Craziest Discourse Modifications

Hello :wave:

I am incredibly curious to discover the most extraordinary modifications you have managed to achieve with your Discourse platform. I know that many individuals use the default themes, plugins but I am sure their are lot of other platforms use a completely unique modifications too. I am eager to witness these creations. :slightly_smiling_face:

Is your Discourse platform unique in any way? If you would like to, please introduce your site on this topic. :slightly_smiling_face: By doing so, it is plausible that an entirely new view will unfold before us, showcasing the remarkable flexibility of Discourse and the astounding levels of customization it can achieve.

This topic is not made for questions like… Ask to share the customization source or code. It is just to see many things possible and maybe we can get some idea… Anyway, if the author/creator would like to share their modifications, they can in theme, theme-component or plugin categories.

Thanks :slightly_smiling_face:


Hey Don,

Great topic! :smile:

We have been developing quite a lot of custom Discourse plugins along with our WordPress services.

A couple of customizations:

Update Requests

Customers on our main website will automatically be able to request new updates for WordPress themes and plugins using a custom Discourse plugin.

Posting replies from WordPress to Discourse
When a customer has a question or does like to report a theme or plugin, he can do that directly using this feature.

Upgrading members to a custom group if they use WooCommerce product + license

We have WooCommerce as a shop component activate on our WordPress systems. Whenever a customer purchases a license, or order, he will automatically be granted to a specific user level on Discourse so he can access the support community.

And some other minor integrations:

  • Automatically follow a Discourse topic by downloading a theme or plugin.
  • Auto-sync users upon registration from WordPress to Discourse.
  • And we use to automate several other tasks.

Just my 2 cents and I’m looking forward to other integrations :smiley:


I modified the signature plugin to let people specify a set of their favourite Pokémon to show below their post (this is a Pokémon based forum). I also added a badge system that awards users a bage when they get above a certain post count. That is shown below the username. There is also a plugin that let’s people share their Instagram/YouTube/ebay account next to their name. Nothing too crazy.

A crazier one was this discord plugin I made that links accounts across Discourse/Discord. It stores all messages in the discourse db so you can quickly query total Discord post count (which is not a feature you can do easily otherwise believe it ir not). Based on post count, you can collect a badge on the forum (and it also gives you that rank using the discord bot api). You can also view your Discord posts on Discourse because why not


Not a very good example of what you can do with discourse…
but you can put whatever theme you want on. This may be crazy, because broken = crazy right?


I created a dashboard that will let you install Discourse:

You can enter your hostname and API keys for Mailgun and Digital Ocean and click a button to install:

The script creates a droplet, configures mailgun, and sends you an email with the required DNS settings. When you have made them, it installs Discourse and sends an email when it’s complete.

A site that’s set up looks like this:


You can also manage plugins and environment settings:

If you join the free trial group, you can check it out for free.


At Backbase we used a heavily modified Discourse instance that served all of our product docs (rendered out of Asciidoc and Docbook).
About 1.5M documents, fully embedded in the Discourse ember framework. We had a custom Algolia search that included it all.

And we developed something using the gamification/badging to emulate Salesforce Trails.

Alas it was a closed community, so I don’t have a lot of visuals to share :frowning:
Made a post years ago with some screenshots:


Hello :wave:

For todays productivity, I little bit remake the create topic section on my site. This modification is really nicely suits to my site’s :thinking: twitter-ish x-ish whatever look…

Three color schemes: Light, Dark, Pure Black

The site contains too much modification to introduce all but I shared some of these in theme-component category.

It contains modified templates, custom topic list section, custom mobile view, custom tap highlight etc…almost forget the Cookie Monster :cookie: banner. :slight_smile:

Mobile view: I made a footer nav bar from header, I split it… The logo section is still on top and the header panel buttons put to bottom. On scroll both section hidden. So it makes a larger seeable area. This is how it works on everywhere except topics. On topic pages the header is fixed with the topic title. It works like on desktop. So when you scroll up the title still there. On chat pages the top header is hidden and use only the chat header. etc… Check the videos :slightly_smiling_face:

This video is showing how the topic list sections and header/footer bar works. On my site the footer bar contains by position: 1. home (house icon), 2. hamburger, 3. user, 4. chat, 5. search.

This video show the topic page and the fixed header title I mentioned above.

The next two videos are about the todays create topic section modification I mentioned above. It merges the Convert the New Topic button to a have a sub menu - #7 by awesomerobot component and the create topic button. The trick is it starts with the select kit header button and when the select kit expanded it changes to the create topic button. When it collapsed it changes back to the select kit header button. :slight_smile:


That create topic / new topic button submenu merge is AWESOME.

I love your work my friend. Creativity, aesthetics and functionality merged beautifuly. Thanks for sharing how you do these things. :purple_heart: :slight_smile:


Mind sharing this modified plugin and how you did the last part of your reply here? Would love to use it as a base to modify to my own needs.

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Mind sharing this Twitter-ish theme? I guess you made your profile hidden so I can’t go through your posts.