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How to add a chat room to your IP.Board 2.x?

How to add a chat room to your IP.Board 2.x?

To add a feature-rich chat room to your IP.Board 2.x, please refer to the following instructions.

Firstly, please download IP.Board 2.x chat module, and uncompress the package.
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Then copy files.

1. Copy: 123flashchat.php
To: <IPB installed directory>/123flashchat.php

2. Copy: chatwinsize.php
To: <IPB installed directory>/chatwinsize.php

3. Copy: functions_chat.php
To: <IPB installed directory>/functions_chat.php

4. Copy: login_chat.php
To: <IPB installed directory>/login_chat.php

5. Copy: folder flashchatconf/
To: <IPB installed directory>/flashchatconf/

6. Copy: style_images/1/123flashchat.gif
To: <IPB installed directory>/style_images/<them of template>/123flashchat.gif

Secondly, edit files.

1. OPEN: <IPB installed directory>/index.php
// Set up our language choice
include "functions_chat.php";
include "flashchatconf/config.php";

$chatters = getChatters ();
$user_list = getChatterList ();

if($running_mode != 3){
$ipsclass->vars['flashchat_room'] = "There are <b>".$chatters ['room_numbers']." </b> rooms<br>";
$ipsclass->vars['flashchat_connection'] = "There are <b>".$chatters ['connections']." </b> connections<br>";
$ipsclass->vars['flashchat_logon'] = "There are <b>".$chatters ['logon_users']." </b> logon users<br>";
$ipsclass->vars['flashchat_list'] = "User list: <b>".$user_list." </b> <br><br>";

2. Please login IPB Admin Panel -> "Look & Feel".

IPB Admin Panel

Then according to the title of your skin, click "Edit Template HTML".

Then according to the title of your skin, Edit Template HTML

Choose Board Index -> birthdays

-> birthdays

Add following code to the front of content, then Save Template Bit.

<!-- 123 Flash Chat Server Software Mod Begin -->
<tr><td class="row1" width="1%"><a href="" onClick="openChat
();return false;" onMouseOver="window.status='123flashchat';return true"><img
<#IMG_DIR#>/123flashchat.gif' border='0' alt='Closed' /></a></td>
<td class="row2">
<script language="javascript" src="chatwinsize.php"></script>
<!-- 123 Flash Chat Server Software Mod End -->

Save Template Bit

3. Choose All Global Html -> global board header
global board header

<a href="{$this->ipsclass->base_url}act=calendar">{$this->ipsclass->lang['tb_calendar']}</a>

After Add
<a href="" onClick="openChat();return false;" onMouseOver="window.status='123flashchat';return true">


Thirdly, configure the parameters of the running mode you choose.

1. Please choose the running mode according to your needs.
Configuration path: <IPB installed directory>/flashchatconf/config.php

Please configure the following parameters:
Configuration reference:
$running_mode = 1; (only 1 or 2 or 3)

(1) Chat server is hosted by your own ($running_mode = 1).
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Configuration path:
<IPB installed directory>/flashchatconf/config_local.php
Configure the following parameters:
$chat_group = "default";
$client_size_width = 634;
$client_size_height = 476;
$chat_data_path = "<123flashchat install directory>/server/data/default/";
$primary_server_host = "localhost";
$primary_server_port = 51127;
$chat_client_root_path = "http:// <IPB installed directory>/client/";
$swf_file_name = "123flashchat.swf";

(2) Chat server is hosted by ($running_mode = 2).
If your chat is hosted by, no 123FlashChat server software is needed to be installed; you may connect to your host chat room directly.
Configuration path: <IPB installed directory>/flashchatconf/config_host.php
Configure the following parameters:
Configuration reference:
$chat_group = "default";
$client_size_width = 634;
$client_size_height = 476;
$primary_server_host = "";
$primary_server_port = 51128;
$chat_client_root_path = "http://host*";
$swf_file_name = "123flashchat.swf";

(3) Chat server is hosted by free of charge ($running_mode = 3).
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Configuration path: <IPB installed directory>/flashchatconf/config_free.php
Configure the following parameters:
$room_name = "YourRoomName";
(If you leave $room_name as blank, the default $room_name's value will be your domain's name.)


Finally, integrate your chat with IPBoard user database, after do that, users can single sign-on your IPB chat, it means they won't have to enter their accounts again.
If you choose running mode 1 or mode 2, you need to set Auth-URL by following the instructions below.
Please set Auth-URL by following the instructions below.

1. Log in the Admin Panel of your 123FlashChat server
System Settings -> Integrate Panel

2. Find: DataBase -> SELECT: URL -> edit

3. Change URL: http://<IPB installed directory>/login_chat.php? username=%username%&password=%password%

4. Press OK to save your setting.

5. Restart chat server at System Management -> Restart

The following image describes how auth-URL integration works.

The Auth-URL application will perform as the communicating medium of the chat server and the database, i.e.: in fact, when a user logs on a chat server, the server won't connect to the user database directly, instead, it will send the username and password to the Auth- URL. Then the Auth- URL requests the database to authenticate the user. Finally, the Auth- URL will return the feedback to the chat server in a predefined way, whether approved or declined.

Integration done, enjoy your chat.

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