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Thread: Advice on Chat software

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Peterborough, UK

    Advice on Chat software


    My client has asked me to investigate chat software for their website which I am in the process of building. I'm not very familiar with such software as I work with PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS exclusively.

    I need some advice on what software to go for and have no idea how to choose, so here's some details that may or may not be useful:

    • The site is hosted on a LAMP server (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP).
    • The budget is very small - preferably nil for this software.
    • The client would like to set up a "live chat" facility which has a special guest chatter and then registered users can join the chat.
    • They would like to be able to filter the messages in real time to avoid offensive questions/comments - so an administrator facility.
    • The chat would need to open at a certain time and close at a certain time, controlled by the administrator - either predefined or manually opened and closed.
    • Only one chat at a time.
    • Chat software is switched off at all other times
    • Ideally the software will plug into the existing site design rather than open in a separate and stylistically different page
    • style needs to be customised easily

    Any help is greatly appreciated


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    New York City
    Well, there are a number of solutions already out on the web. (Right now is time for me to plug Chategory )

    Really, I'd recommend searching Sourceforge.net or Google. Really, I think something like a Java applet would be best suited for chatting, but if you're on a LAMP setup, then search around the php options. I've seen numerous php based chat systems (that I can't at the moment find).

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