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Old 08-09-2006, 02:44 PM   #1
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I need a Chatroom for my website

I am currently creating a website for my university college and we would like to add chat functionality so freshers can ask questions to older students. I am stick with the Uni's limited linux servers and i would like to know what the best open source chatroom code I can get is.

I have access to the MySQL server and can use PHP. That's about it. I already checked java is not installed so that rules out a java server.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Oh also...I will take recommendations for websites that host a chatroom for free (Like frappr but with a better design and features). To be honest I don't want to do this as I like experimenting with new software but if there isn't any it will do as a last resort!

Old 08-09-2006, 02:59 PM   #2
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You could try using an IRC channel on one of the more reputable networks, like FreeNode. FreeNode might not be a great choice, since I don't think what you want it for is "peer-oriented", but they might let you anyway, and there isn't any harm in asking.
Old 08-09-2006, 03:00 PM   #3
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IRC. See if you can use IRC, and then you can set up as many chatrooms as you feel are needed. One for freshman, and one for each department, for instance
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You might want to have a look at Joomla. It doesn't have a chat room out of the box, but there are extensions to allow chats, including a version of Shoutbox. Since Joomla uses just PHP and MySQL, it should work on your rig.
Old 08-09-2006, 03:24 PM   #5
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I should have mentioned that the site has been designed in PHP fusion which I found really good. Joomla wouldn't install for some reason.

From what I understand about IRC I would have to direct the users to download a client for it. Is that correct?
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yes, thats correct. but there are java versions of it out there, which you can embed in your webpage.
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I would suggest that you check out Moddle at:
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Originally Posted by Boffy
I already checked java is not installed so that rules out a java server.

Thats doesn't rule out java applets.

You could try embedding this into your website. Or go the google talk route, and create a client out of javascript.
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Javascript was my prefered method, something along the lines of ajax code but I can't seem to find such a thing on google. I really don't have the time at the moment to program such complex code myself.
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Interesting that people should mention BuddySpace, Moodle, and javascript: what we're building now at the Open University is exactly a web-only (i.e. no downloads, AJAX-based) instant messaging environment that originates from the design concepts we created with BuddySpace originally, and integrates (optionally) with Moodle!!! It's called "MSG", and is still under development, but if you (or anyone in this thread) emails me via this forum I'll happily provide additional information.

It would handy to know some more about the exact context you're thinking of... for example there are lightweight solutions such as IRC and web-page popup chat environments like 'Gabbly' that might do the trick... so any more specifics would be great...

Best of luck..



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