Discussion forum gadget
You can add a discussion forum gadget to a page on your Wild Apricot site so that members can post messages and reply to other messages. Adding a forum page provides your members a place to congregate, collaborate, and discuss ideas.
You can create as many discussion forums as you wish, each on its own page. You can limit access to a forum by placing it on a page with restricted access. Even if you place the forum on a public page, you can still use the discussion forum gadget's settings to control functionality for public visitors and members.
For instructions on inserting, moving, and deleting gadgets, see Gadgets.
You can add a forum summary gadget to a page to display a summary of the activity in multiple discussion forums. Using the forum updates gadget, you can display a list of the most recent forum updates. For more information on setting up and using discussion forums, see Discussion forums.
Discussion forum gadget settings
Using the gadget's settings, you can control its appearance and the ability of visitors to read, respond to, and post forum topics.
For instructions on displaying gadget settings, see Gadgets.
The following settings are available for discussion forum gadgets:
User picture field
Select a picture field from your contact or membership database if you want to display a picture above the member's name in forum messages. You might, for example, allow members to chose avatars to represent their online identity. If member pictures are enabled, the member's picture will be displayed in their forum posts unless the picture field is restricted under their privacy settings.
|Default order for replies|
Sets the default order in which forum replies are listed (newest to oldest or oldest to newest). Visitors to your forum will have the option of changing the order for each forum topic.
A brief description that will appear for the forum on the forum summary gadget, and optionally, on this gadget as well.
Show on this page
Controls whether the forum description appear on this gadget as well as the forum summary gadget.
If you have multiple forum pages, you can assign each one to a category. The categories are used to group forums on a forum summary page. To create a new category, click Add new, then type the category name in the field below.
Controls what different kinds of visitors to the forum can do. You can set access permissions separately for public visitors, and for each membership level and member group. If you restrict permissions by both membership levels and member groups, then members will be granted the highest permission assigned to the levels and groups they belong to. For example, if you provide read-only access for Bronze members but full access to members of the Steering Committee member group, then a Bronze member who is also a member of the Steering Committee will be granted full access. You can choose from the following permission settings:
The amount of space – in pixels – that appears outside the gadget. You can set top, bottom, left, and right margins separately.
|Padding||(Kaleidoscope themes only) The amount of space – in pixels – that appears between the content of the gadget and the outer limits of the gadget. You can set top, bottom, left, and right padding separately. If you have set a fixed height for the gadget, the bottom padding will be ignored.|
Within the Advanced section, you can enter CSS code or classes to further control the appearance and behavior of the gadget. For more information, see Advanced gadget settings.
Adding a title and description
You can add a title and description for a discussion forum by inserting a content gadget ahead of the discussion forum gadget.
Within the content gadget, you can format the title and description using text styles.
For more information on inserting text and using text styles, see Using the content editor.
Changing colors and fonts
You can change the colors, text styles, and backgrounds used in your website from the Colors and styles screen.
For discussion forum gadgets, you can modify the following elements from the Colors and styles screen:
|General formatting or Typography|
General formatting or Typography
General formatting or Typography
Forum (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard and White Space themes)
|Links within table||Table links|
|Forum (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard and White Space themes)|
List (Blueprint themes)
|Topic author||Author||Forum (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard and White Space themes)|
|Topic date and time||Date and time||Forum (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard and White Space themes)|
|Create topic button||Normal/Hover||Functional buttons (Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, White Space themes)|
|Icons used on mobile version||Icons||Forum (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Whiteboard and White Space themes)|
Any changes you make will be applied to other gadgets that use the same settings.