Andy Millne

This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release.

Following on from our previous news entry "Add Similar Event" we are pleased to announce another feature that will make adding and discovering new events as easy as possible.

Support for geographic event locations has been in Calendar for some time now but with 4.2 we have taken this a step further with venue support. When enabled, members can set the event location from a list of pre-defined venues. Address details and maps will then be automatically shown in the event view.

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Event view shows the venue map and address as well as a link to other events at the venue

Additionally, a link will be added so that other events occurring at this venue can be discovered.

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Venue view shows all events at the location

Venues can be added via the admin control panel or inline when adding events (for users with permission)

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ACP venue management

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Inline adding of venues when adding events

If a venue has not already been added then a fallback to the standard address form input is provided.

We have a few more Calendar improvements still to reveal so be sure to follow News & Updates for further announcements.

Andy Millne

This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release.

Social Sign In has long been a feature of the IPS Community Suite but we are always looking for ways to make interaction easier for your visitors. A small but significant improvement we are able to add for 4.2 is to include social sign in links directly at the point where your customers are ready to contribute.

 

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Hassle free inline sign in brings your customers right back where they need to be to comment

Visitors are much more likely to comment when the registration process is as fluid as possible and social sign in has fast become a familiar and efficient way of doing so. After signing up via these methods users are logged in and brought right back to where they started ready to comment.

Feedback from our testers has already shown that this change has an immediate effect on the volume of new registrations and we look forward to making it widely available with 4.2.

Andy Millne

This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release.

Recurring events are not new with IPS Community Suite but often you may wish to create similar events that don't necessarily occur on a regular schedule. Previously this has meant creating a new event for each and then manually re-entering the information for event description, location, cover photo, RSVP options and so on. Often the only thing changing between the events would be the date and time.

Starting with IPS Community Suite 4.2 it is now possible to create a similar event based on one you have already added with a single action.

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Create a copy of an event in one simple step

After opting to add a similar event you will be presented with the add new event form with all of the event info already filled out for you. Just set the date and time, make any required adjustments and submit your new event.

Note: This option is only presented to the author of the original event in order to reduce visual clutter for regular visitors.

We will be announcing many more interface improvements such as this in the coming weeks so be sure to follow the News & Updates section for updates.

bfarber

This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release

Improvements to our Gallery application, both in terms of new functionality and minor enhancements, are coming in 4.2. One area that was identified early on for improvement was the Gallery image view page and specifically how the lightbox feature available on this page behaved.

We adjusted the buttons that overlay the main Gallery image to use icons instead of text

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If you click to view an alternative image size, we improved the header styling of this page as well for clarity and to allow easier downloading of the image you are viewing

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When viewing an image, you can open the image in a lightbox by clicking the icon at the very top far right corner. When doing so, there was previously a button at the bottom left hand corner of the lightbox if you wanted to download the image. We modernized this experience by implementing an overlay that you can click on in order to download the full size image instead.

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You will notice there are now left/right arrows in the lightbox view here. You can click left/right to scroll through the images in the container, just as if you clicked through the images in the photostrip immediately below the image on the main page. You can also use the left/right arrow keys on your keyboard. While this would navigate through the photostrip previously, it will now also navigate through the images in the lightbox as well.

When viewing on your mobile device, the lightbox has been cleaned up allowing more image to display which is a welcome change for your mobile users.

We have more changes coming to Gallery in 4.2 which we will be revealing soon but in the mean time we hope you enjoy these useful improvements.

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bfarber

This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release

IPS Community Suite comes with a default profile photo which is used when members have not set a profile photo for their account. While this model has served the software well for years, we felt it was time for an update to the software to keep pace with current internet trends. This has led to one of the latest changes you can expect to see with version 4.2: letter profile photos

When upgrading you will be asked if you wish to use letter profile photos, or if you wish to stick with the generic per-theme default profile photo that is used presently. You can change your mind any time after upgrading by adjusting the setting in the AdminCP as well.

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AdminCP members list

We have tested many languages to ensure maximum compatibility. The font used in the image is automatically selected based upon the characters to be written to the image, so sites that have more than one language will see compatibility for all of the profile photos that are created automatically.

The colors are not set for each letter. You will notice in the screenshot that each "A" letter photo has a different color. They are chosen randomly when generated.

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Letter photos in a sidebar widget

We hope that this change helps bring your communities to life with a little more style, flair, and uniqueness for each new user on your site.

 

Developer Note

The code is structured in such a manner that third party developers can further extend the feature with plugins. The methods for writing text to images are exposed through our central \IPS\Image class introducing new possibilities in your own custom code.

