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What is BBCode/BB Code?

Updated on February 29, 2020

BBCode, or Bulletin Board Code, is a type of coding language kind of like basic HTML in the way that it helps you format text to do fun things like make text bold, italicized or underlined. BBCode is almost exclusively used on message boards - also called forums.

When you want to post a picture on a forum: you'll frequently use BBCode.

When you want to make your text move across the screen: you'll use BBCode.

When you want to make great emphasis on a section of text, quote a post that came before you, or both: you'll use BBCode.

This hub will be a short tutorial on BBCode commands and their uses on Hubpages. Please note that all BBCode information as to which codes work and are compatible with Hubpages can be found HERE at the FAQ.

How to use BBCode

Standard uses for BBCode include bolding, italicizing, or underlining text as well as posting images or hyperlinks (URLs) within the body of a message board post.

To make text bold, use [b]. To stop making text bold, type [/b].

[i] will make your text slanted, italicised. [u] will underline your text now matter what other formatting is present.

To include an image in your posts, use the code [img] [/img].

For URLs, use [url] [/url. This will make the link you post a "live ilnk" and let people click on it.

BBCode outside of Hubpages

As I mentioned before, all the BBCode that Hubpages allows is displayed in the FAQ. You can use it to make changes in small cosmetic ways, and also to post images here on HubPages' forums.

Elsewhere in the forum communities, BBCode takes on a modest complexity. Parameterized BBCode is any snippet of code requiring a value to be assigned. For example:

  • [url=""]A picture[/url] - This command's parameter is the image link. The equal sign tells the programming to look for said parameter. Then, the image will display.
  • [color=blue][b]The text present here would become bold and blue, because of the "blue" parameter.[/color][/b]

Some forums will operate with BBCode turned off for simplicy's sake, while others delve deep into the BBCode world. BBCode is functionally a replacement for HTML in instances where HTML would likely be inappropriate, the message board being one clear example.


There you have it, it's really that simple. You can play around wtih options, explore different commands at the link here, and the more proficient you get with BBCode, the more attractive your forum posts will become.


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    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      Oh yayyyy!!! I'm so glad. :D Welcome to the world of forum posting veterans!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Charlotte! Guess what, Guess what, Guess what, Guess what... I made the smilies appear on a forum posting. Watch everything from now on is going to be plastered with them and then I can put the blame on my pal Gamergirl... zs

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      This is cool I never could figure out how to make the smilies. I must go now and play.

      Hugs to Sierra, regards Zsuzsy


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