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  1. Great to see these changes 👍 I also love the neutral theme color/style choices. I'm hungry for this release!!
  2. What's New in Version 1.0.4 Fixed bug when having multiple languages. Public Name is now a required field. Added a new option to Restrict Group Type as either Primary or Secondary Groups. (Previously, it was set up as default.) Minor CSS/Template changes when displaying group icons in Profile. Added error messages when appropriate Some language changes
  3. Thank you for posting this. It saves me a lot of time.
  4. it's safe to say that it applies to ALL members (old and new) 😁
  5. Your issue could be the ad size you are calling - 728x280. This should be 728x90 or responsive for display ads. For link ads, it should be 728x15. Fix the size and see what happens.
  6. @fix3r It's actually possible but you will have to edit your postContainer template.
  7. There are no special "fields" for members to fill out after joining a group. They just have the option to join group. The same options are found in Registration as well. There is no "confirmation process". The goal here is to make it as easy as possible for members to take action. When a member joins a Public Group(s) we can use this information to onboard the members. For example, we can use Bulk Mail or Announcements to target specific groups. With this information we can easily onboard the members to take whatever action that you want them to take. ie. fill out a form
  8. UPDATED TO VERSION 1.0.2 Fixed bug with Public Name not savingFixed bug with Account Settings tab showing when no Public Groups existMade a minor change to groups in templates to display smaller text (ipsType_small)
  9. The IPS Groups system is POWERFUL. It’s the best way to reward contributors. But, it’s missing some features. For starters, allowing members to join certain Groups can provide you with additional data. It will also help members connect with like-minded individuals. When you provide a mechanism for members to join public groups you empower them. You give them the choice to choose what's best for them. This is one way to retain members and increase engagement. FEATURES in Members | Group Enhancements NEW: Option to edit the Public Name of each group. The Public Name of a group is the name displayed on the frontend (to your users). Let's say you may want to break up your Members group into newcomers and active. Normally, the community would notice two new groups when doing this but with GTMG they could still see 'Members' (Public Name for each group). NEW: Option to set a group as Secondary Group Only. I have 20+ years experience in managing a forum. I can tell you from experience, adding new groups (and members to groups) can be a daunting task. The best thing to do is to CLEARLY separate your Primary from your Secondary groups. Use Primary Group as the base when it comes to options and permissions. Use Secondary Groups to add (options/permissions) to the base. NEW: Option to display multiple group badges in Profiles and Posts. Group Badges will be a favorite in your community. The minute you put this up on your site your members will ask you “What are these badges?” and “How can I get one?” NEW: Option to hotlink badges in Profiles and Posts. Link could go to a landing page explaining the group (selling its benefits, why it exists, etc) or you could link to the Directory or a Club. The goal is to inform your audience about each group. For example, we have a badge linked to the store (for premium group), another to our "group badges" page, and another linked to a page for recruiting influencers. NEW: Option to create “Public Groups”. This option empowers members to join the group(s) they best fit in. Members can join Public Groups via Registration and Account Settings. It’s getting harder to get users to share personal information. I use Public Groups as a way to get information that I can use for business purposes. For example, if I ask members via Registration or Account Settings which military branch they belong to it will likely be ignored. But, if I create Public Groups for Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy they are more likely to take action. NEW: Option to create a directory of your favorite Groups. Directory can be a standalone feature or integrated within the Leaderboard page. I personally use this to attract influencers. It’s sorted by activity so the more active they are the more eyeballs on them. This increases participation in the group. BONUS To help you with your Groups Management, we are providing you with the following additional features: Group Options (Permissions) Matrix - An efficient way to compare static values Sort Groups - Sort groups per personal choice. TIPS ✔️ It’s best to use small Group Badges when displaying multiple badges in posts. ✔️ Members will have questions regarding your Public Groups. The best thing to do is to create an information page and hotlink the badges to the page. ✔️ When you enable Directory, keep ‘Time Limit’ and ‘Page Limit’ low. On large sites, a high setting may cause the page to load slower. ✔️ Use the new groups to your advantage. Use Bulk Email to target specific groups. For example, you can onboard the New Member group. SIMPLIFIED FEATURE SET Backend (ACP) New Group Settings Public Name - Display different Group Name on the frontend. Description - Add a group description to use for Group Directory. Landing Page URL - Allows admin to hotlink Group Badge to a page. eg. directory or custom page Set As Secondary Group - Restricts group as secondary group only. Public Group? - Allow members to join group Show in Directory - Control which groups can be found in Group Directory. Sort Groups Frontend/Backend - Sort groups per personal choice. Compare Group Options Matrix - A quick way to compare static values. Frontend Members can join 'Public Groups' during Registration Members can edit 'Public Groups' in Account Settings Group Badges (multiple) in Posts Group Badges (multiple) in Profile Group Directory Can use as standalone feature Can integrate with Leaderboard Can choose default index group GETTING STARTED Install App Edit each Group in Members > Groups Public Name (required) Show in Directory Directory SEO Slug Group Description Group Landing Page URL Set As Secondary Group Only Set As Public Group Now, go to Members > [GT] Groups Settings. IMPORTANT: If you have a custom style some of the template changes may not work properly. If this happens to you just private message me and I will help.
