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Forum Setup for Designers: Putting Vanilla to the Test : Comments

By Jessica Neuman Beck

August 20, 2007



August 21, 2007 6:11 AM

Excellent article! I was an early adopter to Vanilla after running a phpBB board for years and haven’t looked back sense. Thanks for spreading the word about a great piece of software.



August 21, 2007 1:49 PM

Erm… you use JavaScript for rollovers? Are you mad?


August 21, 2007 7:50 PM

vanilla is great – it’s themes, extensions, add-ons, etc are horrible. i’ve never had any luck with any – they’re almost all buggy. everyone i’ve spoken too has felt similarly too.


August 22, 2007 8:15 AM

That is the most over-complicated set of installation instructions i’ve ever read. erm… thanks.

Carolyn Wood

August 22, 2007 10:37 AM

Mitch – they may be over-complicated for you because you already know how to do many of the steps in the instructions. For some of us, though, this is exactly the amount of detail that we need.
Michael – aw, c’mon, she was merely indicating the limited amount of knowledge of JavaScript or PHP that many designers have, not giving us her opinion on the best way to do rollovers.
Paul – thanks for those comments…maybe the developers of Vanilla will pay attention and do some fixin’. One can always hope. :)


August 26, 2007 4:45 AM

Bookmarked this page ;)

Digital Web remains most web design focused compared to other sites of this kind.


August 29, 2007 2:18 PM

We’ve been using Vanilla for well over a year at and have no complaints. A great and unique application.


August 29, 2007 4:34 PM

Vanilla is ok if you don’t want any fancy features or a good looking forum. The skins and mods available are poorly coded and supported. It has some nice concepts but falls short of the mark… mytopix is a much nicer looking forum and has all the basic features you’d want in a slimline forum without being too slimline like vanilla.


October 11, 2007 11:08 PM

Thanks! Vanilla is exactly what I’m looking for. Their flash tutorials seemed to be down and I was about to give up on installing it until I came across your site. The only thing the article missed was changing the mySQL database permissions as well.

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