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Drum roll please… announcing Achievements!
One of the overarching goals for any community leader is to shine a bright light on your members. Their contributions should be publicly recognized. Now with Invision Community’s new Achievements system... you can!

Take Your Community to the Next Level With Content Curation
In the past, I focused my efforts on writing news articles (in Wordpress) while my Invision Community community ran rampant. I felt my presence needed to take center stage. That cast a shadow on my community and thus my members. I unintentionally muted their voices by exclusively promoting mine. 
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Protect Your Forum With D.M.C.A Safe Harbor
Protect Your Forum With D.M.C.A Safe Harbor. I post this once a year or when I see a proliferation of copyright lawsuits against web publishers - here's some novel (not legal) advice.
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Facebook & Instagram embeds fixed! (upcoming update)
Hey guys, as I'm sure you're quite aware, Facebook made some changes recently that affected their embeds (along with Instagram) from showing up in Invision communities. 

There was a plugin created for the time-being (🙏), but I wanted to share with you that we developed a fix and will release it in an update in the near future!

Have you missed this feature? Or did it not really matter in your community? Would love to hear from you in the comments. 
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Pages app – what would you like to learn?
I am planning to run live webinars and online courses about using Invision Community and Pages in particular. Apart from a walk-through which would cover all the parts (pages, databases, blocks, templates), are there any particular things you struggle with or want to learn regarding the Pages app?
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The Importance of Moderation, err... Community Guidance (New Video!)
Guidance is an essential component to any thriving community because it creates structure and boundaries for the community.

Oftentimes, people think community guidance is about restriction, but in reality it allows your community to express itself in a healthy way.

All communities run into issues unless there are clear guidelines laid out for all members. It only takes a couple of toxic trolls to bring down an entire community of thousands of members.

As a community leader, it's important to find the balance between allowing freedom of speech and restricting what people can and can't say.
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Wanted: PHP developer to join our growing team
Invision Community has an exciting opportunity for an experienced PHP developer to join our team!

As a back end PHP developer, you will be working closely within a tight nimble team. You are a clear thinking problem solver and are able to demonstrate skills in creativity and innovation with the ability to meet deadlines. You thrive when given a brief and create well structured efficient code.
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Help me, Invision Community. You're my only hope: from administrator to community leader
Shifting your interpersonal narrative from administrator to community leader can profoundly change your community’s culture for the better.

As a community leader, you’ll inevitably perform administrative tasks, including the nitty gritty like group promotions, moderating and reputation (all critical functions for a high-functioning community). However, it’s possible to execute said functions while cloaked under anonymity that the administrator title can provide (that’s not necessarily good or bad, it just is). An important component to community leading is visibility.

Web push notifications, native sharing & offline support
As we approach the release of Invision Community 4.6, I wanted to take you through some improvements for using Invision Community on a mobile device including web push notifications, splash screen images, native web sharing and offline detection.
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Updates to our community
You’ve probably already noticed that something looks a little different in our community today.

As part of our ongoing community improvements, we’ve performed some housekeeping to streamline the forum structure, make more distinction between areas and open up a few areas to guests and friends.

The big visual change is that we now have four separate areas: support, community, marketplace and developers. It should hopefully be clear what each section does, but let's go through a few examples.

No-code automation with Zapier
Cloud and Enterprise Community customers can create automated workflows between Invision Community and over 3,000 other apps including Google Documents, MailChimp, Facebook and Twitter with just a few clicks.
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Battling toxicity in communities with kindness and vulnerability
When someone exhibits toxic behavior... ask yourself why, and more importantly... can you help them?

Typically, a troll’s demeanor stems from what’s transpired in their real life, and it manifests onto your community (lucky you!). Know there’s a motive behind the negativity; a harsh reality they may not want to face.

You’re not necessarily required to reach out, and a suspension is a lot easier, but taking this upon yourself as a community leader to uncover what’s really going on is an unrequited and selfless act that’ll set your community apart.
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Welcome to the team, Jordan!
I'm thrilled to introduce the newest member of team Invision Community.

