How to Install Vanilla Forum via Softaculous in cPanel?

Vanilla Forums are open-source, standards-compliant, customizable discussion forums. 

It is specially made to help small communities grow larger through SEO mojo, totally customizable social tools, and great user experience. Vanilla is also built with integration at the forefront, so it can seamlessly integrate with your existing website, blog, or custom-built application.

1.
Log into your cPanel account.

2. In the "Software and Services" section, click on "Softaculous" Icon.Softaculous Icon
3. cPanel will redirect you to the Softaculous Panel.

4. On the left side of your screen you should locate the "Forums" category. Click on it and then click on the "Vanilla" link that will appear.
Vanilla Forum


5. Click on the "Install" button.
Vanilla Install


6. Fill the necessary field under the "Software Setup" field:
  • Choose Domain: If you don't have multiple domains, leave this as it is.
  • In Directory: If you want to install this in a directory, for example example.com/forum, enter the directory name. Otherwise, leave this blank to install in your main domain example.com
  • Database Name: You can leave this as it is.


7. Enter the following details under the "Board Settings" field:

  • Site Name: Name of your Forum like "Your Domain Name - Gaming Forum"
Vanilla Installation


8. Under the "Admin Account" field enter the following information:
  • Admin Username: Your new Vanilla username (for security reason do not use the "Administrator" or the "Admin" username.)
  • Admin Password: Use a strong password.
  • Admin Email: Your e-mail address. (Useful for administrator account password reset, notification, etc)
Vanilla Installation Screen
Note: Copy the admin username and password on a notepad because you will need these login details to access the admin area of your Vanilla Forum.


Finally, scroll down to the end of page and click on the Install Button.
Vanilla Installed

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