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  1. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation (EU 2016/679) that is intended to strengthen and unify data protection for EU residents from 25th May 2018. How can Invision Community help? While Invision Community enables you to collect and store information, it's important to note that you as the site owner are the data controller. If your site is hosted in the EU, then we recommend that you research your responsibilities. We have introduced several new tools in Invision Community 4.2.7 to help you with compliance, and we'll run through them and the relevant sections of the regulation in this blog. Individual Rights (More information) Right to be informed Invision Community has an area for you to edit your own privacy policy. This is found in the Admin CP > Settings > Terms & Privacy Policy. Guidance on what the policy should contain can be found here. Right to erasure (More information) Invision Community allows you to delete a member from the Admin CP. If the member has left posts or comments on your community, you can elect to delete the content, or keep it but remove the author's details thereby making the content anonymous. Lawful bases for processing (More information) Consent (More information) Invision Community now features a setting to not automatically opt in to administrator emails such as those sent by the bulk email system often used for newsletters when registering a new account on your community. This feature is found in the ACP > Members > Registration Settings Part of the consent regulation is to record when consent was given. The consent to opt-in for administrator emails such as bulk emails sent via the Admin CP is recorded at registration, and each time they change the setting. This record can be found in the member history log when viewing a member in the Admin CP. If you change the Terms & Conditions, or the Privacy Policy, you can request that members accept these changes when they next log in thus giving their consent for those changes. Cookies (More information) Invision Community stores a small amount of data in cookies. These are used to authorize you when you re-visit a community. Other cookies are used to provide a service at the user's request, such as changing a theme or using Commerce's cart. We have added additional features for Invision Community 4.2.7 to permit acknolwedgement that cookies will be set, and a brief page outlining the types of cookies that are set. Invision Community has a feature that shows a small message to new visitors to the community. This is found in the Admin CP > Terms & Privacy Policy page. We have pre-configured a cookie acknowledgement message using the short-tags {cookies}. This will display as follows: This links to a new page showing brief information about the types of cookies that Invision Community stores. Although at the time of writing this blog entry, the regulation states that there is no exact information that you need to show on the cookie page, you can edit it to add more detail if you wish. Summary We hope these new tools available with Invision Community 4.2.7 make it easier for you to seek compliance with GDPR if you choose to do so. It's worth pointing out that we are awesome at making community software and know a huge amount about making communities successful, but we are not experts in EU regulation. We offer this blog entry as a way to assist you in seeking compliance but you must do your own research and are responsible for your own community. Invision Community 4.2.7 is currently in beta testing. We're aiming to release it early next week. We hope this is a good starting point for you! View the full article
  2. Matt was recently invited onto the Community Signal Podcast, where he spoke with host Patrick O'Keefe. Everything from how Matt got started with online communities right up to the possibility of a post Facebook era was covered in their 45 minute chat. Matt also gives a little insight into how Invision Community works behind the scenes. From Community Signal: Check out the podcast now! View the full article
  3. (DP42) Exif Forum Attachments

    With this plugin you can remove all exif data from uploading attachments on board. Note no settings required. Works globally. no removing existing attachments files apply, support images only. Go to the Marketplace
  4. Refresh Online User Page

    My first plugin, written to automatically refresh the online users page. Bare with me, since this is just my first plugin. Plugin features: Enable / disable automatic refresh Specify the number of seconds for automatic refresh Notification in online user page if automatic refresh is enabled Fully localizable (search for the refresh_ keys) Let me know if it works for you! Chris Go to the Marketplace
  5. Reactions Per User Group

    This plugin will give the admin the ability to choose which reactions each user group will be able to use across the suite. User will see only allowed reactions. An error message will show up if the user tries to react directly via URL using a non allowed reaction. Go to the Marketplace
  6. This plugin will give admin the ability to choose a group to move the member when a moderator bans this member via Warn System: Setting: Choose group where members will be moved to Go to the Marketplace
  7. Honor

