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Review, News, Live Demonstration, Screenshots Gallery and Users Opinion about the Vanilla Forum Software are available below.

Vanilla Forums 2.0.16 reviewed

After FluxBB, it's time for Vanilla Forums to be updated again. It was highly time to do it, as Vanilla Live Demonstration has been migrated from Vanilla 1 to Vanilla 2.

We were really impressed by the changes that have been done in Vanilla 2, and just to tease a bit, Vanilla score has been increased from 7/10 to 9/10. Check out the Vanilla Forums Review to discover why!

Vanilla Forums Review

Vanilla is a really simplistic forum software based on queues of messages. New discussions appear on top, and stay there if they are popular, or can be manually sunk in the stack if its author wants to. This kind of forum software is usually always simple to use and understand: no sub-categories, no big bordered layout... only the content counts.

Vanilla Forums is used by more than 414,000 communities today, including the VanillaForums.com hosting.

Vanilla can be installed in two clicks (a bit more, but we are really optimistic), and, most of the time, the only important settings you have to define are the database login/password, and your own administrator account. If this still looks too complicated or you are too lazy, you can leave your forum in the cloud by asking to the dot com version of Vanilla Forums to get a free hosted forum.

Plugins are also very surprising: most of the important ones are bundled with the default Vanilla archive, and can be enabled in one click. Furthermore, this is not just simple useless plugins but must-have ones, like OpenId, smileys, Facebook Integration,...

Let's details everything in this review.

Review Updates:

  • January 7, 2011: Big update of the review with Vanilla 2.0.16.
  • April 24, 2009: First Review of Vanilla 1.

Vanilla User Reviews

Best Existing Forum Software
68% (114 votes)
Powerful and Smart
10% (17 votes)
Good for Everyday Tasks
2% (4 votes)
Interesting for Small Community
4% (7 votes)
Bad and Limited Features
11% (19 votes)
Unusable and Inefficient
4% (7 votes)
Total votes: 168
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