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    Robert Angle reacted to Ehren in Invision Community 5: Badge creation and icon customization   
    Lots of credit goes to @Matt Finger for this weeks update. He did a great job 👏
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    Robert Angle reacted to Cedric V in Invision Community 5: Badge creation and icon customization   
    AGAIN some next level stuff! All these updates so far are all one by one amazing! Meanwhile all updates on a community software I won't disclose, have been nothing BUT disappointing. 
    Love the work you all are putting into this. Great work, as always.
     
     
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    Robert Angle reacted to Ehren in Invision Community 5: Badge creation and icon customization   
    Invision Community offers fantastic ways of customizing the user experience for your members, and today, we’re excited to introduce some new and really simple ways of customizing Invision Community 5 even further using our new icon tools.
     
    Icon Picker
    Lets begin with our brand new icon picker. Containing both Font Awesome icons and emojis, the new picker allows you to easily search and assign icons to specific areas throughout your site. Lets take a look at some examples!
    icon-picker.mp4  
    Navigation icons
    Adding icons to the navigation list has been a highly requested feature, so we're happy to announce that you can now use this new picker to do exactly that, for both the horizontal and vertical navigation panels, without needing to modify your theme.

     
    Forum icons
    Uploading forum icons is a great way to personalize individual areas of your community. In the past, these icons have typically been images, uploaded via the admin panel. In addition to the upload form, the icon picker now makes it a breeze to assign icons to forums - and if a Font Awesome icon is chosen, it'll even inherit the featured forum color.

     
    Forum Feature Color
    We have brought the existing forum feature color to feed view allowing for a flash of color and personalization that helps associate a color with a specific forum. The feature color pairs really well with the card image to lift the forum display.

     
    Icon creator for badges, ranks and reactions
    Creating unique badges, ranks and reactions is a great way to boost activity within your community by encouraging members to share more engaging and frequent content - but designing these icons from scratch using a graphics program often comes with hurdles of its own.
    With our new icon creator, you can now design your own custom icons for badges, ranks and reactions straight from your Admin panel, using a combination of colors, icons and shapes.
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    We think this new icon creator will make the rank, badges and reactions features even more accessible for everyone, allowing you to create a user experience that is uniquely yours. With Invision Community 5, bringing in customization and personalization moves beyond adding new themes.
    We're excited to see how you can take advantage of these new tools, and we look forward hearing your feedback in the comments below!
     


