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What are bbcodes?

I'm glad you asked. They are generally used to add formatting to the text in your messages. They can be applied by typing in the code or simply clicking the appropriate icon above the text editor (see below)

Each bbcode has an opening tag, e.g. [bbcodetag] and a closing tag e.g. [/bbcodetag] (same but always starts with a forward slash)

There are two main ways to use bbcode:

  • You can type in the two tags and include your text to be formatted between them
  • Click on the corresponding icon above the text editor which automatically inserts the tags with a cursor between them ready to type. Alternatively first highlight the text then click on the icon which will insert the tags around the selected text.

The set of bbcode icons can be toggled on or off by clicking on the cogwheel, which causes them to be greyed out. Click on the cogwheel to show them again.

Some slghtly different bbcode examples:

  • Some tags, e.g.the hr (horizontal rule) tags, do not require any text.
  • "spoiler" will prompt you for a title first. If left blank this will default to "Read more..."
  • The table icon will prompt you to choose the number of rows and columns for your table, once inserted the cursor will be in the first row/column
  • To make a list, type each list item on a new line, select all of them and then click on icon for ordered (numbered) list or unordered (bullet point) list
  • bbcode for media embeds (Youtube, Soundcloud etc.) is now automatic: all you need do is copy and paste the URL into the message.
  • Images can be either uploaded and embedded via the image bbcode icon, or just dragged and dropped into the message.
  • The best way to learn the full capabilities is to just try them out, you can use our test forum for this.

    • [B], [I], [U], [S] - Bold, italics, underline, and strike-through

      Makes the wrapped text bold, italic, underlined, or struck-through.
      Example:
      This is [B]bold[/B] text.
      This is [I]italic[/I] text.
      This is [U]underlined[/U] text.
      This is [S]struck-through[/S] text.
      Output:
      This is bold text.
      This is italic text.
      This is underlined text.
      This is struck-through text.
    • [COLOR=color], [FONT=name], [SIZE=size] - Text Color, Font, and Size

      Changes the color, font, or size of the wrapped text.
      Example:
      This is [COLOR=red]red[/COLOR] and [COLOR=#0000cc]blue[/COLOR] text.
      This is [FONT=Courier New]Courier New[/FONT] text.
      This is [SIZE=1]small[/SIZE] and [SIZE=7]big[/SIZE] text.
      Output:
      This is red and blue text.
      This is Courier New text.
      This is small and big text.
    • [URL], [EMAIL] - Linking

      Creates a link using the wrapped text as the target.
      Example:
      [URL]https://www.example.com[/URL]
      [EMAIL]example@example.com[/EMAIL]
      Output:
    • [URL=link], [EMAIL=address] - Linking (Advanced)

      Links the wrapped text to the specified web page or email address.
      Example:
      [URL=https://www.example.com]Go to example.com[/URL]
      [EMAIL=example@example.com]Email me[/EMAIL]
      Output:
    • [USER=ID] - Profile Linking

      Links to a user's profile. This is generally inserted automatically when mentioning a user.
      Example:
      [USER=1]User name[/USER]
      Output:
    • [IMG] - Image

      Display an image, using the wrapped text as the URL.
      Example:
      [IMG]https://cafesaxophone.com/styles/petecafe/cafelogo-og3.png[/IMG]
      Output:
    • [MEDIA=site] - Embedded Media

      Embeds media from approved sites into your message. It is recommended that you use the media button in the editor tool bar.
      Approved sites: Apple Music, Dailymotion, Facebook, Flickr, Giphy, google map, Imgur, Instagram, Liveleak, Metacafe, Pinterest, Reddit, SoundCloud, Spotify, Tumblr, Twitch, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube
      Example:
      [MEDIA=youtube]oHg5SJYRHA0[/MEDIA]
      Output:
      An embedded YouTube player would appear here.
    • [LIST] - Lists

      Displays a bulleted or numbered list.
      Example:
      [LIST]
      [*]Bullet 1
      [*]Bullet 2
      [/LIST]
      [LIST=1]
      [*]Entry 1
      [*]Entry 2
      [/LIST]
      Output:
      • Bullet 1
      • Bullet 2
      1. Entry 1
      2. Entry 2
    • [LEFT], [CENTER], [RIGHT] - Text alignment

      Changes the alignment of the wrapped text.
      Example:
      [LEFT]Left-aligned[/LEFT]
      [CENTER]Center-aligned[/CENTER]
      [RIGHT]Right-aligned[/RIGHT]
      Output:
      Left-aligned​
      Center-aligned​
      Right-aligned​
    • [QUOTE] - Quoted text

