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WordPress Plugin: AJAX Live Shoutbox

Andrews’s — AJAX Shoutbox WordPress plugin adds live chat functionality to your WordPress blog. Your visitors can chat with eachother right in your website without refreshing their browsers. It’s almost like chatting on an instant messenging network! And it’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.

Demo: Check in the sidebar under Communication Header.
PS: If you make any Test entry, please don’t make junk or garbled, instead put some relevant text. Thanks.


  • Uses AJAX – No need to refresh ever. Other people’s comments will appear in real time.
  • WordPress admin panel that allows you to control colors, update times, and edit/delete comments.
  • Displays the the time of the last message at the top. Messages have a rollover-able title that shows how long ago the comment was made.
  • Any words with “http://” in them will be converted into hyperlinks. WordPress smileys also work.
  • WordPress users that are logged in automatically get their nickname filled in, and other users’ names get stored for later use.
  • No iFrames, ever. 100% valid XHTML strict.

New in Version 1.16

  • Extensive updates to the readme.
  • New feature: Checkbox for only allowing registered users to participate in the chat.
  • View changeset
  • If you’ve got 1.15 and don’t need the new feature, this is not an essential download.

How to implement:

  1. Download AJAX Shoutbox version 1.16
  2. Unzip and upload wordspew directory to wp-content/plugins folder.
  3. Browse to your plugins manager in the admin section of your blog. Activate Jalenack’s Wordspew plugin. This will automatically create a table in your database that the plugin will use for its content.
  4. Now you have to choose where you want the shoutbox to show on your blog. I suggest putting it in your sidebar. To edit the sidebar, go to /wp-content/themes/*yourtheme*/sidebar.php . Then place this snippet:

  5. in the template. This php function will print the shoutbox. Generally, follow the convention that other sidebar items use. Never put the function within its own <ul> tags. Most wordpress sidebars use unordered lists (<ul>) to organize their content. You probably want to put it in its own list item. So to do this, you would insert

  6. Live Shoutbox

  7. For more details, consult Readme.txt file.


WordPress Plugin: AJAX Live Shoutbox

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