How to Add a Category to a Vanilla Forum

Vanilla is a light weight Internet forum package written in the PHP scripting language using the Garden Framework. It is also the forum software package that powers the wikiHow forums. This quick tutorial will teach you how to add a category to a vanilla forum to organise and categorize discussions.

Steps

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    Navigate to the Vanilla forum you want to add a category to using a web browser of your choice.
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    Sign in to the forum as an administrator.
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    Visit the dashboard by clicking on the link provided on the index page of your forum.
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    Click on the 'Categories' option under 'Forum Settings'.
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    Click on 'Add Category'.
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    Configure your category's settings which include it's name, description, and URL. You can also set custom permissions for the category by ticking the checkbox.
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    Save the category by clicking on the 'Save' button located on the bottom of the form.
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    Confirm that the category has been created by going to the 'Categories' section of your forum dashboard.

Tips

  • In case you are having trouble finding the link to your forum dashboard, try navigating to(yourforumurl)/dashboard replacing (yourforumurl) with your forum's URL. For example, if your forum's URL is http://myforums.com, then navigate to http://myforums.com/dashboard.
  • Setting custom permissions is not required, but it can help in moderating your forum.

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Article Info

Categories: Vanilla Forums