  10. Version 1.1.1

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    The IPS Groups system is POWERFUL. It’s the best way to reward contributors. But, it’s missing some features. For starters, allowing members to join certain Groups can provide you with additional data. It will also help members connect with like-minded individuals. When you provide a mechanism for members to join public groups you empower them. You give them the choice to choose what's best for them. This is one way to retain members and increase engagement. FEATURES in Members | Group Enhancements (GTMG) NEW: Option to create “Public Groups”. This option empowers members to join the group(s) they best fit in. Members can join Public Groups via Registration and Account Settings. It’s getting harder to get users to share personal information. I use Public Groups as a way to get information that I can use for business purposes. For example, if I ask members via Registration or Account Settings which military branch they belong to it will likely be ignored. But, if I create Public Groups for Army, Air Force, Marines, and Navy they are more likely to take action. NEW: Option to create a DIRECTORY of your favorite Groups. Directory can be a standalone feature or integrated within the Leaderboard page. I personally use this to attract influencers. It’s sorted by activity so the more active they are the more eyeballs on them. This increases participation in the group. NEW: Option to edit the Public Name of each group. The Public Name of a group is the name displayed on the frontend (to your users). Let's say you may want to break up your Members group into newcomers and active. Normally, the community would notice two new groups when doing this but with GTMG they could still see 'Members' (Public Name for each group). NEW: Option to set a group as Secondary Group Only. This option restricts a group to your Secondary Groups list. This makes it easy for you and your team to edit the groups a user belongs to. I have 20+ years experience in managing a forum. I can tell you from experience, adding new groups (and members to groups) can be a daunting task. The best thing to do is to CLEARLY separate your Primary from your Secondary groups. Use Primary Group as the base when it comes to options and permissions. Use Secondary Groups to add (options/permissions) to the base. NEW: Option to Restrict Group Type This option segments your groups into Primary or Secondary Groups NOT both. A group can be a Primary or a Secondary - it cannot be both. NEW: Option to display multiple group badges in Profiles and Posts. Group Badges will be a favorite in your community. The minute you put this up on your site your members will ask you “What are these badges?” and “How can I get one?” NEW: Option to hotlink badges in Profiles and Posts. Link could go to a landing page explaining the group (selling its benefits, why it exists, etc) or you could link to the Directory or a Club. The goal is to inform your audience about each group. For example, we have a badge linked to the store (for premium group), another to our "group badges" page, and another linked to a page for recruiting influencers. BONUS To help you with your Groups Management, we are providing you with the following additional features: Group Options (Permissions) Matrix - An efficient way to compare static values Sort Groups - Sort groups per personal choice. TIPS ✔️ It’s best to use small Group Badges when displaying multiple badges in posts. ✔️ Members will have questions regarding your Public Groups. The best thing to do is to create an information page and hotlink the badges to the page. ✔️ When you enable Directory, keep ‘Time Limit’ and ‘Page Limit’ low. On large sites, a high setting may cause the page to load slower. ✔️ Use the new groups to your advantage. Use Bulk Email to target specific groups. For example, you can onboard the New Member group. SIMPLIFIED FEATURE SET Backend (ACP) New Group Settings Public Name - Display different Group Name on the frontend. Description - Add a group description to use for Group Directory. Landing Page URL - Allows admin to hotlink Group Badge to a page. eg. directory or custom page Set As Secondary Group - Restricts group as secondary group only. Public Group? - Allow members to join group Show in Directory - Control which groups can be found in Group Directory. Sort Groups Frontend/Backend - Sort groups per personal choice. Compare Group Options Matrix - A quick way to compare static values. Frontend Members can join 'Public Groups' during Registration Members can edit 'Public Groups' in Account Settings Group Badges (multiple) in Posts Group Badges (multiple) in Profile Group Directory Can use as standalone feature Can integrate with Leaderboard Can choose default index group GETTING STARTED Install App Edit each Group in Members > Groups Public Name (required) Show in Directory Directory SEO Slug Group Description Group Landing Page URL Set As Secondary Group Only Set As Public Group Now, go to Members > [GT] Groups Settings. IMPORTANT: If you have a custom style some template changes may not work properly. If this happens to you just private message me and I will help.
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  11. 2 things could be happening... You added the css in the wrong stylesheet. Or, something is overwriting it. Try using... font-size:48px !important;
  12. Short and to the point - sharing it (without the emojis)!
  13. The more I look at this it's likely IPS decided to not breadcrumb the landing pages (makes sense)... but, the "forums" breadcrumb does show for the Forums landing page. (We should follow one or the other. Either have it on landing page or not.) The breadcrumb for category pages are really screwed up on Google. It shows the page slug instead of the category title. Maybe this is something with Google and not really IPS?? Or, maybe it's the lack of info in the structured markup ??
