Chat Contest feature

New feature : Chat contest

Roles can now enter a chat contest. A contest is simply when a chatter votes for another chatter.

A chatter can only vote once for another chat. He awards him 1 point.

You can enable a contest in the “roles” chat admin and reset the votes in your chatadmin panel as well.

When a vote is sent, a notification is sent to both users.

In your chatadmin, you also have the TOP 10 votes.

trial version

Message for no registered users

Possible scenario : your website runs a dating site where you can free users (role = guest) and paid users (role = user).

Of course free guest users cannot access all features that a paid user has.

Ex: a guest user cannot request a private chat.

We have 2 ways to solve that:

  1. this feature is hidden to the guest user.
  2. This feature is visible to the guest user, but when he tries to access it, he has a message box that explicitly tells him: “you cannot access that feature”.

The pro of this second solution, is to incite the user to become a paid user on your site.

How to enable this second solution : go to your /chatadmin panel as usually and choose the “trial version chat messages”

If you specify the Url to be rediercted, the user will be redirected to that url, after he shows the message: this url will be probably the “purchase” or “register” page on your website.

New weapons against flooding

2 new Tools available in /chatadmin/security to fight against flooding the chat

maxLenthMessage

 Maximum number of characters an user can send per message.
Default is 512.
When user tries to send a longer message, message is cropped to N-1 chars

 

maxLinesMessages

Maximum number of RETURN character in a chat message.
Default value is 8
When users inserts more than N RETURN characters, messages is cropped.

adult rooms

New feature: you can now assign rooms as adult room

When a new user enters an adult room, you can choose 3 actions.

These actions are defined in the security panel

You can :

  • do nothing
  • Warn an user it is adult
  • Hide the room if user is minor of 18

The case “Hide the room if user is minor of 18”, implies you know the age of the user. We added the “age” on the registration panel.

If you use JWT to inject your data, then you can use that extra field:

birthyear

to add the year of birth of the user

ex: birthyear:1995

 

You can also use

seenByAdultOnly

that means that this member will be seen only by adults (if seenByAdultOnly=1)

 

New private and whisper features

New private text and mention features

For better readability and clarity we renamed:

“Send quick message” to “Mention”

and we remove the # and @ in texts and add clearly the avatar and the action of the user:

You clearly see now the avatar of the user you are sending a mention or a private text

You can however style use the shortcuts # and @ to autocomplete the user

# is for private message

@ is for mention.

This change also corrects the user of users that were containing some [SPACE] character inside their usernames.

How to directly enter a room ?

(UPDATED – fixed bug)
New feature: It is now possible to join a particular room directly at login

2 cases

Let suppose you want to join room id : 1620
(you can find out your room id in your chatadmin)

https://html5-chat.com/chat/54/?startRoom=1620

 

  1. if you don’t use JWT authentification, just pass the url parameter startRoom
    ?startRoom=1620
  2. You do use JWT to login, then just inject the parameter: startRoom: id
Where to find the room id ?

 

so for room : 1620, you just need to add

'startRoom'=>1620

So for instance your JSON will be:

 

$json = json_encode(array('username'=>'myUsername', 'password'=>'myChatAccountPassword', 'gender'=>'male', 'role'=>'user', 
'image'=>base64_encode('https://html5-chat.com/img/malecostume.svg'), 'profile'=>'https://monsite.com/profile/myUserername', 'startRoom'=>1620));

html5 chat and phpsocial integration

PHP social is a cool social “facebook” like script.  It is not free but has a moderated price of 49$.

We suppose we want to get a chat page in full screen, auto loggedon and called “chat”.

(You need to be registered and loggedon on netswing.fr to test it)

ex: https://www.netswing.fr/chat

How can we integrate HTML5-chat into php social ?

Step1 : edit .htaccess and add this line

RewriteRule ^chat/?$        index.php?a=chat          [NC]

Step2 : edit config.php and add

'chat'        => 'chat',

Step3: download this script: chat , unzip it and edit it and change the 2 lines: webmasterid and password

$webmasterid = xxx;
$password = 'xxxx';

Step4: FTP upload chat.php to /sources folder

Step5: Test that your chat works fine on https://www.netswing.fr/chat

 

Here is the source of chat.php 


<?php
function PageMain() {
/*
* Change these 2 parameters and put your webmasterid and your chat password here
*/
$webmasterid = 'xxxxx'; // your webmasterid number
$password = 'yyyyy'; // your chat password
//

global $TMPL, $LNG, $CONF, $db, $user, $settings, $plugins;
if(!isset($user) || !isset($user['idu']) ) {
header("Location: ".$CONF['url']."/index.php?a=welcome");
}

$json = json_encode(array('id'=>$user['idu'], 'username'=>$user['username'], 'image'=>$CONF['url'].permalink('/thumb.php?t=a&w=112&h=112&src='.$user['image']),
'gender'=>($user['gender'] == 1) ? 'male' : 'female', 'role'=>'user', 'profile'=>$CONF['url']. '/profile/'.$user['username'], 'password'=>$password));
$encoded = file_get_contents("https://jwt.html5-chat.com/protect/".base64_encode($json));
ob_start();?>
<script src="https://jwt.html5-chat.com/script/<?=$webmasterid?>/<?=$encoded?>"></script>
<?php
$script = ob_get_clean();
echo $script;
exit;
}

Registered and guest users together !

We have added a new mixed mode to enter the chat.
For now you could Both mode

  • guest : any one can connect to chat and only have to provide the username and the gender
  • user : before an user connects, user must register and provide his data such gender, email, password

We have now a new mode, a mixed mode, that allows to enter as user (providing registered username and password), but also as guest.

mixed mode

How to activate the mixed mode ?

go your chatadmin, chat config, then choose one of the 3 selections in “Enter chat mode” input select.

Note: This of course is useless if you use the jwt authentification, since in JWT, you can explicitly assign an username, gender and role.

Html5 chat: better mobile support

For a long time, HTML5 “mobile compatible” was just a marketing directive because we did not focus enough on the mobile version and we just made mobile and responsive tests without really focusing on real user experience. That was a mistake.

It was of course compatible with mobile, but interface was not really user friendly. We believe now that mobile is future of Internet and we decided to improve the user experience with mobile devices:

  • better layout
  • keyboard auto hides after sending message
  • H264 for ios and android so both iphones and Androids are able to send streams and watch streams
  • speed optimisation
  • Many CSS fixing for readability (change size, paddings, margins)
  • Synch uploading of photos to avoid bugs on Iphone while uploading

And much more…