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  1. We make optimizations quite often and as a staff member pointed out above we are currently doing another review. However, as many have pointed out, a lot is on the server side as well which we cannot do anything about. For example, I just ran a Google report on your site and the first thing it flagged is that your server does not have compression enable for output.
  2. Just a minor issue with our license server that we are fixing. No need for
  3. That screenshot is from my localhost test install so no issues
  4. Version 4.1.18 is now available in the client area! Two large changes include Two Factor Authentication: And changes to make Google less jumpy about password inputs: Some smaller changes include: Pinterest share link has been added Images embedded in the editor can now have an alternative title set for accessibility The Approval Queue page now has a "Hide" button to hide content (rather than only being able to approve / delete) Disabling Profile Photo uploads will now also disable importing from a URL The Admin CP will now indicate whether or not a member is connected to a social network The Admin CP will now display more information for a user who has been banned imgur embedded is now supported Check out the Release Notes for a full list of changes.
  5. There will be an option to hide Member Groups from front end search/filters in 4.1.19.
  6. Google has recently been stressing that sites should use secure connections (served via HTTPS) whenever possible. They have recently also started warning sites that collect password on non-secure pages and will also be updating Google Chrome to warn users when a password is being entered on a non-secure page. You can read more information at Google and a good article on Ars Technica. There are two ways on IPS Community Suite to avoid these alerts. Keep in mind that doing nothing will not cause you any problems, your site will still work, but users will get warnings and this may impact how people perceive joining your community. Make your Community 100% Secure The easiest option is to make every page on your IPS Community Suite use a secure connection. To do this you would need to ensure your web host has HTTPS support enabled on your site and then simply edit conf_global.php and change the URL field to https:// and that's it. One thing to keep in mind is that your users, if you allow it, can still paste in links to externally hosted images which might not be secure. This does not impact the security of your site but it may generate a browser warning indicating your site has "mixed content" meaning some is secure and some is not. You can optionally enable the Image Proxy feature to make externally linked images route through a proxy on your local server to maintain 100% secure content. Image Proxy Options Only Login/Registration Forms and AdminCP Secure If you prefer not to use HTTPS for your entire site, we do have a setting to only use secure connections for login, registration, and AdminCP. Use HTTPS for Logins and AdminCP When the login-only secure option is enabled the quick login drop down is also disabled and instead users are sent to a full page to login. This is a small change required to avoid browser warnings. Although the quick login menu submits to a secure connection, the form field itself may show on a non-secure page which would generate a warning. Quick Login not Available when Login-Only HTTPS Setting Enabled IPS Community in the Cloud Those using IPS CiC can get secure connections for a $15 setup fee plus $5 month on our 40, 65 and 100 user Cloud plans. You can either bring your own certificate or we can provide one for you. On the 200, 450 and 750 plans, SSL is completely free - again, either your own or we can provide one.
  7. There will be an option to create an Activity Stream with condensed as the default view option in 4.1.19.
  8. As Rhett said, all modern web browsers have spell checking built in by default so there is really nothing needed on our end.
  9. That's a different thing and you can do that now. This is about database replication. You are talking about web servers which is the other side.
  10. You can setup a MySQL cluster where you have one master write server and multiple read-only replicas. Read/write separation makes write queries to go the master and all read queries go to the replicas. Since nearly all queries are read queries this can greatly improve performance as you can spread out database resources. It's certainly an advanced configuration option as setting up a MySQL cluster takes some work but for really busy sites it can offer great advantages.
  11. We are experimenting with MySQL read/write separation in 4.1.18 and 4.1.19. It's not quite ready for public use just yet but it is working well on the test sites we have it deployed on. Right now we have a total of 18,000 online users on a MySQL cluster with 99% of queries going to the read-replicas and only post-events going to the write master. There's more to do but you should see this in a future release.
  12. That's why you can choose to make it required for admins/mods but optional for your normal members
  13. The user sort of does opt-in. When they register their account they must first check the "send me emails from admin" box and then also click the account validation email that is sent. IPS4 already supports one-click unsubscribe in the emails as well.
  14. In addition to bug fixes and performance improvements, this release also includes: Pinterest share link has been added Converters are now included as a Suite-level application you can download with your package in the Client Area Running a conversion will now skip steps that do not have anything to convert Two Factor Authentication Images embedded in the editor can now have an alternative title set for accessibility Users signing in through social services, such as Facebook, will no longer be required to validate their email address When a location is specified for a Calendar Event, the address will be shown underneath the map. The map itself should also be more accurate now. The Approval Queue page now has a "Hide" button to hide content (rather than only being able to approve / delete) Disabling Profile Photo uploads will now also disable importing from a URL An issue has been fixed where adding tags using other languages may not work properly Cropping Animated GIF's for photos is now supported when ImageMagick is in use Files purchased in Downloads will now have a link back to the file from their purchase page in the Manage Purchases section The Admin CP will now display more information for a user who has been banned imgur embedded is now supported Errors caused by third party applications / plugins will now be clearer Option to report fatal errors automatically to IPS so we can fix common issues
  15. We have had a question and answer feature in IPS Community Suite for some time and we are now happy to add Google Authenticator as another option. We have also combined the various options it a new Two Factor Authentication (2FA) section in the AdminCP with many more options. Two Factor Authentication Settings There are also new settings to control when a user is required (or not) to setup 2FA: 2FA Setup You can control what areas will prompt for 2FA authentication: 2FA Area Control And how the system should recover if a user cannot login via 2FA on their account: 2FA Recovery Settings An administrator can configure these settings to tailor the security needs of their community. For example, you might want to require 2FA your admins and moderators but keep it optional for your members. On the front end your members will see a new Account Security section under their settings area. Account Security Settings Once authenticated, a user will then be able to enable various security options. For example, the Google Authenticator setup shows an easy to follow setup. Google Authenticator Setup We hope you enjoy this new level of system security. IPS has plans to add additional 2FA providers beyond Question and Answers and Google Authenticator. We will keep you updated! This change will be in version 4.1.18 which is scheduled to be released in late January 2017.