People use forums for a variety of reasons. Some people like to share their idea with others on Internet. Some people are facing problems and thus seeking for help. On the other hand, some may just want to share and promote their products or/and services. Today on the Internet, there are a few types of forum softwares available. Some may need you to pay, but some are free to start with. Vanilla Forums is one of those free forum software.
The forum admin however will have to be careful with the member system. This is because the default registration form will not be having the extra validation feature. Therefore, spammers may take their chance to slip in and spew abuse on the forums. In addition, the forum admin may be unable to reach the forum members if anything happened. For example, if the admin wants to send newsletters to the members, there is a chance that the members will never read it. This is because some members may have used disposable email addresses when registering. As a result, they will miss some important notifications from the forum.
In short, utilizing some third party plugins such as MailboxValidator Vanilla Forums add-on is crucial to the forum admin. This addon can save the forum admin time and effort, as it requires minimal steps to set up and run.
Setup the MailboxValidator Vanilla Forums Addon
Before you start to setup and use the extension, you need to get a free API key from MailboxValidator. After that, download the latest release of the extension from GitHub. Follow the steps below to setup the extension:
- Unzip the folder and copy the entire MailboxValidator folder to the plugins directory of your Vanilla Forums.
- Next, login to your forum dashboard, go to the ‘Plugins’ tab under the ‘ADDONS’. Scroll down the list until you’ve found the plugin, and enable it.
- Click the setting icon beside the enable button, and start to configure the setting there.
- You will be required to enter the API key in the API key field. In the same page, there are a few email validators that are available, which are valid, disposable and free email validator. You will need to switch on or off for each email validator. After you have done the settings for each field, click the “Save Changes” button to save your settings.
The various validators function similarly with minor differences. The valid email validator will validate the email address based on the status of the email address. The disposable email validator will check whether the email address is coming from a disposable email address service provider or not. Last but not least, the free email validator will check if the email address is coming from a free email address service provider or not.