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Widget Watch: Shout boxes

You will have noticed that i have been testing various chat room type boxes on the pages of DietJustice recently. Taking my own advice, i have been avoiding style over substance, but i have wanted to be able to chat with visitors so have tested out lots of different types of chatbox. Below is a list of the ones i have tried, with pro's and con's.

I have looked at two types of chatbox, guest to guest and guest to admin. Guest to Guest is an open chat room where anyone can chat with anyone. Guest to Admin is where one guest can chat with the admin only. Here is 5 that i have reviewed this evening;




TypeGuest to Admin Only


The Good

  • Great Design
  • Easily customisable
  • Easy for visitors to use
  • Easy for admin to use
  • Optional user name for visitors
The Bad
  • Signup required by admin prior to creation
  • Chat not capable between visitors
  • Admin must log on to Meebo website in order to communicate
Comments
  • The design is amazing, but it is let down by the requirement for admin to log in, and the fact that chat isn't capable between visitors. Top Tip: Download the mobile app to make the most of Meebo
Rating



Type: Guest to Guest

The Good
  • Simple design
  • Easily customisable
  • Has IP Banning, optional user registration, ability to vary permissions,
The Bad
  • Signup required by admin prior to creation
  • Not keen on the design
Comments
  • Out of all of the guest to guest chat boxes this is the best, even though the design could be better
Rating





TypeGuest to Admin


The Good

  • Easy sign up for admin
  • Not guest to guest chat capable
  • Easily customisable
  • Looks good
The Bad

  • Over complicated admin control panel
  • Admin must be logged into control panel in order to communicate
Comments
  • Very similar to Meebo, but not as good. I like the fact that the chatbox shows visitors if the admin is idle or active. Overall its great if you want a customer service application,but not for chatting,
Rating



Type: Guest to guest

The Good
  • One-Click login with; Facebook, Chatroll, Wordpress, Blogger, and guest log in
  • Excellent permission settings
  • Normal level of visual customisable
  • Ability to appoint moderator
  • Monitisation with paid account
The Bad
  • Free account limits chat to 10 users
Comments
  • This is the best all rounder, by a mile! It passes my first test of looking great. It does exactly what a blogger wants, allows users to chat between themselves. The basic package is everything you need, but if you spend a little you can get extra features such as White Label, more active users, and monitisation
Rating




Type: Unknown

The Good
  • Nothing
The Bad
  • Everything
Comments
  • It started out okay, then they wanted me to verify my email address. Irritating. But i did it. Then they stopped me from doing anything else until i had entered my name, age, sex, website and a few other things. Compared to how easy all the others have been, i didn't think this was worth the effort
Rating - BIG FAT ZERO



I will now be installing ChatRoll to DietJustice and would love to chat with you sometime. So hit me up next time you see me online!