Chat application on website?

software development

#1

hi,

how do I setup a chat applciation on my site? I want to allow members the ability to chat with each other. thanks

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#2

Per the DH Terms of Service, “Servers are shared with other customers, and as such IRC-related activities or severely CPU intensive CGI scripts (e.g. chat scripts, proxy scripts, scripts which have bugs causing them to not close properly after being run) are not encouraged.”

That said, there are numerous chat scrips available that you could probably install on your site (check out http://www.hotscripts.com), but you will need to find one that is “lightweight” enough not to be killed by DH.

Alternately, you could make use of DH’s Jabber services, available via the webpanel.

BTW, Why are many of the products on your site listed with selling prices above the MSRP, and why are none of the “credentials” or “certifications” across the bottom of your site (truste, BBB, etc.) linked to the actual certifications as required by the TOS of those organizations? Does your site actually have these certifications?

–rlparker


#3

they are above the msrp? my goodness. I configured the calculations to yield a reasonable price. hmm do you notice that for all products?

Oops I forgot to provide the links to the certifications, will fix asap. thanks for the heads up!:slight_smile:

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#4

I didn’t look at all the products but, I did look at Video Editing-Software, and half of the products were listed that way (look at the Pinnacle products). :wink:

–rlparker


#5

Here’s the one I use. Hot-Things, Blab chat room
Silk

My website


#6

I see that it’s php based. Does it run on the server all the time. I mean is it a persistant process? Have you have any server issues running this on a shared server?

thanks

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#7

It is not persistant which is why DH gave me the go ahead to use it. On their site they do have lite version which is free. So you can try it out. Who knows maybe the lite version is enough for you. I beleive it is limited to the number of rooms and people who can be in the room.
I like it because it is php, I don’t have to worry about cross platform issues.
Silk

My website


#8

I’ve been using PHP Free Chat on my shared account, and it’s been working well. It’s still beta, but there are relatively few bugs and it’s under active development.

–Matttail
art.googlies.net - personal website


#9

How do we know if our chat is sucking up bandwidth/CPU processing/whatever?

I just recently got a Flash chat room for $5 at this site called tufat.com. You can see mine here: http://www.kustomfitness.com/forums/chat/flashchat.php
It synchs with your databases automatically. If somebody can tell just by looking at it if this particular chat room would be problematic or not for the reasons rlparker said, please tell me.


#10

One thing you can do is observe your chat application on your server while several people are chatting. SSH to your server and then run “top” - or “nice top” if you’re nice. :slight_smile:

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#11

While the exact process will vary depending upon what code you are running for your chat functionality, the basic idea (in addition to lensmans excellent suggestion) is found in this DH Wiki CPU Resources FAQ, and in the article on user resource reporting (and links in those pages).

–rlparker