What Are Add-ons?
Addons or plugins are features or tools available based on client needs and/or plan levels.
For developer information please refer to: What is an Addon?
Addons per Plan
Vanilla offers a variety of addons/features available on all plan subscriptions while there are some addons and features that are only available on specific plans.
For list of Addons based on plans:
Vanilla Forums Plans
For definition of each Addons, please refer to:
Addons Master List
Open Source Addons
It is noteworthy that you may find some Open Source addons on open.vanillaforums.com, these are not supported in the Hosted Instance of Vanilla. Anyone can create open source addons/plugins and as a result these addons/plugins are not always available on Vanilla Hosted as they may not meet our stringent standards for security/scalability.
If there is an Open Source addon that isn’t available on Vanilla Hosted that you’d like to see, we encourage you to submit it as a product idea.
Enabling an add-on immediately makes it active and available. To do this, go to your Dashboard, then Settings, and select "Addons" at the bottom of the list on the left hand side panel.
Navigate to the add-ons list and click “Enable” next to the add-on. There may be a delay while enabling a new add-on for the first time while it makes whatever changes are needed to your database.
Some add-ons may need to be enabled by Vanilla Staff, if you do not see the add-on you are looking for in your settings.
After enabling, some add-ons will have a “Settings” button that appear next to them in the Add-ons list.
It is recommended to visit the Settings page (if available) for an add-on after enabling it, if it has one, to see if additional setup is required.
You can return to the add-on’s settings at any time to adjust it in the future.
Disabling an add-on will remove whatever features it added, but it never destroys the data associated with it. For instance, turning off the Polls add-on does not delete any Polls that were created, it just hides them until the add-on is enabled again.
Discovering Add-on Features
Add-ons can do many things. Some common changes include adding new options to the Dashboard’s menu, adding information to discussions or comments, changing how parts of the forum work or appear, adding information to user accounts or profiles, or adding new pages of content to your forum.
Every add-on comes with a short description of what it does. As a general rule, enabling an add-on is fully reversible, so it’s safe to turn on any add-on and try it out to get a better understanding of how it effects your community.