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  1. Tell your admin to check out the cityfan rpm repository. It has an updated version of Curl for older Centos installs.
  2. So you want to punish someone without anyone else knowing? If you don't want them to be able to do anything for some period you can simply disable their account from logging in for whatever period of time you specify. Nothing looks to be amiss to anyone else but the user isn't going to be able to do anything on the forum for as long as you've specified. They can still visit your community, but they just can't log in. As for free software that allows for this, I just checked phpBB and MyBB, two fairly popular free forums and I can't find a way to do what you are asking. You can change a person's group, but I couldn't figure out how to leave someone in a group and disable them from actually doing anything (short of doing what I mentioned above). Do you have an example of forum software that works out of the box the way you suggest?
  3. When you select a gallery, the interface is a rather large rectangle. Still, there's a lot of empty space around the selection box even so. The overlay box changes size dynamically later in the selection and upload process, so I don't see why the initial box has to be as large as it is.
  4. Are you asking to be able to revoke only some of the features that being in the group or revoke everything in that group? Either way it seems pretty simple to me, but perhaps I'm missing something. It doesn't sound like the user needs to remain in the original group. What's the point of that? What benefits do you or anyone else get in keeping them in a group without the permissions or features that group permits? Remove the user from the group in question. That would remove their ability to access any of the special features or areas that the group permits. Alternately, create a new group with reduced permissions and name it so that it's clear the user is "in the doghouse." If they redeem themselves, you can move them back into the original group and their original access is restored. If I'm missing something, please explain your desire a bit more.
  5. It's probably not specifically about the feature set for most people, I'd guess. It's about allowing those of us with an existing Square merchant account to use it here as well. Having to use two different merchants is a serious pain and can be somewhat expensive for those who have paid for infrastructure with Square. Both Square and Stripe are popular with small business and having both would make IPS Commerce more useful out of the box.
  6. This might be a cheaper and better fit if you don't need all of the features of Newsletters and your members are set to receive emails on new PMs:
    This review is currently based on the 1.0 version of the product. It's under active development, so a lot will likely change in future versions. This LMS is off to a good start. It is clean and, as LMSes go, easy to learn (especially if you're already familiar with the IPS Community system). It's been designed well by people who understand the needs of an LMS. For those of you not familiar, a true learning management system (LMS) is something you might use in a school, or more apropos right now, a commercial training site, for reasons detailed in a minute. It manages not only content and testing but even manages classes and grading if needed. I can confirm that the product as of 1.0 definitely will not work without the Commerce app installed. If you try to install the LMS without Commerce, you won't be able to access the LMS administrative settings. However, you can use the LMS with Commerce installed but not active (but obviously the features that require Commerce, like paying for classes won't work). I'm hoping that Commerce will eventually be made completely optional, because there are lots of uses for a LMS without Commerce features. This LMS would be great for community education or as part of a company intranet. Still, I'm very pleased that IPS finally has its own LMS product and I look forward to the awesome features to come. It's well worth the investment.
  7. While I don't think that IPS needs to make an LMS part of the core offerings, I do think it's a great thing that there will be a third party offering for this. It's not something everyone needs, but those who do typically struggle with existing solutions. An LMS is far more than quizzes and videos and anyone with a need for an LMS knows what I'm talking about. An LMS is about education management, and if you're using IPS for your intranet or a private community where education and training are essential, then having an LMS as part of IPS would be very important to reduce friction and the learning curve. I hope the third-party LMS takes off, because I've had to figure out a number of LMS solutions for various intranets over the years and having a separate LMS tool is always problematic, no matter how good it is.
  8. You might want to open a ticket about this if you want to contribute code. I can say that I used to work for some large companies and under no circumstances would any of them take ideas or content/code from anyone for fear of legal repercussions later. I'm not sure how IPS would handle this.
  9. And also take a large hit in performance, plus, storing multi-GB files in a database isn't recommended, but is something the file system can handle.
  10. In a number of popular web scripts like Drupal, the software has the ability to specify a non-public location for the software to store and serve files from. IPS doesn't allow this, you can only specify file system locations that are within the web root of the account (meaning that there is direct access to the files via a URL). For security, best practice is to store data outside of your web root location. This stops people from uploading files and then accessing them via direct URL and potentially compromising the account or even the server (particularly on servers where the web server does not run PHP scripts as the local user). It would be nice if IPS supported local file system access outside of web root. Right now, IPS also allows you to specify a local file system storage location outside of the web root, but if you use that file storage location, those items will no longer be accessible by IPS once the system moves them. If nothing else, IPS should warn people in the ACP that if you specify a file system location outside of the web root, the items won't be accessible.
