Just before you start using your forum, you need to settle these last settings:

Users Registration
VANILLA BACKOFFICE > USERS > REGISTRATION

You need to define how users are going to register in your forum:

  • Basic

    New users fill out a simple form and are granted access immediately.

    If you want to create a open forum, where any user can create discussions and post comments, then this is the right choice.
    You must get an reCAPTCHA API key from https://www.google.com/recaptcha/admin/create).

  • Approval

    New users are reviewed and approved by an administrator (that's you!).

    If you want to control which users are allowed to create discussions and post comments

  • Invitation

    Existing members send invitations to new members.

    If you want to create a strict private forum where only existing members send invitations to new members.

  • Connect

    New users are only registered through SSO plugins.

    If you want users to only login through an external aplication, like Facebook, Twitter or another system, this is the right choice. All register process will be made externaly and this will only allows the login through those services.

  • Envato

    New users needs an Envato Item Purchase Code.

    If you wish a forum that only allows people who have bought your Envato product, then this is the right choice.
    You will need to set your Envato Username and your Envato API Key.

Social Login
VANILLA BACKOFFICE > FORUM > SOCIAL

If you want your users to be abble to login using Facebook or Twitter:

You need to Enable the social connection you want to configure, and then click on the settings buttons and follow instructions.
For more information please see the How to Integrate Twitter and Facebook to Vanilla Forums post.

Categories
VANILLA BACKOFFICE > FORUM > CATEGORIES

You need create the categories structure so that your forum discussions stay organized and users can find what they are looking for faster:

  1. click the Add Category button
  2. fill up the Category name
  3. add a Description
  4. click Save
  5. after you create the necessary categories, you can organize them by drag & drop the items
Advanced
VANILLA BACKOFFICE > FORUM > ADVANCED

Set this general forum configuration to your like:

  • Discussions per Page

    default: 30

    This configures how many discussions per page will appear on the discussions list page. A pagination will be automatically added if the number of discussions is greater than the defined.

  • Comments per Page

    default: 30

    This configures how many comments will appear on the discussions item page. A pagination will be automatically added if the number of comments is greater than the defined.

  • Discussion & Comment Editing

    default: Authors may edit for 1 hour

    This defines how much time does a user have to edit a specific discussion or a comment that he inserted. After that time, the discussion or comment will be considered valid and fixed.

  • Archive Discussions

    default: (empty)

    If you have a forum with a lot old of discssions and they aren't relevant no more, you can define a date in which those discussions will be closed. Despite being closed, they are shown to the users, but users can't insert any comments no more.

  • Exclude archived discussions from the discussions list

    default: UNCHECKED

    This option hides the archived discussion mention above. So discussions are closed and also hidden to the users.

  • Enable admin checkboxes on discussions and comments.

    default: CHECKED

    If checked, it will show checkboxes on the discussions and comments, that allows the admin to select multiple items and make some action to it, like delete, move, merge, etc.