Introduction

Communication, Chat, Shoutbox

Full-featured Joomla chat component and module, which can be used as local or external shoutbox for cross-site chatting. Supports multiple categories (chat rooms), files uploading, multiple chat instances and rich filtering. Comes with tons of different options and expandable functionality.

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★ FEATURES ★

  • Flexible template with full support of mobile devices.
  • Create unlimited number of categories (chat rooms) with descriptions.
  • Install unlimited number of modules and select categories for each module separately.
  • A lot of customization options like shout or member name length, show or hide avatars, etc.
  • Replace images with neat thumbnails and lightbox.
  • Replace videos with links and lightbox or with embedded player.
  • Customers can upload files and attach them to their shouts.
  • Display member avatar from different components: Contacts, JomSocial, CommunityBuilder, EasySocial and more.
  • Automatically or manually refresh chat window, flood control and extra permission checks to avoid spamming.
  • Customizable and fully keyboard controllable text editor.
  • Ban or unban members from chat (do not affect the rest of your site).
  • Chat template can be easily styled with CSS (any element can be hidden, resized or colored) and language file (any text can be changed).
  • Shouts archive page on front-end with search and filtering options.
  • Cron job to automatically delete shouts older, than X days and orphaned files.

★ WHY SMART SHOUTBOX? ★

First of all, there're not much chat solutions for Joomla and existing ones are either too simple and ugly or overloaded with JavaScript and useless features. Smart Shoutbox is a balanced chat component with neat layout and a fairly enough scripts and features to work smoothly and almost faultlessly. We always monitoring chat and our customers' feature requests, but add only vital and really cool stuff, which will make Smart Shoutbox even better keeping it balanced. Try it for yourself and you will see, that this all is true.

Functionality
This extension does everything you need to get your users chatting and can also be customized very easily. The free plugins are nice also.
Ease of use
The extension worked within minutes. All of the settings were clearly explained and easy to use.
Support
This extension was FAR BELOW the cost of other extensions available today & the service was world class. Tech support assisted me instantly!
Documentation
Documentation was readily available and easy to understand
Value for money
Nothing can compare to the value obtained from this extension. The low price tag still has me perplexed.
I used this to: E-sports gaming community so that my users can chat all night and day.
Owner's reply: Thank you for your review, it gives us an opportunity to tell people more about this great piece of software. Unfortunately, as other reviewers, who leave negative reviews, you gave false information.

First of all, no you don't have to constantly pay to just use extension. It works even after license expires. The only limitation is saving options, the rest will work without any issues. Every developer limits software functionality his own way and he has all the rights to do so.

Second, we gave you pretty neutral answers at first. Unfortunately, you escalated the conflict yourself, because you didn't like our replies and even later started to send us demands. Demands are definitely not the best way to keep good relations with developer.

But the best part that, as you said yourself, you were going to renew the license anyway! If you simply renewed the license, this conflict wouldn't even exist. It is based only on your pride, my friend, nothing else. We're very friendly team of developers, but we want at least some respect in return. Unfortunately, pride has nothing to do with respect and always ruins all good intentions.

And if you're going to uninstall extension (which still works for you even with expired license), well... this is your loss.

Smart Shoutbox is THE BEST STANDALONE CHAT ON JOOMLA MARKET! And it will become even better in the future, because we're constantly updating it, adding new features, improving old ones and, of course, fixing all possible bugs. Most of Smart Shoutbox owners are super happy about it and we have a few very, very long-term customers, who use this extension for years!

Hope you'll find a way to fight your pride and change your mind in the future. Have a nice day anyway!

Brilliant Component!



Posted on 16 June 2016
Functionality
Good functionality with extra features eg. shout likes
Ease of use
Very easy to install and configure and the CSS is very easily editable
Support
Superb support, have had 1 problem so far and had a reply back with a solution within 15 minutes!
Documentation
Decent Documentation, enough given the simplicity of the install
Value for money
Decent value for money, took a chance with it as i wouldnt usually pay too much for such a specific item but function & support is worth it
I used this to: Community Website- expandexplore.com

Superb Shoutbox!



Posted on 27 July 2015
Functionality
The Smart Shoutbox extension comes with tons of settings. Very well done, so you can easily adjust the settings to your needs.
Ease of use
Very easy integration with Joomla! Just install it, adjust some settings and you are on your way.
Support
For a small issue I needed support. Support was swift and good!
Documentation
Online documentation available.
Value for money
Excellent!
I used this to: This extension is used in a football pool system, build with Joomla!
Functionality
Beautiful and functional.
Ease of use
Piece of cake. It just works.
Support
I had to email support for something and got a response within a couple hours...that was on the weekend.
Documentation
Robust and complete.
Value for money
Very affordable.
I used this to: The Krotek team is awesome. Their components just work and their friendly support makes it a no-brainer. Good people who care about their clients.
Functionality
Everything fine
Ease of use
Easy
Support
Documentation
Value for money
it is worth it
I used this to: Really excelent shoutbox ! I've tried other options but this is really the best one, a lot of features and works just fine!

Feedback



Posted on 09 September 2014
I recently purchased this extension, I quickly encountered some problems, and just as quickly the discussion with the developer became very tense.

As I may have some responsibility in these communications difficulties I'll try to describe my experience in abstaining from any judgment on the quality of support and any mention of the problems I have not had time to evoke with him ...



First, a big positive: this extension is "out of the box" the most aesthetic of the market. But with - in my point of view - few serious limits:



1° It uses the "name" and not the "username" to identify users. The developer told me by email that this opportunity would come soon. But on his forum he announced it is impossible by design, it has no interest and it is not planned. For me it's a big big sticking point - undetectable with the demo site.



2° The module is completely useless placed in a sidebar. You end up with 3 or 4 characters per line, the input field is almost invisible ...



3° You can not configure the module and the component differently: If a button is removed in the component in the hope of having a little more space, he's also lost in the full screen display.



So here is an extension that I bought and I will not use. Few dollars lost (there is no refund) ... and a little frustration : with a test period I could easily understand that this program is not useful to me.



Now the problem I've dealt with the support, and that was the cause of our mutual irritation : when I activate the module I lose my SSL compliance : I have the exclamation mark that appears on all pages instead of the padlock (my site is ful SSL). It is perfectly reproducible: publication = exclamation mark, unpublication = padlock. The developer tells me:

- It can not be because of its extension;

- It's not really an error, I can ignore it.

But I spend a lot of time to convince my users the security of my site, it's an answer that I did not want to pass on!



Conclusion: average... Good for the design and if you use it in wide mode (full-width component or module). But be careful if you have other uses, or if you want to use the username to identify participants of the cat.
Owner's reply: 1. Option to choose usernames instead of names will be added in the next update. I personally told you so and it doesn't matter, what has been written a lot of time ago on the forum. Things change.

2. Module is completely adjustable via CSS to any template and position. It is clearly written even in extension's description.

3. Yes, you can via CSS. You can hide/show any elements in the module and component separately.

As for SSL you've been told several times, that this is not extension's problem, but unfortunately you never listened. I patiently tried to explain you this, but you kept blaming.

So basically you didn't even try to work with this extension, didn't try to learn about managing layout elements via CSS and didn't provide any necessary info about your Smart Shoutbox installation. This makes your review rushed and not true.

Next time try to be more cooperative with developer and listen to him, instead of blaming for each and every issue and writing ill judged reviews.
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Smart Shoutbox

Version:
3.0.6
Developer:
The Krotek
Last updated:
Dec 21 2018
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
License:
GPLv2 or later
Type:
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Compatibility:
3
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