  14. I'm not sure if this is an oversight, a bug, or "working as designed"... But a complete BreadcrumbList does not show in category pages. Take for example... The BreadcrumbList (html source) for https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/forum/307-community-led-resources/ is <script type='application/ld+json'> { "@context": "http://schema.org", "@type": "BreadcrumbList", "itemListElement": [ { "@type": "ListItem", "position": 1, "item": { "@id": "https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/", "name": "Forums" } } ] } </script> Shouldn't it be 2 levels deep? Like... <script type='application/ld+json'> { "@context": "http://schema.org", "@type": "BreadcrumbList", "itemListElement": [ { "@type": "ListItem", "position": 1, "item": { "@id": "https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/", "name": "Forums" } }, { "@type": "ListItem", "position": 2, "item": { "@id": "https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/forum/307-community-led-resources/", "name": "Community Led Resources" } } ] } </script> Anyway, this causes the following problems in Google SERPs... The first result goes to https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/forum/307-community-led-resources/ The second result goes to https://invisioncommunity.com/forums/forum/503-customization-resources/
  15. I do the same but I try to keep the same URL if possible. I limit words used on FURLS to 5 words max which allows me to make changes without changing the URL. But, there are times you just have to change the whole title. Other things I do to improve SEO... Merge similar topics (especially if old and not driving too much traffic; especially, those that have some value) Format content so that it's easier to scan. Improve content that drives traffic. (Evergreen content) Delete/Archive old poor quality content. Delete old accounts with 0 content. None of this is easy but it's worth it. I recommend starting with your most popular topics (high Views count). I'm against auto-tagging. I just don't see any value to it. My team have instructions to tag only "high-quality" content. We use tagging for the Similar Content block because it gives us some control. We have control over what keywords are used. We have control over what topics are tagged. We have control over what topics are found in Similar Content block (and tag pages). The easier it is to find these "quality pages" the more value they gain. (eg. More traffic, shares, word of mouth, etc) BACKGROUND... Years ago I used tagging like you do. Enabled auto-tagging, allowed all members to tag, etc ... we literally had hundreds of thousands of tags (perhaps over 1 million) - many were similar, typos, poor quality, etc. (VBULLETIN BIG BOARD SITE) I found myself working constantly in cleaning the mess. The ROI just wasn't there when compared to other things I could be doing. So I dropped it altogether with no regrets. TAKE CONTROL I'm sure you have heard of User Generated Content (UGC). If you run a forum site you are dependent on your members to produce content. About a decade or so ago, most forum admins peaked in terms of traffic. Since then traffic likely plateaued or dropped (more likely the latter). Heck, back then you would see many forums selling for over $1 million dollars. Not these days. The biggest problem we have with a UGC business model is that we have very little control over what members post. Technology and Google are changing rapidly it's time to start taking some control back. The above is just one way of doing just that. Joel R's Community Management tips is another great way to take back some control. A good community manager redirects focus where it should go. So let's get back to these Growth Hacks. I'm sure @Joel R would appreciate it. 😉
  16. oh, yeah ... this is custom under first post BUT only when a tag is present (tags are added by Staff or whatever group) JFYI: Automatic tagging or using tags made by members is NOT recommended.
  17. I agree... returning users are more likely to read to the bottom of the page. That's a certain segment that we must focus on. But... If you look at your traffic you will likely see that most of your users are guests. At least for large sites, this is always the case. In my experience, it NEVER hurt to place a Similar Content block directly under the first post. It ALWAYS helped. With today's SEO changes, this along with other changes help improve traffic. (The Similar Content block has the most impact when it is fast and topics are all quality content. Similar topics should be helpful.)
  18. Many readers don't even go to the bottom of the page. (There are many studies online that prove this.) The closer it is to the first post the bigger the impact. (I do love the new sidebar hide options. Very smart and NEEDED in this mobile age.)
  19. GREAT TIPS @Joel R!! I love it when I see members tagging other members. That in itself is evidence that it's an effective feature! Oftentimes, members didn't even know that it existed until someone tags them. (You see the numbers grow after each use.) If you don't have a Similar Content block directly after your first topic than you are missing out on a BIG opportunity!!! Similar Content Improves Engagement. Improves Bounce Rate Improves Conversion Rate Improves SEO. (Related content helps Google and other bots better understand your content. It also helps with internal links.) NOTES: The closer the block is to the main content the more effective it is. Sidebar block doesn't help much since GOOGLE and your users are now focused on mobile. I find you win BIG when you use Similar Content with controlled tags. What I mean by this is that only a certain group of people (eg. staff) are allowed to tag topics. This keeps the crap out.
  20. Appreciate the update/walk-through! Love the Photos (dog images). Here's my little pups (shih-poo and lhasa-poo)...
  21. 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)
  22. 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.
  23. Oops, I see the Remove Format button now. (Did I miss that?)
  24. 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.
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