Would anyone use Video Chat and Buddypress?
If I were to make a video chat for Buddypress do you think people would want it and use it? It would require a REAL server, not a shared hosting site as well as bandwidth, but I think I could do it as a plugin. But what people want it and use it? Is this a good idea?
CometChat has a pricey plugin at $500 USD that can offer that plus screen sharing. I haven’t heard reviews on it though.
Don’t think it’ll be a widely used plugin, first because it can’t be used on most hosts/servers and second since not a lot of sites actually need it.
Besides that, you’ll get a lot of people nagging that the plugin won’t work on their host/server.
It wont work if your chat require a real server. Most BP sites are on shared hosting sites.
Something like http://www.pcpin.com/ would be great
Team up with a host that can do it. like make a deal with them where they will host your plugin user then your plugin user pay for the hosting. How much would it cost if there just hosting the video and thats it. Im looking for a video chat.
I would be interested to hear more about the project. I already run 123flashchat software, and absolutely love it. It is not currently integrated into bp, but it could be. I run a flash comm cluster in order to use the video chat and live video broadcasting. I would warn people first, that bandwidth is a huge issue with video.
i would use that video chat plugin, in fact! i’ve been searching and there is none…. most of the other sites have one so why don’t we have one! u need to make one @dfa327. just make sure it is user friendly, not branded, has no ads and can work on our servers, we know it will require a huge amount of bandwidth, but who ever needs it will seek a server with unlimited bandwidth… its that simple…
@dfa327 You can always set up advance options to have the video chat run on like a cdn as well.
DFA this is a great idea! I’ve been looking for one like crazy for the site im building. its for the military and their family and friends to help keep them connected, and a huuuuuge aspect of it will be chat, specifically video chat. but i cant seem to find a decent video chat plugin. please oh please build this plugin lol. it would be greaaaaaaaatly appreciated. Thanks!
Have you seen this new plugin? Looks perfect
Here’s a customer dying to have access to an affordable video chat service. I love the idea and currently I am using Envolve Chat which I like but I would love this service if it included video chat. Currently I am paying $49.99 to have this service available for my users. Hope this feedback is of some use for you.
I came across the topic of someone asking about 123flashchat by TOPCMM and felt I should share with you what my experience is so that others don’t get caught.
Anyone considering any of TOPCMM software should spend a lot of time asking questions. I lost $1300.00 plus thousands of dollars in advertising, hardware and other software because TOPCMM was never able to make this software work right.
After only a few months of owning it, I started begging for a refund which never came. When they found my review, they said in public that they were happy to offer me a refund but in email, the keep telling me it’s not possible and that will not happen.
Support is almost nonexistent and they will make you nearly crazy with delays. No matter what ticket type you use, low priority or critical, you still will receive the same support no matter what. You might get lucky and someone will respond in a day, maybe two and often, a week. By then, you will have lost many customers and money if you are advertising as I was.
They also take countless holidays and leave you hanging during those and only sales is on staff during weekends. Their forums are useless and they never give any real answers other than ‘give us your login details and we’ll fix it’. This means you’ll never learn about your server and will always be dependent on them, just how they like it.
From what I can tell, they are on their knees after abusing countless customers and their future is unsure. Be very careful!
I could go on and on and would be happy to share more horrors if anyone is considering this software. Just PM me.
Good luck… now… on to more positive things
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