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    Robert Angle reacted to loccom in Hiding images from guests   
    thats an interesting point, I will look in to this.
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    Robert Angle got a reaction from Matt in Invision Community 5: Finding community experts   
    You just confused the snot out of me, @Joel R lol 😄
    This would be horrible in any of my communities. The last thing I need is a new member making one "helpful" post, and suddenly being crowned an expert, and then the rest of the time they are crazy or off their meds posting all sorts of wild stuff. 
    Community Experts would naturally be seasoned individuals with a pattern of helpfulness.
    I can think of who these individuals are on my communities already.
    Sounds like when certain metrics are met, the Admin or Staff is notified and then the person has to be invited. They can accept the offer to be a community expert or not (gleaned from the use of "opt-in", above).
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    Robert Angle reacted to Joel R in Invision Community 5: Quickly find the most helpful answers   
    I had the topic queued to publish this morning.  It should be available today. 
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    Robert Angle reacted to Matt in Invision Community 5: Quickly find the most helpful answers   
    At a fundamental root, every activity we partake in begins with the desire to add value to our lives. Mastering a second language or instrument takes a lot of time but the value is adding ability or knowledge.
    We join communities to add value. It might be making friends all over the world who love running when you don't have much support for that activity in your 'real-life' friends, or it might be finding the best ways to use a piece of software you love.
    Back in the 2000s forum communities were founded to bring people together over a shared interest forming small villages in a landscape of rolling hills and pasture. Forums were really successful because they were peerless. If you had an interest in ABBA, opening up a forum about ABBA gave people a space to talk about Swedish 70s pop and take deep dives in platform shoes and crumbling marriages. They gave an outlet for a passion that your friends in the pub had no interest in. Other's in similar situations would flock to this site, delighted with a space to talk about their disco obsession. As the community owner, you didn't need to try too hard, it was all Gimme, gimme, gimme!
    20 odd years later and we have crowded mega-cities of non-stop conversation about every topic you want to know, and many you don't. Social media is better designed for informal conversations and finding like-minded people due to its huge reach and focus on personalities over topic.
    Forums still very much have a place but they need to provide immediate value to keep and grow membership. That doesn't mean social forums will fail, there are many good examples of them but it means for a new community there needs to be a strong reason to visit and once you have a visitor, you need to give them what they want as quickly as possible. We're all time-poor on the internet with so many apps and dopamine hits to have.
    You can build a social community around a support community, or a community that is designed to solve a problem later.
    Content may be king, but value is definitely (the dancing) queen. Get those both right, and the winner takes it all.
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    Robert Angle got a reaction from G17 Media in How to view old plans features   
    Use Web Archive....
    https://web.archive.org/web/20201229123459/https://invisioncommunity.com/buy
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    Robert Angle got a reaction from Lindor in How to view old plans features   
    I will say there was absolutely nothing appealing about the previous Community in the Cloud plans. Low storage rates, penalties for too many online users, etc. 
    But the new plans that give you gobs of storage and remove those limits, plus the new features like Who's Viewing, Live Topics, and Courses make the current plans very appealing. If I was on an old plan, I wouldn't hesitate to upgrade.
    But I'm a self-hosted fan so what do I know? 😄
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    Robert Angle got a reaction from Marc Stridgen in How to view old plans features   
    I will say there was absolutely nothing appealing about the previous Community in the Cloud plans. Low storage rates, penalties for too many online users, etc. 
    But the new plans that give you gobs of storage and remove those limits, plus the new features like Who's Viewing, Live Topics, and Courses make the current plans very appealing. If I was on an old plan, I wouldn't hesitate to upgrade.
    But I'm a self-hosted fan so what do I know? 😄
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    Robert Angle got a reaction from Matt in Invision Community 5: Quickly find the most helpful answers   
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    Robert Angle reacted to Lindor in How to view old plans features   
    Great solution @Robert Angle, I did not think about. Thanks a lot.
    @Marc Stridgen I've Super65 plan active and I need to compare registration and online user limits with new plans to plan my growth.
    I can see that new plans haven't active user limits, it is true?
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    Robert Angle got a reaction from Lindor in How to view old plans features   
    Use Web Archive....
    https://web.archive.org/web/20201229123459/https://invisioncommunity.com/buy
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    Robert Angle got a reaction from Maxxius in How to view old plans features   
    Use Web Archive....
    https://web.archive.org/web/20201229123459/https://invisioncommunity.com/buy
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    Robert Angle got a reaction from Hostingunlock in Marketplace Closure   
    I would like to ask why the structure of the Invision Marketplace couldn't still exist here, but instead of financial transactions and downloads being handled by Invision, just remove the commerce aspect of it and just let it be a "Downloads" directory with hyperlinks back to the author's site. The author could still update the application or theme's description, changelog, and compatible versions here at Invision, and the client would still be able to shop around here where they feel comfortable, and if they find something in your [former] Marketplace, they click through to the authors personal site.
    Downloads allows for URL submissions as it is. Why not retain that directory of applications here? What Joel is proposing to do, you could set up in a short amount of time and then it would be almost on autopilot. An existing Invision directory would only increase exposure to the applications that 3rd party devs have created and sell.
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    Robert Angle got a reaction from WP V0RT3X in Back to Top button   
    I can confirm that Back 2 Top 1.0.2 by V0RT3X still works on the latest version if IPS 4.7.xx. We have it installed on our communities.
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    Robert Angle got a reaction from WebCMS in Pasted text background color using themes   
    For right now, we leave Paste a Rich Text on. We call our dark theme "Dark Mode Beta (buggy)" and when a dark theme user complains to a light theme user, we kindly correct them that they are the ones using the buggy theme, and if they keep it up we will remove dark mode altogether, lol.
    By far most of our users use our default light theme.
    Hopefully this gets fixed in V5 with it's new click of a button dark/light CSS sorcery 😄
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    Robert Angle reacted to Ehren in Invision Community 5: The All New Theme Editor   
    Welcome to the third video of our sneak peak series! Today, we're really excited to introduce you to the new Theme Editor!
    Built entirely from scratch, the new editor provides an instant, live preview of your theme, as soon as you modify a setting. It's a zero-code approach to creating themes, and has been designed to ensure your theme adheres to your color scheme and looks great on every device, with very little effort. Let's take a closer look!
     
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    To the left of the editor, you’ll see a live preview of your community. You can navigate to any page, as if you were browsing your site normally. At the top left of the editor, you’ll find icons which change the theme between the light and dark color schemes. Below that are buttons which change the viewport size, from desktop, to tablet, to mobile. This is a really convenient way to ensure your theme looks great on every device, without needing to manually resize your browser window.
    Lets take a closer look at the Color Palette.
    Editing colors in version 4 was a fairly time consuming process. For example, modifying the color scheme from the default blue to another color meant that 26 theme settings needed to be changed. In contrast, the Version 5 theme is powered by just 3 colors: Primary colors are responsible for styling the main elements on your page, such as the Start new topic button. Secondary colors control minor elements, such as pagination links, while the Base color is responsible for controlling the overall tint on your site.
    Clicking on these colors opens a color picker. Let’s change this blue color to yellow.
     
