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  1. Oh, that's it. My license just expired. Thanks for the reminder. I can see it now. 👍
  2. getting the following error when visiting https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/forum/320-the-community-managers-lounge/ Appreciate the changes 👍
  3. Thank you for reporting. I'll get this fixed. Plus, I need to upgrade to 4.5. 😉 I believe this is what you are looking for... the tabbed UI are groups ... it will fetch members based on the active tab
  4. Followup to this comment... 4.5 is now running on https://invisioncommunity.com/. I'm sure they are still tweaking before finalizing. But, I figured we can start testing for history... 😀
  5. Starting a successful forum these days is not easy. But, it is doable when site has a focus (niche). 1. Create CONTENT. You need content to keep readers coming back for more. Create different types of CONTENT to grab different kinds of people. Here are some ideas... Discussions FAQs Images (eg. to share, download, create a story, etc) Articles News etc 2. Differentiate your site from your competition. First impression is important. 3. Invite people via social, email, word-of-mouth, etc. 4. (Onboarding) Create a helpful "Welcome Emai
  6. The "email confirmation link" is ?do=validate and redirects to main page (root domain). The actual registration process is... (register page)/ - landing page (register page)/?do=validating - landing page after submission
  7. The issue here is that Google will still go to those pages crawl and at some point index. This process takes away from indexing more important pages in a timely manner. (They will continue to revisit the page; Otherwise, comments would be ignored.) This affects people with lots of pages especially if you just migrated to a new system or rebuild your sitemap. You want to help Google as much as you can. It benefits you the most. (I removed my previous comment that was here as I believe it will just confuse more than help) The goal is to get Google to index/rank your quality pages
  8. Good advice @Durango but admins need to pay attention to their Sitemap settings as well. Personally, I prefer not to NOINDEX all profiles. I think SOME member pages should get indexed. For example, I see that some writers, experts, and staff pages bring in good organic traffic. Plus, we are trying to build a "community". Not just a content site. A community is about it's members.
  9. Be cautious when NOINDEXing topics in masses. If you made a mistake NOINDEXing a topic that has been indexed for years, it may take a while for Google to reindex (1 to several months). What's worse is that you may end up with a lower rank. You are forcing Google to recrawl/reindex the page. Older topics will get hit the hardest. With that said, there are some pages you can safely NOINDEX. I would start with Profile pages. They suck up your crawl rate. NOINDEX inactive accounts and maybe accounts that have 10 or less posts. You can already do this with IPS. If you have RSS gene
  10. I'll see what I can do for the next update.
  11. I've been looking for something "usable for readers" (especially for the sidebar) and the TOPIC ACTIVITY block is it. THANK YOU! What really stands out for me is that active members are the focus (making them shine). Basically, it's all about the members. eg. Top Posters, Popular Posts If you want your community to succeed, that's the way to do it. Make your members STAND OUT.
  12. This will truly be helpful for those who love to customize their pages. Very helpful. Thank you. Can I request that TAGS get added as a widget for use on Pages (not just database but standalone pages)? More info here...
  13. TIP 1: If you are paying over $100 per month for S3 services you may want to consider a dedicated server @ $120 + Stackpath CDN @ $25. As your site traffic increases so will your S3 costs. You can sync your local static folders to the new server so that all images are copied to the new server. The CDN will then fetch the static files from the new server. TIP 2: If you stick with S3 make sure you use a CUSTOM DOMAIN so that all your static files are using a domain that you control - that you can move over to another service in case costs keep climbing. If you don't do this you ca
  14. We used something similar in my vbulletin days. It was a plugin that allowed us to group tags (synonyms). LOVED IT. Even if they started small (with tags first) ... it will still be a HUGE win for us. I'm guessing Taxonomies will be available in IPS 5.0.
  15. I love the new look; overall changes. Hopefully, overall DOM size has been reduced. Have you guys tested and compared speed improvements between 4.xxx and 4.5? Mobile? Desktop? Mobile should be just as fast as desktop (or close to it). I believe Google PageSpeed/Lighthouse default tests speed are Fast 3G/Slow 4G. That's definitely not the case with the current Forums site. HUGE difference. Yes, we all know that it's not the same as the default platform or how each site will run. But, it is the first thing that potential customers will experience/test. I'll attach
  16. Most ad partners will just approve your domains across the board (unless one is against TOS). I haven't run into any issues with ad partners approving domains and I've been doing this for a long time. For the most part, you will use key-values to target specific forums/pages on your site. This is usually associated with Direct Sales. eg. someone wants to target your ABC, MNO, and XYZ forums on your site. Key-values allows you to do just that. Placements are not required.
  17. I'm sorry. I missed this. You can target via key-values. eg. url = domain.com eg. url = /this-is-a-specific-page/ eg. page = "This is a specific page title" Yes, I use sizeMapping.
  18. @AlexWebsites In the beginning, it was best to keep them separate but we no longer have to do that. The tools available to us today helps us to keep things simple. We just have 1 set of ad units for all sites. Today, it's simple to do reports based URLs (sites), key-values (ie. URLs, Page, Usergroup...), etc. TIPS: If you have AdX and Adsense, make sure AdX is set to "Default for Dynamic Allocation" (Admin > Linked Accounts) (Just make sure because some accounts that had Adsense approved before AdX may have Adsense set to Dynamic Allocation. If this happens
  19. These are FANTASTIC new features!! One thing that's missing is the UPDATE DATE. There are many old evergreen topics that are getting updated (for SEO reasons). Having the UPDATE DATE clearly visible tells the reader that the content was recently updated.
  20. This is what I call a perfectly timed article. 👍
  21. I agree with the study ... working remotely is more productive. Plus, a company can save thousands of dollars. eg. rent, utilities, etc To make it work... Have weekly meetings. Use a work/project management tool such as Asana, Trello, etc. (A history of activity is very important. Not just for you but coworkers, groups, managers, CEO, etc) Make sure you take time off. At the same time, make sure you are working. (This is really hard for people who are working remotely for the first time.) Stay active in life - otherwise, you will gain wait. Do a Spartan Race
  22. This may help you get started... unified_first-price_auction_best_practices.pdf
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