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Social Connect: Social Reactions and SSO with Google+

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October 1, 2014

We have recently released a new connector for Google+, so your users can sign-in with Google+ and share their content easily on the social network.

Here is how to set it up:

1. Click "Social" in the "Forum" menu of your Vanilla Forums Dashboard


2. Enable Google+ by clicking "Disabled"


3. Click the gear icon to fill in settings


4. You will be presented with the following screen:


To get the information needed to fill in client and secret, you need to go to Google's API Console and accept their terms and conditions. Once in the console, follow these steps to get the proper credentials to make Google+ Social Connect function properly:

1. Once in your API Console, create a project.


2. Give it whatever name you want. Google, by default, will suggest one if you do not create one.


3. Once you have a project, click on the project name. You will be presented with a side menu. Select "Credentials". Next, click  "create a new client ID".


4. Fill in the form according to the following instructions: You are creating a  "Web Application", so make sure you choose that application type. For Authorized Javascript Origins, the URL will be your Vanilla Forums URL. In Authorized Redirect URI, add "/entry/googleplus" to your Vanilla Forums URL. It should look like the following:


5. Copy over Client ID and Secret into appropriate fields in Vanilla Dashboard.


6. One thing to note, if this is your first time using a Google API, you will also need to fill in the consent screen:

If you prefer, you can also watch this video tutorial


Now users can sign in with Google+ and share content with their Google+ Circles. Happy sharing!

Please note as of April 20th 2015, you will need to use Google+ Sign In, as Google has deprecated the old Google Account Open ID connector

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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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