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Vanilla Forums Celebrates Strong 2013 Results

Vanilla Forums Celebrates Strong 2013
Last month marked the end of a tremendous 2013 fiscal year for Vanilla. Year-over-year, we doubled our headcount, more than tripled revenue and added a long list of outstanding customers including hot startups like Pebble, cutting-edge game publishers like Kixeye, and large multinationals like Shimano.

Every day, more and more companies are realizing the enormous value of building a community for their customers, employees, audience, or fans, and they are turning to Vanilla’s modern, fully-featured, cloud based community platform.

Last week, we updated vanillaforums.com to better showcase our product and the many new features that we’ve added over the past 12 months. We’d like to thank our customers for making it a great year and we want to let you know that the best is yet to come.

Vanilla Forums offers a cloud based solution that allows you to create an engaging modern community for your customers, employees, audience or fans.Try Vanilla Forums Cloud Solution free for 30-days.

Vanilla Forums: Best Forum Software Solution – CMSCritic [Vote Now]

vote for best forum softwareWe have proudly made it onto a short list of top 5 best Forum Software Solutions. It was great to be nominated, but the journey is not over. Voting has now begun for all categories including “Best Forum Software”. To vote for us head over to the CMS Critic website. Voting will last until the end of the month and every vote counts. Check out the full ballot here.

Vanilla’s Roles, Permissions, and Ranks

In this post, we provide an overview of Vanilla’s role-based permissions system as well as the Ranks feature. Roles let you control what community members can do and what they can see. For example, Roles can be used to restrict access to forum categories, or another example, can be used to limit use of a feature like uploading file attachments to a post.

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Free Akismet for all our clients

Today, we released an updated version of our Akismet addon to all our clients. It now includes a free Vanilla Forums volume license, so you no longer need to provide your own key. Your own key will continue to work if you entered one previously. If you delete it (Dashboard / Browse Addons / Akismet settings), our key will take over.

Akismet Logo Akismet is a dedicated spam-fighting server that will automatically filter all your forum content and user registration requests. We’ve found it to be an effective tool for combating many types of spam. If you’re not currently using it, go ahead and turn it on in your Dashboard under “Browse Addons.” Continue reading

Getting started with Vanilla’s Groups

As your community grows, it’s natural for it to diversify. The traditional forum structure of discussion categories can start to break down when hundreds of users need special permission changes to access private areas on an ongoing basis. That structure also doesn’t handle community events well. A popular workaround is to “Announce” an event’s discussion until it’s over, but that’s really just a hack. In creating Groups, we set out to solve the membership and event problems.

Groups is a new addon immediately available to Advanced, Enterprise, and VIP clients on vanillaforums.com. Using Groups, you can create private or public groups with their own discussions; allow anyone to join or control membership; and schedule events for your group.

A new group for Lincoln's favorite video game.

A new group for Lincoln’s favorite video game.

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