Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
From the developer that brought us the Ajax Periodic Table of the Elements, comes a WordPress plugin for adding an ajax-enabled “shoutbox” to your site, allowing users to communicate real-time as their viewing the site.
This WordPress plugin adds live chat functionality to your WordPress blog. Your visitors can chat with eachother right in your website without refreshing their browsers. Itâ€™s almost like chatting on an instant messenging network! And itâ€™s all powered by AJAX, a hot new old technology that powers things like Gmail, Google Maps, and other brilliant web apps. Now, you can get a piece of all this in your own blog! This plugin makes it very easy. Just follow the simple instructions and you should be okay.
The plugin, already in version 1.16, has a multitude of features, including integration with the WordPress admin panel (and user logins for the site), presentation of the box in valid XHTML strict, translation of “http://” strings automatically to links, and, of course, the benefit of the comment history of previous posters as stored in a database.
It’s a a pretty slick little plugin, and seems to integrate well with a normal WordPress install (version 1.5 and higher). It’s simple to install and comes with complete instructions on getting the box set up where you need it. The last update was made back in the end of last year (2005), so no word on future development.
Posted by Chris Cornutt at 9:03 am