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londonweb
Jan 27, 2006, 04:16 AM
So now I've decided on my forum software (going for vBulletin), the same client has asked for a real-time chat facility to be set up, of the type you sometimes get after tv programs where someone in the show will be on-line and available to chat for say 30-60 minutes.

Has anyone done this before? If so, what host did you go for? My usual hosts (1and1) say that this type of activity puts a heavy strain on the database and as such is disallowed.

Suggestions very welcome



Moria
Jan 27, 2006, 03:58 PM
You could set up an IRC channel and put a Java applet on your site...

janey
Jan 27, 2006, 07:48 PM
Tried shoutboxes?

Anyway, an IRC channel would also be good, but shoutboxes tend to be more convenient (plus, you don't have to worry about maintaining the irc channel)

londonweb
Jan 28, 2006, 05:46 AM
Tried shoutboxes?

Anyway, an IRC channel would also be good, but shoutboxes tend to be more convenient (plus, you don't have to worry about maintaining the irc channel)

:confused:
I'm showing my inexperience here, but I've no idea what an IRC channel or a shoutbox is...Could you elaborate a bit?

many thanks!

littlejim
Jan 28, 2006, 11:16 AM
Has anyone done this before? If so, what host did you go for? My usual hosts (1and1) say that this type of activity puts a heavy strain on the database and as such is disallowed.

Suggestions very welcome

1and1 support is truly hopeless. I use them and love their prices but hate their support - phone and email.

I don't know if it is suitable and I've never used it, but all oneandone Linux hosting packages offer a ready made chat room facility.

If you already have a oneandone package, log in to the control panel and go to the 'Applications' area. You can set it up from there and see if it's suitable.

Moria
Jan 28, 2006, 11:16 AM
http://ownage-gaming.com/

Shout box on the bottom left of that site..

An IRC channel is an IRC chatroom like this one here (http://www.revo-europe.com/chat/chat.html)...

londonweb
Jan 28, 2006, 02:51 PM
thanks folks. 1and1 support is indeed hopeless, but I like their interface and have found them to be generally reliable. I used to use Hostway but I find their interfaces truly horrendous and they caused me a hugely embarrassing screw up whereby one of my clients ended up having their credit card debited for a different client's web hosting. They got the boot...

janey
Jan 28, 2006, 04:34 PM
macrumors has its own irc channel :)

http://macrumors.com/irc

http://guides.macrumors.com/MacRumors_IRC

steveedge
Jan 29, 2006, 12:01 AM
It is true that some chat scripts strain server load, especially if the server has many shared accounts. most C-Panel host offer a chat program called entropy free with your hosting package. It is by no means a slick program but it works. To get a really decent chat program, you would need to run a chat server, which would need to be installed on a server, and cost a bit more than shared hosting.
E-mail if you want some recommendations.
Good luck,