Help & Support
Our help database contains answers to most of the common questions regarding our products.
If you are unable to locate a satisfactory answer for your query by searching here, please contact us.
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.
We accept payment via PayPal. PayPal accepts most credit and debit cards, and depending on your region, you may be able to check out without creating a PayPal account. In some regions it is also possible to pay via bank transfer ("eCheck") through PayPal.
If you have any difficulties making payment, please contact us, and we can assist.
Cbox supports private messaging to and from mod and admin users. You can enable PM for your Cbox at your Settings page.
You can also type out the PM command: enter
//pm username message..., where username is the name of the person you want to send your message to. This method works if the username conforms to Cbox "strict name" or "ASCII name" policy, i.e. comprises alphanumeric characters only and includes no spaces. Otherwise, you will have to refer to the user by ID.
By default, ordinary users cannot send PMs to other ordinary users. One of the two participants in any private conversation must be a mod or admin.
Opting in and out
Registered users can opt in to sending and receiving private messages from other registered (non-mod) users, by entering
//pm on. The command
//pm off revokes this availability.
Errors on sending
Private messages can fail to send for a number of reasons. If you get an error, it will likely either be due to the target user not being online (see below) or due to policy regarding who can send and receive private messages (see above). If the target user is not online, you may need to wait just a few seconds before retrying. Refer to the onliners list to confirm whether Cbox recognizes the user as present.
Private messages are sent via the streaming interfaces. The target user must be viewing and connected. Users on old browsers or restricted networks may not be able to receive PMs. When your message has been accepted by our servers for relaying, you will see an indicator (by default, a tick symbol). When the message has been received by the target user, the indicator will change (double-tick symbol). If that doesn't happen, your message probably wasn't received. Note that Cbox does not know that a message has been read, only that it has been delivered.
Cbox does not store private messages for future delivery. New messages are relayed only if the user has an active connection. If the user has gone offline or is otherwise unable to receive your message, it will not be sent again, and nor will it be seen by that user when he reconnects. If you do not see the two-tick "received" indicator within a few seconds of sending a message, you will need to re-send your message later.
If you have a Premium or Pro Cbox, you can create a moderator account for yourself here, and then ban people with one click while logged in to your Cbox. You will see [x][o] links next to each message. Clicking the [o] will ban that user.
Alternatively, go to your Messages page, select a message from the user you want to ban, and click the "Ban" link.
Your Blocked users page lists the bans currently in force. To unban someone, select the ban and click "Unban". Bans that show as "expired" will be cleared within a few minutes.
Paid Cboxes support Facebook authentication for user registration. You can enable this option at your Users page.
Facebook authentication makes it easy for users to register their names with your Cbox, because they do not have to enter or remember a separate password for Cbox. They tap the "profile" link and then the "Log in with Facebook" button. If they are already logged in with Facebook and have previously accepted the Cbox app connection, then they will be logged in without any further prompt.
Facebook authentication also makes it easier for you to control access to your Cbox, because bans against Facebook users will apply to their Facebook identity, not just their name or IP on your Cbox.
Cbox does not use its Facebook integration to post to users' feeds; we only ask permission to retrieve the user's name and email address, as well as basic public information that all Facebook apps receive. We may set the user's avatar on your Cbox to their Facebook profile picture by default, but they are free to change this.
When you ban a user in your Cbox by clicking the [o] ban button, or at your Messages page, Cbox will ban the name as well as the IP address.
You can also prevent a name from being used by reserving it. To reserve a name, register it at the Users page, without a password. Nobody will be able to log in with this name. If it is already registered, delete the name and re-register it with a blank password.