    Honor Beautiful and Professional Design Very low price Live demo (change theme to Honor) Admin panel settings: Honor Colorized Forums ... - Set Category Id - Set Category Color Honor Advanced Footer ... - Set 4 Position Footer - Set width Position - Set Title -Set Description - Set Enable Top Footer Message Honor Header... -Set Header Background -Set Header color -Set Header Height -Set Header Message Honor Quest... -Set Title -Set Description -Set Enable Button (sign in& sign up) and... Go to the Marketplace
  8. Despite your best efforts, is engagement a problem for your community? You have your site promotion running well and you are seeing plenty of traffic but it doesn't convert into comments, posts or reactions? Invision Community is a powerful platform that offers layers of complexity for the many sites it powers. When you are struggling to convert page views into comments, it's worth taking a step back and evaluating your site from a new user's point of view. We'll take you through our 6 best tips to simplify your site and increase engagement using built in tools. #1 Use Social Sign In with at least Facebook and Twitter enabled. Social sign in makes it easy for causal visitors to become content contributors by creating an account. Social sign in removes the complex registration form that may put some off. It's a fact that most people visiting your site will have either a Facebook account or a Twitter account. Use that to your advantage! #2 Use Profile Completion One of the biggest reasons sites fail to convert visitors into members is because of large or complex forms. If you have many required profile fields, your potential member is likely to abandon the form. Use the Profile Completion system with fewer fields where possible for a simpler registration form. The Profile Completion system allows new members to complete their profile in their own time. Of course, you can still enforce vital fields before members can contribute. #3 Use Fluid View Traditional forums can be a little daunting to site visitors used to Facebook. The top down categorisation is a strength for separating conversations. Yet, it can be confusing for a first time visitor to navigate. Fluid view breaks down these boundaries by presenting your conversations in one simple list. By removing the need to jump between forum containers, new visitors are encourage to keep diving deeper into your conversations. An engaged visitor is more likely to contribute. #4 Keep your forum structure simple Even with fluid view enabled, complex forum structures can confuse. Consider a brand new forum with a hundred different conversation areas. Would a new user know where to go and post? Would they be put off thinking they are posting in the wrong area? The best advice is always start off with as few forum containers as possible and increase them as your community grows. #5 Use Reactions One of the simplest ways to increase engagement is to turn on Reactions. Reactions allow other members to leave feedback on a post in a few clicks. The default reactions allow one to like, give thanks, express confusion, sadness or happiness. You can add your own reactions to tailor the platform to your niche and personality. Non-verbal engagement is important for your active posters. If they receive reactions to their posts, they are more likely to reply more and return often to see what feedback they have received. #6 Use the Sign In/Sign Up widget A very simple way to increase visitor to member conversion is to just ask them to register. Invision Community ships with a drag and drop widget that you can use to outline what your site is about and encourage registration. In one very simple but prominent box, you can see what the site is about and how to join in. Summary New and existing communities should take a moment to see their site through a new visitor's eyes. Consider how easy your structure is to navigate and how many barriers to registration there are. You can streamline both registration and conversation presentation with our built in tools. The key to increasing engagement is to make it a simple as possible to join your community. Make sure your barriers or entry are set low. Not using Invision Community? We can convert you from other platforms preserving your data. Our migration page has more information on the platforms we can convert you from. View the full article
  9. Profile Viewing Privacy

    This plugin will give users the option to control who is viewing their profiles. They can select among these options: 1) Everyone. 2) Registered members only. 3) Members who are following them only. 4) Profile is private. No one but the user and admins will be able to view the profile. Admins will still be able to view all profiles regardless of how users set their profile viewing privacy options. Only members with the appropriate permissions to will be able to use this feature. To select the groups that you want to make use of profile privacy settings, click the Edit button of the newly installed plugin and you will be taken to the plugin 's Settings page where the groups are listed. The profile privacy settings are displayed on users profiles, next to the Edit Profile link. Installation: To install this plugin, log in to your Admin Panel, go to System->Plugins, click the Install New Plugin button and import the plugin 's xml file. Go to the Marketplace
  10. Embed Enhancements

    Invision Community 4.2 includes beautiful new Richer Embeds for links to internal content, which automatically expands to a large and beautiful preview of the content. However, one problem with the Richer Embeds is the constant display of the topic's first image, even when the topic contains more posts and attachments. Embed Enhancements by @Fosters gives more control to you over what images will appear in IPS Rich Embeds. FEATURES: Per-Forum setting to show first image or last image Add a custom embed image in each topic Moderator permissions If you change settings, please run the ACP Support Tool to clear the cache. More features to be coming! Go to the Marketplace
  11. Add Items to Mobile Navbar

