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  1. Appreciated Pete. I think that's part of the problem, there are posts here from Sherri admitting that a lot of the themes were looking outdated and too graphically heavy or too, not to sound in the wrong way but too cutesy at times. Her artwork was second to none and I've always thought IPS should have hired her to produce some much needed, in-house themes that come with long term official support and the benefit of fast compatibility updates and internal access to the IPS team. The quality seasonal themes here have always rocked and were simply awesome, they had unique selling points provided they were out in time for the actual event, like they used to be 4+ years back, but I think people in general seem to need: clean, modern trend themes like Wordpress and Bootstrap styles, that are ideal for everyday businesses like coffee shops, bars, boutique stores, garages, tradesmen, landscapers, arts and craft stores etc. Lithium community style appearance Themes ideal for bloggers but so much Wordpress competition obviously. However with 4.3 it will be easier to have a Wordpress and IPS working together. have nice and subtle colours, attractive header and or background images, or even complimentary short video backgrounds or space to swap out with their own. Dark but still fast loading themes without the bloat for tech sites, gaming, sci-fi and horror themes based on current trends and entertainment but obviously without too obvious copyright infringement! With the emphasis on fast loading, image optimised websites being promoted more by Google, things like higher scoring themes that rate better Pagespeed and GT Metrix scores would be attractive especially to tech and gaming site owners who want a great looking but nippy site.
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    Upgrade Forum Errors? Anyone else?

    Sorry you had these hassles upgrading. Thinking back, I only had issues with the internal upgrader which at the time was very unreliable. It's now rock solid. I think if you leave it too long to upgrade to the stable new major versions, there is more likelihood of encountering a probably, 3.4.8 is so old (and probably more insecure now) and IPS will spend most of their time working with 4.2 and 4.3 these days. Be sure to make full, restorable backups of your databases in SQL gripped format from phpMyAdmin and also the separate forum/community files too in case you need to restore, and make a note of the current version each time are the most handy tips I can suggest. Handy for support to be able to refer back to an older version if something goes astray even a year or so later.
  3. I'm sorry you were effectively abandoned and left holding the bag, Pete. It's good to see people can test the themes out again with the theme chooser menu (if they know where to look!). If it helps, I noticed in Premium Members Downloads that it looks empty and is confusing because all the themes are hidden away inside a sub folder. They don't show unless you go a level deeper. I've just had a $80 renewal come through and after so many years I feel really guilty not renewing, but I just can't justify it given I only use the awesome Halloween and Christmas themes, and I don't feel reassured or confident they or this site will still be active and available in the future. IBTheme is now effectively a subscription service where you pay to access the same old themes, but sadly nothing new apart from the addition last year of your themes, but they were never available to Premium members. I think I will probably just buy the Halloween and an Xmas theme if available and compatible with 4.3.x at the end of the year.
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    Thanks for the help

    A belated shame to see you go, you're right, social media has definitely taken its toll. I think Forums still have their niche roles in the right places, though. Hoping all the Facebook controversy will be a positive boon for forum communities and honourable admins, as more people come to understand social media and it's infrastructure was never free, and so they unwittingly made a deal with the devil and probably sold their digital souls in the process. Forums IMHO, are great for more in-depth topics of conversation that are good when it comes to easier to find and access long term information, whereas social media is more suited for keeping up with one's mates and for quick, disposable messages that don't really matter and sadly in many cases, to accommodate foul mouthed rants from people without the facts and a haven for trolls. Possibly this is the reason you hardly ever, if never, see Google results for social media and mostly results come from forums, blogs and websites.
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    News Update

    Although this is unthinkable, I think we should have empathy as its clear something is sadly very wrong. I'm concerned about Sherri's welfare, you can imagine this scenario at risk of becoming tragic news. The business should be put on hold at least until things are resolved and refunds for non one-off purchases issued where necessary. Pete has worked like hell, bless him but its clear from the theme still being New Years Eve and have the content missing, that something needs to be resolved as the site is still taking orders. I wish Sherri would get in touch and let us know she is okay and what her plans are.
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    Merry Christmas IBTheme

    Hi Pete, I don't know if you know but it doesn't seem that we can download anything yet. There are options to buy but not to download? Many thanks.
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    What are your plans after 4.2 is released?

    A good stock of Pages article templates with great typography would be a great offering and in high demand, and I think IBTheme could make some fantastic trophy and awards badges for the awesome Fosters Trophies and Awrds mod. Great opportunity there.
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    What are your plans after 4.2 is released?

    Just a suggestion Pete/Sherri, but perhaps simplify/summarise the front home page content. Too much small text, I imagine visitors who have searched out a theme site will want to see the best themes first rather than too much textual copy. Push the great looking themes and must have plug-ins first, with news updates, featured testimonials/reviews/comments etc. The text information is needed but perhaps break it up a bit, summarise with a 'learn more' link, bullet points etc. You could highlight themes by category, say business themes, light and dark themes, gaming themes, seasonal themes etc and highlight the theme costs, premium packages, any offers/sales etc.
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    Merry Christmas IBTheme

    Thank you Pete, much appreciated. My post comes across as a mix of rant and frustration, so apologies for that and for not seeing your reply until now. I'll check my notifications options. I can see you've been very busy sorting things out. The site loading seems more responsive today.
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    News Update

