We are proud to announce to all our fans & customers that, for the second year in a row, Vanilla Forums has won the People’s Choice Award for Best Forum Software 2014 in the CMS Critics Awards. This year there were two categories, and we won for best free forum software and best commercial forum software.
Reflections One Year After PopSci Closed Comments
It has been more than a year since Popular Science shut down their comments. For those not aware, the main argument was noted here:
As the news arm of a 141-year-old science and technology magazine, we are as committed to fostering lively, intellectual debate as we are to spreading the word of science far and wide. The problem is when trolls and spambots overwhelm the former, diminishing our ability to do the latter.
Online Director Suzanne LaBarre added that “Even a fractious minority wields enough power to skew a reader’s perception of a story.” It was then suggested users could reach out in other ways:
There are plenty of other ways to talk back to us, and to each other: through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, livechats, email, and more.
Moving the comments off their platform, to be splintered and scattered to the wind, seems like a real shame.
PopSci is Not Alone.
This is not to pick on PopSci. There are examples of other companies closing discussion and pushing users off their platform. Continue reading →
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.
There is a feature that Vanilla lacks and it’s one that we get asked about 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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