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Get Ready For IPS 4.0!

Posted by Mark , 11 June 2014 - * * * * * · 27,229 views

IPS Community Suite 4.0, the most significant update to IP.Board and the rest of our apps we've ever made, is fast approaching a state where we'll be ready for a public preview and, soon after that, public beta testing!
 
We know most of you are just as excited as we are about this and can't wait to try it out.
 
With 4.0, we've made some signif...


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4.0 - Cover photos

Posted by Rikki , 09 June 2014 - * * * - - · 5,662 views

I want to briefly show our new cover photo support. Cover photos allow users to upload an image to represent something in the community; we currently support them in profiles and calendar events and may roll out support to other areas later.
 
Here's a video of it in action for a calendar event.
 

 
It's really simple to use, and of cour...


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4.0 - Front-end Responsiveness Round-up

Posted by Rikki , 19 May 2014 - * * * * * · 8,651 views
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We've previously shown how responsiveness works in the AdminCP, but I'd like to briefly introduce responsiveness on the front end, and pick a few views to show you as examples (this will be a screenshot-heavy entry!)
 
What is responsiveness?
 
Before we get to that, allow me to recap what responsiveness is. Responsive design is a method by wh...


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4.0 - Profiles

Posted by Rikki , 16 May 2014 - * * * * * · 8,282 views

Profiles are one of the key sections of a community, as everyone knows. They are what represent your users; where their information is shown and their content is gathered. When users contribute quality content to your community, their profile is where other users go to find it in one place. In short, it's an important area.
 
In IPS4, profiles have h...


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4.0: Quick Translating

Posted by Mark , 15 May 2014 - * * * * * · 4,275 views

A while ago I blogged about some of the internationalization and localization changes in 4.0. One of the things I mentioned is a "Visual Language Editor" which allows you to quickly change any of the verbiage used throughout the suite just by clicking on a word of phrase.
 
Not only is the really useful for those who want to translate the IPS Commun...


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4.0 - Embeddable content

Posted by Rikki , 14 May 2014 - * * * * * · 4,390 views
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IP.Board 3.x supports "My Media", which enables you to share other content from within the community by using the "My Media" button on the editor. This results in: 
 

 
While this works, it has a few shortcomings:
 
The styling of the block isn't really designed for each type of content it might show
Users have to click the My Media...


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4.0 - Q&A Forums

Posted by Rikki , 12 May 2014 - * * * * * · 8,583 views
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One of the most distinctive uses for a forum is that of a 'knowledge community', where users visit in order to get help with a problem or question. Our own Pre-sales forum uses this model, but we also have many customers who run forums that are almost exclusively knowledge-based (such as Roxio and Evernote).
 
IP.Board 3.x introduced the concept of a...


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4.0 - IP.Downloads Version Control

Posted by Matt , in IP.Downloads 22 April 2014 - * * * * * · 4,416 views

One of IPS Community Suite 4's main goals was to overhaul the user interface. We wanted to go further than just a few cosmetic changes to the theme, we wanted to examine each part of the user interface and see what could be improved. The community suite has a lot of functionality and there's a lot of tools that we all use regularly so we felt that any imp...


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4.0 - Moderation Part 5: Warnings

Posted by Mark , 16 April 2014 - * * * * - · 4,772 views

Effective moderation features are essential for online communities. Forums, blog entries and member-to-member messaging are particularly attractive for spam bots and nuisance users alike. IPS Social Suite has always been best in class when it comes to moderation features with features like the free IPS Spam Service that are completely unmatched by other w...


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4.0 - Messenger

Posted by Mark , 11 April 2014 - * * * * * · 6,319 views

I can distinctly remember 5 years ago reading a blog entry on this site about the "personal conversations" feature in IP.Board 3.0, which we were working on at the time. Up until then, the messenger system in community software and other websites was much like email - you sent one message at a time, with little continuity between messages. We were one of...






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