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In an effort to foster more real-time communication between users of your site, readers of your blog, or visitors to your social profile, a chat room is ideal. Fortunately, there are many free chat room services which allow you to create your own room and either provide a simple link to that room, or add that chat room to your site.

New visitors to MakeUseOf may wish to review my previous article on creating and using a room on an IRC server How To Create Your Own IRC Chat Channel How To Create Your Own IRC Chat Channel Read More , and then head over to WyldRyde for the first method which I will cover.

add a chat room to your website

WyldRyde’s instructions are quite simple, so we’ll skip to step 4, which lets you create a Flash-based HTML widget to embed in your pages. All you must do is enter your channel’s name. If, for whatever reason, you cannot embed HTML on your pages, or perhaps want to use a nice neat text link instead, you may link to http://www.wyldryde.org/chat/chat.php?channel=channelname. You may play with an example WyldRyde chat in my room, at irc.t1mwats0n.com.

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Chatzy lets its users create public and private chat rooms, providing a link to the room in the form of, for example, http://www.chatzy.com/445348388829, which can easily be linked to on a webpage, or in an email. The site offers several ways to customize the chat experience to suit your needs.

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chatzy - embeddable chat room

ChatMaker offers a similar “disposable chat room” service which is very basic, without the features Chatzy offers. There is a paid-upgrade option for extra features. Check out an example at [NO LONGER WORKS] http://www.chatmaker.net/chatap/rooms/t1mwats0n/.

chatmaker - chat rooms for websites

ParaChat‘s room creator lets you embed your chat room in a site’s page, as a regular text link, or as a pop-up link. As with ChatMaker, there are paid upgrades available. I’ve created an example embedded chat at http://timdubssandbox.synthasite.com/parachatbasic so that you can see how it looks.

Web-based IM client Meebo (which I’ve mentioned recently How To Secure & Encrypt Your Instant Messaging Chats How To Secure & Encrypt Your Instant Messaging Chats Read More ) also has a service-on-the-side called Meebo Rooms. The rooms are embeddable, simple to create and allow for sharing of video as well as text. Registering for a Meebo account beforehand will let you keep your room’s users in your buddy list with all your other contacts.

Lastly, Gabbly offers a unique service in that its chat rooms are tied to other websites. To understand what I mean, visit http://gabbly.com/makeuseof.com. You are taken to the site, which has the chat window floating over it. Instantly, everyone visiting MakeUseOf from Gabbly will be in the chat.

While Gabbly allows you to embed in your site a button to launch the chat, you simply have to link to gabbly.com/example.com. Gabbly says that you can make money by placing your own ads in the chat window, but I’m not sure how lucrative such a practice would be.

Please let us know in the comments, if we have missed any stellar web app that allows website owners to add a chat room to their website.

  1. mesh
    October 4, 2009 at 11:47 am

    this is good

  2. tchat
    September 24, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Hey thanks i searched for this since longtime

  3. harnorizer
    July 7, 2009 at 1:05 am

    i just see u guys say weebly is the best... infact im just like lost these world of chat on a website, please please, help me, im still designing a website but i realy need too to add a chat into it so that my website visitors can chat with me online.thanks in advance

  4. Sam
    June 14, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Webbychat is the greatest.

  5. Brian
    May 25, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Might I peek your interests with a little http://www.WebbyChat.com?

  6. Adeel Raza
    April 9, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Also try http://www.gixawchat.com/ - It offers much more than these tools, great interface, unlimited room. You can create your chat site in less than 30 seconds!

  7. Francis
    April 5, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Glad to see that more blog owners are setting the trend to reach out to their readers and establish a community.

    A great embeddable chat service I'd recommend is Chatroll (chatroll.com). It's non-flash implementation means it'd work on many mobile devices as well. (iPhone!)

    I look forward to more posts!

  8. gio
    February 15, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Nice,

    Thanks man.

  9. Mr Woc
    February 15, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Who uses Irc anyone ? lets face it no one just a few thousand advertising bots !

  10. yapper
    February 15, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Check out YapLoud. Example implementation: Click on the PetChat at dogtime.com/

  11. caden
    February 15, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Yeah, you missed userplane.com They're really the best, I think... ;)
    -c

    • blaze
      July 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm

      yes i think userplane is the best so far

  12. patrick
    February 15, 2009 at 3:43 am

    don't forget open source SPEEQE.COM that uses XMPP multi-user chat...
    code.stanziq.com/speeqe/

  13. Tim Watson
    February 14, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Yep, you got me. Spelling fail.

  14. dave
    February 14, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Hmm kinda a fail its not "wyldride" its "wyldryde" after that its a very nice post1

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