Hello all and welcome to the IPS license topic!

Today I'm going to give you the lowdown on what you can and can't do with your IPS license. Please note that the I am in no way connected with IPS other being a client just like many of you guys.

First up, I'm going to start with the basic stuff.

A: Each license only allows you to have one live site and one test site. The test site must not be accessible to the general public (IE installed behind a password protected folder).

B: The URL for both live and test site is logged by IPS and is enforced.

C: It is recommended that you install the test forum somewhere where you don't need to move it later on. A good example would be localhost.

That's all pretty simple right? Now there is more to what being said above, and it mostly around the test install option.

With IPS4, while it true that you can only have one test forum, there's also a clause that you can have as many installs on "localhost" (and it must be localhost and not This means that:

You can have your main forum at http://example.com/forums
You can have a test forum at http://example.com/testinstall (remember that the public must not be able to access it!)
You can have a test forum at http://localhost/testinstall and http://localhost/testinstall2 (remember that it must be localhost!)

Ok I understand that, but what about IPS 3.4.7 users?

Well when I asked about the localhost install being listed as my test install in the client area, this is the answer that I receive from support:

Is it normal that my test install is listed in the client area even though it a localhost install? That showed up after installing IPS 3.4.7 on localhost.
Support agent
Yes, that's normal. Although it still registers the test URL when installing it doesn't check against it if you were to install another test site on your localhost in a different folder
So if you have a localhost install, you "should" be able to move it around on localhost without any issues.

So there you have it. If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer then.

Have a nice day!

Source: IPS support, http://www.invisionpower.com/support/guides/_/advanced-and-developers/miscellaneous/development-site-license-key-r148 (IPS 3.4.x) and http://community.invisionpower.com/4docs/administration/system/settings/ips-license-key-r6/ (IPS 4.x)