  11. I may be wrong about this, because I've never really tried to do this on my forums, but I don't think you can specify the maximum size of an uploaded image in terms of pixels (say 1280x1280), you can only restrict the size of files in terms of KB in the group permissions for Gallery. You can specify the maximum image size to save for posts, but I don't think that affects Gallery. What you may have changed is the thumbnail size (IPS has settings for small and large downsampled images). The pixel dimensions controls the intermediate picture sizes, but the full-sized original remains available. Checking my own galleries, the small and large images are restrained to the pixel limits I set, but the full size images are still available. If you're saying that the small or large intermediate images aren't the right size, then try rebuilding your gallery images. I think it can be triggered from the ACP by going to Posting -> General tab and then click on the little "rebuild existing images" link there.
  12. FZ, I work for a company that supports thousands of WordPress installs (really) and I can tell you from personal experience, WordPress does not update without issues, most especially if you are several versions behind, particularly if you're using plugins or third party themes that haven't been updated either. I can't count the number of installs that ended up at a blank white screen with a 500 error after an upgrade like that. I'm not trying to say IPS software is perfect. No software is, and perhaps they will make improvements to the upgrade progress based on their experience with your installation. However, the staff did point out a few things above which, while you may not realize something that you or someone else with access to your hosting account did caused some of the problems you experienced. Also your web host sounds like it has a part to play in this failure as well. It's not IPS' fault if it can't handle missing core files. As Matt and others mentioned, the ideal method of upgrading with few, if any, issues goes like this: Stay up-to-date. Don't wait around for several major versions to decide to upgrade. While you should stay up-to-date, that doesn't mean you should instantly upgrade as soon as the download is available. It's usually best to give any update a day or two to see if anyone reports any major issues with the update. If there is a major bug found, IPS will likely roll out a fix quickly and you can upgrade to that version instead. The only time waiting isn't really advisable is when IPS rolls out a security-fix-only release. Generally, those should be installed as soon as possible so your community stays as safe as possible. See #3 and 4, however: Always keep a test install around for trialing upgrades before you roll them out to your in-production website. Your test website should have all of the same customizations and apps as your in-production installation. This way you can be more certain that the upgrade will work properly. Always keep great backups. Everyone scoffs at this because typically, backups are a pain to make and maintain. However, if your community is important to you having regular backups made and kept in multiple locations is critical and always make sure you make a backup just before you attempt an upgrade. If it goes south, you can revert to your backup in short order and lose nothing. Put your site in maintenance mode or redirect to a "we're working on things now" temporary page. Temporarily disable any plugins, adding or modifications that you don't know for certain will work fine with the new version. If you must have the items, make sure the developers say they work with the new version before upgrading. Unless you have no other choice, don't use your web host's file manager to upload, download or edit files if you can help it. Find a great file transfer and management utility and pay for it if it isn't open source. Cyberduck is a great choice for Windows and Mac. Please donate if you find it useful. I personally use Transmit for Mac and find it to be very reliable. While it is possible to upload updates right over top of your existing installation, it's not best practice. You don't want to accidentally leave something behind from the old installation. Upload a clean copy to your server, move over files from any directories in the web-accessible IPS location that might contain user files like "uploads" and copies of any files that you need that aren't part of a standard upgrade, like your constants.php file if you have one or .htaccess or robots.txt files. If you use a customized admin area directory name, don't forget to change the new install admin folder to that name as well. Once done, move all of the old instal files out the way (keep them around to be sure you didn't forget anything) and move the new files into place where the old ones used to be. Now log into your admin area and finish the upgrade. Once done, you can re-enable your plugins, addons and modifications one at a time, testing between each one to make sure the item isn't causing problems. That's the best, but not the easiest way to handle upgrades. Upgrading in-place using the IPS automatic download and install feature is probably easiest, but at the very least make sure you take a look through your installation before upgrading to make sure there aren't unneeded files that might cause issues and make a good and complete backup of IPS and the database it uses. Don't let yourself fall several major versions behind or you are going to be asking for trouble no matter what software you use.
  13. There isn't one there in IPS 4. The various security related settings like two factor authentication appear in the Settings section. If you're looking for things like the old setting to allow you to have the web server provide another layer of password security that used to be in 3.x, it's gone. You can easily set web server password authentication for your admin area manually using one of many websites that explain how to do it or in your web hosting control panel, as many of them provide tools to do this very thing. In terms of getting warnings about unsafe server settings and the like, they will appear automatically on the dashboard if IPS detects any. The developers said elsewhere that they did this in 4.x because some of the security settings 3.x use to recommend weren't that effective and they removed some that were confusing.
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