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    What are the best Vanilla alternatives?

    Vanilla is described as 'provides a standards-compliant, multi-lingual, theme-able and pluggablecommunity forum software that powers discussion forums on 800,000 sites' and is an app in the social & communications category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Vanilla for a variety of platforms, including Self-Hosted solutions, Online / Web-based, Linux, Mac and Windows. The best alternative is Discourse. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Flarum or phpBB. Other great apps like Vanilla are Simple Machines Forum, MyBB, Flatboard and NodeBB.

    Vanilla is mainly a Social Network but alternatives to it may also be Customer Feedback Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Vanilla.
    This page was last updated Feb 24, 2022
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    1. Discourse is an open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. A modern forum, everything's been redesigned to be easy.
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      Provides a similar modern look to Vanilla that is missing in other legacy forums. But a warning, it runs on Ruby on Rails instead of PHP.
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    2. Flarum is free, open-source forum software with a focus on simplicity. You can use Flarum to easily set up a discussion forum for your website. Flarum is developed openly on GitHub.


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      Since its creation in 2000, phpBB™ has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB™ 3.2 “Rhea” has an easy to use administration panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows you to have a forum set up in minutes.
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      Vanilla is similar to yammer , but phpBB is to forums like mybb. Thank you. PS. This website is very cool because the users can find different options. Congratulations!
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      Simple Machines Forum — SMF in short — is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes.
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      MyBB is the free and open source, intuitive, extensible, and incredibly powerful forum software you've been looking for.


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      A Simple, Lightweight, Modern and Fast flat-file forum system written in PHP and Json.
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      A community forum allows you to engage and retain customers, keeping them interested and up-to-date with your latest product or service.
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      FluxBB is a fast, light, user-friendly forum application for your website. FluxBB was designed as a lighter, faster alternative to some of the traditional feature heavy forum applications.

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    3. Get Satisfaction is a community platform that helps companies create engaging customer experiences by fostering online conversations about their products and services at every stage of the lifecycle.
    4. Invision Community (previously known as IPB, IPS, Invision Power Suite, IP.Board or IP Board) is an Internet forum software produced by Invision Power Services, Inc.
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