Friday, September 30, 2011

How to host a forum on your blog

Like it? Love it? Boost your blog is not only a help for others, but for me too! Why? Because for my Alexa ranking, I am looking for targeted visits, from users that have the Alexa toolbar installed! (Find out why HERE)

It is easier than you think to host a forum on your blog too, and it starts with a free forum service, Nabble.

It is simple enough to go through the steps to create your account and the forum itself. Getting it on your blog take a smidgen of effort, and two small edits to your html.

Step 1: Get the embedding code for your new forum

Step 2: Where to paste the code:
  • Create a new blank page on your site, for examples sake we will name :)
  • Go to design--->edit html and check Expand Widget Templates
  • Control F or Apple F will bring up the search bar.
  • Find this bit of code
  • <div class='columns fauxcolumns'>
  • IMMEDIATELY before it, paste the code from Nabble, PLUS the additional code highlighted in red. (Be sure to replace the blue code with your NEW pages address!)
  • <b:if cond='data:blog.url == &quot;;'>
Step 3: Remove all other content from that page, (sidebars and widgets)

  • Save your html template- JUST IN CASE!
  • Paste the following code JUST prior to </head>
  • <b:if cond='data:blog.url == &quot;;'>
    <style type='text/css'>
    #content-wrapper {
    display:none !important;
    .columns, .fauxcolumns {
    display:none !important;
  • Be sure to replace my address with yours!
  • SAVE your template!
And there you have it! Start publicizing, inviting friends, and have FUN setting up your new forum!