Peter Parker

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  1. I know most of the stuff that gets posted here is complaints or desires for something better. This post will contain none of that. I've been with ipb since 2012. I've had my share of desires for a better product, mostly wanting it to be fully responsive. I tried different hooks, and themes, but they all were terrible at making the board responsive. Gimmicky wastes of hard earned money is what they were. I was frustrated obviously. I was very impressed with the release of IPB4. It really satisfied my need for a responsive board. I just upgraded today to 4.1 and man this is great. I can't ask for anything more really. Great work guys. I hung in there for a year or two waiting on IPB4 and this new release really made me happy that I did. Keep up the great work!!
  2. DevFuse is an IPB modder. Its from a plugin called guest message that they made and uploaded to the marketplace (i think thats the name).
  3. I've looked at your board, and it's intent. It appears that you are attempting to compete directly with Facebook (whether intentional or not). Facebook has the option to form groups for everything that your board covers. The majority of people are going to use Facebook over a forum website simply because it's a huge brand. Have you done any keyword research? Will any of your forums get organic traffic from search engines (easily)? This is important to know because if there is not a sizable interest in at least some of the topics, the forum will probably be relatively dead. Some insight into organic traffic user behavior: I use my boards as DIY topic forums in an area that has a significant global interest. Right now I am getting about 10k visitors a month from google, and this is increasing little by little every month. I'm pretty sure my board only converts about 1% of that into registered users, and less than 1% of those new registered users into active users. Those active users usually are very active for about a month, then drop off on engagement for 2 months until they never sign on again. I can increase registrations by modifying guest permissions on viewing attachments. If I make it so they cant see pics a ton of people will register, but that does not make any of them turn into active users. In my experience, organic traffic that converts to users are generally more active. Social media traffic is usually worthless, and rarely converts to even registered users, in my case anyway. We do have a facebook, but it is not for driving traffic. It is for entertaining even members who do not frequent the board any longer. Branding. Pretty much everyone is on Facebook and never quit using it, even though they quit using my website (I can still sell stuff to them sometimes too) I hope this helps spark some ideas. Good luck with your board!
  4. it works really well. I have owned two licenses for three years now. It used to be called blockscript.com but they either changed the domain or another company bought them. I am not sure but I can verify that this service definately works very well. I originally bought it because we had a guy get banned, and I guess was mentally ill or something. He kept registering with tor and making death threats to members, posting scat porn in the gallery etc. so I blocked him with the .htaccess code I posted, because he was using tor. Then he got high tech and started using stealth VPN's, so I bought the script from blocked.com (blockscript.com), and it kept him out for good, since he would never use his home IP. I was only using it on the registration page, not sitewide. I've just been using it on my estores on the checkout page to help prevent fraudsters (as far as that goes). anyway, its real and not something I googled.
  5. block cheap proxies via .htaccess including tor (at least it used to, test it out. if it doesnt work just google around and you will find something). Kirito is probably right about the perfomance thing, though I never noticed any issues when I still used it. It wont hurt to test it out and see what works best for you even if its temporary. Most spammers that use automated software use private proxies not cheap public ones, so this might be hit or miss with spammers. RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTP:VIA} !^$ [OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP:FORWARDED} !^$ [OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP:USERAGENT_VIA} !^$ [OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP:X_FORWARDED_FOR} !^$ [OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP:PROXY_CONNECTION} !^$ [OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP:XPROXY_CONNECTION} !^$ [OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP:HTTP_PC_REMOTE_ADDR} !^$ [OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP:HTTP_CLIENT_IP} !^$ RewriteRule ^(.*)$ - [F] this .htaccess code wont block block most VPN's and other stealth anonymizers, or based on country. I use the software from http://www.blocked.com to block VPN's or by country (not on my IPB installs, but it will work on IPB). A license used to be $200, but now its $500.00 so this is probably not an option for most people.
  6. if you come to peoples profiles just to mess with their rating, you have no life :D

  7. IPS support is great. I have licenses with the big three paid forum software providers. I like IPS the best. the forum is for user to user support. most members here are really cool people who are willing to help with noob stuff and don't ride around on a high horse, IME. IPS staff help out on the board too!
  8. if this helps you good. I'm glad it helped. if not, or you dont use it or have your own opinions, thats good too. Theres usually more than one way to do anything in life. Never once in my original post did I say this was the only way. This is what I do, and it works for me (think i have said this like 20 times now..)! No need to get defensive over someone elses way, or troll a thread just because you do things differently. It's a thread that was intended to help people, like it did me, not make people cry.
  9. i found a way to run IPB on both http and https on one domain, as well as disallow google crawling http pages a long time ago. You'll notice I dont respond to people who dont understand the purpose of the topic, or read anything i wrote. None of my websites use nexus as a store. Bringing up the point that you need to use a secure socket layer on checkout pages is irrelevant to canonical redirects. If I did use nexus every page would be encrypted. Not that SSL encryption means anything since the advent of backtrack 5 and SSL strip ;) its actually better to use a 301 redirect in .htaccess or php than to use gwt, it solves the issue permanently for every search engine and user. I don't even use google tools. I have better tools to monitor websites. Not everyone is up to par on that kind of stuff, but will pretend to know a lot about whatever they are commenting on. Dont worry about having multiple domains on one account, one IP address, or one name server, I've got a buttload of websites on one name server and one godaddy domain account. I don't link them all together though ;) I don't think thats what John meant when he said "dont own more than two domains to your website." I'm not sure what he meant but I don't think that was what he was saying. I am thinking he was talking about redirecting other domains to your domain possibly.
  10. then you havent figured out how to optimize it, its actually really easy! dont use shared hosting with IPB, or any website thats not a rinky dink blog. don't use a whole bunch of useless plugins or apps. if you want to use big boy software use big boy hosting too. I am on a lowly VPS and my pages load in less than 1.5 seconds or faster. really cant ask for much better for such nice software.
  11. I'm not sure why people say IPB is slow. I have a board index loading in less than 1.15 seconds.on average, and around 80 users online usually. Thats pretty fast. I don't really believe OP was ever an "IPB LOVER" :rofl:
  12. so glad i chose ipb
  13. be careful using hooks and apps. they can slow down your website pretty bad in some cases. only use the ones you really need.
  14. It's pretty easy. you dont need any real knowledge of web design/coding to start out. it will take some playing around with, but the more time you put into IPB, the more doors that open for you. I have two IPB licenses now, but when I started I was like you... knowing nothin, I am actually building another IPB website today. It's kind of become my living :) IPB is also very powerful, so if you ever need anything more than just a forum, maybe a way to collect subscriptions or donation, its all right at your finger tips. I am so glad I chose IPB. I will suggest that you look into premade skins, unless you want your community to look like invisions. they are anywhere between 15-30 bucks. good luck to you!!
  15. I will try i dont use mobile devices for internet so I will see if one of my members can do it for me. I have already uninstalled the hook and restored the .js file. My members prefer tapatalk over anonymous posting. But in case I dont get back to you, what I mean is this: When someone posts a topic using this hook, tapatalk notifies the users who have the app that the topic was posted, only it doesnt notify them that the anonymous member posted it, it tells them the real user who posted it.