Hello all. Invision Power Services, now known as Invision Community, announced the End of Life (EOL) for IPS Community Suite 3.x series effective April 2017. Every time I login to the admin panel for the past few years I have seen one upgrade warning or another about IPS4, and now finally, i see two warnings instead of just the standard one.
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IMPORTANT: As of April 1, 2017, IP.Board 3.x (all versions) have been discontinued. No further support or security patches will be provided and you may be operating the software in an insecure state. We recommending updating to our latest IPS Community Suite (IPS4) release at your earliest convenience. Please contact us with any questions.
Years ago when IPS 4.x first came out some of the staff members and myself tested it offsite and we did not care for it, not its look nor its features. That decision has since come to haunt me. Yes this version is preferred, familiar, comfortable. However, we lost our upgrade window when we had support and free upgrades for the latest version at the time. However, it was new, and probably buggy, so it was probably the right decision, since our license would have still run out and we would have been stuck with a buggy version of the brand new IPS 4, not being able to afford the renewal. They have since refined it significantly from what I hear, and we will have six months of support, and the good news is we may even get our theme back (something which was another show stopper for us then, our theme was not supported). I am working with the theme folks now to see if they can upgrade it to the latest version. I will say this, the decision not to upgrade back then was not a unilateral one but a team decision made by the active members of the staff. And now the time has come to upgrade. For one, not just because of End of Life, but because the forums are starting to not function with the modern day browsers. Some areas (many parts of it still work), but a lot of parts bit by bit do not, such as lost password recovery, registration, (depending on the browser and version), and the ACP is very much having issues. This is because of the browser compatibility with the html code.
We’ll be back online soon, perhaps even by the end of the week if we are lucky, warts and all, though perhaps it may be too soon to have our theme ready just yet, but the rest of us will be preparing for full readiness. So Say We All.