Vanilla Forums–A Modern Application for Online Communities!

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Do you want to create an online forum for your hobby or business?  Vanilla Forums, an open source application for creating and managing online forums, is easy to install using Softaculous and Installatron, our two auto-installers available in your cPanel.  Vanilla Forums offers lots of great features, and it’s one of the most attractive open source forum applications around!  Plus, this application includes mobile device detection, so anyone using a smartphone to access your forum will automatically be shown a mobile-friendly version of your site.

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Some of Vanilla Forums’ features include:

Custom Appearance

With Vanilla Forums, you can easily customise the look of your online community by generating a custom favicon, uploading your logo, and changing your banner text.  Plus, you can configure the homepage to show certain items, such as recent activity, threads from various categories, or a popular discussion.  If you want to create a forum to complement your current site or blog, you can easily tweak one of Vanilla Forums’ themes to match the look of your existing website.

Authentication, Connects & SSO

Your users can connect with your forum using social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, making it easy for people to sign up to your online community.  If you want to use Vanilla Forums in conjunction with another application which requires registration, you can integrate Vanilla with your existing system, so your users can access your forum with their current login details.

Advertising Statistics

You can easily place advertisements anywhere on your forum, and you can choose to display ads only to users who aren’t logged in.  Plus, any advertising platform will work with Vanilla Forums, and it’s compatible with multiple statistics tools, including HubSpot, Performable, KISSmetrics,  StatsMix, and Google Analytics.

Reactions, Badges & Gamification

With Vanilla Forums, your members can react to content written by other uses in a variety of ways, helping to highlight the best posts on your forum, as well helping to send spam, abusive comments, and trolls to the moderation queue.  Plus, you can automatically reward members with badges for positive behaviour or achieving milestones, as well as award points to members and display their rankings in leaderboards.


Vanilla Forums comes with loads of great moderation features, including troll management tools, powerful ban filters, one-click bans, and category-based permissions designed to help you control where users can post.  Plus, with inline moderation tools, moderators can easily merge, split, close, sticky, edit, sink, and delete discussions, and your forum can police itself with the help of customised moderation automation tools.


Vanilla Forums’ admin area is full of useful features you can use to manage your online community, including flood control which helps you keep your forum free from poor quality content, and spam control designed to help you manage spammers who attempt to sign up or post on your site.  This application also gives you the ability to choose when your members can edit their own comments, whether it’s never, forever, or within a couple minutes of posting.  Plus, you can use the admin area to quickly search for and manage users and their abilities, as well as set permissions and assign roles for your users.

In addition to these features, Vanilla Forums offers lots of plugins you can use to add even more functionality to your online community, as well as tons of themes designed to help you easily change the look of your forum.  Plus, Vanilla Forums provides extensive documentation and an active community of users to help you with any questions or issues you may have along the way.

If this sounds like the right open source appliation for your online forum, you can use Softaculous, an auto-installer located in your cPanel, to install it in just a few clicks!

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