Forums and comment boards are a welcome feature on almost any website. After all, the modern internet is all about social networking and connecting with people. The trouble though is that traditional forum software can be very complicated or costly to install and even more difficult to theme and look like the rest of your website. Then you have the ongoing issues of administrating a forum, keeping the software updated, keeping the trolls out and blocking all those spammy posts relating to fake replica watches and enlargement of certain body parts…

Moot is a whole new take on forums and comment boards, totally relevant for the modern internet. Basically you signup on the Moot website for a free account and get a username. From that point onwards, you have an instant comment board or forum ready to use; either standalone on the Moot website, or embedded within your own RapidWeaver website. Take advantage of excellent features to build a safe, feature-rich, fast and engaging experience for your end users over and beyond anything else.

Just like Moot, the Mootable stack is provided totally free of charge for you to take, download and install within as many personal or commercial projects as you like. If you want the attributes removed from the source code or you need help with styling your forum to match an existing website, you can hire me for help.

Example

Here is a real working example of a Moot forum, embedded in this page using the Mootable stack. The username was set to 'stacks4stacks' in the stack settings:


Theme compatibility

Mootable is compatible with most RapidWeaver themes, but there are some RapidWeaver themes that were found to cause Moot to break. Some themes that were doing fancy animation or scrolling effects seemed to cause some problems. So for best results, it's advisable you use a strong RapidWeaver theme with an HTML5 Doctype and support for responsive behaviour. If you're looking for suitable Moot-compatible RapidWeaver themes, check the ones available from websites like ThemeFlood.

Source code

It you want to embed Moot in a non-Stacks page (like a RapidWeaver HTML Code page), here's the source code to use. This is exactly the same as the code Moot provides already. Start by entering this code in the Custom Header box, in the RapidWeaver Page Inspector:

<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.moot.it/1/moot.min.js"></script>
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://cdn.moot.it/1/moot.css">

Then wherever in the page you want to embed the forum or comment board, enter this code once:

<a class="moot" href="https://moot.it/i/username"></a>

Change username in the above code, to match your Moot username. Leave the rest of the code as it is and do not change anything else.

Concluding notes

Note that some functions of Moot do not work in RapidWeaver preview mode (both the stack and source code versions) and some aspects like realtime updates and images may not display locally on your computer. These are known issues and should not effect the Mootable stack or code snippet, once your website has been published live. Beware that Moot is currently provided as a Beta, and carries the normal health warnings as with other Beta software and services. You will need to create a free Moot account, accept the terms and conditions of use, and confirm your email address, before using Moot and / or the Mootable stack.
 

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If you find this stack element useful in your personal or commercial web projects; please consider making a small contribution towards ongoing support and updates. There are many different ways you can contribute to the Stacks4Stacks project, and benefits for doing so.
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