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25 Reasons Why Your Users Will Love Using Vanilla Forums

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August 23, 2013

An online community, no matter what you’re trying to achieve, will only be successful if the community members have a good user experience. A great user experience comes from lots of little things that make your community intuitive and easy to use. Over the next couple of days we will be sharing the 25 reasons, shared by customers, why their users love a community built on Vanilla’s cloud platform. In no particular order here are the favourite features:

List of 25 Features

1- Reactions & Badges: Users can share how they feel about posts and get badges.
2- Last Read Comment: Continue reading from where you left off.
3- Mark All Viewed: Mark all conversations as viewed  to start fresh.
4- Mark As Read: Automatically mark read any thread.
5- Quick Reply: Users can reply easily at the bottom of the discussion.
6- Immediate Comments: Your comments appear immediately, no redirects.
7- Mentions: Mention another member by putting @ before their username.
8- Automatic Embeds: Social Media content automatically embedded, just post the url.
9- Best of:  Most popular content of your forum update regularly helps discovery.
10-Vanillicons: Vanillicons are avatars that are unique to your name or email address.
11-Profile Page Thumbnail: Choose which area show in your profile picture thumbnail.
12-Private Conversations:A fresh take on private message systems.
13-Notifications: Cool pop-up notifications make it easy to see what’s going on.
14-Auto Time Zone: When a user signs in, post times are adjusted to local time.
15-Auto Image Resize: We resize an image to fit, automatically.
16-RSS Feeds: Subscribe to your forum feeds via RSS.
17-Recent Discussions: The most recent discussions right from the sidebar.
18- Search Auto Complete: User queries are searched as they type.
19- Discussion Profile Photo: Adds a profile photo to discussion view.
20- Dismiss Messages: Users can dismiss messages and announcements.
21- Native Mobile: forums look great on a mobile device without a mobile app.
22- Drafts: An auto-save feature that keeps a draft of your comment until you publish.
23- Polls: Create polls to measure community opinions on any topic.
24- Profile Pages: Every user gets a beautiful profile page
25- Spoiler Tag: Hide text from users until they click the link.

If you want to try these features, sign up for a 30-day free trial to see them in action for yourself.


Adrian Speyer

Written by Adrian Speyer

Adrian Speyer is the Head of Community and Lead Evangelist for Vanilla Forums. Besides spending many years in digital marketing, Adrian has been building communities of all sizes for over 20 years.


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