Jordan's official title is "Community Advocate" which means that he will be working very closely with our community to guide and curate feedback, assist with support questions, to help educate and inform and to bring you news of the latest developments being cooked up by our development team.
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Health Dashboard
The support tool has served us well for many years. You can identify, at a glance, potential issues with your community both presently and down the road, right from the comfort of your AdminCP, and you can often resolve those issues with just a few clicks.

But what if we could do better? What if we could make this useful administrative area of the software even more useful?
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Highlight Topics With Replies From Groups
Wouldn't it be great to know if a staff member had replied to a topic before you clicked to open it?

When you're scanning a list of topics, knowing which have had a reply by a member of the community team can help decide which to read. Currently, you need to open the topic and scan the posts to see if there's a reply from the team.

Happily, in our next release, we've made it clear which have had a reply by a member of a specific group.
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Solved Content Improvements
For a long time, Invision Community has supported a Question and Answer mode within the Forums application which allows a reply to be flagged as the "best answer" to the question posed. With the release of 4.5, we also introduced a way to allow topics to be marked as "solved" which introduces similar functionality without transforming the look and feel or other behavior of the forum itself.

Based on the popularity of this new addition in 4.5, we have made some further improvements to solved topics and answered questions in our next release.
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Anonymous Posting
For a very long time Invision Community has allowed community owners to choose how open or private their communities should be. Communities could optionally allow guests to post without registering, they could allow the use of pseudonyms or they could require the use of real names.

This covers a diverse range of communities but feedback from our clients made us realize that some use cases have not been accounted for.

With 4.5.5 we are pleased to introduce Anonymous Posting.
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Launching a new community needs purpose, value and emotion
Starting a community is a rewarding experience, but you need to do more than just open your doors to ensure a successful launch.

Checking to make sure your site has a strong purpose, that you offer value to your members and the emotional pitch is right will set you on the right course. 
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Community is your competitive advantage
A community can be an economic moat, or in more simple terms, your competitive advantage.

When your product or service is surrounded by an engaged community that feels invested in your brand, you'll be able to resist challenges from competitors looking to tempt your customers away.

Humans are social creatures, and we love seeking out and joining a tribe that aligns with our values. The intangible value of belonging creates a sense of momentum for your brand and helps champion it to others.

The statistics back this strategy; 88% of community professionals said in a recent survey that community is critical to their company's mission and 85% said that their community has had a positive impact to their business.
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Trial Invision Community 4.5 Now
If you're preparing to upgrade to Invision Community 4.5, there's now an easy way to test it out.

We have updated our Invision Community demo system to use Invision Community 4.5! This is a quick and easy way to take 4.5 for a test drive and test all the new functionality before making your upgrade plans.
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Lessons from the Virus: Community Engagement from WHO
Community leaders need to proactively communicate.  As WHO recommends, "One of the most important and effective interventions to any event is to proactively communicate what is known, what is unknown, and what is being done to get more information."  Communication from community leaders establishes the chain of communication and establishes themselves as a source of credible information.  By getting out in front of disruptive events and staying in regular communication with your members, you build trust and ensure that proper advice will be followed.
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Welcome to Invision Community 4.5
We've been on a little journey together since we announced the first Invision Community 4.5 feature way back in November 2019.

Let's take a look at all of the new functionality coming to Invision Community as we release the first beta.
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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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4.5: Two feature additions

As the deadline slowly comes down, two last feature additions race towards the descending door and slide in underneath with seconds to spare.

If you've never seen "Raiders of the Lost Ark", then you probably think this is a weird way to start a blog.

As we wrap up development for Invision Community 4.5, we squeezed in two extra features that I want to talk about today.

4.5: Commerce Trials
One of the most popular requests we get for Commerce is for a free trial period for subscriptions. We've heard from many clients that wish to allow their members a free, or reduced cost trial period before auto-renewing the full price.

I'm pleased to say that we've now added this functionality into Invision Community 4.5. Let us take a look at how it works.
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