Vanilla Forums is a cloud-based community forum software based on queues of messages. It provides a modern community platform to organizations who want to improve customer service, increase advocacy, strengthen brand loyalty or just encourage discussion between their community. It provides features like Moderation, Spam Filtration, Custom Themes, Permission Management and more.
Vanilla comes with a multitude of features to help you build a community that meets your unique needs. Vanilla is built like no other forum platform, and every design choice has a philosophical reason to support it. It allows you to customize the URL, upload a favicon, add your own CSS and much more. Community managers can set user-defined stages and statuses. Members can comment on ideas and sort or filter the ideas list. Vanilla supports multiple SSO protocols to make member login easy. View stats, manage users and configure your account. Vanilla's plugin system makes it easy to turn on the features that make sense for you.
While we believe many kinds of companies can benefit from creating a forum, here are a few example industries where this kind of deep customer engagement is particularly helpful:Gaming - for player info sharing, hints, supportForum Building Software NodeBB
Forums (bulletin boards) are not “chat rooms” where people exchange typed messages in real-time, but a discussion board on any particular topic of interest where people can follow the discussion and type in their own feedbackForum Building Software
Both, the hosted plans and the one time install provide the same set of features. The key difference between the two is that there is no support provided by Discourse for the one time install while the hosted plans come with support.Forum Building Software Discourse