While most websites and blogs allowed visitors to leave comments, a chat box or shout box gives you the chance to get closer to your visitors by providing real time conversation. Not only that, it allows webmaster to get a quick message out instead of making a new announcement on a site, which saves both time & hassle. Here we take a look at some of the best free chat box / shout box widgets that you can used to encourage participation & make the whole visiting experience more engaging.
A free customizable chat box that can be easily installed on a website. To customize it, simply choose a channel ID (An unique identification code that’s given to only one owner), pick the colour that you want, select whether you allow any profanity to be posted on the shout box, & you’re off to go!
This realtime websocket supported shoutbox allows real-time update on your blog, so there will be no lagging in update & all messages will appeared instantly. As if that isn’t enough, you can choose from 200+ templates, & it’s guaranteed to have an uptime of 99.9% because it’s hosted on a dedicated server with unlimited space & bandwidth.
Apart from being a social networking site, Spinchat also offer free chatbox that can be integrated to a webpage where your visitors can have fun by playing games & having conversation. First you will pick one of the realistic template as your background, following by picking the right size & choosing an existing room or creating a new one specifically for your site, and you will be given a copy & paste code which can be used right away on your blog.
This ad-free shoutbox offers a wide array of protection measures where admins get to choose to approve messages before they are posted to avoid mass spamming. Apart from that, users get to filter offensive words from being posted on your shoutbox, & if anyone is found to breach the rules, admin can also block them by banning their IPs. As for design protection, long line of messages will be automatically divided into separate lines to make sure they are fit inside the box.
A really simple chatbox that can be created in just 5 seconds time. All you got to do is to create a new username and a chatbox will be generated instantly.
This mobile friendly chatting platform can handle more than 7000+ live users, which are suitable for those managing a huge website or forum. There is no need to register as a guest as visitors can login using Facebook or Twitter account. Furthermore, you can choose to play music & use your own picture as background of the chat software.
This lightweight PHP + Ajax shoutbox is fully customizable provided that you know some basic CSS, and since it’s powered by Ajax, there’s no need to refresh the page as it will be automatically be updated. If your site is powered by Drupal CMS, there’s a plugin that’s made specifically to integrate YShout within a Drupal installation.
iShoutbox is an easy to implement and free shoutbox script that provides message archiving & advanced protection against anonymous networks. There are a total of 6 smiley sets & users can submit their own design as skin to be used by other webmasters.
Get your own chat room and chat live with your visitors with this free flash chatbox. Pick an avatar of your choice and choose who can join the admin group by granting access to moderators. If you wish to promote your shoutbox, the xat featured and popular lists will help get more traffic to your website.
Another quick & easy way to create chat room is to use this intuitive tool by Everywhere Chat. Choose if your chat room contains any 18+ material, pick the font size & theme of your choice, insert your email & a free flash shoutbox html code will automatically be generated & sent to your inbox.
BumpIn is included in this list thanks to it’s great customization ability. You can pick any colours, language & personalized theme to suit the look & feel of your website. It is also the only chatbox that gives you a chance to have a one-to-one conversation with your guest. Likewise, you can choose to embed the chat box in facebook style chat with a docked bar at the bottom of a webpage, as a tab on the side of a browser or as a normal chatroom that you see in every blog.
Note : There are readers who asked us why we didn’t include Cbox in the list as it can be found on many websites. Well, the premium edition is obviously good enough to be included, but there are some flaws for Cbox basic :
- Messages can only be deleted from the admin page, which means you will have to login to your account every time when you want to remove a message.
- You can’t differentiate between an admin’s message & a visitor’s message as there’s no difference in the colour used.
- Ads will pop up whenever you click on the box…
- And most of all, there’s no way to delete profanity left from your visitors, which is definitely an disadvantage compared to the other competitors.