What Is Higher Logic Vanilla?

Vanilla is the most trusted all-in-one customer community solution chosen by midsize and enterprise organizations for those who are serious about delivering exceptional customer experiences. Offer your customers the best community experience, across all your products, in any language, anywhere in the world. Make your vision a reality with a sleek user experience, deep integration to your existing tools, and flexible customization to fit your branding - all supported by our SuccessTeam.

Who Uses Higher Logic Vanilla?

Technology, Telecommunications, Consumer Brands and Electronics.

Where can Higher Logic Vanilla be deployed?

Cloud, SaaS, Web-based

About the vendor

  • Higher Logic
  • Located in Arlington, U.S.
  • Founded in 2007
  • Phone Support

Countries available

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France and 9 others

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch and 21 others

Higher Logic Vanilla pricing

Starting Price:

Not provided by vendor
  • Yes, has free version

Higher Logic Vanilla has a free version.

Pricing plans

About the vendor

  • Higher Logic
  • Located in Arlington, U.S.
  • Founded in 2007
  • Phone Support

Countries available

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France and 9 others

Languages

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch and 21 others

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Features of Higher Logic Vanilla

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Workflow
  • Brainstorming
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Content Management System (CMS) Software
  • Customizable Templates
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Full Text Search
  • Group Management
  • Ideation
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Member Directory
  • Membership Management Software
  • Moderation
  • Polls/Voting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Self Service Portal
  • Social Media Integration
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Text Editing

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Reviews of Higher Logic Vanilla

Average score

Overall
4.4
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Service
4.8
Features
4.2
Value for Money
4.5

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

Find reviews by score

5
52%
4
37%
3
11%
Chris V.
Chris V.
President in U.S.
Verified LinkedIn User
Design
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

An excellent base forum platform for online communities

5 4 years ago

Comments: It has made it easy for us to create beautiful, effective forums with awesome community management features to boot.

Pros:

Our agency helps other companies manage and build online communities so we've encountered a lot of community platforms. Vanilla is by far our favourite though, for a few reasons. First, it's incredibly customisable. The theming architecture in particular is incredible and allows us to create beautiful forums that integrate with seamlessly with our branding. Second, it's actively developed and open source. You can watch its development openly, suggest ideas for features, etc. Third, it has a killer API which allows you to make cool app integrations, software extensions, etc. Finally, the company's support is incredibles. The support team and customer success managers are amazing at answering questions and will help you implement all kinds of awesome ideas. Vanilla rocks!

Cons:

Most of my issues are with super technical details nested "Smarty" tags in Pockets would be nice to have, I wish "reactions" and other gamification features were available in the open source product, etc. Overall though those are nitpicky things the base platform itself is awesome even without them.

Paul C.
Paul C.
Community Manager in U.K.
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Games, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Vanilla is an excellent, easy to use but versatile forum software system

5 4 years ago

Comments: Incredibly quick set up which was absolutely vital with the development speed of our company. We've been able to set up our new forum and get it fully customised within a very shot space of time.

Pros:

Vanilla software is incredibly easy to use but with lots of customisation available. It also features a variety of handy plugins to expand your forum capability further including the 'Mark as Troll' plugin which is hands down the best feature of any forum I have used. Managing categories and forum groups is a straightforward task and the features can easily be explained to new staff members so they can get up and running with the software without any lengthy training period.

Cons:

The only flaw I have experienced with Vanilla is in countering spam farms (Not bots). There is no option to enforce a captcha for posts which would help in some circumstances. However, Vanilla makes cleaning up spam very quick and easy and you can use user roles and forum settings to limit the impact spam can have on the forums, switching it from a problem to a mild inconvenience.

Julian P.
Sr. Manager Customer Support in U.K.
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

The support has been great, the implementation process was easy and simple.

3 4 years ago

Pros:

- The product is easy to use from a user perspective. - Requests are taken seriously and if it's something they can't currently do but recognize it's a good idea, they will add them to their Road Map. - Great comms from the person assiting the project, very responsive and on top of things

Cons:

- It's hard to make changes sometimes. The HTML isn't accessible to forum owners so you'd have to write an entire section to make changes to anything other than the landing page. CSS is great to customize theming, but things have odd names so it's not as straightforward as it could be to make changes using it. - It could be clearer what VF will and won't help with from the very first moment - There are features missing, such as Tagging being in analytics - No self-service option for simple things such as pulling the user list, this will make admin experience way better - Services offered should better structured in the package sell, I.e: For some features requests, there were additional charges. This services should be somehow included in the terms of the service to enhance the admin experience - It was unclear what changes would happen with a recent update, it's been left down to the forum owner to find the weird behaviors (such as filters not working correctly)

Tyler K.
Tyler K.
Digital Support Experience Team in U.S.
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Flexible platform that allowed us to quickly get a customized Community up and running

4 4 years ago

Pros:

Vanilla has allowed us to customize almost every aspect of the Community experience: content organization, moderation, additions of new spaces when the need arises, gamification - all of these components can be built out and tweaked by a team without coding experience. The ability for our developers to own and push changes to the code allows the next level of customization we needed to get our community off the ground.

Cons:

The analytics is one place that is lacking a bit. Their advanced analytics dashboard gives insights into some useful metrics but doesn't allow any form of filtering (except for the date) or examining side by side comparisons of different user groups / content sets. The analytics API gives a bit more useful information but it still takes a bit of work to really answer some of the more complicated aspects of the value the community is providing to the organization. Additionally, their documentation is significantly lacking - once you know how to do something in the platform, you find that it can probably do what you are looking for but many times you have to rely on your CSM to help get you that information (which they are normally great at!)

Verified Reviewer
Product Manager in U.K.
Verified LinkedIn User
Publishing, 1,001-5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Experience has been largely positive, though we have encountered some technical challenges.

4 4 years ago

Comments: We replaced user forums successfully and configured them to easily. Overall users were pleased and felt it was an upgrade on the previous forums.

Pros:

The product is fully featured and relatively straightforward to configure and set up. Integration with SSO has been very easy and appears to work well and there are a number of plug-ins available which enable further customisation. Our forum moderators and the majority of users have found it simple and pleasant to use. Account management has been very good and fairly responsive to issues.

Cons:

As a managed service there are a few hidden costs (migrations in particular). Some of the technology seems a little outdated and a bit inflexible - changing simple headings etc should be fairly straightforward but is in fact a manual task by the account manager, who has to root about in the code for the relevant strings. Also, the migration from staging to live is manual and open to user error. Image compression (or the lack of) has been a big issue for us as our sites are very visual and performance has suffered. I am hoping that some of the infrastructure changes they are making will improve this though.