    The mobile navigation bar only gives direct access to the search function and the default activity feed. Everything else is moved to an off-screen sidebar, which needs to be opened manually every time. With this plugin you can add one or two links to the mobile navbar, for example to: make your most important areas (like forums, shop …) more easily accessible on mobile devices link partner or social media sites add staff links to the admin or mod control panel provide more visible login/logout buttons … What’s needed: IPS 4.2 A stock theme or a custom theme that uses the mobile navbar icons like the stock theme Settings: turn link 1 and 2 on or off set the static links set the FontAwesome icons set which groups can see the links checkbox to open links in a new window Go to the Marketplace
  12. Artist by ThemeTree

    Artist -is a dark, beautiful theme made for artists, but it can also be used for any particular community. By showing your content, your work will be brought up in the header slideshow for showing off your work. *NEW* Framework You don’t just get a simple theme, you’ll get settings that will change the default framework into your own. It’s your website, make it yours! *NEW* Language Setting Keys In this theme, we've set up the language keys for our settings. I know all of you were dying to wait for this, so you can understand the settings very well. *NEW* (BETA) Enable/Disable Forum Category Tabs In our framework, we introduce you category tabs in the forum table layout. In the settings, you'll be able to disable/enable the Artist style of the tabs. Disabling the Artist tab style will return to the default tabs (IPS). *NEW* Enable/Disable Slideshow You'll be able to put your own work into the slides by adding/deleting slides from the code editor, and couple of more settings from the tab. Read the tutorial here on how to add/delete slides from the slideshow. *NEW* (Slideshow) Position Show In our new framework to sliders, we introduce you positing the slider to show on the selected settings: 'Where to show the slider?' & 'Where to show in pages?'. Header Image w/ Overlay You'll get to choose a fallback background image when the slideshow is not pointed at the pages position (through the settings configuration), and on top of that, you'll get an overlay background color over it. *NEW* Secondary Footer: Twitter Integration Introducing Twitter integration! In the configuration settings, you'll be able to enable/disable, modify the Twitter footer title, and of course, input your user profile name. *NEW* Social Icons In our new framework, we introduce you with new social icons: Instagram, Dribbble, Soundcloud, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. *NEW* Back to Top Also in our framework, when you scroll down, you'll see the back to top button so you don't have to scroll yourself. Guest Message You will get a guest message that displays everywhere of consisting of a title and a short paragraph of what's possible when your guest creates an account. Google Font Choose your own font to be display everywhere on your forum. Google Font Weight(s) Put more styles into the new font you chose. Override Site Title Spice up your site title by putting in the title you want to be display on the header. Enable Secondary Footer Need more storage for the footer? Don’t worry, we created another footer so you can store more stuff or anything that you want inside. Secondary Footer: About Us Also on the secondary footer, we made an about us section so you can describe your site and your users interests. Appearance You will get setting(s) of changing the default colors to your own liking. And much more! Theme Demo Go here to read about previewing themes on the demo board. Test Account Wanna look more into our themes? Well, now ThemeTree supports a test account for all of our themes. So no more looking at those screenshots or even looking at our themes live. Login to the test account and browse the contents. Display Name: TestAccount123 Password: testyaccount123 Keep up with ThemeTree By: Registering, so you can get upcoming news and updates, and 24/7 support on our forums. Following us on Dribbble (https://dribbble.com/Themetree). You can find out our latest upcoming themes and shots. Contacting us at admin@themetree.net. Go to the Marketplace
  13. November Wrap Up

    It's hard to believe that we're close to wrapping up 2017 already. It seems like only yesterday we were putting the finishing touches to Clubs, Fluid View, Profile Completion and all the other new features added this year. We're not resting though, Invision Community 4.3 is well underway and we'll be releasing news of its new features soon. Our developers have been busy squashing bugs and release Invision Community 4.2.6. Regular visitors to our own community may have noticed that we've been running several search tests to improve the results search brings. Our latest community articles continue to be well received. This month's highlights are: In team talk we post a simple question that proved hard to answer. As always, we'd love to hear what you think of our articles. If there's anything you'd like covered, just let us know below! Thanks! View the full article
  14. Hide Followers for Guests

    This plugin will hide followers list for guests. Go to the Marketplace
  15. Stop Talking Alone

    This plugin will help you to not to talk alone by adding a notice and hiding the editor when only one user is active in the conversation. Go to the Marketplace
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