    Thank you for the update Pete, much appreciated. NYE theme looking great thank you. Just a few font issues you're probably aware of (black text on dark blue background in and hard to see editor font colour issues). All the best for 2018.
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    Merry Christmas IBTheme

    I stopped by to grab the Christmas Noel theme and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. In all honesty, after being a client for over 10 years, now I'm just totally confused! I know Pete has done a wonderful job of getting all the themes updated. The following is no reflection on Pete, Wotsit or Sherri. The site is crawling along, pages taking forever to start loading. It was yesterday too. All of the new Pages content has gone, just a default article. I had to reset my password after one attempt to log in locked me out for 15 minutes. The reset email got auto spammed by Gmail, when ?I tried to figure out why since IBTheme is in my contacts list, I realised its now being sent from a personal account. The site says IPS Themes, not IB Theme. Sherri admitted a lot of the IB Theme themes were outdated, and would be replaced. A new framework developed etc. Have they been replaced with themes from IPS Themes? They are very nice themes, but will we still have Sherri artistic seasonal themes? The navigation is all over the place. I can't find any details of my Premium Membership, it says I've never bought anything. There are references in the news forum about the being owned by someone else, who redirected the site to Invision Power Services, now we may need to re-register if a member of the previous site. No idea, what that's all about! I joined IBSkin then it got changed to IBTheme. Now it says IBS Themes? Who owns the site these days? Who is holding my data? Is all this connected to all those weird hacking emails sent out via CC instead of BCC, that revealed all of our email addresses? Is it all connected to the strange business practices, periods of absences etc? Why did the Chatbox go? Why the delay in restoring it? I honestly wonder what is happening as a customer, I'm looking for some genuine reassurances. Where are all the Themes? They are in the IPS Marketplace, I can't believe any business site can be run like this especially at Christmas. I can't see how after all the returns, reassurances, promises that I could still recommend IB Theme if its still called that or how I could renew my subscription. We need some transparency, regular news updates, what is the plan, what's happening with the business? Has it been sold? Are we members of IPS Themes? What's happening in terms of security re our personal membership data etc? Will IB Theme be GDPR compliant? Probably best not to go there just yet! Lots to think about, but hopefully 2018 will be a better year for all at IBTheme.com, staff and customers. All the best. PS. After composing this post and saving it, the site logged me out and showed me as a guest! Aargh. Thank god it saved my content in the Editor. Let's try this again.
  12. Thank you for getting Hallows Eve out in time for Halloween this year! This theme is great but it has real issues when using either the Blog widget or accessing the Blog application index (the actual Blogs work okay). The tracker is out of date and link to it missing so forgive me for posting here... I get an error message, if I remove the recent blogs widget, the error goes away. ParseError: syntax error, unexpected 'endforeach' (T_ENDFOREACH), expecting elseif (T_ELSEIF) or else (T_ELSE) or endif (T_ENDIF) (0) #0 /home/xxx/public_html/xxxx/system/Theme/Theme.php(741): IPS\Theme\Cache\_Template->exists() #1 /home/xxx/public_html/xxx/system/Widget/Widget.php(122): IPS\_Theme->getTemplate('widgets', 'blog', 'front') #2 /home/xxxx/public_html/xxx/system/Widget/Widget.php(103): IPS\_Widget->init() #3 /home/xxxx/public_html/xxx/system/Widget/StaticCache.php(41): IPS\_Widget->__construct('8hul09w55', Array, NULL, 'horizontal') #4 /home/xxxx/public_html/xxxx/system/Widget/Widget.php(295): IPS\Widget\_StaticCache->__construct('8hul09w55', Array, NULL, 'horizontal') #5 /home/xxxx/public_html/xxxxx/system/Dispatcher/Front.php(520): IPS\_Widget::load(Object(IPS\blog\Application), 'blogStatistics', '8hul09w55', Array, NULL, 'horizontal') #6 /home/xxxxx/public_html/xxxxx/system/Dispatcher/Dispatcher.php(148): IPS\Dispatcher\_Front->finish() #7 /home/xxxxxx/public_html/xxxxx/index.php(12): IPS\_Dispatcher->run() #8 {main} Also on my board forum index, the toggle buttons to open/close forums are floating off to the right. https://screenshots.firefox.com/k7gXOsB2rPADbDD8/millennium-thisiswhoweare.net
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    IPS Guide - Upgrading themes to 4.2

    Hi, Just in case you've missed it, IPS have posted a handy guide to updating themes from 4.1.19 to 4.2. https://invisionpower.com/4guides/themes-and-customizations/upgrading-themes-to-42-r288/ May save some time!
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    What are your plans after 4.2 is released?

    Hi @Sherri Thank you for the great update which was honest and candid. Well done, you. The new business model sounds much more practical and should help you a lot. Plus having less graphic heavy themes are probably better for everyone. I would also try contacting Lindy at IPS direct via PM and talk to him about how IPS 4 has changed and impacted on your business, if only to give him some contructive insight and perhaps they can provide some extra support. I don't know if IPS use the LESS framework in their CSS design, but I've just started reading some tutorials on it, and I can see it's a great idea that can save a lot of time. For example, as I understand it, you can create variables that hold say a font color CSS for specific elements. You use that variable's name throughout your LESS style sheet instead of typing in the same colour each time in dozens of places. Then, if you ever want to change that particular colour, you just change it once in the LESS version of your CSS, generate a new version of your actual CSS sheet instead of having to remember which element was which, search, find and replace etc.
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