FreiChat automatically integrates with your site's login, friends list, avatars, links as well as status updates.
But FreiChat has much more, with its unique UX and features, your visitors will be encouraged to socialize and interact, which will make them stay on your website for a long time and will also help bring in new visitors.
You too can Interact with your visitors to drive up sales or give them quick tips.
facebook like chatbar
Minimize and close chat boxes
Able to chat even while you browse different pages.
Option for username or nickname
smiley support(BBcode similar to kunena)
url to clickable url support
support for wordwrap
Also Integrates with JomSocial,CB,CBE or Custom.
The developer is responsive but he seems overreached since so many people are asking for help. In my experience, communication was very slow. How slow? Well, in my case I purchased the extension in early July and needed help to embed the application in a page since it is not a typical extension you can position wherever you want but a month later still nothing.
The extension itself is not quite functional right out of the box. It is very unstable and can go blank or totally disappear! Unless, you are a very good programmer yourself, stay away from this chat. Out of the box, it cannot even differentiate between users and guests!
I see a lot of good reviews for the chat but if you go to the developer's website and check the freichat support section, you will see everything I say here is true.
First of all, I am sorry that you had a bad experience with Freichat.
Yes you are right, the support section has around 900 topics, but these were posted over a period of '4+ years' which means the support requests are very very low considering the fact that it is used in over 10,000+ websites.
I will disagree about your thoughts regarding its functionality. It is very stable and secure(used in government portals as well) and yes it does differentiate between guests, users and also 'friends':-)
Yes I agree the installation is a little awkward, but it was built that way for a very good reason. you don't want the entire Joomla framework to load just to send a 'hi' message which happens with other plug and play extensions. you want your messages to reach in a split second. Think about 1000+ users chatting on your website at the same time, your server will be overloaded. Freichat being standalone can withstand such loads and you can easily offload Freichat to a different database or web-server which is not possible with plug and play extensions. Freichat is built to scale!
Now think you have a website built with Joomla, forum built with PHPBB and also some CRM system, all three integrated together. Freichat is able to work in all three as if it were one website and that's why Freichat(being standalone) is so powerful.
I understand the installation is a bit different, for that we have excellent documentation & support.
I am sorry again, it shouldn't have taken so long to resolve your issue as installation issues are fixed within a day.
It is an exceptional case and we will get it resolved as soon as possible.
The custom theme editor in the back end only seems to work properly in Chrome, but this doesn't detract from the core functionality, which is why I'm still rating this extension as 'Excellent'.
I have been looking all over for a decent chat applet that actually works the way that it should.
This chat is amazing and improves with each new version, and the support is great.
I installed it with no problems what so ever and it integrates perfectly with my Joomla based website.
I do have one grip however, the description in the extension directory should be changed to reflect the latest version 6.3.2 because I want everyone to see how good this chat is.
I bet you thought I was going to say something negative about Freichat but I cant find a single thing wrong with it and that's the truth.
Things then stopped working properly and as I dug deeper I noticed quite a number of inconsistencies.
I then removed it in favour of FB chat. After removing this, my website persormance increased a significant amount, telling me that this is probably not the most elegant code out there.
I guess you had a bad experience with FreiChatX.
You can always turn to our forums and I personally make sure that none of the questions are left unanswered.
FreiChatX is surely faster and least resource intensive(we have been tweaking it for performance for almost a year now).
The response time is 11ms in my localserver without APC. I don't think any other chat made of joomla is this fast.
The amount to which FreiChatX can be tweaked is limitless, You can use single chat for multiple sites.for example for bridging joomla and PHPBB.
You can also use it with technologies other than PHP such as asp.NET or java. or you may use it to connect to your custom desktop or android or iphone app.The best part is that you can use this chat on any site ,be it joomla, phpbb, drupal or your very own custom site.
Its a all in one solution.
I first installed the 3.5 version for CB as I thought that when you have CB you need to download the CB specific package. This version did not work because of my template specific issues. I was adviced to install FreiChatX and they gave me on the fly support during installation. It integrates smoothly with CB. When you have friends assigned and they are only, just start the chat! :-)
This chat a MUST HAVE for CB or JomSocial !!!
Module shows who of your friends is on your site, just click the name and start talking. Smiles included. Visual effects are nicer than in Facebook or other systems.
I STRONGLY RECOMMEND this absolutely FREE program.
Oh... And guys keep working on it improving it every day !
Thank you so much for FreiChat !!!
Ok, so one build version stops messages from posting if they contain apostrophes and the latest misses out the first letter of usernames if you use the dreaded combo of Win 7 and IE8 - it doesn't actually matter because this mod is so sweet.
It runs like a dream and the config options in the back end on the latest version are neither too many nor too few but just right. It installs really simply and easily also.
Support via the forums is fairly good and certainly prompt, the author clearly knows his stuff and cares deeply about what he does.
Frankly, I'm surprised this mod is non-commercial.