Help & Support
Our help database contains answers to most of the common questions regarding our products.
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Your Cbox embed code is available at your control panel. You need this code to install your Cbox on your website.
Also on that page is your Quick Link — a URL which you can use to access your Cbox directly in your browser or on your mobile device.
If you install your Cbox and all you see is code, or nothing at all, your web host may be removing or otherwise interfering with the HTML iframe tags that Cbox uses. Your Cbox code needs to be pasted into an area of your site that accepts HTML without modification. This may mean switching your editor from "rich text" or "WYSIWYG" mode into HTML-editing or "raw" mode, or you may need to open your template files in a plain-text editor like Notepad.
Remember that you always have the option of posting or sharing your Cbox Quick Link — this gives visitors direct access to your Cbox in a full-screen layout, so it's perfect as a mobile option or for stand-alone use.
Go to the Theme editor in your control panel. There you can specify the fonts and colours of your Cbox, using a point-and-click editor. You can always reset your theme to one of the preset defaults there, if you would like to start again.
If you have a Premium or Pro Cbox, you can create a moderator name for yourself at your Users page, and then log in on your Cbox using the "profile" link. You will see a delete icon [x] next to each message in your Cbox, and you will not have to log in at your control panel at all to delete messages.
Yes. In the Theme editor, simply delete the colour codes for the main and form background ("BG") elements. This will make the Cbox transparent, allowing whatever is behind the Cbox to show through.
Note that any pop-ups generated by a transparent Cbox will have the default background colour — usually white. If your font colour is light, it may be invisible in popups. You can fix this by editing the CSS to introduce a background-color rule for popups.
The Sticky message accepts boxcode, even if you have not enabled boxcode for ordinary messages. So to post a link, enter the following:
[url=http://mysite.com]This is a link[/url]
You can post an image as well:
See this article for a complete boxcode reference.
If Cbox does not remember your user name between visits, your browser's privacy settings may be preventing Cbox from storing this information.
Some browsers have a setting specifically to block third-party cookies or site data. When Cbox is embedded on a site, it is considered a third-party content source from the visitor's perspective, and this preference will apply.
You can usually configure an exception for Cbox in your browser's privacy settings. Use *.cbox.ws as the address.
If you have set up an exception for Cbox or configured your browser to allow third-party storage, and Cbox still forgets your name, then the problem may be a browser extension instead. To test this, disable all extensions in your browser, and if that fixes the problem, re-enable them one by one until the problem returns. This last extension will need to be configured with an exception for Cbox, as above.
This is the message that shows when your Cbox is accessed from an address other than the one specified at your Publish page, when you have the option "Allow access only at this address" enabled.
A common reason for this to happen is that you have entered an address that is more specific than it needs to be — for example, including the "www." at the beginning when your visitors don't need to include that to reach your website. Most of the time "mysite.com" works just as well as "www.mysite.com", but if you have specified "www.mysite.com" as the only address to allow access at, then Cbox will show an error when you arrive at your site via "mysite.com".
The solution is to simplify the address so it covers all the legitimate routes to your page, or turn off the option "Allow access only at this address."
A Moderated Cbox requires that messages be manually approved before they are published.
Normally, all users can post to your public Cbox, and everyone can see their messages. If you enable Moderated chat, then only voiced users can post directly. Unvoiced users' messages are redirected to a special channel where moderators can view and approve them.
This setting enables proactive moderation. It's important if you are concerned about your platform's brand but still want your Cbox to be publicly-accessible. It's also useful if you host live chats where you may want to control the volume and relevance of published messages by accepting only the ones you want, and at the appropriate time.
Using Moderated chat
For testing, it's helpful to open another instance of your Cbox in an incognito/private tab. This allows you to log in as a guest in one tab and as a Mod in the other.
When you enable this setting, a shadow channel is created. Regular users cannot access it, but a Mod or Admin user on the public Cbox will see a "mod channel" link or "thumbs up" button. Clicking this button opens the shadow channel, and shows any messages that are awaiting approval. These messages can be published (i.e. re-posted) to the public Cbox by clicking the [a]/"tick" button in the mod tools next to each message.
Note that when users register they do not automatically get voice. So, if you have existing registered users, before you enable Moderated chat, you might first want to voice them.
Mods and admins always have voice. This means they can always post directly to your public Cbox. Registered users (other than mods and admins) can be voiced and unvoiced from within your Cbox by clicking the [v]/"plus" button in the mod tools next to their messages. Unregistered guest users cannot be granted this permission, however.
Voice permission grants a user direct publication access to your Cbox, without any of the special permissions of mods or admins. It is useful in cases where the user is trusted and/or conversation established.
Moderation works in conjunction with channels, too. The global setting controls whether new channels are created in Moderated mode or not. The per-channel setting is maintained even if the global setting is later changed.
Yes. This will work if they are different Cboxes. If you want to show the same Cbox more than once on the page, you will need to make a small change to the embed code for each additional embed.
In your Cbox embed code you will see something like
name="cboxmainA-123456" id="cboxmainA-123456" — this uniquely identifies the Cbox so that its frames can communicate with each other. The
A-123456 part appears four times in total in the standard embed code. Edit it, simply adding a dash and a serial number, to make it
A-123456-2, for example.