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ProBoards forum v5 Integration
Posted by Greg C. on 28 January 2013 10:16 PM

Integrating AddonChat with your ProBoards forum v5

In January of 2013 ProBoards started allowing users of their forums to update to v5. Previously their forum software was v4.5 and included the ability to integrate AddonChat from within the forum admin area. That option is no longer available but you can still use the chat with a few small modifications. Below we've outlined those steps for you.

If your forum already had AddonChat integrated via Live Chat Settings before updated to v5 then the process of making it compatible after the update is relatively easy.

1. From now on you'll need to login to your chat control panel at http://addoninteractive.com/login.php using the email address and password when registering the chat. The link is no longer a click away from your admin area after updating to v5.

2. Login to your chat account from the link provided in #1 then click the icon that takes you to your control panel. When the window opens to your control panel click the Home tab then the Chat Room Link Code sub-link.

3. From Select Your Link Preference: Chose Place on  a Web Page (Embed) and copy that code.

4. Go to your v5 admin then hover over Structure then click Custom Pages.

5. You should have an existing page called Chat. Under Edit page click Chat then click the HTML tab.

6. You will need to delete the entire applet code that is in this HTML and replace it with the code from your chat control panel. You might also want to center the chat by placing <center> before the code and </center> after the code.

7. Edit the portion of this code that reads
{ iconsize: 0 }
and replace it with
{ iconsize: 0, autologin: true, username: proboards.data('user').username }
Then Save Changes.

Your chat should now be ready for use with your v5 ProBoards forum.

If you have one of our premium chats and you want some of your staff to be administrators register their forum user name (not display name) and assign them to an administrator user group in the chat control panel without a password.

For added security of your chat that it not be used anywhere else but your forum copy the exact URL where the chat is located then Enable the security URL from within your chat control panel (Settings/tab>>Site Integration/sub-link>>Security URL.

If you are making a fresh install of AddonChat and need an account you may sign up for one at http://www.addonchat.com/signup.html. If you need any other help or assistance with the integration feel free to submit a support tickt to us or email us at support@addoninteractive.com.


For NEW AddonChat integration with your ProBoards Forum.

Follow the steps below to create a new chat page and to integrate addonchat with your ProBoards forum v5.

If you haven't already got a chat account sign up for one at addonchat.com/signup.html. After signing up login to your account at addoninteractive.com/login.php. Go to your chat control panel then click the Home tab then the sub-link Chat Room Link Code. Copy the embedded chat code.

Part one: Create the chat page
1. In forum admin under structure select Custom Pages
2. Click Create New Custom Page.
3. Type Chat as the Title and chat as the ID then click the create button.
4. Select from Layouts "Blank" then at bottom of page click Submit
5. Click the HTML tab.
6. Paste the embedded chat code into the HTML. Place <center> before the code and </center> after the code.
7. Edit the portion of this code that reads
{ iconsize: 0 }
 and replace it with
{ iconsize: 0, autologin: true, username: proboards.data('user').username }
Then Save Changes.

Part two: Place your chat link into the navigation menu
1. Under Settings select Forum Settings
2. Click the Navigation tab
3. Click the Add Custom button
4. In the name type Chat
5. Under URL type /page/chat (this auto saves so your new link to chat should be in the menu).

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