The direction in which Invision has decided to take with their software has left me with no other option but to seek other venues unfortunately. I will most likely be switching over to Xenforo because of the availability of support and access to 3rd party developers.
With the recent changes at Invision, you can no longer provide or receive support via their forums without an active license. Most of the support forums are in 'Read Only' mode. The forums you can post in are:
- Feedback and Ideas
- Community Administration Tips
- General Chit Chat
- Test Posting Messages
These changes are in relation to the Marketplace addition within the current release of IPS 4.5. Where you are now able to download community add-ons via the ACP (admin control panel); much like Wordpress. This helps keep add-ons current with updates and prevents users from breaking their software by installing applications which are not supported by the version they are using, thus making the software overall more secure.
However, with this new addition, you can no longer download 3rd party add-ons without an active IPS license. For example, I have a theme which I recently purchased; and is currently active. I cannot re-download that theme without a current active IPS license.
Invision has made it clear that the new system is not going to change. I believe this will only encourage users to seek support from other sites like TAZ and sites which provide nulled/shared software.
For me, this is game over. With the pandemic going on and lack of jobs in my location, I'm struggling to even purchase groceries. I cannot financially support IPS with the Marketplace changes; not even including the cost of additional apps i.e., commerce, pages, etc.
I've always been an IPB fanboy and now I'm kinda embarrassed to say I'm switching to another software. Invision has always been my 'go to' for any web project I created. But, until I'm able to afford the fees associated with the software or something changes, I will stay away from Invision.
I do wish them all the best as their staff have always been great and do excellent work.
P.S. Its sad. . . I haven't been able to use IPS 4.5. . .
I must absolutely agree that this is a horrible way to go. If you purchase software, you should 'own' that software as a paying customer, even if you do not renew, and should not be locked out of functionality, support forums (although they sound pretty useless anyway), or be restricted from downloading plugins after expiry. Just seems like pure greed.
EDIT: I just had a look at the last page and have seen the change that you can now download plugins after your IPS license has expired. That being said I still understand you can't get the files of something via their marketplace to install seperately later?