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Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room

Hey everyone! Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room I need some advice, here. I'm looking for a good free chat room, where I can invite some folks to get together for an hour for a topic-focused chat. Third-party is fine. I'm not trying to develop my own system, just need a simple, free, no-hassle meet-up spot.

Here's what I need:

1. Free would be preferred, but very very cheap would be considered.
2. Can hold up to 100 people
3. Ad-free would be nice, but it's not necessary. If there are ads, no porn.
4. Embeddable on my site would be great.
5. I need text-only for this one, but I'd love some input on video chat, as well.
6. Mobile-friendly.
7. No registration required. Meaning that my users chat as guests without having to create an account.

I've got a temporary test room set up on e-chat.co right now. I've got it embedded on my own website, so there aren't any of their site's ads showing. That's nice. I think I'll be able to hold up to 100 people in there. It doesn't specify anywhere at e-chat.co how many users I can have in one room, but there do seem to be a LOT of guests chatting at once in some of their rooms that I spied on.

The only problem that I've found so far is that my little test room is not so great on mobile. I think it'll work pretty well on desktop.

Any suggestions would be awesome. Thanks so much!

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bobjoehax3

Thanks for the great suggestions, everybody. I will check into these! Love the input, here.

I always know I can count on some great tips from the folks in Community Discussion!




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TommyCarey

I've recently been using https://rocket.chat/ and I like the layout and how it functions. It's probably one of my favorite chat systems right now, besides skype of course.

Their chat system is super customizable and easy to use. You can set it up to host as many people as you want, but I'm sure having an insane amount of people, in the thousands, would cost a decent amount.

I'm not 100% sure of the cost of rocket.chat because there is just a "request a quote" box and I'm waiting on a response from them. You can fill it out too if you want, it's here: https://rocket.chat/services

You can white label the chat room and that's pretty amazing because it helps you look even more professional and ahead of the curve Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room

It can be integrated into your own systems and I assume there's an option to embed it like what you need it for.

You can import data if you've already got a list of users that you want to add to the new system. This helps a lot because originally when you switch service providers like this you lose all the login info and previous chats.

You can code new features yourself or have someone do it for you if you'd like. The code is open source which makes it very versatile Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room

You can even keep it on their servers so you can save a few bucks. No need to put it on your own server if you don't want to.


Rocket.chat is fairly new but seems to be coding their way to the top. They're extremely active and I'm surprised it's been more than 5 minutes and I haven't gotten a response to my "Request a Quote" submission Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room

If you get a response before me on how much it would cost, please let me know Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room




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Lynne

LOL Razzy every time I have pushed the "request a quote" button because there are no prices showing it has been an astronomical quote.. its like when you go out to eat and some of the meals (like crayfish) have SQ where the price should be, then you know it is probably out of your budget!

But hey maybe this will be different.

It certainly sounds like a way cool option for chat though.




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TommyCarey

Well I haven't gotten a response yet. I'm wondering if I messed up my email when entering my info lol Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room

But yea, if you have to ask about the price you probably can't afford it Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room

That's the same reason they don't put price tags on Lamborghinis sitting in a parking lot Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room




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Lynne

Oh but a price tag on a Lamborghini would just be tacky now wouldn't it? Hahaha




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TommyCarey

Yeah, but I want to know how much the damn things cost lol Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room Need Advice for Setting up a Chat Room




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Lynne

What to torture yourself? LOL

Yes I can't see why people don't just put the price tag on and be done with it. I think restaurants use that SQ to be all larny but I just find it irritating.

And I hate it when a website only has a "request a quote" option. I don't like waiting and I find it a waste of my time to sit and wait for a quote. How easy is it to put your price list on your website? And yes some things might need a special quote, so yeah add that button but for all the standard services just put the price there.




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procoder

I guess tawk.to should be perfect for your needs. Tawk.to is completely free service, you simply need to create one account there and setup your own chat platform, after that you can embed the widget chat code to your website, you don't need to download anything because their chat is self hosted by their server, so you need only to embed that widget to your website and that's it. It's not only a simple chat platform, you can check everything about visitors in real-time from your dashboard menu there, also it's fully responsive and can be loaded from any device.

I'm not sure how much visitors can their server handle, but 100 visitors doesn't seem to be any problem.




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Lynne

Yeah I would make mobile friendly a priority. I am finding that the percentage of mobile visitors on my website is growing hugely.




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Cristian

Why bother with shady software or shady buggy website?
Just use IRC mate! I recommend the undernet servers, any of them will do, in fact as long as you connect to any one of them you'll be on the same network as everybody.

Once there you can create your own #channelname. Keep in mind there is no ads, its totally free and you'll have full control over your channel,you can make it private, public, whatever you want it can be done on IRC. Its also lighting fast and you only need an IRC client (like mirc) to connect.




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momba

have you tried free online chat rooms




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