Invision Power Board

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Invision Power Board (abbreviated IPB, IP.Board or IP Board) is an Internet forum software produced by Invision Power Services, Inc. It is written in PHP and primarily uses MySQL as a database management system, although support for other database engines is available.

While Invision Power Board is a commercially sold product, there is a large modding community and many of these modifications are free. In addition, many groups offer the download or design of free and paid skins.



Invision Power Services (IPS) was created by Matt Mecham and Charles Warner in 2002, after they left Jarvis Entertainment Group (who produced Ikonboard). Their first product was Invision Power Board, another forum package, which quickly gathered a community of former Ikonboard users.

Version 1.0

The last free full version is Invision Power Board 1.3.1, which is not as widespread as 1.3 because of the short available time before 2.0 replaced it. Version 1.3 is commonly used on free forum hosts such as InvisionFree or iPBFree, and is still used by many websites that refuse to purchase the latest version of Invision Power Board. Since then many known exploits have been found, however, many patches have been produced by the community that fix most of the security and exploit problems.[1]

Version 2.0

Although the software developers originally maintained that it would remain a free package, in 2004 Invision Power Board ended its free releases for non-commercial uses. A downloadable trial version of Invision Power Board 2.0.0 PF[2] versions 1 and 2 were made available, but were discontinued on September 27, 2004. It was replaced with a free demo with restrictions of 5000 posts, 1000 threads, 200 members and other restrictions, thus ending its claims that Invision Power Board would be free forever.

Many users were upset with this, and some attacked Mecham, making allegations of copyright infringement.[3] On July 1, 2005, IPS changed the demo time frame from 15 days to 5 days,[4] and a few months later, it was again reduced to 24 hours, and now it has been reduced to 8 hours for private use.

When version 2.0 went final, Invision Power Board became a paid product a week later. Just as with IPB 1.3, some users are still using the unrestricted trial versions of the 2.0 PF,[2] but just like Version 1.3, these contain a lot[5] of security holes and are no longer officially supported. However, no modifications exist[citation needed] which make IPB 2.0 secure. It was also renamed to IP.Board.

Invision Power Board 2.1 was released on September 13, 2005. The administrator's control panel was completely redesigned, and the posting options were renovated to feature viewable text properties (Rich Text Editor), such as bold, italics, underline, etc. The viewing styles were also redone, and a number of various other changes were made including the use of Ajax in many new features.

Invision Power Board 2.2 included many improvements, new features, and security fixes. It was the first version to undergo a security audit by a company named Gulftech to find any security holes missed by the IPS development team as part of their ongoing effort to keep IPB as secure as possible. The new version also includes minor changes to the Administration Control Panel, and also an entirely redesigned profile system. The Invision's team also continues to employ AJAX in its software. All versions of IPB from 2.0 and on are commercial software, with no downloadable demo version available. Potential users may request a twelve hour online trial, hosted by IPS.

Starting from version 2.3, the product shipped with 2 skins, the old default light blue skin and a new default darker skin.[6] The release is mainly to assist in forums that have larger traffic and include advanced integration with other IPS product lines. IPS also implemented a new ACP Help System which has made it easier to navigate around the Administrator's Control Panel, along with an ACP "Dashboard" page, showing an overview of the system. This page replaced the "Admin" tab as the default page in the Admin Panel.

Version 3.0

Version 3.0 was initially released on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. The official announcement of the new release was on June 25, 2009.[7] This version is the next major release milestone of the Forum Software. It includes many promised features such as a new overall design and optimization of the software, a reputation type feature where users can rate individual posts, the PM (Personal Message) system becoming a conversation styled feature (as Google has done with GMail), friendly URLs, and many more enhancements.

See also


External links

  • Invision Power Forums - Invision Power Services (IPS) Company forums running the latest version of IPB.
  • IPS Resources (formerly known as IPS Beyond) - The official IPS resource site for IPB and other IPS products for active customers only.
  • Invision Guru The un-official IPS resource site with 1000s of free mods, hooks and skins.
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