Chat Plugins with one-to-many messaging?
Hello dear experts!
I’m comparing buddypress suitable chat plugins. I’ve installed and checked out cometchat and wpmu chat. As far as I’ve seen (I’m newbie to buddypress), none of them and no other chat plugin I’ve found offers one-to-many messaging as facebook does. The only way to reach many users are their chatrooms, but these are visible to everybody, so not a private message (I categorize one-to-many messaging being private messaging, differently than a public chatroom).
Do you have a hint for a facebook-close chat solution?
Thank you & best wishes from Germany,
I don’t have any advice for you right now. I’ve tried to hire in Cometchat to do something alike, but they haven’t been able to solve this.
I am crossing my fingers for you and if you stumble upon a reliable company then please let me know.
I’m also in contact with them. Their support says:
“We are working on making chatrooms permanently visible for users who have been invited to them in the next few releases. We are also working at adding group chat feature similar to Facebook.”
When have you spoken with them?
As I’m interested too, we could share costs and hire them:) You want a facebook copy basically, right? Me too.
Best wishes from Berlin,
@jacipetersilie – best thing I have seen that is close to fbook like chat thing is the free “quick chat plugin” – however I do not use it to show as a widget on all pages and give a popup to users – as I think that would tax the server and web browser more than is reasonable if you have dozens of users – it might work, might not. I use quick chat for a single chat room on a single page.
From what you are describing however, I wonder if you really need a chat plugin to do what you are saying – one to many message – like the super-admin send a message to all users, kind of privately… I think there are some plugins in the wild that allow admin to send an email (Which I guess would be a buddypress inbox notification (?)) – to all users… that would “one to many” message – and give people a way to “message you back” privately I think.
I have also seen a plugin that will allow super admin to add a note to all dashboards – although I guess many bp users will not go to their dashboard when using most features –
I suppose you could also assign users to a group, and select settings for them to get a notice email when a new group message is sent. Which may achieve what you are describing.
If you just want one-to-many messaging chat with users who are actually logged into a chat room, I think it would be easy to do that with nusoft’s av-chat, there are settings in which you can make it so only certain users can post in the chat, have moderated chat, turn off pms and stuff like that – I guess I am not clear on what exactly you are trying to accomplish as I don’t use fbook and am not familiar with the kind of one to many fbook messaging you are talking about.
@mariatrier, I am also paying cometchat for that and will let you know how it goes. They estimated 8 working hours, begun work a week ago and haven’t replied ever since to my question how far they are.
Thank you for your time. From your feedback I understand that my description wasn’t accurate. i really mean something like facebook chat. So no admin->many private message. I will check out that quick chat plugin.
the’re some specific chat plugins for BP ! Have you tested them ?
– BuddyPress Group Tinychat
– Buddypress Group Chat
.. and both are up to date !
For a few bucks, i can buy BPChat
those are interesting – I’d like to add that anyone considering integrating those should pay close attention to the terms of service, privacy policies, usage restrictions, etc – most that I have found that are “free” either crash ~ 20 users, or are hosted on third party servers that are not in your own control – so reliability, and privacy, third party ads out of your control – stuff like that I always found (aside from quick chat, which runs on own server using sql database I think)
to get a little fancier than quick chat, I have tried more then 50 free / freemium / and premium options out there.. but I had not seen that one pointed out at code canyon – I might buy it and try it to see how it works, unfortunately I have found that even most premium options fail with server load issues once about 20 people are chatting – especially if they use the same mysql that your wordpress is tapping into. I also need to find someone who can go over the code in that one to see how hackable it may or may not be – any suggestions for a security review person?
If you can budget a couple hundred bucks you could get into:
123flashchat, I can say that it is solid enough to keep running for months on end even with lots of chatters.. there is a wp integration kit avail for that premium program – but I have not tried it yet. The support is either really great, or no answer – but I think part of that is my email services auto-blocking stuff from a busy email server in hong kong – and some language barriers.
Another premium option with will require a red5 media server or something similar is av-chat by nusoft – it has buddypress integration that I use – will pull in bp avatars into the chat room and such – it’s pretty solid, and lots of customization options.
( https://wordpress.org/plugins/avchat-3/ )
I use these as single page chat rooms, not something site-wide on every page.
@danbp or @moderators – I am pretty sure the comment two above which links “cards” is just purely seo link spam 🙁 –
thank you for sharing, and mentionned topic marked as spam.
Have a nice day.
Wow, your recommendations sound interesting! Is there a way i can have a look at out your buddypress installation chat?
My investigations so far come to the same result as you have reported. Most of the chat plugins fail in terms of performance.
@jacipetersilie – I run the quick chat on a few sites – the ones on vanilla sites are just open to the public and do not show the integration as members options, avatars included, etc.
(like seen here: http://megachatplace.com/chat-rooms/text-chat/ )
The other chat systems I run either along side or integrated with BP are adults only / nsfw.. and bp dot org has issues with posting too much about stuff like that from what I gather – and it would take 4 links to s3xy sites to show them..
So I just did a write up page about these, with links to show the examples – if you’d like to read some extra info and rants, you can read the page I wrote about these issues real quick here: http://megachatplace.com/webmasters-chat-considerations/ (THIS site is not pr0n, but I added some NSFW links on that page showing some uses you can check if you like)
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