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  1. Charles added a blog entry in IPS News   

    Month in Review - June 2015
    This is the first in a series of monthly blogs IPS will be posting to keep you up to date on what is happening. Just in case you missed it!
    New Web Site
    We launched our new web site featuring IPS Community Suite 4! Featuring our newest technology has been great for new and old clients alike. Our demo system is now using IPS Community Suite 4 as well so feel free to sign up and give it a try.
    Release Announcements
    In the past we would post an announcement for every release we did. With IPS Community Suite 4 that is not really necessary as the new upgrade system notifies you in your AdminCP when an update is available. Not only that but you can easily download a list of only changed files to quickly upgrade your Suite. It is really nice for us to be able to push updates out to you much more quickly and for you to not have to uploads a lot of unnecessary files for a quicker upgrade.
    Release Notes
    Be sure to check out our new Release Notes section. Theses notes are also fed into your AdminCP on release time but you can also check here for previews on the next release in production. Even more interesting is our Coming Soon section that shows things coming up in the next month or so. It's a great way to keep track of what is in the immediate future so you can plan your community development.
    Development Progress
    Since we released version 4.0.0 we have made 13 releases to add features requested by our clients, fix bugs, and improve performance. It has been a busy and exciting time. We are so happy that the vast majority of our clients are really happy with IPS Community Suite 4.0. It's also great to see clients provide so much feedback so we can continue to improve. One of our key goals is to communicate what is coming up next and our Release Notes section has been a really great way to do this and clients are enjoying the constant updates.
    For those of you interested in such things: we finally switched from SVN to Git. We started using SVN many years ago when it was the cool thing and have been wanting to switch to Git for our repository for some time. Obviously this is not something that impacts our clients but it's really exciting to the group of nerds that is IPS development staff so they felt I should highlight this!
    In addition to lots of bug fixes and performance improvements, here are some new additions to IPS Community Suite 4 in the last month:
    Guest caching feature can now be used with MySQL (previously required a caching engine like memcached)New mobile paginationMax width option for video embedsLegacy PayPal gateway to allow for older PayPal Subscriptions to still be recognised.Attachment Type Restrictions: You can now choose from three options for file attachments in any post content: No files, Images only (this will actually check to make sure an uploaded file is a valid image) or All files (this is default) - If you choose "All files" you have the option to provide a list of allowed file extensions.Merge Concurrent Posts: If a user makes a post or comment and then makes another post or comment on the same item before any other user, the posts will be merged. There is a setting to disable or set the time limit for this to happen. There is a clear, visual indication when a merge happens to avoid confusion to the end user.Moderators can click and hold on topic and other item titles to quickly edit.New setting to optionally set products in Commerce to have a grace period to remain active for a period of time after expiration.New setting to specify domains to exclude from having rel='nofollow' added to links.The "+ Create" menu at the top of the page now has an option to create an announcement.New button to post a status within the status updates widgetYou can now embed Pages database entries by pasting their link.New widgets for blog entry, gallery images and downloads files feeds.Widgets displaying content feeds can now be given a custom title.The subject lines for emails sent about new content have been changed slightly so email clients can group them better.Announcements now show on every page by default (but can still be removed).New ability to disable but not uninstall an app.In case you missed it: version contained a security update. You would have been alerted both in your AdminCP and on our Release Notes page. Be sure to always stay up to date.
    What's Next
    Version 4.0.10 is already in development and our Coming Soon list is well under way:

    We will be announcing those exciting changes in the next few weeks!
    Past Updates
    As this is our first update entry we didn't provide previous updates so here is the list of things added since 4.0.0 original release that were prior to the last month:
    Pages can now be run under your install directorySupport Tools enhancements: You can optionally create an admin account and send that as a hidden field to our support staff. A reminder is set in the AdminCP dashboard for you to remove this account once your support request is done. You can optionally send the last PHP and MySQL error logs (if any are recent) as part of your support request.When a new version of IPS Community Suite 4 is available you will now see release notes. This feature is added in 4.0.2 but will not show until 4.0.3 is available.You can now set a maximum image dimension size. If a user uploads an image larger than that setting it will be resized down and the smaller size saved.Setting to limit the length of content item titles Suite-wideAdded new notification setting for Members you Follow. On install and upgrade, this setting is off by default to prevent your users from getting bombarded with notifications for members they follow until they are able to decide their preference.If you enable the "use SSL for logins" setting then this will apply to the entire AdminCP: not just the login form. Setting was renamed to reflect this.You can now specify the default view option for the Commerce store front: grid or list.When you upload files for a new version, the AdminCP login box will now prompt you to run the upgrade system before showing login form.Queue tasks should run fasterYou can now select multiple locations for an advertisement rather than just one in Advertisement settings.We now support multiple version management. This means that we will no longer release "patch files" for major bugs or security issues but will instead simply release a new version even if that new version may only contain one changed file. No more losing track if you have or have not patched as you will simply make sure you're on latest version.Emoticon sets can now be reordered. You can also now delete entire sets.Bulk email system can now filter based on Commerce packages and information.The support tool in the AdminCP will now do MD5 checksum on all PHP files on the system. This allows the system to detect any modified PHP files which is useful both for support and for security. The master checksum values are fetched remotely from IPS to ensure the list is not tampered with locally.Interface improvements to GalleryTheme comparison tools 
  2. Charles added a release in Release Notes
    This is a maintenance release to fix a few common issues from the previous release:
    Making a post might not work on older versions of PHPEditing permissions for a module may not workIssues with widgets after upgradingSome clients seeing apps turning offline on upgrade 
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  3. Charles added a release in Release Notes   

