Forum Signatures What is a Forum Signature (Sig) The forum signature is a block of information automatically appended at the bottom of each forum post. That block usually contains links for sites owned or favoured by the post author. How To Create Forum Signatures When you sign up for a message board, you do not have a signature that goes with your name. In fact, you will not have one unless you take it upon yourself to make your own signature. If you want your signature to show up with every post you make, you need to make sure that this is noted in your profile preferences.
To add a signature to your profile all you need to do is go to the forum and sign-in. Once you are signed in, click on the profile button or another area where you can change your personal information. In this area, you should find a signature box. Paste your signature code (see later) into this area and save the changes that you have made.
Once you click "Save" in the profile area, you are done. It is really as simple as that. You can go to the forum and make a post to see what your new signature looks like. If everything is how you want it to be, then you are done. If you want to make some changes, you can go back to the profile area and make them until you have the signature just the way you want it.
Most forums will have some regulations on forum signature lengths or forum signature formatting. Common forum signature formats that are approved by mature forums are text-only and specifying a maximum of number of lines.
If you do not want the signature to show up after every single post then you will need to add your signature to specific posts manually by clicking a checkbox. That checkbox is usually labeled as "Attach Signature", and is located near the bottom of the message screen where you type your posts. Customizing Your Signature You can use plain text for your signature, but if you want a specific look or add other elements like links or pictures, you will need to use special codes to achieve that features. The vast majority of forums use BBCode for that special codes. The ability to use BBCode is set on a forum-by-forum basis by the administrator, so you should check the forum rules when you post a new message.
For instance, with BBCode you can change the text size, color, and make it bold, or underlined, or italicized on one specific text line or word. The main difference between BBCode and HTML is the tags that control the code. BBCode uses [ and ] brackets where HTML uses < and > brackets.
Although the basic tags of BBCode are similar in most internet forum software, there is currently no standards document for BBCode and there are consequently many incompatible variants. Some variants require are case-sensitive while others are not.