Feature List

GeneralVanilla Details
Version 2.6
Release Date 14/05/2018
Author Vanilla Forums Inc
URL vanillaforums.com
Free and Open Source Yes
License GPL
License cost 0
Programming Language PHP
UTF-8 Support Yes
Type Flat
Installation method wizard
Upgrade method manual
Data StorageVanilla Details
Postgres No
Oracle No
SQLite No
Textfiles No
other No
Hosting available Yes
PostsVanilla Details
BBCode Plugin
Emoticons Plugin
Formatting Toolbar Plugin
WYSIWYG Editor Plugin
Quoting Single
Syntax Highlighting Plugin
Attachments Multiple files
ForumsVanilla Details
Categories Yes
Subforums unlimited
Last Post Yes
Redirect Forums Yes
Trashcan Forum Yes
Anti-Spam and SecurityVanilla Details
Groups Multiple groups
Flood Control Yes
ACLs Yes
Blacklist Yes
Warnings Plugin
Suspension Yes
Bans Yes
IP-Block Yes
Audit Logging Yes
User Reports Plugin
Other Community Curation & SPAM removal
NotificationVanilla Details
E-Mail Yes
Instant Messaging  
Bookmarks Yes
CommunityVanilla Details
Avatars Yes
User Ranks Yes
Rating/Karma System Yes
Signatures Plugin
Users Online List Plugin
Private Messaging Yes
Custom profile fields Plugin
ModerationVanilla Details
Moderators global, forums and threads
Move Threads Yes
Split Threads Plugin
Close Threads Yes
Shadow Topics No
Sticky Threads Yes
Important Threads Yes
SearchVanilla Details
Full-text search Yes
Author search Yes
Advanced search Yes
Unread Topics Database tracked
CustomizationVanilla Details
Languages 23+: English, Chinese, French, German, Spanish...
Templates global and forum specific
Custom BBCodes Plugin
Skin-Editor Plugin
Smiley Packs Plugin
Plugins Yes
Special FeaturesVanilla Details
Statistics Yes
Polls Plugin
Calendar Plugin
Friendly URLs Yes
Data ManagementVanilla Details
Pruning Yes
Archiving Yes
Export Formats Proprietary or MySQLDump
Export private messages Yes
Lo-Fi View Yes


We believe that online communities should be unique, intuitive and engaging. Vanilla allows you to create a customized community that rewards positive participation, automatically curates content and lets members drive moderation.

VanillaForums.com is the hosting service for businesses of any size, where Vanilla can handle communities of MASSIVE scale will hundreds of millions of pageviews per month. VanillaForums.org is where you can contribute to the open source version of the product, where it has been used by over 500,000 sites.

Built for increased engagement, flexibility, and easy integration: Vanilla is the best, most powerful community solution in the world.

More info may be available in the Docs-Wiki


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