BlaB!
Completely free group chat written in PHP, using AJAX as a transport system and MySQL as a database storage. The project started back in 2002 as a self-refreshing HTML page that can still be found on the Internet. Can be installed on any hosting server that supports PHP/MySQL (shared hosts as well) and if your hosting panel has Softaculous by using their one-click installation. FREE

BlaB! Plus / BlaB! Pro
BlaB! on steroids. Tons of features, multiple rooms, can be integrated with bulletin boards and CMS such as phpBB, IP.Board, vBulletin, Expression Engine, Joomla, WordPress, Simple Machines + custom integration. Can be installed on any hosting server that supports PHP/MySQL (shared hosts as well).

BlaB! WS
Free realtime group chat system (client & server) based on websockets. Beautiful themes, mobile friendly and easy to install - a video guide is available. The client can be installed on any PHP/MySQL enabled host, the server requires a Linux VPS or simply use our BlaB! WS Server Hosting. FREE

BlaB! WS Pro
BlaB! WS bigger brother. Based on websockets, realtime group chat system (client & server), supports integration with bulletin boards and CMS - WordPress, Joomla, IP.Board, vBulletin, phpBB etc + custom integration. The client can be installed on any PHP/MySQL enabled host, the server requires a Linux VPS or simply use our BlaB! WS Server Hosting.

BlaB! WS Android Apps
Free ready to download and ready to use Android apps on Google Play to be used with both BlaB! WS and BlaB! WS Pro. Instructions how to rebrand & how to create your own app for Android and IOS easily. FREE

BlaB! WS Server Hosting
We offer blabws-server & blabws-server-pro hosting as a separate service. Both BlaB! WS client and BlaB! WS Pro client can be installed on any PHP/MySQL enabled host. You will have a mobile friendly, easy-to-use console to manage your server.

 

AJAX vs WEBSOCKET

AJAX is short of asynchronous JavaScript and XML. Using AJAX, the browser (client) sends data to and retrieves it from a web server in the background. A chat based on AJAX queries the web server at intervals in order to receive new chat messages. No special requirements, AJAX can be used on any shared hosting account.

WebSocket is a protocol, that provides full-duplex communication channel. In a chat based on websockets, the websocket server transmits the chat messages to the clients instantly, in realtime. To run a websocket chat, a websocket server is required (any modern browser is a websocket client) and you need a dedicated server or VPS with root privileges in order to install a websocket server. Shared hosting accounts can't be used.

Page updated: 2018-02-25

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