Eight community applications

Our suite contains eight applications, bringing your community to life with new features and functionality and providing users with an integrated, seamless experience.

Explore what each has to offer below, then continue the tour to check out our suite-wide features.

Forums

Our forums application is the latest incarnation of the industry-leading IP.Board community forum software, powering thousands of communities online. Redesigned for even greater integration with the IPS Community Suite, it's the most powerful way to enable discussion on your website.


Feature Highlights


Question & Answer Forums

Forums supports Question & Answer format, allowing users to vote up the better answers giving them more visibility. The best answer can be flagged by the starter or staff, ensuring future visitors easily see the correct answer.


Efficient Moderation

As well as all the great moderation features from the Suite, Forums also features Saved Actions, allowing repetitive moderation tasks to be carried out with a single click by staff.


Per-Forum Customization

Use the per-forum theme option to uniquely customize each of your forums - perfect if each forum holds content for a different sub-brand.

Forums app (formerly known as IP.Board) in IPS Community Suite 4

Commerce

Commerce helps you turn users into customers, with a range of monetization tools. Sell subscriptions, products or advertising space. Collect donations, and provide support to users with the built-in helpdesk.


Feature Highlights


Built-in Support Desk

A fully-featured support desk is built in, enabling you to help customers in private, with departments, saved actions, pay-per-incident functionality and more.


Sell Premium Subscriptions

Sell subscription-based access to your community easily - Commerce handles billing, member group promotion and renewals for you, automatically.


Storefront

Build a storefront for your digital & physical products, with reviews, custom product fields, stock management and EasyPost shipping integration - plus much more.

Commerce app in IPS Community Suite 4

Pages

Pages extends your site with custom content management designed especially for communities. Create brand new sections of your community using features like blocks, databases and articles, pulling in data from other areas of your community.


Feature Highlights


Drag'n'Drop Page Editor

Create custom pages in your community using our drag'n'drop, WYSIWYG editor. Build blocks that pull in all kinds of data from throughout your community to create dynamic pages, or use one of the ready-made widgets we include with the IPS Community Suite.


Custom Databases

Build brand new sections in your community with custom databases. Simply add your custom fields and configure some settings to get started. Commenting, rating, following and everything else you'd expect is already built in! And database records also support cross-posting to a forum topic.

Pages app in IPS Community Suite 4

Downloads

Upload, share and even sell all kinds of files with your community. Let users upload and share with each other, or use built-in access controls to create a resource repository for your community site.


Feature Highlights


Built-in Revisioning

Downloads automatically keeps a revision history for file submissions, creating an archive that allows users to explore and download older versions of files, or staff to roll files back.


Custom Fields

Create any number of custom fields that can be required (or optional) when users submit files. Great for data specific to your Downloads use.


Forums Topic Creation

When a new file is submitted, Downloads can automatically create a new topic in the Forums for you, complete with file screenshots. Great for file support topics!

Downloads app in IPS Community Suite 4

Calendar

Calendar enables users to set up events, in any number of calendars created within the community. Customize event pages and request RSVPs from other users, and export events to the iCal format.


Feature Highlights


RSVPs

Optionally request RSVPs to events, and choose to set a maximum number permitted for each event. Users attending (or who have indicated they can't attend) are shown right on the event page.


Multiple Calendars

Administrators can create multiple calendars, each with different permissions. Create a public calendar, and private ones for staff or other priviledged member groups.


Calendar Subscriptions

Calendar supports the iCal standard, meaning it's possible to both subscribe to events with Calendar, and also import events from other calendar applications, like Apple iCalendar and Google Calendar.

Calendar app in IPS Community Suite 4

Gallery

Add photo and media sharing to your community. Gallery is a fully-featured photo and multimedia sharing app for the IPS Community Suite. Create albums, upload photos, discuss the hottest shots and much more.


Feature Highlights


User Albums

Choose whether to allow users to create their own image albums to group photos. Albums can be public, or private and restricted only to the members the author chooses.


Images & Video

Gallery supports video media as well as the standard image formats. Videos exist in albums just like images.


Image Protection

Gallery has multiple ways to protect your community's content, including copyright fields and customizable watermarks, embedded automatically in all uploaded photos.

Blogs

Enable users to create and maintain their own individual or group blogs from within your community, to share their ideas & thoughts.


Blog app in IPS Community Suite 4

Chat

Chat is a realtime hosted chatroom service for the IPS Community Suite that enables your users to interact with each other - instantly.


The Chat app in IPS Community Suite 4