Friday Theme Tip: Banner Settings

One of the first steps in setting up your community will be the banner settings, which can be found under the “Appearance” menu in your Vanilla Forums Dashboard. These settings allow you to add SEO elements, such as a homepage title and description, that will appear in search engine results.

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Please note, this information only applies to the homepage. Individual posts will have the data taken from the discussion titles in your community, and the description will be taken from the content. This is just one of the ways Vanilla does the SEO for you.

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SEO and Vanilla Forums

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There is a feature that Vanilla lacks and it’s one that we get askedabout all the time. Vanilla lacks an SEO plugin. We don’t have one
because SEO is built into our platform and we don’t think you should have to pay extra for something as fundamental as good SEO. Here are
some of the ways your Vanilla Forum is optimized out of the box for SEO:
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Vanilla Forums Friday Theme Tip: Moving Sidebars

One design choice you may face with your theme is whether the sidebar should appear on the left or right side of your community. There are arguments for both camps, but we won’t debate that right now. In today’s tip, we will show you how you can change the location of your sidebar. The following applies to the Bootstrap theme, but the concepts are similar in any theme.
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4 Things to Consider Before Enabling a Plugin in Your Community Forum

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I’m notoriously cautious about adding new features to my forum. As awesome as shiny new buttons are, and as exciting as added functionality may seem, new features present one of the strongest change factors for any community. The biggest change that my community ever went through was moving to Vanilla from our old, broken software platform. It was held together with twigs and twine. Our server was operated with a hand crank. If you kicked it, animal noises came out. I was still cautious.
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How a Community Can Increase your Net Promoter Score

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Net Promoter Score by Laura Wilson

Net Promoter Score (or NPS) is one of the most useful metrics for gauging the potential for organic growth in your customer base. In this article, I’m going to go over some of the ways that a forum community can help to improve your NPS.

What is Net Promoter Score?

For the uninitiated, Net Promoter Score is a metric that can be used to determine the brand loyalty of your customers. Determining it is simple; you ask your customers “How likely is it that you would recommend our product/service to a friend or colleague?” on a scale of 1 to 10. Customers who reply with a 9+ are counted as enthusiasts, and under 6 as detractors (with scores of 7 or 8 being discarded). Simply subtract the percentage of detractors from the percentage of promoters to find your score. Any positive score is seen as good, and a score of above 50 is exceptional.
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