Getting Started With Vanilla Forums, Best Practices, Common Approaches, etc
Hi all, just installed Vanilla and spending some time configuring and getting used to the options, features etc, but am obviously naive to the best practices and common approaches taken when setting up the forum for the first time.
A few things I'm wondering are:
1) Best approach when it comes to themes - apply a theme similar to the existing site and tweak that, or just edit and build off the default theme? Obviously we want the forums to follow the same theme as the existing site, and re-use the CSS where possible, so makes sense to me to start from scratch and edit the default theme, but is there too much involved in that? What is the common approach here?
2) The main Vanilla website mentions the "Gamification & Reputation Engine" - i couldn't see that gamification is installed by default, so have installed the "Yet Another Gamification Application" (YAGA) application, but as that's a 3rd party plugin I'm wondering if there is an official one? Or is that what they are referring to by "Gamification & Reputation Engine"?
3) Plugins - do most people just write their own plugins, or use 3rd party plugins?