• Ready to jump into IPS4? This section covers installing, upgrading, converting and more.

    Installation   4 steps

    If you're new to IPS, this guide will help you install your Self-Hosted license from scratch

    Upgrading   6 steps

    Already using an earlier version of our software? Find out how to upgrade to IPS4 here.

    Community in the Cloud   2 steps

    If you're using one of our Cloud plans, this guide covers everything you need to know to get the most out of it.

    Migrating From Another Platform   3 steps

    If you're moving to the IPS Community Suite from another community platform, our free converters can bring over almost all of your data.


    Covering core functionality of the IPS Community Suite, from the basics through to advanced concepts.

    First Steps   6 steps

    Welcome to the IPS Community Suite! This guide covers what you need to have a basic installation ready to use.

    Managing Members   4 steps

    Find out about the tools available to deal with members, from signing up through to permissions.

    Managing Your Community   10 steps

    In this guide, we cover the global options you can use to set up and configure your community after installation.

    Content Discovery   3 steps

    From the powerful Activity Stream to search, following content, and member notifications there are so many ways for your members to constantly find new content to enjoy.

    Promotion and SEO   5 steps

    Leverage options to enhance your search engine presence, social media sharing, and return visits from your members.

    File Management   4 steps

    There are multiple ways to store and manage member and system generated files in the Suite.

    Moderating Members and Content   6 steps

    Multiple tools are available to you and your Moderators to ensure a friendly, welcoming community.

    Member Preferences and Features   10 steps

    Once you have set up all your administrator options, your members have a huge selection of preferences and features in the Suite to use for finding and posting in your community.

    Social Sign In   6 steps

    Learn how to allow members to sign in with Facebook, Twitter and other services.


    Get to grips with the features on offer in each individual application in the IPS Community Suite.

    Forums   6 steps

    Learn about the key features available in our flagship community application, Forums.

    Gallery   4 steps

    Our Gallery application lets members share photos and videos with the community.

    Downloads   5 steps

    Share files with the community with our Downloads app. Integrate with Commerce to sell digital files easily!

    Blog   3 steps

    Let your members create and manage their own blog within your community, with our Blog app.

    Calendar   5 steps

    Let your community schedule and RSVP to events in multiple calendars with our Calendar app.

    Chat   4 steps

    Find out how to configure and use our real-time community Chat application.

    Pages   2 steps

    Find out to build completely custom areas of your community using Pages, including a complete start-to-finish tutorial.

    Commerce   4 guides

    Sell products with the Storefront, offer support through the built-in ticket support system, manage hosting, and much more.


    Learn how to customize your community with themes and languages. Find them in our Marketplace, or create your own.

    Getting Started with Themes   7 steps

    Themes are normally the first port of call when customizing your community. This guide will help you get started.

    Advanced Theming   8 steps

    If you are a designer/developer looking to build custom themes, find out about the advanced tools we offer.

    Languages and Localization   10 steps

    The IPS Community Suite fully supports localization for users around the world. Discover how to use the language tools.

    Editor and Emoticons   6 steps

    Discover how to customize IPS4's powerful rich text editor and how to manage your emoticons.

    Tips & Tricks   6 steps

    Learn some useful tips & tricks for working with the IPS4 template engine beyond the basic changes you can make.

    Template syntax   7 steps

    HTML logic is our syntax for allowing more complex handling of HTML in templates. This guide covers the available features.

    Javascript Framework   3 guides

    Developer documentation covering how to use and create code from IPS4's Javascript framework.

    CSS Framework   13 steps

    Developer documentation covering how to use the CSS classes available in the IPS Community Suite.


    Find out how to use the advanced tools and features available, especially for more demanding communities.

    Configuration Options   8 steps

    Learn about some of the advanced configuration settings available to administrators.

    IPS Connect   2 steps

    Find out how to set up and use IPS Connect, our single-point-of-authentication platform for multiple communities