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What is Invision Board Hosting?
Invision Board (also commonly referred to as IP Board) is an Internet forum application designed to make communication easy for your users and administration easy for you.
With social media as pervasively popular as it is, Internet users from every corner of the globe now jump at the chance to discuss products, services, and ideas with each other. Online forums provide the perfect medium for this, as they allow users to interact in whatever way they wish, whether it’s to ask each other for help and direction, to conduct a heated debate over a prominent topic of conversation, or simply to chat about common interests.
Invision Board enables smooth discussion, ongoing user engagement, complete customization and control, and effortless marketing and promotion. Highly organized boards, threads, and sub-forums, a searchable tagging system, an extensive text editor, multimedia posting capabilities, quick-reply options, automatic notifications, and a fun rewards system will all allow your users to communicate with each other in a way that’s not only functional, but enjoyable.
On the other side of things, nearly limitless themes and templates, hundreds of optional plugins, content approval queues, a user warning system, reported content alerts, thorough security protection, adjustable moderator privileges, and complete logs of all forum activity make managing your forum a breeze.
Invision Power Services Inc., the company behind Invision Board, offers Web hosting services of their own which seamlessly integrate Invision Board. Other hosting providers also offer Web hosting plans which support Invision Board software.
To start using Invision Board on your website, you can either buy and install it on your server (check with your provider for compatibility details), purchase a hosting plan from Invision Power Services, or select another Web hosting provider who offers Invision Board in one or more of their hosting plans.
Invision Board Hosting Frequently Asked Questions
Is Invision Board the same as IP.Board?
Yes. Invision Power has renamed all of their products for more consistent branding. Invision Board is now IP.Board.
Is there any way to rate and track my best users?
Yes. By using reputation points, your users can rate posts and other content. This allows you to easily identify useful (or not useful) posts, and these points are directly attributed to the poster, so you can easily identify and reward your best community members.
What type of reward system is available?
You can set up goals for your users to receive addition posting capabilities. For instance, to reward active posters, you can set a specific number of posts required to receive access to new forums, additional upload space, special icons, etc. If you have tiered member groups, you can also set up the auto-promotion feature, which will automatically move them into the next tier when they reach the required posting goal.
How much can I customize my forums?
In addition to being able to fully customize your community, you can also apply unique themes to individual discussion forums.
What type of moderation tools are available?
For full moderation, you can set your forums up so that all posts must be approved. However, this probably is not feasible for most communities. For communities that do not require post approval, IP.Board offers a complete warning system that allows you to send messages to uses who are posting questionable or disruptive content, set a temporary suspension, require posts from that user to be approved, or ban them outright. IP.Board also includes a built-in reporting tool for your community to report questionable content.
What type of spam protection is available?
IP.Board utilizes a Spam Monitoring System, which checks all new user registrations against their own internal database of known spammers. If the user is listed in their database, they can be immediately banned or suspended.
Does IP.Board provide any way to communicate with users outside of the forum?
Yes. IP.Board includes a bulk mailer tool, so you can send update announcements, important notices, or newsletters to your registered users.
Is it possible to reply to more than one post at a time?
Yes. IP.Board features a MultiQuote function, which allows users to select from any number of posts they wish to respond to and respond to them all at the same time.
Can I add polls or a voting system?
IP.Board includes a built-in polling feature which uses can add directly to new topics. Polls can be public or anonymous, can feature multiple choice or single choice questions, and can be set to allow or disallow replies. Administrators can also limit polling capabilities to only certain users.
What type of text editor is available to users?
IP.Board offers a rich text editor, similar to what you would find in most word processing programs. Users can adjust the font, add links, include bullets and numbered lists, use emoticons, and more. IP.Board supports BBCode tags for more advanced formatting capabilities.
Is there any support for audio or video content?
IP.Board automatically detects links to video and audio files and will show the corresponding video player when available, so that users never need to leave your site.
Is there any support available for migrating from another program?
Invision Power offers free migration tools for over 40 popular forum and bulletin board platforms, including vBulletin, phpBB, bbPress, Vbulletin, WordPress, and more. If your site uses a forum system not currently supported, they can also build a conversion app for you, for a fee.
Will links, templates, and user information be retained if I migrate from another platform?
The free migration tools available for IP.Board include scripts to translate your existing URLs into IPS Community Suite URLs. Your user information, including logins and passwords, should all be migrated and available immediately. Any templates, skins, or other modification you had with your previous platform will be lost.
If I use the IP hosted version, can I use my own domain?
Yes. You will simply need to update your domain name servers to redirect traffic to your IP.Boards.
What are the server requirements to self-host IP.Board?
In order to self-host IP.Board, your server must have PHP 5.2.0+ with GD2 extension, SPL extension, and DOM XML extension. They also recommend the JSON extension. A MySQL 4.1+ database is also required, and MySQL 5+ is recommended. IP.Board will work on any web server that supports these requirements; however, they can only offer limited support services for Windows hosting. To ensure your server meets the minimum requirements, you should download their Compatibility Checker.
Can I try it out before I commit?
Yes. Invision Power offers a five-day demo. The demo is hosted on their servers but is completely private. You can test out the admin panel, post, comment, and nearly everything else you would do with a true installation. The demo version does restrict some database access and FTP access.