I stumbled upon Vanilla after searching for a, well, a very simple "vanilla" PHP forum implementation. This software, from what I've been able to find from community posts is *EXACTLY* what I need and want to use for my venture startup as a forum code base.
But the documentation for it is not just poor, but either ridiculously non-existent, OR COMPLETELY WRONG. Bugs I can deal with, but for both 1.1.10 and v2 beta installation the documentation is all over the place or STATES THINGS THAT ARE SIMPLY NOT TRUE. I could just move on and look for another forum code base from which to work, but I really want to use Vanilla and would like a response here.
There is no easily visible reference or installation notes for:
1. Platform requirements (Windows? Linux? Apache? IIS?)
2. PHP extensions needed for proper functioning (Didn't even know what "PHP_PDO" or "PHP_PDO_MYSQL" was until I generated errors installing and searched the community here.
3. Common installation errors and how to fix them. I've found solutions to the various on-screen errors by searching the community here for the exact error. How come these are compiled into a simple stickied post for all to see?
The installation instructions found at "http://vanillaforums.org/page/InstallationInstructions
" state a simplicity to installation that is, at best, misleading.
"300,000 businesses, brands, and fans". Ok. But extremely hard to believe.