Invision Community 4.3 announced!

Discussion in 'IPS' started by tony45, Jan 1, 2018.

  1. tony45

    tony45 Participant

    We are happy to announce the new Invision Community 4.3 is nearly available!

    Here is the list of what's new and we will follow up with individual blog entries going into detail about each new feature every couple days over the next few weeks.

    There will be a public preview in late January and we should go to public beta soon after that. Keep an eye on our blog for updates!

    Some highlights in Invision Community 4.3 include...

    . Improved Search

    We now support Elasticsearch for scalable and accurate searching that MySQL alone cannot provided. There are also enhancements to the overall search interfaces based on your feedback.


    . Emoji

    Express yourself with native emoji support in all editors. You can also keep your custom emoticons as you have now.


    . Member Management

    The AdminCP interface to manage your members is all new allowing you easier control and management of your membership.


    . Automatic Community Moderation

    You as the administrator set up rules to define how many unique member reports a piece of content needs to receive before it's automatically hidden from view and moderators notified.


    . Clubs

    The new Clubs feature has been a huge hit with Invision Community users and we are expanding it to include invite-only options, notifications, exposure on the main community pages, paid memberships, and more.

    . Custom Email Footers

    Your community generates a lot of email and you can now include dynamic content in the footer to help drive engagement and content discovery.

    . New Gallery Interface

    We have reworked our Gallery system with a simplified upload process and more streamlined image viewing

    The full list follows. Enjoy!

    Content Discovery

    • We now support Elasticsearch which is a search utility that allows for much faster and more reliable searching.
    • The REST API now supports search functions.
    • Both MySQL and Elasticsearch have new settings for the admin to use to set search-defaults and default content weighting to better customize search logic to your community.
    • Visitors can now search for Content Pages and Commerce Products.
    • When entering a search term, members now see a more clear interface so they know what areas they are searching in and the method of search.

    Member Engagement

    • Commerce can now send a customizable account welcome email after checkout.
    • You can whitelist emails in the spam service to stop false-positives.
    • REST API has many enhancements to mange members.
    • Ability to join any OAuth service for login management.
    • Invision Community can now be an OAuth endpoint.
    • Wordpress OAuth login method built in.
    • Support for Google's Invisible ReCaptcha.
    • Groups can be excluded from Leaderboard (such as admins or bot groups).
    • All emails generated by Invision Community can now contain admin-defined extra promotional text in the footer such as recent topics, Our Picks, and more.
    • Admins can now define the order of Complete Your Profile to better control user experience.


    • Option to make a Club visible but invite-only
    • Admins can set an option so any Club a member is part of will also show in the parent application. So if you are in a Club that has a Gallery tab then those image will show both in the Club and in the main Gallery section of the community.
    • Club members can now follow an entire Club rather than just each content section.
    • There is a new option on the Club directory page for a list view which is useful for communities with many Clubs.
    • If you have Commerce you can now enable paid memberships to Clubs.
    • Admins can set limits on number of Clubs per group.
    • If a group has delete permission in their Club, they can now delete empty containers as well.
    • Members can ignore invitations.

    Moderation and Administration

    • Unrestricted moderator or administrator permission sets in the AdminCP are visually flagged. This prevents administrator confusion when they cannot do something as they will be able to quickly see if their account has restrictions.
    • You can choose to be notified with a new Club is created.
    • Moderators can now reply to any content item with a hidden reply.
    • Download screenshot/watermarks can now be rebuilt if you change settings.
    • Support for Facebook Pixel to easily track visitors.
    • Moderators can now delete Gallery albums.
    • Automatic moderation tools with rules to define when content should auto-hide based on user reports.
    • Totally new member management view in AdminCP.
    • More areas are mass-selectable like comments and AdminCP functions for easier management.

    New Features

    • Commerce now has full Stripe support including fraud tools, Apple Pay, and other Stripe features.
    • Commerce packages can now have various custom email events configured (expiring soon, purchased, expired).
    • Full Emojii support in the editor.
    • Setting so when someone is typing in an editor, other members will see a "Member X is typing..." status in the editor view.
    • Complete overhaul of the Gallery upload and image views.
    • Announcements system overhaul. Now global on all pages (not via widget) and new modes including dismissible announcements and top-header floating bar option.
    • Many new reports on traffic and engagement in the AdminCP.
    • Blog has new view modes to offer options for a traditional site blog or a community multi-member blog platform.
    • The content-starter can now leave one reply to Reviews on their item.
    • Commerce now makes it much easier to do basic account-subscriptions when there is no product attached.

    Useful Improvements

    • Forums has a new widget where you can filter by tags.
    • If tags are not required, the tag input box now indicates this so the member knows they do not have to put in tags.
    • Member cover photos can now be clicked to see the full image.
    • Any item with a poll now has a symbol on the list view.
    • embed support.
    • You can now update/overwrite media in the Pages Media Manager.
    • Mapbox as an additional map provider to Google Maps.
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  2. haqzore

    haqzore Habitué

    Love it. More forward progress and building on solid core features.
  3. tony45

    tony45 Participant

    Indeed, these are good times to be an invision community client! :cool:
  4. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

    Seems good to me. If I ever decide to run a new forum in future, it's quite likely IPB might be choice for it based on all these new features and what not.
  5. Twitchy94

    Twitchy94 Developer

    Great to see the new features! We are already using them on a forum with great results!
  6. joevelez

    joevelez Moderator

    finally - elasticsearch

    I was hoping this gets added. :)
  7. lordi

    lordi Adherent

    really nice, :tup:
  8. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Opinionated asshat

    That's important for the larger boards... but even MORE important was the Pages content and commerce products search capability. ;)
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  9. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Moderator

    The report reasons and crowd moderation seems nice.
  10. Matthew S

    Matthew S Adherent

    There's some interesting things there. I've never owned an IPS product before; are all these new features in the base forum software?
  11. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Opinionated asshat

    Those listed are default in the software with the scheduled improvements over the existing code for 4.3.
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  12. doubt

    doubt Tazmanian

    Yes, they are, seems they are not creating their script only for addon developers.
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  13. we_are_borg

    we_are_borg Moderator

    There doing some nice work on IPS software.
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  14. Optic

    Optic Enthusiast

    Super curious about this!
  15. we_are_borg

    we_are_borg Moderator

    Thats the same as on Facebook its nothing new, its a round for 3 years or so.
  16. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Moderator

    Still, its very important functionality that changes the static forum experience to a live interaction experience. Which is in essence the main feat social media have what forums lack.
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  17. we_are_borg

    we_are_borg Moderator

    Agree they should look more at social media and harvest the ideas that makes social media active and translate it back into the forum software. But what they all lack atm is the ideas that forum software is more than that. Take Article Management System, Review Management System, Showcase an User Blog System there build upon forum software but have so much power in them that they are equal or even more powerful then what they are build upon. But the forum software it self is still the basic stuff we had 10 years ago, yes its nicer better UI but still its the same.
  18. ColdCoffee

    ColdCoffee Aspirant

    Now I'll be debating on sticking with XF or move on to IPS
  19. R0binHood

    R0binHood Fan

    But forums aren't social media!!!!

  20. we_are_borg

    we_are_borg Moderator

    No but social media has aspects that can be used in forums, like who is typing a response.
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