Vanilla 2.6 is here
! It includes security fixes and requires PHP 7.0. We have therefore ALSO released Vanilla 2.5.2
with security patches if you are still on PHP 5.6 to give you additional time to upgrade.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions by newcomers to Vanilla.
since I personally couldn't move the FAQ to the tutorials category. It may help you.
I may not provide the completed solution you might desire, but I do try to provide honest suggestions to help you solve your issue.