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Short Codes (or Extending BBCode) in the Forum Module

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Community Member, 62 Posts

20 October 2011 at 4:44am

We added some custom short codes to the "core" site code to allow various media embedding. We are now installing the Forum Module. The customer's two biggest requirements are:

- BBCode or similar, not full HTML, for security reasons
- Authors must be able to embed the same kinds of media as the core site.

Is this possible out of the box? Do I understand correctly that the BBCode components are totally separate from the SS ShortCode capabilities? If that is the case, is there a way to *add* a custom BBCode similar to how I added the SS shortcodes? (I don't mind hacking into the bbcode php, if that is possible.)




Forum Moderator, 1899 Posts

20 October 2011 at 4:55am

Hi John,

I can't comment too much on the forum module, however regarding bbcode. out of the box silverstripe itself supprots basic bbcode. Just replace $Content this in your template with...


have a look at "sapphire\parsers\BBCodeParser.php" for the available tags


Community Member, 62 Posts

20 October 2011 at 5:56am

Thanks swaiba, I actually need to go in the other direction (get SS shortcodes working inside blog/forum) but you've just pointed me in the right direction for hooking into the bbcode parser.

I think my short term fix is going to be simply adding the 2 or 3 custom codes there to try to function the same way as over on the main site. But I'm also wondering if I could make BBCodeParser.php look at the SS shortcode collection in real time, and include them, such that *any* custom shortcode also works in Blog/Forum. If that works out, maybe you folks would find it useful in the core? I'll let you know how it goes.


Community Member, 2 Posts

10 January 2013 at 9:56am

Hi johnmblack, have you managed to implement short codes in forums? I'd like to do exactly the same.



Community Member, 62 Posts

10 January 2013 at 10:49am

I'm actually not on that project anymore since last year; but I think the rest of the team worked something else out. I'll reach out to the current developers to see if they ever solved this, and if so, how.