When you think Invision Power, you think IPB or a forum. But did you know that Invision Power is more than just a forum these days?
You can actually run a whole website just with their add-ons and of course their forum. Their add-ons consist of IP.content, IP.Gallery, IP.Blog, IP.Downloads, IP.chat and soon IP.Nexus. All of these add-ons do require the board to run though.
IP.Gallery, IP.Downloads, and IP.Blog have been out for a while. The actual dates are not known, but each in its own right enhance the community.
Ip.gallery is a place where you can load images and media too. Many people just use it for images. IP.Gallery is due for a revamp of the way it works and acts. This is under development now as of this writing. What else can we say about it? The gallery does its job to where you can load up the images or media that the user specifies. You can actually share it with your blog if you choose. You can create albums and sub albums along with categories in the admin panel.
IP.Downloads is where a user can download from there. Some well known uses that many sites use it is for invision skins and mods. It can also be used for files that a site may want to share with the community to download.
IP.Blog is another addon that Invision has made available. If you are looking for a blog that is included in the community, this is a way to go. It has both categories and tags included with it. You also have the ability to move the widgets around and so on.
IP.Chat has come out in the last year. It comes in free and paid forms, but the function don’t change between the two. The only thing that really is different is the amount of people allowed in the chatroom at a time. The one thing that it really is missing that they really should add is the ability to have multiple chatrooms or even the allowing the private chats to be for multiple people.
IP.Nexus is coming out soon. It is currently being tested. Basically what it is, is a store mod. There have been third party store mods, but this will do more than what they did.
With all of the add-ons that IPB has today, you can create a whole site with all their add-ons, but it costs to have each of them. If it does what you want it to do, it is well worth it. The company is usually good about fixing any problems you may have.