IPS4″ or IPS Community Suite 4.x has been out for a while but its formal production-value release has finally come to the public. As a permanent client I have had access to it for some time and have been evaluating it. It has improved and better admin and user functionality, though our desired theme/skin is not yet available and I really don’t care for their default skin. It would definitely be a step backward appearance-wise. So I have decided not to upgrade to IPS Community Suite 4 at this time.
We may eventually lose professional support when they announce End of Life for this product IPB 3.4.x that we are currently using.
We are entitled to operate a test/development version of IPS4 with our current license that we may not open to the public. You can access this at http://dev.eotir.com/forums
The username to enter the web area is test, the password is staffonly. Feel free to register an account. (players welcome to test as well).
I am not impressed with the only ugly theme available and the admin restrictions are not good at all, whereas our current version of Invision Power Board allows me to restrict in fine detail what admins can and cannot do to prevent abuse of power. I really don’t like it. We have some time to upgrade as End of Life Support for our current version is 1 April 2017.
When they announce better admin restriction capabilities AND when our theme or something similar is available for this new version at ibskin.com I will consider upgrading.
Our current skins for the forums at http://nexus.eotir.com come from ibskin.com. Once the lady redesigns this or another skin we like for IPS4, then I will consider upgrading on a serious level. We may have to change skins as I have not heard from her yet as to whether she is carrying this skin on to the new version like she is with the other skins she has designed, as she focuses on her newer ones. She does great work, somewhat expensive, but the best I’ve seen.