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Forum summary gadget

If you have multiple discussion forums, you can use the forum summary gadget to display a summary of the activity in your discussion forums.

The forums are grouped within the summary by the categories you assigned to each forum in the discussion forum gadget settings. Forum names and descriptions are also derived from discussion forum gadget settings.

You can embed a Wild Apricot forum summary on another website using widgets.

Adding a forum summary

You cannot add a forum summary gadget – or any other singular gadget – to a page template or system page, or to a page containing another singular gadget.

To add a forum summary to a site page, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Sites pages (under the Website menu) and create or begin editing the site page where you want the forum summary to appear.
  2. Click the Gadget icon to display the list of available gadgets.
  3. Drag the forum summary gadget from the list, and drop it where you want it to appear on the page. You can insert it into a section within a layout, or above or below a layout.
  4. After you have dropped the gadget in the desired location, hover your pointer over it and click the Settings icon.
  5. From the gadget settings panel on the left, choose the desired settings for your forum summary. For more information, see Forum summary settings (below).
  6. Click Save to save the changes to the page.

Forum summary settings

Now that you have added a forum summary gadget to a site page, you can adjust the forum summary gadget settings to control its appearance and content.Gadget settings appear in a panel on the left side (which can be hidden to maximize the page design area). To display the settings panel, you position your pointer over the gadget – while editing a site page or a page template – then click the gadget's Settings icon.The following forum summary gadget settings are available.

Forums to include

Choose the forums to be included in the forum summary. Forums are identified using the forum name you specified as part of the discussion forum gadget settings.

Margins

The amount of space – in pixels – that appears outside the gadget. You can set top, bottom, left, and right margins separately.

Advanced options

For designers and developers familiar with HTML and CSS, the following advanced settings are available:

HTML ID
A unique identifier by which the gadget can be referenced within custom CSS or JavaScript code. The identifier is automatically generated but can be replaced with a more readable or memorable one (e.g. MyForumSummaryGadget).

CSS class
The name of a CSS class defined on the CSS customization screen.

Inline style
CSS code to control the behavior or appearance of the gadget. For example, you could enter width: 250px; to control the gadget width.

Changing colors and fonts

You can change the colors, text styles, and backgrounds used in your website from the Colors and styles screen.

For more advanced fine-tuning, you can use CSS customization and theme overrides.

For forum summary gadgets, you can modify the following elements from the Colors and styles screen:

Forum category

  • Forum > Forum category
    (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard, and White Space themes only)

Forum name

  • General formatting or Typography > H5

Column headings

  • Forum > Column headings
    (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard, and White Space themes only)
  • General formatting or Typography > H4

Summary text

  • General formatting or Typography > Text

Summary links

  • General formatting or Typography > Links

Table listing forum topics

  • General formatting > Info box
    (for Blueprint, Business Casual, and Granite themes)

Table rows

  • Forum > Table row
    (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard, and White Space themes only)

Links within table

  • Forum > Table links
    (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard, and White Space themes only)

Topic author

  • Forum > Author
    (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard, and White Space themes only)

Topic date and time

  • Forum > Date and time
    (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Treehouse, Whiteboard, and White Space themes only)

Icons used on mobile version

  • Forum > Icons
    (Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, and White Space themes)

Any changes you make will be applied to other gadgets that use the same settings.

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