      Displays text that has been quoted from another source. You may also attribute the name of the source.
      Example:
      [QUOTE]Quoted text[/QUOTE]
      [QUOTE=A person]Something they said[/QUOTE]
      Output:
      Quoted text
      A person said:
      Something they said
    • [SPOILER] - Text containing spoilers

      Hides text that may contain spoilers so that it must be clicked by the viewer to be seen.
      Example:
      [SPOILER]Simple spoiler[/SPOILER]
      [SPOILER=Spoiler Title]Spoiler with a title[/SPOILER]
      Output:
      Simple spoiler
      Spoiler with a title
    • [ISPOILER] - Inline text containing spoilers

      Allows you to display text inline among normal content which hides text that may contain spoilers and must be clicked by the viewer to be seen.
      Example:
      You have to click the following [ISPOILER]word[/ISPOILER] to see the content.
      Output:
      You have to click the following word to see the content.
    • [CODE] - Programming code display

      Displays text in one of several programming languages, highlighting the syntax where possible.
      Example:
      General code:
      [CODE]General
      code[/CODE]

      Rich code:
      [CODE=rich][COLOR=red]Rich[/COLOR]
      code[/CODE]

      PHP code:
      [CODE=php]echo $hello . ' world';[/CODE]

      JS code:
      [CODE=javascript]var hello = 'world';[/CODE]
      Output:
      General code:
      Code:
      General
      code
      Rich code:
      Rich (BB code):
      Rich
      code
      PHP code:
      PHP:
      echo $hello . ' world';
      JS code:
      JavaScript:
      var hello = 'world';
    • [ICODE] - Inline programming code display

      Allows you to display code inline among normal post content. Syntax will not be highlighted.
      Example:
      Inline code blocks [ICODE]are a convenient way[/ICODE] of displaying code inline.
      Output:
      Inline code blocks are a convenient way of displaying code inline.
    • [INDENT] - Text indent

      Indents the wrapped text. This can be nested for larger indentings.
      Example:
      Regular text
      [INDENT]Indented text[/INDENT]
      [INDENT=2]More indented[/INDENT]
      Output:
      Regular text
      Indented text​
      More indented​
    • [TABLE] - Tables

      Special markup to display tables in your content.
      Example:
      [TABLE]
      [TR]
      [TH]Header 1[/TH]
      [TH]Header 2[/TH]
      [/TR]
      [TR]
      [TD]Content 1[/TD]
      [TD]Content 2[/TD]
      [/TR]
      [/TABLE]
      Output:
      Header 1Header 2
      Content 1Content 2
    • [PLAIN] - Plain text

      Disables BB code translation on the wrapped text.
      Example:
      [PLAIN]This is not [B]bold[/B] text.[/PLAIN]
      Output:
      This is not [B]bold[/B] text.
    • [ATTACH] - Attachment insertion

      Inserts an attachment at the specified point. If the attachment is an image, a thumbnail or full size version will be inserted. This will generally be inserted by clicking the appropriate button.
      Example:
      Thumbnail: [ATTACH]123[/ATTACH]
      Full size: [ATTACH=full]123[/ATTACH]
      Output:
      The contents of the attachments would appear here.
    • [AW] - ArtistWorks

    • [FA] - Font Awesome

      You can use fontawesome icons. Add the icon name bewteen the tags. More info here...
      Example:
      [FA]car[/FA]
      Output:
    • [GALLERY=option] - Gallery embed

      BB code for displaying gallery media items and albums.
      Example:
      [GALLERY=media, X]Gallery BB Code[/GALLERY]
      Output:
      [GALLERY=media, X]Gallery BB Code[/GALLERY]
    • [H2] - Heading (h2)

      h2
      Example:
      [h2]This is an h2 heading[/h2]
      Output:

      This is an h2 heading

    • [HR] - Horizontal Rule

      Adds a line below the text. Just add the bbcode open and close tags, do not wrap the tags around text as with other bbcodes.
      Example:
      Text followed by line[hr][/hr]More text under the line
      Output:
      Text followed by line
      More text under the line
    • [OFFTOPIC] - Off Topic

      Click on the OT icon (a fish). Add your off topic content between the tags.
      Example:
      [offtopic]Nothing to do with the thread[/offtopic]
      Output:
      Nothing to do with the thread
    • [SUB] - Subscript

      Example:
      This is [sub]subscript[/sub]
      Output:
      This is subscript
    • [SUP] - Superscript

      Example:
      This is [sup]superscript[/sup]
      Output:
      This is superscript
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