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AvidHerper
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09-28-09 05:13 PM - Post#82860    



I am trying to add a chat to my forum, looking into Addon Chat Pro. I have the code for it, but where and how do I place it on my Forum page?
 
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09-28-09 06:30 PM - Post#82861    


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I have gotten the HTML code to work and actually install a chat, but due to limited space, I would prefer to have it set as a popup window link to a tab, any suggestions? How do I add a new tab first, like the Main, Forums, Search above? Next, how do I link the Chat-addon code to that tab to create a popup window? I'm emailing back and forth with Chataddon about the popup link, just need to know from a FusionBB stand point how it should all come together?

I've tried the FusionBB dev, but not sure anyone is there.
 
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09-28-09 07:11 PM - Post#82862    


    In response to AvidHerper

New tabs can be added via your admin panel>user tools>edit main menu tabs.

You can also create custom pages in there. I haven't seen the feature you are trying to install but I've created stuff on custom pages then created a new menu tab to link to it. You could consider an iframe in the custom page to hold the chat for a consistent look.

Can't help with the coding but a grown up should be along soon!


 
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09-28-09 08:56 PM - Post#82866    


    In response to sb1962

Thanks, got the new tab up where I want it, created a page for my chat (even though I wanted and still want a popup window), now all I have to do is figure out to link that tab with the page? At least until I figure out how to get the popup window going.
 
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09-29-09 12:16 AM - Post#82868    


    In response to AvidHerper

I'm not sure how to pop a new window using the menu tab editor... That's a good question.


 
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09-29-09 01:49 AM - Post#82869    


    In response to AvidHerper

  • AvidHerper Said:
At least until I figure out how to get the popup window going.



The url of the custom page goes in the 'Link' Field of the custom nav button. Might be worth trying the link for your preferred pop-up in there as well.
Another option would be to put the the link with some text ie 'click here for chat' in a custom particle box.

That's what I'd be trying anyway.


Nothing ventured.....




Edited by sb1963 on 09-29-09 01:49 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
 
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09-29-09 10:42 AM - Post#82871    


    In response to sb1962

Thanks, I managed to get the tab and link set up for the chat last night, it works just fine. I want to try it out for 1-2wks before upgrading to the pro-version chat, but so far it's worked fine. I still want to try and move the chat away from a page and into a popup floating window, if possible. Whether it's linked to a main tab or a link in "My Fusion" drop down menu, I wouldn't mind. Any suggestions?
 
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09-29-09 12:36 PM - Post#82872    


    In response to AvidHerper

  • AvidHerper Said:
Thanks, I managed to get the tab and link set up for the chat last night, it works just fine. I want to try it out for 1-2wks before upgrading to the pro-version chat, but so far it's worked fine. I still want to try and move the chat away from a page and into a popup floating window, if possible. Whether it's linked to a main tab or a link in "My Fusion" drop down menu, I wouldn't mind. Any suggestions?


Create a new forum called "Chat Room".

Make it a link and have it open in a new window.


 
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09-29-09 01:32 PM - Post#82874    


    In response to Claude

I part way registered on your site to look at the source code of the chat as their website gives little away but decided against it. I've signed up for the free & it looks easy enough.

I just pasted the code into a custom particle box.

Check out my test site - particle on the left side below recent pics;

http://www.spiritburner.com/testsite/ind...

Dunno if you can get it to share same db for member logins.


 
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09-29-09 01:43 PM - Post#82875    


    In response to sb1962

  • sb1963 Said:
I part way registered on your site to look at the source code of the chat as their website gives little away but decided against it. I've signed up for the free & it looks easy enough.

I just pasted the code into a custom particle box.

Check out my test site - particle on the left side below recent pics;

http://www.spiritburner.com/testsite/ind...

Dunno if you can get it to share same db for member logins.



addonChat shares the Fusion database. If the user is logged into your forum, they will automatically be granted access to the Chat Room. It works really well.

I used it for years, but recently removed it because the members stopped using it. They felt that they could "chat' just as well in the forums.


 
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09-29-09 01:46 PM - Post#82876    


    In response to Claude

I've had a chat room for quite some time now and have found hardly ever does anyone use it. I keep it only because it doesn't cost me anything and if users want it, it's there.


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09-29-09 02:06 PM - Post#82878    


    In response to greg

Aye - not something I'd be looking at. The built in shoutbox is enough for me & the fact a user can now have their own shoutbox is a bonus. If it was expanded as part of fbb I'd likely incorporate it but I'm keen to minimise 3rd party apps.

I tried this in a menu tab but can't get it to accept a link for an external page.


 
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09-29-09 02:19 PM - Post#82880    


    In response to sb1962

Hmmm, I have a link in my menu tabs going to an external web site so I don't understand why this wouldn't work for you.


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09-29-09 02:41 PM - Post#82881    


    In response to greg

  • greg Said:
Hmmm, I have a link in my menu tabs going to an external web site so I don't understand why this wouldn't work for you.



It's not an external link. It's internal to the site. So it opens in the same window.

I think the suggestion of making a linked forum or an html particle box would be easiest right now.


 
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09-29-09 04:03 PM - Post#82882    


    In response to Chris Peterson

I prefer a linked forum, becuase then the Chat Room looks like it's part of the Forum itself, rather than an add-on or advertisement in a side column. YMMV


 
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10-01-09 12:41 PM - Post#82923    


    In response to greg

FINALLY!!! Got it to work!!
http://www.avidherpers.com/index.php?

I installed the chat room via the tab up top and the chat room itself in a custom page, but just now I got a particle box to work as a "Who's in chat room?" listing and also a link to a popup chat room!! I may eliminate the tab Chat link and Chat room page and just leave the Particle box, but we'll see.

As far as usage of the Chat rooms, many sites I visit, use chat rooms to schedule discussion, events, special guest speakers/chatters will be scheduled to chat with the forum members, some chat events are promoted weeks/months in advance. I've attended chats in certain forums where 100-200+ users have been in chats and interacting. Think of using a chat room for FusinBB site development reviews, Q&A sessions, pre-release discussions, add-on chats, increase traffic to your site chats, etc, etc.
 
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10-01-09 01:02 PM - Post#82925    


    In response to AvidHerper

  • AvidHerper Said:
I've attended chats in certain forums where 100-200+ users have been in chats and interacting.



Not to be a wet blanket, but 200 people all typing at once, in a little window, doesn't sound productive.


 
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10-01-09 01:28 PM - Post#82926    


    In response to AvidHerper

Well done.


 
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10-01-09 01:58 PM - Post#82927    


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  • Claude Said:
  • AvidHerper Said:
I've attended chats in certain forums where 100-200+ users have been in chats and interacting.



Not to be a wet blanket, but 200 people all typing at once, in a little window, doesn't sound productive.



LOL...I didn't say those were small window type chat rooms...
That forum in particular has about 40,000 members and has a whole page sized chat room, it works just fine.
 
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10-01-09 01:59 PM - Post#82928    


    In response to Chris Peterson

  • Chris Peterson Said:
Well done.



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