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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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Team Talk: Which job would you be terrible at?
In between complaining about the temperature of the United Kingdom, a hot topic in staff chat was what jobs we've done in the past, and which jobs we'd be terrible at.

Mark said that Matt would be terrible at being a software engineer. Once all the laughter and clearing desks and leaving the building immediately had finished, we settled on these answers.
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Gamification for your community
Applying game mechanics to your community can have a powerful effect on member retention and engagement on your site.

There are three main areas we can use gamification for: onboarding, driving engagement and encouraging positive behavior.

Let's look at these areas in more detail.
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Video Tip: ACP Tips and Tricks
Work smarter, not harder is a motto we hear a lot of in our modern age.

This is of course great advice. Invision Community's Admin CP is packed full of tools and settings to help you configure your community to your needs.

In this short video we show you how you can work smarter in the Admin CP.
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Video Tip: Create a homepage in under 5 minutes with Pages
We often get asked how to create a portal-like home page for a community.

A homepage has many benefits including showing your best content first, displaying multiple areas of the suite and reducing confusion.

In this short video, we show you how to create a homepage in under 5 minutes using the Pages app.
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Team Talk: What's on your bookshelf?
The Invision Community team are a smart bunch. When they're not being support heroes, fixing code or writing cool new features, they occasionally like to pick up a book.

Take a look at what is on the team's bookshelf.
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How to cultivate a positive community
A positive community is a wonderful thing. It's fun to read and almost irresistible to join. You instantly feel welcomed and quickly make new friends.

Carefully managed communities tend to be respectful. Individuals may occasionally argue and disagree, but these are short term incidences that do not affect the community.

Is this by chance or by design?
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Video Tip: Set up a curated video gallery in 5 minutes with Pages
Pages is one our most flexible applications.

The most common use for Pages is as a simple articles database. With its built in templates, you can create interesting and engaging pages in just a few minutes. This is how we have it configured for this news blog.

In this entry, we'll be looking at something a little out of the ordinary.

In just five minutes, you can create a simple curated YouTube video gallery on your website using Pages. All of this functionality is built in. You won't need to learn code, or install any plug-ins.
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Team Talk: Show us your workstation
You have probably spoken to us in support tickets and on our community forums, and you've likely seen our photos.

But what about our workstations? What do they reveal about our personalities? Do none of our team have lights in their office?
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How to successfully convert your platform and breathe new life into your community
Do you have a community but are looking to move to a more modern and feature rich platform?

There's a lot of ways Invision Community can breathe new life into your community. With our engagement features, advanced promotion features and mobile ready responsive themes, your members are going to love the changes.

We look at how to plan a successful migration.
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GDPR updates for Invision Community 4.3.3
Unless you've been living under a rock, or forgot to opt-in to the memo, GDPR is just around the corner.

Last week to wrote a blog answering your questions on becoming GDPR compliant with Invision Community.

We took away a few good points from that discussion and have the following updates coming up for Invision Community 4.3.3 due early next week.
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