Forum or community page is one of the best ways to communicate, collaborate customers and companies each other. Engaging your customers with a community will help them to reach success goals. A customer community becomes a strategic asset when embraced by the entire organization.
Now we have introduced the light-weight forum web application for you. If you have an idea to build a community forum for your website. Wait a moment, you should check this helphin guide and after you decide to build.
What is Vanilla
The vanilla is a lightweight internet forum package written in the PHP language. This application is released under the GNU GPL license. The vanilla forum is designed to bring forums back to their roots, providing core functionality with more features available as plugins.
Vanilla has both downloadable open source package and cloud-based business forum solutions. But if you choose for Self-hosted open source vanilla application, Vanilla is not supported for any issues.
Vanilla and the features
Vanilla has a lot of features with Advanced Editor, notification system, Real time preview and edits, Most powerful search, Smart history and Large group management. Also, have private messeging options for members.
This forum application used by Oculus, Marvel, Bulb, Battlefront, Yahoo developer network and more famous companies.
This PHP application is suitable for your community website. Now we are going to learn to install Vanilla forum for your GoDaddy Linux hosting server.
How to install Vanilla Forum on your Linux hosting server?
- Go to Vanilla Forum official site. Download the copy of the vanilla open source. Click here to download directly.
- You can redirect to another download page. Now put your name and mail ID, after click Download Now button.
- Now go to your download folder on your computer. Extract the vanilla zip file.
- Log in your GoDaddy web hosting account. Click Manage button on Web Hosting tab.
- Again click Manage button on this page.
- Find the MySQL Databases link in Databases field and Click that link.
- First, we are going to create database details. So on this page, create your vanilla forum’s Database name and click Create Database button.
- Now we are going to create username and password for that database. So choose your username and password (type twice). Finally, click Create User button.
- Set the username for the database to give full administrative privileges. So choose database name and username from the drop down list. Click Add button.
- Make sure the username and database name in the top of the page. Now click ALL PRIVILEGES check box at the top, and click Make Changes button in the bottom. If you receive the successful message, then all are done.
- Open your FileZilla FTP application. Login your hosting server username with password. Navigate the download folder in the local system for Vanilla extracted package. Choose your installation directory.
If you want to install the vanilla forum on the main directory, upload your vanilla application into public_html directory. Otherwise, upload to the sub-directory in the server under public_html.
Here we are going to install vanilla into the sub-directory called ‘demo’.
Web Configuration and Installation
- Open your browser, enter your domain name. The first step is database and administrator role configuration page. Here you can set your database name, database username, password, forum name, administrator email ID, administrator username, and password. When you are all set, click Continue button in the bottom of the page.
- You can able to view your dashboard. Hereafter you can manage, site settings, user roles, and other things.
- In Banner option, you can manage your site name, site description, banner logo, and favicon.
- You can also choose the design layout for the users.
- You have a choice to change your theme in themes option.
- The administrator can able to manage the users, registration, authentication and set the permissions in the user’s options.
- This is your homepage of your vanilla forum site.
The vanilla forum has featured larger user management, so don’t afraid of user registration. We hope this helphin guide will help you to learn how to install Vanilla on Linux hosting server.