Plugin Reviews

Vanilla Forums

Integrates Vanilla Forums with WordPress: embedded blog comments, embedded forum, single sign on, and WordPress widgets.

11 reviews
Average Rating
2.8 out of 5 stars
Nothing to pay for
By , for WP 4.3.1

This plugin allows you to have people register on your blog and takes that same information to register them also on your vanilla forums. It's automatic for them.

I am using the free open source version of vanilla forums and this set up with some reading and common sense. Nobody has tried to sell me anything and the plugin works as intended with the open source version of Vanilla.

You will also need the JSConnect plugin from Vanilla forums Plugin page for single sign on. Setting this up is pretty self explanatory.

A great plugin.

Works, But not with permalinks
By , for WP 4.3

Ok so i have everything set up perfectly but still have one MAJOR issue, Permalinks. If i don't have my permalinks set to default the forums displays a 404 not found. I don't want to use default permalinks so i guess im not using vanilla forums sadly until this is fixed.

Avoid downloading
By , for WP 4.2.2

Not worth the hassle, plus its a paid service and dosnt integrate in all themes, BB press is a lot better in my opinion

Not a stand alone plugin
By ,

It needs to be more clear that this plugin is simply an integration add on if you already are paying for a vanilla forums subscription. There is no way to set this up as a stand alone tool on your site.

Great plugin. Needs better documentation.
By , for WP 4.1

Once you've worked out how this plugin works, and what its dependencies are, it works a treat. Contrary to some comments on here, you don't need to sign up for a paid hosted forum. You can, but you can also use this with the free open source GPL, self hosted Vanilla forum software that you can download from vanillaforums.org.

In addition to installing this plugin in wordpress, you will also need to install a plugin for vanilla forum called jsconnect. This plugin will not work if your vanilla forum does not have that installed. I also installed a plugin called 'jsconnect auto', which automatically logs a user into the forum if jsconnect detects they are logged in to wordpress. This makes for a smoother user experience if you have a 1-to-1 SSO setup. If you want your forum to support SSO from multiple sources, you may not want that.

Next, you might get an error in your wordpress config, under Vanilla forum -> Setup, which says

Couldn't find a Vanilla Forum at this url :/
. If all you want is the SSO, ignore this and try setting up the Vanilla forum -> Single Sign-on page. This worked for me even though I still get the above error. I didn't bother with the embed forum feature or the comment integration. One of the three widgets doesn't seem to work. Maybe this is related to the Couldn't find error.

Its not free plugin?
By ,

I'm not understand when i check your site. it's not free plugin? and i can't install in my site/my hosted. :(

Broken, borked, stuffed.
By , for WP 3.9.2

Been a sysadmin/hacker for a loooooooong time - I have fixed and got a lot of stuff to work .... but NOT this one ... giving up, throwing in the towel and moving on.

Great forum but a little complicated
By , for WP 3.6

This is one of the best forums that I ever see and works great on wordpress.

My only complaint is that the forum is a little complicated.

It's works great
By , for WP 3.5.2

Before you think plugin is broken, make sure the issue isn't your host. If you are getting "Couldn't find a Vanilla Forum at this url :/", it has to do with your server and access to curl. This post at the Vanilla Forum explains it best:

Happy commenting

Don't download
By , for WP 3.5.1

This is a subscription service. Do not download unless you plan to sign up and pay monthly for it!

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