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How to add a Forum to my Squarespace Site

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Squarespace do not offer a forum feature at this time, and I think it is unlikely they will add one anytime soon because there are a range of third party forum platforms available. 

For example, Squarespace built this forum using Invision Community using a subdomain ("forum.") of their main URL. You can also use a third party service like this to create a forum using a subdomain of domain you use for your Squarespace website.

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I asked for help to the SS help center and here is their response - so disapointing.  

Are Forums easy to integrate with SS ? And how to do that?
 
Since this would need to be done using custom code, while you're welcome to use custom code to modify your site, we highly recommend that you have coding knowledge before attempting custom code solutions. Due to their complex nature, we're unable to offer assistance or troubleshooting for code modifications.
 
Adding code to your site may cause unwanted results when interacting with our platform, templates, or updates we release. To learn more, visit our Custom code FAQ:
 
https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/216107348
 
Our forum is another great resource:
 
http://forum.squarespace.com
 
The forum is an online community of Squarespace users who help each other with more complex, code-related solutions. If you can't find an existing post that answers your question exactly, I'd recommend creating an account and posting your question.
 
By experience could you tell me what forum work WELL integrated with SS ? For security reasons, I don't want to have to download any forum software to my Mac. Also the free software seems too good to be true.
 
We wouldn't be able to say if any forum would work well, since you'll need to modify the site with custom code we can't guarantee it's functionality within Squarespace.
 
I hope you found the information provided today helpful, if you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to contact us. Our support team is available 24/7 to help.

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It would be great Paul, if you could explain step by step how to integrate the INVISION COMMUNITY (for instance) into a site - and more specifically a member area. 

> How to create a subdomain ("forum.") of their main URL. How do you actually do that ? 

> And how to do that in the context of a gated Member Area: How to keep the forum for the members only ? Are my members gonna be forced to create another account on Invision? Or can the member list of the member area and the one of the forum match automatically. ? How is this mess gonna work.... 

Many thanks for your support ! 

 

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8 minutes ago, Olivier75 said:

It would be great Paul, if you could explain step by step how to integrate the INVISION COMMUNITY (for instance) into a site - and more specifically a member area. 

> How to create a subdomain ("forum.") of their main URL. How do you actually do that ? 

The steps to create a subdomain will depend on your domain provider. If your domain is provided by Squarespace, this guide should help: Creating a subdomain for your Squarespace domain. If it is provided by someone else, you'll want to contact them for details.

10 minutes ago, Olivier75 said:

how to do that in the context of a gated Member Area: How to keep the forum for the members only ? Are my members gonna be forced to create another account on Invision?

Users would need an account on Invision that is separate from Squarespace, unless you deploy a Single Sign On (SSO) solution, although this would require you to have a good understanding of the technologies involved. It's somewhat more complex than I could explain here.

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10 minutes ago, Olivier75 said:

I hope I can sort out the SSO thing.... I will also. contact SS for that.

Squarespace don't provide the SSO option - unless you're on an Enterprise plan ($1000+ per month). 

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