Creating a forum

Add a Discussion page to create a forum and facilitate conversations on your site. This is a good option for adding member-run support for your products, sharing discussions questions with your online community, or creating a place where your visitors can talk.

Tip: To add a single page with one comment thread, create a Guestbook.

Before you begin

Set up the page

Once you've added the page to your site, open the page configuration to change the title or URL, and adjust these settings:

  • Post Ordering - Choose whether to display the oldest entries first, or the newest.
  • Posting Permissions - Choose whether anyone can add posts, only members, or only members with editing permission.
  • Enable CAPTCHA - Enable a CAPTCHA field for verification.
  • Items Per Page - Choose to display 1 to 50 posts per page.

When you're done, click Save Page Configuration, or Create Page if you haven't already.

To add a description below the title, enter Structure mode and click Edit Page Description.

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How posts and comments display

On your Discussion landing page, each post creates its own topic. Click any topic to see the post and all responses.

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When someone adds a new post, they have 15 minutes to make changes to it. Logged-in members with editing permission also see the option to edit posts, and remove or lock entire threads.

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Formatting text

When someone adds a post or follow-up comment, the text field can accept some HTML. Here are the available tags:

  • Links - <a href="" title="">
  • Hover options - <abbr title=""> <acronym title="">
  • Emphasis - <b> <strong> <em> <i> <code> <strike> 
  • Quotes - <blockquote cite="">

For example, this code:

<a href="squarespace.com">Here is a link</a>
<b>Bold</b> | <i>Italic</i> | <strike>Strikeout</strike> | <code>Code</code>
<abbr title="Abbreviation">Abbr</abbr>
<blockquote>Here is some quoted text</blockquote>

Would look like this:

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Moderating comments

Site owner

As the site owner, you can manage all comment activity on your site in the Comment & Discussion Management area.

Editors

When site members with editing permission are logged in, they can:

  • Remove or move posts on the Discussion landing page.
  • Edit individual posts.
  • Remove or lock entire threads.

The screenshot below is what they see when they're logged in.

Tip: They may want to subscribe to the page to be notified of new posts.

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Note: If you're switching to Squarespace 7, Discussion pages won't import.
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