IPS, by default, uses square avatars and the Character Mod matches this system but there is a way to get taller avatars, you can actually even use this method to get larger avatars for your standard site avatars.
Centered custom fields, while default for IPS, normally look a little messy when you have more than one or two things listed, this is a simple guide on how to make some minor changes to make a big difference, feel free to adjust as you like.
This guide offers two options to installing and running recent posts on your forum. It also uses the recent posts from the portal so portal settings will dictate how this will work but I have updated this to include thread prefixes and username/group display to properly show.
A lot of boards like to use census totals for characters of specific sex, group (like factions, clans and so on), posts in specific boards and so on so forth. Here I will explain a base script to allow such counting and a few tips on pointers on where to go to further your abilities with what I have given you here. I will also do my best to explain what I have done while keeping it simplified and avoiding an overly defined/long guide.
MyBB has the current time setting, which can have a default enabled though if a user has a time zone selected the time will then update to their time. A lot of boards run big events or other things by a specific timezone/set time for the board. Here I will show you how to insert your own!