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AJAX Shoutbox Popular ComponentModule

This Joomla module adds live chat functionality to your Joomla site. Your visitors can chat with each other right in your website without refreshing their browsers. It's almost like chatting on an instant messenging network! And it's all powered by AJAX, a hot new old technology that powers things like Gmail, Google Maps and other brilliant web apps. Now you can get a piece of all this in your own site. For problems with installing please contact me instead of using the review function.

List of features:
Live updates
Guest posting
Guest tags
CSS Styling
Smilies support
Option to let only registred users shout

Version 1.6 is now compatible with Joomla! 2.5. Note that there are different files for Joomla! 1.5 and 2.5.

Version 1.7 fixes a possible SQL injection

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Reviews: 4
I bought the pro version a while ago and have been using it in Joomla 2.5.
I have looked at other free and commercial options and non meet the requirements my site needs.
I want to upgrade my site to Joomla 3 and this is the only plugin keeping me back as it does not have a Joomla 3 version. I've already tried contacting the developer directly about a Joomla3 version. Perhaps he/she will see this and reply.
Reviews: 2
I was expecting more from this. I didn't tried other ones. Just tried this one. But didn't get expected output from it. Overall things are working fine but you should make it more exclusive. This is only my suggestion. nothing else.
Reviews: 1
I'm using this shoutbox for either a 1.5 installation AND a 2.5 installation and both versions work well for me.

There's not really a documentation available, so for some issues you have to crawl the different files within the module folder - that's the reason for "only" 4 stars. But hey, it's free and it works!
Reviews: 5
Hi i have language Translation lang_front ini to danish but can get it to work in joomla 2.5 i put it in the folder language/da-DK, what i do wrong ? can sombody help me, have format to utf-8 wit out bom.. will translate the last 2 ini file befor i no i will work the first one.
Reviews: 1
Good idea but too buggy which would be ok if help was on hand quickly to resolve, but help from devs seem very, very slow.
Shame when you pay for a pro version.
Reviews: 9
I am trying to uninstall the module however it does not show up under Extension Manager, Modules. It shows that the coding is third rate at least. A good idea, terrible implementation.
Reviews: 2
It is very customizable if you understand css and php. This module has great potential if it was developed further. But i did noticed some errors. The profile link to the Kunena forum profile won't work. You have to edit a line in helper.php to get it to work. But besides that it is a pretty simple shoutbox. Works great for the features it has.
Reviews: 17
Cool and simple. not many styling options though.
Reviews: 1
Quick & easy to install ,nice functions, and it's pretty easy to update the stylesheet.
This is an excellent little addition to the Joomla community.
Reviews: 2
Been a user of this shoutbox for almost 2 years now and had nothing but great experiences. Bought the pro version and had some issues updating to the latest version, the developer promptly provided help and even installed the latest version the site for me! Great product, great support.
Reviews: 1
Great extension - but I had to disable it because of spam... :(

Please include StopForumSpam (which works great on my forum) filter...
Reviews: 16
My visitors LOVE this! I do too! It was such a snap to install and works flawlessly. Just one more awesome tool to make my site stickier.
Reviews: 2
I've been using this shoutbox for several months now and I'm very pleased with it. Easy to configure but powerful options. My visitors love it!
Reviews: 1
Nice and easy module, but attracts lots of SPAM.

I have created a little modification (just a little change in the helper.php) to block SPAM.
Reviews: 1
Install easy.
Configure to integrate in the site not so easy.
But the problem for me is the links that users post on the chat, are followed by google. They dont have the attribute "nofollow", so it gets a lot of spam.
Reviews: 3
The free version works well but you'll eventually get lots of spam. I used it on our wedding website that has not been intentionally indexed by Google and is not advertised anywhere. It's a low traffic site with trafic just form the wedding guests but after a few weeks it still got SPAM on it. It was working fine up to this point so I deided to install the PRO version so I could use its CAPTCHA features. I uninstalled the free module and installed the PRO version. The captcha doesn't work as the CAPTCHA box disappears after you hit submit and no messages could be posted as a guest. The avatars show up as balnk even when you turn off avatars. I'm an experienced web developer and I believe I've configured the module correctly. I usually write positive reviews but was very disappointed with the PRO verison. I wouldn't recommend you buy this extension. Use the free on e if you can get away without the spamming.
Reviews: 1
I installed in my site and work very nice.

Keep it up!

Best Regards!
Reviews: 1
Hey, this ShoutBox is really easy to design and it works pretty solid. My only problem is that the Shoutsbox is not updating/refreshing by it self in IE8 ??? anyone else who have tried this ? its working fine in Firefox etc. but not in IE ?
Reviews: 9
It works flawlessly, IF you set it up correctly. I've been using it for a couple of years now, and the only problem I have had is remembering NOT to install the mod that comes in the package. I'm running Joomla 1.5 in legacy mode, with a 1.0 template. There is a second mod that is separate from the one in the package that works perfectly for me with this configuration.

I noticed a complaint about getting spam with this shoutbox. I don't get any spam in mine. It's not that hard to configure your settings to prevent this:

You can set the module to be publically viewed, but restrict the shouts to registered users. That's the first step.

Next, even if you don't want to use it, I recommend installing Community Builder along with the CBRecaptcha plugin (set to appear on BOTH the registration page AND the login reminder page.

I used to have spam problems. Now that I'm using CB and Recaptcha, even with the shoutbox set to be viewed by guests, I don't get ANY spam anymore.

Use Recaptcha and restrict any posting areas of your site to registered users, and the spam will virtually disappear.

Even in the shoutbox!
Reviews: 3
This would be a really great extension if there was some way to block and keep the spammers off of it. Maybe if it was better set up, I don't know - I don't even think the "Captcha" on it works. I'm going to hate doing it, but I need to disable it; because I'm baby sitting it daily. The last straw, today, I woke to find an actual "Porn" animation going on it... I was horrified... it has to go.
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