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Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

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Likelihood to Recommend

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

The Khoros Community platform offers every feature you could conceivably ask for in forum software. It's appropriate for large communities that warrant a wide range of features and customization. It may be less suited to small, simple communities where many of its features are unnecessary. The out-of-box experience is acceptable, but I would recommend the assistance of a dedicated web developer to create a truly branded and tailored forum.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

For companies that want to customize almost anything and make the forum look like your site, Vanilla Forums is the one for you. Customization and automation of the data via the API with other systems is more than possible and they serve to be great as a hosting provider, dealing with all the upgrades, deployments and maintenance and threat management well.I would say they might be less turn key for a small application but the fact they have an open source community, the ability to find help and information can lower the barrier of entry for most.
Lou Gallo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

  • Community - it has the robust functionality and all the bells and whistles that customers typically look for
  • Out-of-the-box widgets - there are a number of out of the box widgets, such as "Most recent threads" or "Unanswered questions" that can be easily deployed throughout the community. Depending on where you deploy them, e.g., homepage vs. a specific board, these widgets "narrow down" their content based on the context you are in.
  • Programmability - well-documented APIs that allow you to custom-program functionality
Veit Irtenkauf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

  • Gamification: The ability to incentivise community members to get involved with ranks and badges is one of the main reasons that we purchased the tool.
  • Support: The Vanilla support team are incredible, often responding to issues very late at night and proactively fixing issues as soon as they occur.
  • Customisation: Vanilla can be completely styled with css allowing us to match it to the branding of the rest of our website.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

  • Content editor for moderators – you need to know HTML for adding custom content. Several editors don’t know HTML and it is hard to get it to look like they want. The WYSIWYG is very limited in the functions that it has. It falls on the site admin to do a lot of the adding of content. The client-side works fine – can format posts however they want.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

  • There are some features I wish Vanilla would implement that could improve ease of use in our specific community, but some of the ideas we have are not necessarily something that would benefit all of the forums that Vanilla works with.
  • In the past, we've had issues with releases breaking some of our specific site features they built for us, but this has improved drastically recently.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 10.0
Based on 3 answers
Data is very reliable, tool is fast and efficient.
Patrice Kong | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

Vanilla Forums 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Usability

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Like every backend, it can always be improved upon.The excellent thing is that Khoros have a hugely active customer support community as well as a fantastic case management system to triage support issues and requests. So regardless of your level of knowledge or familiarity, you're well supported out of the box.
Kate Fenerty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

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Reliability and Availability

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
I've hardly ever seen downtime in any of their production communities. There's the occasional reboot needed for config reasons or if patches are applied, but these take place after customer approval and typically last only a few minutes.
Veit Irtenkauf | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

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Support Rating

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 10.0
Based on 3 answers
They are responsive and proactive. They are really on top of things. They send personal emails to check in on you. It feels like they really know you. You only get emails from 3-4 people at Khoros – they must be customer assigned.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

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In-Person Training

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 9.1
Based on 1 answer
I think it is engaging and has good instructors.
Lili McDonald | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

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Online Training

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 4.5
Based on 2 answers
It was out of the box training - pre-recorded/ not live. There was nothing for more advanced topics like APIs. They do have a good knowledge base and community that you can access and folks in there are responsive. I would however like more advanced training options.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

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Implementation Rating

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We were up against a hard stop with Jive’s contract ending and Khoros connected us with a deployment partner to do accelerated deployment using a template approach. It could have happened in 2 weeks. We did not end up going that way since we wanted more customization. Lithium handled technical stuff like migration, but a lot of the process is self-deployment. It’s one of the ways they teach use of the system is having the user self-implement.

Overall, the implementation was super easy to do. Doing single sign-on (SSO) was the only hard part. The implementation ended up taking nine weeks total, but in hindsight, we could have done in it six. Most of the implementation time was spent in course work, which consisted of on-demand training - approximately 7-8 hours that you are required for you to do, before they turn on the system. During this nine week period, about 50% of my time was spent on implementation.

We had a deployment manager who we were able to email 1-1. I leaned on him heavily. He was great at all hours, for example, they would call back at 7pm PST. They were very responsive.

Content migration strategy is important to consider. Moving from an existing community you need to strategically choose how your layout will be. Two different systems will have two different ways to format communities. For example, Jive has communities with sub-communities, whereas Khoros has community, category, and boards.

Contact migration is also an important consideration. You need to think through how you are going to move contacts from your old community to a new one. For example, are you going to create new logins and passwords? We were hoping to use the integration with Salesforce.com to be a portal, but ended up using an in-house solution that works well to maintain same the same logins. The next related question is are you going to be able to keep them connected to all the posts in your old community? We migrated old posts. If you have a tech-savvy team, you can do a self-migration. Khoros has a migration services team that we utilized. It cost us $10k to move content and posts were kept tied to the user.

The next consideration is your launch/promotion plan. Khoros helped us out and gave us a lot of examples. They shared pre-launch email dates, follow-up emails, FAQ pages (e.g. to explain why switching, why better).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

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Alternatives Considered

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

I was not part of the Khoros negotiation upfront, however, from what I have been able to take away. Khoros is the best in class Community expert. The relationship we have with the team continues to be a positive one which is not always the case. The team has been attentive to our growth pace..jumping in and providing support at the right times and sharing insights to help drive change and overall awareness.
Lillian Laporte | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

From a footprint standpoint, Vanilla has less technical bloat than vbulletin or InVision, and it outdoes Lithium as far as features and service go. The bloat of other services and ability to use new ways of engaging communities such as through Reactions are part of the reason Vanilla was selected.However, the features are better on a couple more seasoned platforms and more equipped to deal with issues and technical problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium) 8.3
Based on 12 answers
The platform offers extensive customization so anything you think of it is most likely possible. Customization like this does require developer support however but once engaged they will be able to leverage quality documentation and an active customer community (Khoros Atlas) that can help them accomplish their tasks. In terms of handling crisis or high-volume events, I have experienced a few of these using this platform and each time Community remained stable and snappy.
Ty Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

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Return on Investment

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

  • Drive adoption & SEO - 95% of our visitor traffic comes from organic search. We believe Khoros does something right to drive this much traffic.
  • Drive support scale and case deflection - Answers can be marked as solutions. Solution visual clues show up both on Google Search and in the platform - making it easier for members to find the right answers.
Claire Flanagan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Vanilla Forums

  • Increased uptime and overall speed in the forum (compared to our previous phpbb solution)
  • Increased usage by users which resulted in a higher pages/session in a short amount of time
James Sweeney | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Khoros Communities (Formerly Spredfast + Lithium)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Vanilla Forums

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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