As the name suggests, this form contains all the important global application settings for your vanilla forum. It can be found under the ‘Settings’ tab then under the “Application Settings” in the list of side-bar options. This option is limited and visible to administrative users who have the access necessary to make changes to how Vanilla runs. Any changes must be made with caution as erroneous information entered could cause your forum to quit working and will require you to manually altering settings files to remedy the problem.
This document should cover most of the basic steps to get you started and familiarize you with the global settings here in. For more advanced tips on customizing some of these aspects, see the Tips & Tricks for Administrators section within these documents.
If you’re approaching this screen for the first time and are uncomfortable about making any significant changes in one foul swoop, don’t worry. You can safely change any number of options and always come back to change some more. All changes here are saved to your /appg/settings.php file. If for some reason changes you are making are not taking effect for whatever reason, please consult the troubleshooting documentation.
This is fairly self explanatory; the Application Title appears in the title bar of your browser (much like ‘Lussumo Documentation’ does on this page), and Banner Title is the banner/logo which appears above the tabs (depending on your style) - in a similar fashion to that of ‘Lussumo Explained’ on this page. The Banner Title control allows use of html for displaying images and such.
In this area, you can find options for the maximum number of items a user can see in either discussions, discussion lists, searches or in their side bar panel. Each of the controls listed is fairly self explanatory, and offers a variety of options to choose from depending on the list in question. By default, each of these will be set to a fairly reasonable value which should strike a balance between the number of items displayed while keeping server performance in mind. If you run a busy forum, keeping these numbers down will result in faster page loads and less overall page cluttering.
One of the major benefits of Vanilla is its in-built core spam protection features; with years of experience administrating forums of various genres, we realised early on that it was a very important feature in any piece of software. Not only to protect the server but the fellow users’ experience as well.
The discussion labels will appear in-front of discussion topics on the main discussion page. The discussion label prefix and suffix will be placed on either side of the discussion label. If a discussion label is left blank, the discussion label’s prefix and suffix will not appear.