You don't have to be a web developer or programmer to install Vanilla. Vanilla has an installer which will do most of the work for you, and the rest can be done from your dashboard. Free Installations: If you are a complete novice (or are just not into DIY) check hosted service at VanillaForums.com. Installing Vanilla on your localhost: Top
Before installing, please read the Requirements and Setup information. Proper planning can ensure a worry-free installation. If you are looking for a new webhost, we have a list of Vanilla Friendly Hosts. The instructions below are generic and apply to most shared hosts. See Installation Guides for instructions for specific combinations of operating system and web servers. Top Pre-requisitesThis guide assumes you have
Vanilla requires MySQL. Many hosts offer a point & click interface to create databases and database users. For example, if your web host has cPanel you probably can see phpMyAdmin in the main menu or a the section labeled Databases. Creating a database (and a database user) is a very simple operation. Essentially you will create a blank (empty) database that the Vanilla installer will later populate with the correct tables and data. collation" drop-down box in phpmyadmin. If you select a different encoding method, you may need to manually update your ../db/local.php file. Tip: If you plan on having multiple Vanillainstallations, don't use vanilla as the database name.
2. Create a database user(with password)
3 Assign all database permissions to the database user that you created (in step 2). Congratulations. You now have a database that is ready to use, as well a a database user (and password) with the necessary permissions. Top
Download the current version of Vanilla to your local computer. You can also find Vanilla on github. The full download is roughly 2MB. Once you have downloaded, you should decompress (unzip) the Vanilla archive file to your local hard drive. Top
Next, you need to connect via FTP (or SCP, SFTP, Rsync, SSH, etc) to your web host. Once connected, find your web directory. It is often called www or public_html or httpdocs (this is different from host to host). Then, copy all the Vanilla files. If Vanilla will be sharing the space with other applications, it is a good idea to put it in a subdirectory (ex.: http://www.yourdomain.com/vanilla/). Otherwise, you can put it directly in the web directory, and thus, Vanilla will be accessible when you visit http://www.yourdomain.com Top
Open your browser and go to your new website address (such as http://www.yourdomain.com/vanilla/. The installation screen will appear. Add image here Top
Just follow the easy steps in the installer.
If you must use Vanilla with a database socket connection, use this syntax for the database host: Top
Sign in using the Sign In button in the right-hand column, also known as the panel.
Congratulations and welcome to your shiny new Vanilla Forum! Take some time to familiarize yourself with the Dashboard and the many features Vanilla has to offer. Enable "Pretty" URLs
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