at the top left of your site and you were largely done?

Invision Community has continually developed to account for all the new services that have been built during our 16 years.

We now have social media sharing images, favicons and more to consider.

Invision Community 4.4 also adds mobile application icons, Safari mask icons and data for an application manifest. Handling of these logos and icons was a prime candidate for improvement in 4.4.
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Video Tip: Preventing Spam
Dealing with spam can be an annoying problem for community moderators.

Invision Community comes with several tools designed to mitigate spam, and make it hard for spammers to get a foothold in your community.

This short video takes you through several key areas to secure your site.
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4.4: Animated GIFs
We've just added the ultimate feature to Invision Community 4.4.

Sure, over the years we've pioneered many great features. From activity streams to 'Our Picks'.

But I don't think we can top this one.

Animated GIFs
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4.4: AdminCP Notifications
Do you recall that scene in Harry Potter where young Harry is sitting in his Uncle’s living room when hundreds of letters from Hogwarts burst through the fireplace, filling the room?

Sometimes, when you log into the administrator’s control panel, it can feel a bit like that.

Mark takes us through the new Admin CP Notifications Center in the first of our blogs on Invision Community 4.4.
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Team Talk: What would you do with $1,000,000?
This month, we ask the team the age-old question: If you won a million dollars (or denomination of your choice), how would you spend it?

The question was almost guaranteed to bring a raft of hilarious replies that showcase our amazing humour and wit.

Once again, we fall short and instead worry about taxation and retirement.

You can't give it away these days.

Guest Blog: How to incorporate new features into your community
Guest author Joel R takes us through how to best incorporate new features with your community.

https://invisioncommunity.com/news/community-management/how-to-incorporate-new-features-into-your-community-r1097/
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