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  1. Appreciate the update/walk-through! Love the Photos (dog images). Here's my little pups (shih-poo and lhasa-poo)...
  2. There are times we change our logo for Holidays, special events, etc. Each time we upload a new logo it overwrites the previous. This causes errors with site "logo" on previously indexed pages. This affects our chances of getting into Google Search rich results. You'll can find these errors in Google Search Console > Enhancements > Logos section. For Big Board, medium, or small sites, this could hurt traffic if not aware of it. I'm suggesting a bypass overwrite option when uploading a new logo. Basically, the UI should list any previously uploaded logo with option to delete at any time (manually). (logo is found in Organization structured markup)
  3. I would also add Background Color and Text Color but only for Marketplace content. This will help authors highlight certain features, etc. I know I'm asking for a lot but I'd be happy just to get H2 and H3.
  4. Oops, I see the Remove Format button now. (Did I miss that?)
  5. Can you please add Remove Format, H2, and H3 to the editor here? The H2 and H3 buttons are for long content authors on the site. This will help create a more appealing content presentation. The Remove Format could be used when copying/pasting. Again, this will make life easier for long content authors. Also, the font-size on this site is so small. I need bifocals to read the text here. Increasing the font-size to 16px will not hurt the design here. NOTE: You have Increase Indent enabled but no Decrease Indent. Not good when you realize that you clicked by mistake or you didn't need Indent.
  6. (This drove us crazy so I figured I would share with the community. I'm sure others may experience the same thing. Or maybe it was just a stupid oversight on our end.)Some Background...We use both Sendgrid (for transactional emails) and Salesforce > Marketing Cloud (for newsletters and eblasts). Our goal is to move away from Marketing Cloud (cost cutting).We figured with SendGrid and IPS, we can build exactly what we need. A robust system that will allow us to create campaigns based on filters. (IPS is more than halfway there. YEA!)Thank You IPS And SendGrid...The IPS Sendgrid option was a check ✓ (among many) in our comparison sheet when we were researching modern forum platforms. We were happy to see that. It was all the "extra features/addons" that really made a difference for us.Prior to IPS, we used Sendgrid SMTP. So we used the same settings when we converted over to IPS.We entered the appropriate SMTP info in the Email Settings page (view attachment).Everything worked perfectly. Switching To SendGrid Web APINow, we want to switch over to Web API. For those not aware the main points for using Sendgrid Web API vs Sendgrid SMTP are: Less points of failure (vs more checks) Less latency (vs slower delivery) More control over delivery reputation (if one fails you can easily switch) Read More: Web API or SMTP Relay: How Should You Send Your Email?As soon as we got everything set up we ran a Bulk Email test and got the following error (Email Error Logs)... {"message":[{"message":"Invalid type. Expected: string, given: boolean.","field":"ip_pool_name","help":"http:\/\/sendgrid.com\/docs\/API_Reference\/Web_API_v3\/Mail\/errors.html#message.ip_pool_name"}]} As you can imagine, we panicked. We just scheduled our first Bulk Email campaign to go out right away and we got an error. So we made the call to send the email campaign through Marketing Cloud instead. Plus, I was ready to head out the door. It was late. My wife was going to show up soon ready to go jogging.First Thing In The Morning... We started looking into this...We were leaning to something that we missed on SendGrid. All these years, we were using SMTP and just recently switched over to their dedicated IP option. So, the error has to be there...Yes, the boolean error was changed to a string check on IPS.With that said, we started looking around our SendGrid account ... we couldn't find anything regarding 'ip pool name'. We look through their Knowledgebase - found a few pages but nothing really helpful.Zoom! Crash! Bang! Boom! (Cut to the point.) Ok, so here's the thing...When we first enabled SendGrid on IPS, it was the first time we moved to a dedicated IP address. This was when we were using Sendgrid SMTP. In the IP Pool field, we had entered our SendGrid dedicated IP address. YES, WE DID THAT. 🤦‍♂️As usual, we ignored the help text. Or maybe we just didn't get it for we were SendGrid newbies. So don't do the same mistake!Anyway, it turns out that if you have just one dedicated IP address you can leave this field empty. But the only way to do that with IPS is to click the 'Do not use a dedicated IP address' option.THIS IS MISLEADING!According to SendGrid... https://sendgrid.com/docs/API_Reference/Web_API_v3/IP_Management/ip_pools.html#Lesson Learned And Lesson Shared...If you have just one dedicated IP address, you can leave the IP Pool field empty. I hope somebody finds this helpful. 💖
  7. Version 1.0.0


    Sharing the love 💖 ... FREE apps/plugins provided by GT Services. This simple plugin helps your Staff get things done FASTER. There's no more guessing. When a Report comes in they now know why it's being reported. This plugin requires your users to leave a message whenever submitting a REPORT. For those not aware - IPS doesn't require a message when reporting content. Personally, I think this is a crazy move. They gave us the option to create Report Types but not require a message. 😕 Getting members to report content is a great feature to have. But... it becomes problematic when the reason for reporting is not clear. As you can imagine Big Board sites get many Reports. Many are confusing - it's a big waste of time for Staff when no explanation (message) is available. (I personally know this because I'm on the receiving end when something doesn't work right.) Staff get things done FASTER. Staff are happy. Staff can focus on other important things. To install... Download the file Go to Admincp > Site Features (Plugins) [Click Install New Plugin] More FREE apps/plugins coming... (The more LIKES we get the more free apps we will make available.)


