How to install Invision Community

How to install Invision Community


Invision Community (previously known as IPS Community Suite) is primarily an Internet community software produced by Invision Power Services, Inc. It is written in PHP and uses MySQL as a database management system. Invision Power Services sell applications that each can be bought and installed separately in addition to the Suite, the most widely known being the Internet forum software Invision Power Board. Invision Community refers to the combined collection of applications provided by Invision Power Services and is the core of the framework.

How to Install Invision Power Board Community

Installing Invision Power Board on your Cpanel Host would require the following steps enlisted in this article.
First and foremost you will have to purchase the license it’s not much though, so after downloading the files as zip. Locate it make sure you know the location in your computer. Follow the next steps carefully.

Step 1: In your Cpanel, locate file manager and search for “public_html”. You may also see some files there, all you need to do is create a folder name BACKUP, move all the files you met there to the folder “BACKUP”.

Step 2: Now use FTP or Cpanel to upload the zip in this location public_html. After uploading, extract the files, it would be extracted to a folder ips 4.

Step 3: Open the folder now in the location “public_html/ips4”, you’ll see the files but you still have to move it to public_html or to the location of your domain in the file manager.

After following the steps listed above, you can then proceed to the Installation of the Invision community in your Cpanel hosting.

Enter your domain name on web browser, you should see a Invision Community page telling you to start installing.

MySQL Creating a Database Name: Before I forget, go to cpanel, navigate to mysql, create a database name, Then create a a username and a password.

Allow access to database by the user. List of permissions would pop up please check all of it. Click on save.

Continue Installing, at the database page follow the instructions.

Localhost leave it as it is

Enter your database username
Eg nairasoutce_admin2

Enter your Password

Enter Database name

You’ll see your domain name at the end. Cool leave like that

Click on continue
If you get an error message that means you didn’t get it right. Read carefully again

Once you are done with that, navigate

Note: IPB will check if all the server requirements are met

Test Install

Your self-hosted license allows you to have one live installation (your actual community) and one test installation. IPS allows an unlimited number of installations on “localhost” domains so you can test locally without restriction.

If you are installing on a test install, enter your license key with -TESTINSTALL on the end. If you are installing on localhost (it must be “localhost” specifically, not “” or any other alias), this will not count towards either of your installations, however, if you are installing on any other domain, it will count as your test installation.

This means that if you already have a test installation at a different URL, you will receive an error message that says “A test installation has already been activated for this license key. Your license key entitles you to one test installation only.” There are three ways to overcome this:

1. You can delete your current test installation and reinstall at the same URL. For example, if your Test URL (as shown in the client area) is “”, you can install at (meaning of course you’ll have to delete whatever is there first) and you will not get the error message.
2. You can install on a localhost installation: localhost installations do not count towards your allowed usages.
3. Test installs are a one time url, so you should use a sub domain of your live site as an example, so in the future if you need to test a new server or setup, you can adjust your DNS to point that sub domain anywhere as needed

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