[thelist] Which Chat Server/Forum for Interaction on a Corporate Site

Matt Warden mwarden at gmail.com
Tue Jul 10 07:00:35 CDT 2007

On 7/10/07, Ron Dorman <rwd at csi1st.net> wrote:
> I have busted 5-6 hours reading features, requirements, etc. for chat
> servers and forums on google. Now I'm asking the community for their
> opinions on chat servers/forums.
> Our client needs software to run on their server, allowing distributors,
> resellers and users to discuss the company products.
> 1. we need 1-20 rooms/topics (1 room/topic per product, growing)
> 2. Linux or Windows server (current site is on Windows)
> 3. price is not an issue, but needs to be reasonable
> 4. currently support for 300+ users, growing quickly to as many as
> 8000-9000 within a year
> 5. stable and reasonably fast
> 6. no user side client needed (must be usable via http/html/xhtml)
> 7. would be nice if chats (if chat room is chosen) could be saved and
> presented in a forum style format/application for searching
> 8. arguments for using forum software vs. real time chat, or real time
> chat vs. forum, appreciated
> I believe many of you have delivered, and supported, such applications
> for your clients (some of you may be the clients using such
> applications) and I am looking for the reality of your experiences to
> help me make a good choice for this client.
> Thank You,
> Ron D.

As much as I hate meebo rooms, it does sound like what you're looking
for. The meebo (web-based) client can operate over SSL (between client
and meebo servers, at least), as well.


Matt Warden
Cincinnati, OH, USA

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