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Posts posted by Charles

  1. We believe in the power of an owned community. However, we also believe the age of "my community as an island" is over and it is imperative that community managers engage with the ocean of the wider internet rather than putting walls around their little islands.

    We made Community Hive as a step in the direction of allowing your community to be part of a larger network. With that same mindset, it is also why we are opening it up to other platforms.

    With the implosion of social media, now is the time to broaden your horizons and avoid putting up more walls.

    Community Hive is only one piece of a broader strategy we have that will take time to implement. IPS does not just view itself as a software company churning out a "ye olde forum script." We see ourselves as a community solutions company and solutions can take many forms.


    I posted this same message on Community Hive as it would be best to chat about Community Hive... on Community Hive 😉 

  2. 2 minutes ago, Chris027 said:

    Doesn’t make sense to me. If I’ve already captured the reader, I could encourage him/her to sign up and follow my site, on my actual site. Or, I could send him/her packing and hope he/she follows my site  on CH and doesn’t find too much other content. Everyone’s time is limited. Sending someone away, where there is competing content, makes no sense to me. 

    When you encourage people to follow your site on Community Hive your users get a feed of our your community combined with other communities they are interested in. Your community gets more exposure the more engagement it gets. So it's a win-win for both you and the members. The members get one place to go to see activity from all the communities they follow and an opportunity to find new communities. You get push notifications, an email newsletter, search, and more without any cost. You also get exposure of your community to countless new people.

    All that said, I do not think Community Hive is a good fit for community managers who view their community as a walled garden where they own "MY users."

  3. I assume we would handle this just like we did for v3, v4.0, v4.1, etc. that have reached end of life. We generally give people a LOT of warning and then finally pick a date way in the future that they have to upgrade. We're talking years though. I am afraid I do not have a clear answer to give you on such specifics that are many years away 🙂 

    As end of life approaches, you will get a lot more information on how to handle the upgrade. And, of course, by 2025 or 2026, v5 itself will be more mature. We might even be on v6 by then, who knows!

  4. 8 minutes ago, virap1 said:

    Charles, that comes from caring about invision and paying a lot of money for it too. I would focus on the api, presentation of the pages app, integrate to essential services like semrush, ahrefs, rankmath, create a social media sharing/marking/scheduling platforms etc. 

    Invision Community v5 is making huge progress. As I said, Community Hive's development team is not the same team that is improving Invision Community. So no need to be concerned 🙂 

  5. 10 hours ago, iamART said:

    Will there ever be plans for this feature to be available to self-hosted customers?

    Live Topics is available on Creator package and up. It's not available on Beginner or Classic (self-hosted) plans. Feel free to contact us to discuss changing plans.

  6. 13 minutes ago, EmpireKicking said:

    So in terms this can help your own community and also is it easy to just get a feed going to your site over to hive without the need of going to hive to create a feed? 

    You activate Community Hive in your Invision Community AdminCP. Once you do, you can then go to Community Hive to set your categories and indicate what age-group your community is targeted for. You can also control what types of content is shown on Community Hive.

    Community Hive is designed to send traffic to your community. It does this in a few ways:

    • Content is only shown as a snippet so visitors must go to your community to read the full content.
    • There are algorithms in place to learn what is popular and move it up your feed.
    • Following your community on Community Hive does this via sending a visitor to your community first. This allows you the opportunity to capture the visitor to become a member on your community. If they are not ready to join, they can also follow anonymously. If they join later, they can link up their existing Community Hive account.
    • Visitors cannot interact with your content on Community Hive. They have to go to your site.

    Happy to talk about Community Hive's integration with Invision Community here. But, if you have questions about Community Hive in general, please visit https://talk.communityhive.com to discuss.

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