Since 2009, Vanilla Forums, makers of popular open source community has seen their product downloaded over 700k times. Today they have announced a new major open source version available at http://vanillaforums.org. There has been over 8,639 code commits made by the community and the Vanilla Forums team to make this release a reality.
“This release makes it significant easier to customize Vanilla and further blend it into your existing website with tighter integrations and increase engagement with you community” Lincoln Russell, who was the release manager on the 2.1 open source version.
Some of the changes in the Vanilla 2.1 product include:
According to Lincoln “There are too many changes to sort into some coherent summary, but users will be pleasantly surprised by what they find when they upgrade or if they are downloading Vanilla for the first time.”
Along with the new open source release, more premium features were added to the cloud version of Vanilla Forums including a recently announced new native Mobile Theme and Advanced Editor
Founded in December 2009, Vanilla Forums is a leader in the community platform market, offering both a robust open source product and a software-as-a-service (cloud) offering that helps provide a great community experience to millions of people worldwide.