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Adding a Chat window in your Blog

Adding a chat window to your site or blog can help visitors easily communicate with you and with other fellow visitors.

And there are a host of services which allow you to set an instant messaging platform for your site.
Let's take a look at some of these.

Chatango




First of all, Chatango provides a very simple and easy looking interface.
Here, you can add a public chat room(a group) in your blog where you are the owner of the group.
The owner can block users from the group and delete messages from it.

Apart from group chat, Chatango also allows you to add a private chat window where you can have a one-on-one conversation with your site visitors.
The Chatango chat window I have implemented above is a private chat mini box.
You must be logged on to chat with visitors.
Get a private mini chat window from here.


Meebo Me





Of all the chat plugins that I have come across, Meebo Me has got the most impressive interface with a nice Web 2.0 look.
Again, like Chatango, you'll have to log in to chat with visitors.


Cbox






Cbox provides a free Basic chat plugin (above) which is Ad supported and a Premium one for $2 a month or $20 per year.
The Cbox chat interface is not the best looking one around.
You can signup for a Cbox chat plugin here.

Gabbly

Gabbly has a unique way of usage where you just have to prefix http://gabbly.com/ to the site.
For Eg. http://gabbly.com/http://txpress.blogspot.com will open a Gabbly chat window.
However, you can also embed the Gabbly chat window by generating the code from the Gabbly site.
Gabbly is more like a discussion forum or a group chat service than a private chat one.
Gabbly can play sounds to alert users for new messages and also allows RSS subscriptions for the messages.
Javascript must be enabled for Gabbly to work.

These are the chat widgets I have tested. Please let me know of any similar plugins.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, January 04, 2007


3 Comments:

Comment by Anonymous Francis on January 21, 2009 at 7:53 AM  
Thanks for the info!

In addition to the plugins you mentioned, I'd also recommend Chatroll. (http://chatroll.com) It's free and provides nice moderation control.

Here is an article entailing the ease of adding it to your blog / website:
http://blog.chatroll.com/how-to/add-a-blog-chat-room-in-3-easy-steps
Comment by Anonymous Anonymous on December 12, 2009 at 9:15 AM  
emm... thank you for this thread :))
Thanks for your Help