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Charles

This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release.

Improving your SEO can be a complex undertaking with many different approaches but there are things that everyone knows are good practice and also more modern approaches to SEO that have changed since we first started developing IPS Community Suite. So it was time for a review and update.

Unfortunately no pretty screenshots on this one as this is all behind the scenes stuff but still quite useful to know :). Also, some of this may sound a bit technical and dry but feel free to search some of these technologies if you are curious.

  • Move from HTML structured data to JSON-LD and enhance our existing markup with sensible additions.
  • Calendar, blog, forum and pages (articles) data marked up for rich snippets.
  • General review of our schema.org markup and enhance where appropriate. Use sitelinks search and other sensible markup such as the website and logo markup.
  • Allow administrators to specify social profile links in the AdminCP which we then show links to in the footer and also make available in schema.org markup.
  • Fix many duplicate page title issues.
  • Review and ensure nofollow/noindex tags are used in appropriate areas.
  • Add item tags as HTML meta tags
  • Adding <link rel="next" value="next page url"> helps search engines know next/previous page.

 

Nothing like a bulleted list of items to get you excited! But really these should be welcome improvements to all.

 

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Mark

This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release.

One of our more technically-oriented features for 4.2, we have added more detailed logs of user logins, and the devices and IP addresses used. This brings several new features:

 

Notification of a new device sign in

If enabled, users can receive an email notification when a new device is used to log into their account:

 

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Email sent when a login from a new device is detected

When a user signs in for the first time, a special key is set to recognise the browser on subsequent logins. This mean the notification email does not trigger on a new IP address, which would be annoying when travelling or if using a network where the IP address changes regularly. Instead, the notification is only triggered if someone signs into your account from a new physical device or web browser.

 

UserCP Device Management

If enabled, a new page will show in the user's settings page showing all the devices which have been used to log into their within the last 90 days (which is recent enough that could still be logged in if "Remember Me" was checked).

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Recently Used Devices

Users can see the device, browser, physical location (obtained by a GeoIP lookup) and if applicable, how the login was processed (for example, if the sign in was with Facebook or Twitter, this will show). If they chose "Remember Me" when logging in, they can undo that (handy if you realise you accidentally left yourself signed in on a public computer).

If they see anything they don't recognise, a page to walk them through the necessary steps to re-secure their account is available.

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Secure Account Information

 

New Two-Factor Authentication Setting

"Logging into the front-end" is one of the options of when to prompt for Two Factor Authentication. In 4.2, this has been separated into two distinct settings:

  • Logging into the front-end from a new device
  • Logging into the front-end from a known device

If you enable the former, but not the latter, and the user has previously logged in devices, the system will automatically show an explanation to users alongside the other available recovery option. This can be useful especially if you do not want to offer other recovery options.

 

AdminCP Device Management

In the AdminCP, administrators can see all the device and IPs a member has used. They can also disable automatic login for any device.

 

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Edit member page shows most recently used device and IP address

 

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Viewing a device's details

The system can also detect if another user is using the same device and will show this in the list of devices.

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Users sharing the same device

 

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Charles

This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release.

I am sure we have all accidentally clicked delete on a post in your community and then realized you needed it. Luckily we now have Delayed Deletes to easily restore deleted content.

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Settings in AdminCP

You can delete just as you normally do as you moderate and your posts will be removed just like now. The main difference is that you can now view recently deleted content and restore as needed in the Moderator Control Panel.

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Easily view what is pending delete

All you have to do is click the deleted item and you will be taken to that item in context of where it used to be. This makes is much easier to understand why it was deleted and decide if you should restore.

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Restore and view deleted content in context

Delayed Deletes is a feature that could be a life saver for your community and we cannot wait to get it out to you.

Matt

Version 4.1.19 is now available in the client area!

This release focuses on bug fixes and performance along with some new key features.

Ability for members to lock and unlock their own content
We've added a new group level option to allow members to lock and unlock their own content. This is disabled by default.
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Messenger Quota Display
To help diagnose issues your members may find, we now display their personal message quota in the ACP.

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Default view for Activity Stream
When creating a new activity stream, you can specify either expanded or condensed as the default view. This is especially handy for streams you wish to share with other members.

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Other key changes include:

  • Performance and speed improvements.
  • A new moderator setting to restrict users from ignoring moderators.
  • A new group setting to hide a group from filters in search.
  • When moving content moderators are now prompted for where you want to be redirected after the action.
  • An email is now sent when an account is locked for too many bad login attempts.

Check out the Release Notes for a full list of changes.