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[Product] How To Embed A Forum On Your Website

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November 13, 2013

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One of the cool features about Vanilla Forums is the ease to which you can embed a Vanilla Forum. The following is a guide on how to embed your Vanilla Forum on any website.

Choosing The Right Theme

Before you start, you will want to make sure you are using a friendly embed theme. Vanilla Forums includes an embed theme for free, which you will want to enable first.  You can find the theme under appearance. It is called "Embed-Friendly".

Enable Embedding for Your Forum

Now that you have the Embed theme ready, the next step is to make your forum embeddable. To allow your forum to be embedded, go to the Forum menu section of your Vanilla Forums dashboard and look for "Embed Forum". Click the  "Enable Embedding" button as shown in the following graphic.


Your site is now ready to be embedded on your site; you will also have some options that you may wish to review first. Let's cover these options for Forum Embed.

Options for Forum Embed

Once you have enabled embedding, you will be presented with three tabs.

Embed Options

  • WordPress Plugin: Vanilla Forums has a plugin which makes it easy to add a forum to your blog. You can integrate your forums commenting system, but you can also embed a forum onto any page of your WordPress blog. Get the plugin here.
  • Universal Code: This is the Javascript you can add to any website or page to have your Vanilla Forum embedded.
  • Advance Settings: This allows you to white-list only the domains that are allowed to embed elements of your community.
Tips With Forum Embed

If you have issues with embedding your forum, make sure that the page in which you embed is free of JavaScript errors. Usually we find when there are issues, this is the root cause. If you are looking to add SSO to your embedded forum, check out: Embedded SSO with jsConnect.

That's it. Happy embedding. If you get stuck with embedding your hosted Vanilla Forum, get help in our support community.

Vanilla Forums offers a cloud based solution to create an awesome custom community for your customers, clients, fans, and enthusiasts. You can also embed it on any website/page of your choice. Try Vanilla Forums Cloud Solution for free for 30-days.


Adrian Speyer

Written by Adrian Speyer

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


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