Vanilla – also known as Vanilla Forums – is an open-source online community framework that allows webmasters to set up online forums easily. The platform features a staggering number of features and even more add-ons for extra functionalities.
Unlike other online forum scripts, Vanilla is designed to be light and fluid. The front-end interface is highly customizable; this is part of the reasons why large communities that use Vanilla such as Car Talk and Penny Arcade have a very unique user interface.
Although the community and conversational aspects of online forums are important, the developers behind Vanilla realizes how important it is to add extra features that makes connecting with other online members fun and entertaining. Support for mobile phones and interesting add-ons offering games are among the many great things you can expect when you choose to use Vanilla as the foundation of your online community.
Managing the online forum is just as easy. Vanilla’s admin control panel is designed to display all the information you need while granting you access to important menus and functions through a very simple menu. You can even track the growth of your online forum or monitor other aspects of it using Vanilla’s reporting tools.