I have been using the blog software for some time now.
Other than the two column layout (which I have fixed with my skins) there is one thing that annoys me with it. Its the image issue. Obviously you got it resized, but when I am talking about is when you make it bigger that it bleeds to the right side. I think when you want to see the image bigger that we have a lightbox instead.
Its good to see some positively around here. I lurk around here more than I type.
A lot of what you said here is very true. I was one of the early adopters of Ip.content and have been using IPB for a long time.
My sites that I have it on, I never used the wrappers. Obviously, I have played around it, but I prefer the no wrapper method as it gives the feel of the full website.
My main sites (New Horizon Spaces) is not as evolved as what I have done with another site (Antares Fleet - a star trek simming/rpg community).
A lot of people around here complain about it not working out of the box. I like what we can do with it and it pushes me to do stuff that I would never dream of. I have used every part of ip.content.
What I trying to say here is that I agree with you about loving IP.Content. I think its one of the best applications ipb has come up with. It just takes time to get it set up the way you want, but the end results are remarkable. :)
I use the blocks for pages that use big chunks of text and sidebars. Some of those lists are long and some of the categories can be rather long. I use the blocks for when I create forms in there and since I have to create multiple form with same and different information, I use the block for it so that its easy to add those fields as I need them. Some of the categories I create are sub categories and right now I have to create another category to fit that need.
I've been using IP.content for quite awhile and I got to thinking about the blocks as I use them quite often.
1. I like to see like the database and articles where you can roll back the block a little bit if you mess up. I know you are planning on doing that with the templates, but I think its something that should be done with the block and even the pages.
2. I'd like to see the blocks working similar to the setup that we have for the pages for organizational purposes. The parse code would not change, but we would have the ability to have subcategories and it pulls down like it does with pages. This also may work great also with the templates. Key thing with this all is the parse codes, would not change even if we change the way we organize everything.
I used to be hosted by Invision. It is a good starting website if you don't need a whole lot. I don't think IPB's focus is hosting, but as an extra service to their customers. Its also a great way to have your first website and be able to test the ipb board, but it had its limitations as those boards were encoded so a lot of third party addons did not work with it at the time.
Every time I want to come back, I found that I really can't as I have outgrown their hosting.
They used to have webservers showing on their website, but I don't see that either.
Wish they would have reseller accounts (ones with multiple cpanels).
Okay, let me see if I can take a stab at this. I have used both. If you have no html or css knowledge at all, IP content is a lot harder that tiny portal was. You can probably use ipcontent with no problem, but to take advantage of what it has available of everything available html and css is something you would need to learn just a tad.
I have found that I like ipb a whole lot better than smf. You can do a lot more without relying on a whole lot of third party addons. The downside compared to smf is how you have to load up the addons which is through ftp. On smf you can load it up right from the admin panel.
You should go test drive ipb. It has a whole lot more features than smf has and you won't regret going with ipb.
I am in total agreement with everyone else here whom has a perpetual license or lifetime license here. I have both the perpetual and the standard just for the record.
If I really wanted this on my board, I can't get because I not willing to transfer my perpetual to a standard for the mere fact that I would lose out in the benefits of the perpetual license has to offer. More specifically, I am not willing to give up on the free upgrades regardless of if I renew support or not with that license.
In order to get the extra features, we should pay an extra $20 a year without having to change the structure of our license.