    Video 2.mp4
     
    You’ll notice two things have happened here. First, the preview window updated as soon as we modified the color. All elements which were previously blue, now use yellow, such as the Start new topic button. Secondly, the text color in our button has changed from white to black. This is our automatic contrast feature and it ensures our text is easy to read on our new yellow background, since white text may be more difficult to read for some viewers.
    Below the color picker is a text box, with our color displayed in HSL. You can paste your own colors in this box, in any color format and that color will be applied to your elements.
     
    Video 3.mp4
     
    The Base color controls the tint of your backgrounds and text colors. Let's try a few examples to demonstrate how easy it is to recolor your theme.
     
    Video 4.mp4
     
    Next up are Logos! Invision Community 5 has three logo types: a text logo, an image logo for desktops and an image logo for mobiles. Let’s edit our text logo.
     
    Video 5.mp4
     
    After changing the text to “Theme Editor Demo”, we can see that the logo in our preview window updates instantly with our new text. Below that, we have multiple options to help us style the text logo, such as font-family These fonts are a combination of system fonts and web fonts. The web fonts are hosted locally on your site for optimal performance. Additionally, we can also change the font-weight and font-size. We might want a different font-size for mobile logos, so that can be edited too. We can see a live preview by changing our viewport to the mobile option.
    If you’d prefer to use an image logo, you can assign it using the Image Logo options. Image logos are made up of 2 upload fields, one for the light theme and one for the dark theme. Below these upload fields, a slider lets you resize your logo so it fits neatly.
     
    Video 6.mp4
     
    Layout options let you assign the default layouts in your community. In our first sneak peak video, we showcased the new side panel layout, feed view for forum categories, and compact view for topics. These can all be enabled via the theme editor using a simple select menu.
     
    Video 7.mp4
     
    Lets explore some Color options! In the Header panel, we can see a list of elements we can customize. Clicking on an element opens the Swatch List, which is a list of 22 colors that are powered by the Base, Primary and Secondary colors from earlier. We have 6 "light" base colors, 6 "dark" base colors as well as various shades of our primary and secondary colors. Clicking on any of these swatches will apply that color to your element.
    But what if none of these colors suit your requirement? That’s where the Color Picker comes in handy. Here, we can easily choose any color, or even paste in our own color like before.
     
    Video 8.mp4
     
    A major hurdle with themes in version 4 was customising the header. Depending on the complexity, this would typically involve modifications to both the CSS and HTML. That is a thing of the past with version 5! If we flick over to our Settings tab, you’ll see a brand new interface for customising the header. A new drag and drop feature allows you to easily reposition header elements without touching a single line of code.
     
    Video 9.mp4
    It’s an incredibly fun tool to play with, and we’re really excited to hear what you think!
    Below the drag and drop area, we can customise the header further by using sliders to adjust its height, or we can enable navigation icons with a single click. Body settings let you can customise global elements such as the body background color, text colors, the max-width of your site, the font-family, font-size and more.
    Editing Content boxes has always required code modifications in the past. Using this new editor, we can adjust not only the colors of the boxes, but also the borders and shadows. Theme editing has honestly never been this easy!
     
    Video 10.mp4
    And there you have it! Our brand new theme editor. With a few simple clicks and drags, we've been able to create a customised theme that looks great on desktops and mobiles, with a new color scheme, new logos, a customised header, new page layouts and restyled content boxes - all without touching a single line of code.
    Speaking of code, for those of you who want to apply more advanced customisations, we’ve added a really convenient way to access your custom CSS file, via a new dialog box.
    Video 11.mp4
    And last but not least - the new theme editor is fully responsive, so even if you’re away from the desk, so you’ll be able to change colours and settings, upload new logos, redesign your header and even add your own code!
     
    Video 12.mp4
     
    Developing this new editor has been a lot of fun, and it’s even more fun to use. Themes have never been easier to edit and we're really excited for you all to get your hands on it so you can have a play for yourself - but for now, let us know what you think the comments, and we’ll see you next time!

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    Robert Angle reacted to Charles in Back to Top button   
    Two years later and people still don't know how to get back to the top of a web page on their devices? The Internet must be a confusing bottom-of-page place.
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    Robert Angle reacted to Marc Stridgen in Pasted text background color using themes   
    I'll certainly mention this internally, however its worth pointing out here this would be an addition to the software rather than a fix as such, as its actually showing what was pasted.
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    Robert Angle reacted to Charles in [Suggestion] v5 and Dead Space   
    You might want to wait until v5 exists before giving feedback on it 😉 
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    Robert Angle reacted to Randy Calvert in Marketplace Closure   
    You might want to re-read earlier in this thread...  as per Marc earlier:
    Given that IPS never did vulnerability scanning, you are not actually losing anything on that front other than the perception that it was being done when it was not.  🙂 
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    Robert Angle reacted to Day_ in Invision Community 5: Dark mode, accessibility, performance and mobiles!   
    These theme updates are making me extremely horny, not gonna lie. 😍
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