Vanilla is a completely custom-built CMS (Content Management System), built and maintained by us, The Outstanding Website Company. Vanilla has been built using CodeIgniter MVC framework which is open source and ensures our clients aren’t vendor-locked, giving them freedom to move their website with them should they wish.
As part of our service, we offer our clients complete flexibility when choosing their CMS solutions to ensure that they are 100% happy with how their website will perform in the long run. For those who are keen to have a website built on a Wordpress CMS, we also offer that service as both Vanilla and Wordpress provide a powerful foundation to a website that’s built to last. However, the proof is in the pudding, with over 85% of our clients having chosen to use Vanilla as their content management system!
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While many people appreciate some of the benefits of working with Wordpress, we built Vanilla in order to navigate around some well-known issues such as plug-in limitations and ease of use. There are many advantages to having Vanilla as part of your website package, including:
Please see the functionality comparison table for how Vanilla and Wordpress stack up side-by-side.
Your website will have several different layouts to choose from with over 100 different combinations, so you can customise as you please.
Create user group areas to your website, restricting access to the things that you want to display coupled with a secure login system.
When users have registered you can filter your users for marketing and / or communication purposes.
This can restrict your admin users to edit only the things that you choose.
You can split and create as many calendars as you like, for example, creating individual events calendars etc.
The ability to book courses online, and have the ability to show remaining places left on a course to encourage bookings.
You can have multiple image galleries wherever you choose on your site. These are fully responsive.
You’ll have the ability to custom build email forms, including questionaires quizzes and sign up forms.
A forum with moderation to allow members to ask and answer questions regarding product. Can also be utilised as FAQ section.
Multiple blog feeds allow you to create a main standard blog or any number of other categories and post them anywhere on your website.
An online directory system that can be used as a member directory (for example). This can be restricted by access based on the user group.
Allowing the admin users to upload important files, for example terms and conditions, and post them on to a given page.
The system has an E-commerce facility however this has to be customised on a client by client basis.
The system will have a facility to include pop-up panels to promote important news and events.
The system will include the basis of an Virtual learning Environment this will allow your users to login and view course materials etc this can be directly tied in to your current systems.
To accept payments for tuition, this will also tie into your exisiting systems automatically.
Not at all, Vanilla is built using Open Source code which any web developer worth their salt will be able work with seamlessly.
Absolutely. You will be taught how to navigate and use the platform with 1-2-1 sessions from us. You can include as many or as few members of staff to your training sessions as you wish. We will also continue to support you during the post launch period* and can even quote for additional training after such time. *Click here to see our Support page for details.
Of course. As with all complex projects like website building, it’s best if you can let us know during the concept stages if you require any additional features, so that we can ensure that they are built seamlessly into the website during the build process.
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