Category Archives: Help

Make Your Forum Spam Catching More Effective


Vanilla Forums has a couple of solutions for combatting spam including: Akismet, Recaptcha, and StopForumSpam (recently covered in this anti-spam video.) Both Recaptcha and Akismet work out of the box when enabled. No further action is required from you. StopForumSpam also works out of the box, but there are also some settings you can modify to make it even more effective.
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Friday Theme Tip: Customizing Categories

We know you spend time making sure you create the proper categories for your community, but did you know you can customize things further? In the following article, we will show you two ways to make your categories have some personality.

Adding Category Images

To make your categories stand out, you can add an image to add a visual cue to the category name. You can do this at the time you create the category, or come back later to add one. Continue reading

Friday Theme Tip: If Statements and Variables

A Vanilla Forums theme is highly flexible. One way you can take advantage of this can be by using if statements and variables. In the past we covered how this can be used with pockets, but we’d like to dig a bit deeper. Please note, what will follow is very powerful and you should not attempt this unless you are comfortable with editing code. Improper use can cause your forum to have issues, so please tread carefully.
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