Category Archives: Help

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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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.


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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