I can't reply to your last post because the thread has been closed.
If the thread doesn't represent reality, then that should be the heading. All who search for backup instructions will currently be brought there first.
I was searching for instruction on how to do a backup. The thread included advice and dire warnings about following such advice. Proper instructions could not be found anywhere else.
It says a lot about vanilla when a basic and essential process like backing up and re-installing can be so seriously screwed up.
I've spent the last week trying to get Vanilla to function. Each time I go to documentation or forums for advice, I am givens solutions that seem to create more problems.
A smarter business person would have quit a long time ago. That is why developers of such "open source" solutions fail to see the real problems. The smart people who value their time will not waste it on software that seems to be broken right of the start.
My aim with this was to make my theme, and annotate what CSS changes needed to be made, so that relative newbies like myself could get down to making their own themes more quickly. I'm making no claims to originality (or design ability!). All the CSS is stuff other people did. I started with the Clean theme, by Steve Lantinga, then made modifications, using CSS from Vanilla css and code others had made available.