    This release primarily focuses on stability.
    Many bug fixes from both tickets and the bug trackerSome large performance improvements with focus on fetching posts, activity stream, and view new content.Flag as Spammer no longer redirects you to the user's profile. It now just refreshes the page you were on.
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  4. Charles added a post in a topic First week with IPS4..   

    We run standard LAMP on this site right now. No memcached. Nothing fancy. We want to be sure we get the software running well on a standard environment before going nuts with fancy technology
  5. Charles added a post in a topic First week with IPS4..   

    I'm a big fan of keeping my setup a very simple LAMP to start off with. Then I like to see how much tuning I can get out of that standard setup. Once I feel I have tuned it as much as I can then I will start introducing memcached and opcache. I just think you cannot overstate the importance of having your base-technology (web server and MySQL) well configured before you start getting all the more advanced things. But that's not really what we're talking about here but I'm a sharer like that
  6. Charles added a post in a topic Losing my patience with 4.0 Upgrade   

    Just shows you care about your site that you get so worried when things aren't right
  7. Charles added a post in a topic IPS4 Feature Plan   

    The coming soon section is shown to be things truly coming soon as in a month or so. We thought that way more useful for your planning than things that could be way off in the future.
  8. Charles added a post in a topic 403 error on here   

    Sorry about that - we're fixing it. It's a backend problem.
  9. Charles added a post in a topic - Where list of members?   

    Sounds like a perfect thing for a Marketplace submission
  10. Charles added a post in a topic - Where list of members?   

    There have been handful of posts but compared to other feedback it's not very high on the list.
  11. Charles added a post in a topic - Where list of members?   

    Actually it matters very, very much why someone wants a feature. Knowing why someone wants something tells us us how to implement a feature. Otherwise you're just flying blind.
  12. Charles added a post in a topic IPS4 Feature Plan   

    Quite a few people but I don't listen to them  
  13. Charles added a post in a topic No response from support for over 3 business days.   

    I don't blame you for getting annoyed We don't want there to be such a back log either. Thinks are improving though with each release and we are getting ahead of the curve.
  14. Charles added a post in a topic No response from support for over 3 business days.   

    I am sorry you are experiencing problems with your Downloads app.
    Our last support reply was on Friday and it is now Tuesday morning. The reply on Friday did indicate that these sort of issues that require higher level attention can take longer. Unfortunately when we have to get a programmer involved to diagnose issues they do take a bit longer than normal support.
    We of course focus on clients with critical, site-wide issues first. I realize that this probably small comfort to you if the Downloads section of your site is important and I do understand how you could be frustrated. Our staff is working through tickets as I type.
  15. Charles added a release in Release Notes   

    Coming Soon
    This is a list of items in progress but not yet assigned to a specific scheduled release. Items here are are coming very soon: usually within a month or so. Check back often as we update our roadmap!
    Pages enhancementsMore robust block feed filtering optionsExternal block embeddingAbility to link two database together on a specific field. This is useful to create relations between two databases with some shared data pointsGallery enhancementsUser interface improvements to make what already works more friendly for the end userSorting/filtering improvementsEasier moderationContent discoverySearch system overhaulView new content improvementsActivity stream improvementsImprovements to the followed content section to make it more usefulEditor enhancements including native quote ability to remove annoyances dealing with quotes, we now use DIV rather than IFRAME mode for faster loading, and mobile experience is also greatly improved.Image proxy system so remotely linked images on SSL sites are routed through a local proxy to maintain a secure page. 
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