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Help Setting Up Vanilla

edited December 2010 in Vanilla 2.0 - 2.8
I tried Joomla and within that the Kunena forum. Both were installed by an organization I paid to do so called JoomGeeks. You can see the results by registering at

The administrator control panel has options that neither I nor JoomlaGeeks can get to work. One of them is its claimed ability to let registered users delete their own posts. I would want this feature if it exists anywhere.

I didn't have to know anything about scripts or databases. It was done in cooperation of some kind with my hosting service

Can Vanilla be implemented and controlled by somebody who only knows html?

Is there a paid service that will install and configure Vanilla for me?

Thank you for your help.

Jim Adrian


  • @jamesadrian few answers/suggestions to your post

    vanilla services -

    vanilla installment - anyone can install vanilla the vanilla team has some well written docs to help users install vanilla on their own.

    Full Documentation -
    Instantiation Doc -
    Configuration Doc -

    NOTICE! This is a community-contributed addon it has not yet been tested or code-reviewed by vanilla. Use at your own risk. Vanilla can not be held responsible for any issues arising from using an untested or un-reviewed addon.

    User Delete own Post -
    You could possibly use this plugin to set it where users can delete their own post.

    Just remember if you use any other services outside of vanilla developers themselves follow the below advice/tips.

    Security Tips when using out of house services
    • Never give them your original password.*
    • Keep a close eye on your files before/during/after the job is done,
    • Review the company/service provider before granting access.
    • Inform your host provider that someone other then yourself will be connecting.
    • Create a Full Backup of your site / as well back ups for any and/or all databases.
    • Download Backups to your hard drive (your computer).
    • Inform the person(s)/Company you hire, that you will be making a 50/50 payment system (Half at the start and the final half when job is complete).**
    • Keep Records of everything even when the job is done.***
    (*) When giving access to your webhosting control panel (yourdomain.ext/cpanel</em) you should change the password from your original to something else for them to use this way your original password is only known to you and you can change it back to that at a later date.

    (**) You do this to insure they complete the job before they get full payment so that you limit how much a refund claim you have to deal with such as Credit Card companies change a % fee on charge backs (some anyways), as well Paypal doesn't have to refund "Virtual Goods" if you have no standing agreement. This is why you make an agreement before allowing the job to start.

    (***) One main reason this is a great Idea is so that you always have records of everything that you gave them permission to do, and what not to do, as well so that your always well informed with proof of everything on your end, should you have to take legal actions for any and all reasons you have more documentation to take in to support your case should you ever need to take such actions.

    Just remember these are just suggestions from a user, I'm not affiliated or sponsored by vanilla or any other entitlement under the Vanilla
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