  8. I think in 3-5 years, there will be less successful forums on the Web. It's just not enough these days. That's the key right there! We can't continue doing the same thing. We NEED to change. We NEED to make the whole "community experience" better. We need to... Focus on members. Focus on your diamonds ... build them up. Focus on Community Management. Focus on other content types (instead of sending them away why not point internally to your content) eg. videos, whitepapers, etc Focus on directories and landing pages (Pages). If you find that your members are constantly directing readers to XYZ site then why not create a directory out of it? For example, if your target are students you can have a Scholarship Directory or a School Directory. Heck, I can go on... how about a Videos Directory (of all the Youtube videos you are working on 😜), Articles, etc Focus on User Experience. Make sure there is nothing that turns people off. Test. Test. Test. Focus on Speed. Focus on ALL devices. Focus on quality content. Any other ideas?
  9. Version 1.0.0


    Sharing the love 💖 ... This is the first of many FREE apps provided by GT Services. Troubleshooting member's account is what we do on a daily basis. Oftentimes, you Sign in as member to see what they are seeing. To do this, you normally log in to your Admin Control Panel and run a search for the member. Open their account and click Account Actions > Sign In as That's a lot of steps. What's worse is that sometimes the search feature in Admin Control Panel is not successful (eg. special characters in username). All of this takes up a lot of time. Time is money. I'm a strong believer that Admins should be focused on building relationships and/or new content. Because of this we created an easier way for Admins to "LogIn as XYZ User". It's a simple link provided to Admins with the proper permissions so they can Sign In As XYZ User via a member's Profile page. Not available anywhere else - just in Profiles. No settings. Just install. More FREE apps coming soon... (The more LIKES we get the more free apps we will make available.)


  10. Depending on audience, I stay away from using the term "forum". I don't even use it on the site.
  11. Love this... I think I'll share it with my team. Deep... on point...
  12. It all depends on audience. This really doesn't apply to us as we already favor forum communities. Yes, it makes a lot of sense for someone to convert over to a forum community from an fb group/page. They may even save assuming they can generate the same participation. One thing is definite - they will lose big in the short run. (The same participation won't carry over immediately.) On a personal note, I will say that having our own FB Group/Page actually saves us money. (We have over 1 millions fb followers - Pages + Group.) Traffic costs money. We get anywhere from 20,000 - 150,000 users visiting our forum site from our FB group/pages per week. It generally costs us $500 to generate just 4,000 clicks with Adwords. To get that much traffic using Adwords would cost us thousands of dollars more per week. So my recommendation... - Be aware of what you are reading. Be aware of its intended audience. - Use fb group/pages as a traffic channel.
  13. 2 decades as vbulletin big board admin/programmer A few things to be aware of... With every major conversion there will be a loss in traffic. If done correctly, you should see traffic levels close to normal in a few months. Prepare for the worse and you will come out on top. This will happen regardless of platform you select. Create a test site and run conversion. I recommend you do this a few times. This will give you an idea of how long the process will take. You will end up making mistakes so I recommend duplicating your test database first. eg, on one you can prune all private messages and see if that will speed up conversion ... if you have millions and millions of posts you definitely need to have a plan of action Start changing your old site so that it starts looking like the new. This decreases the shock in change. For example, I changed posts style on old site so that it looks similar to the new theme that I will be using. I also changed main page and directories so that it looks the same. If you haven't done so switch to HTTPS. Attachments (images) is a big generator of traffic for many sites - especially if you've been around for years. Although attachments are converted over without issues they are not redirected (old to new url). On a personal note, I literally lost thousands and thousands of Google image placements because of this oversight. This hurts backlinks. SEO. If you use vbseo/dbseo, if forum friendly urls include forum id then no issues redirecting old urls to new. If in the form of /forum-name/ then these will not be redirected properly. Topic urls will redirect regardless of type. Learn everything you can on how to use IPS Pages app. It's a very powerful system. You can create any type of directory or custom page with it. For search, use IPS built in elasticsearch feature if possible. You won't regret it. For cache method, use Redis for everything if possible. Finally, be smart with number of plugins you install. IPS is fast but when you start adding a lot of plugins you could hurt performance.
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