Within a Vanilla Forum powered community, there are a two ways to differentiate members: Roles and Ranks.
Roles are typically used to group people based on their permissions and the role they play in the community. Common Roles include: members, moderators, staff members and administrators. You can create different Roles to fit your needs and modify the permissions given to each Role.
Another way to differentiate users is with Ranks. Ranks are usually used to denote seniority or status to the rest of the community. Rank levels can be assigned or can be earned by acquiring reputation points.
If you have ever done online banking, or logged into a site that started with an https prefix, you were on a site that was using SSL. Vanilla Forums can support your SSL needs too, and this post contains answers to the most common questions we get.
Before you start your community or even choose a vendor, the most important question you need to answer about your community is the objective you seek to fill with your community. In other words: What is the goal of your community? I subscribe to the Feverbee approach of the three types of ROI (return on investment), which breaks down as below: Continue reading →