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How to add a chat room to your phpBB2.x

How to add a chat room to your phpBB2.x

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

Firstly, please download phpBB 2.x chat module.

Download phpBB 2.x chat module

Then copy the following files:

1. Copy: 123flashchat.php
To:<your phpBB2 installed directory>/123flashchat.php
Without this file, your phpBB chat room will not open successfully.

2. Copy: phpbb_login_chat.php
To:<your phpBB2 installed directory>/phpbb_login_chat.php

3. Copy: includes/functions_chat.php
To:<your phpBB2 installed directory>/includes/functions_chat.php

4. Copy: templates/subSilver
To:<your phpBB2 installed directory>/templates/subSilver
(If your current skin is not subSilver,copy the file under templates/subSilver to your current skin folder)

Secondly, edit files.

1. Open 123flashchat.php
Configure phpBB chat module parameters as following

$chat_client_root_path = "";
$swf_file_name = "123flashchat.swf";
$skin_name = "default";
$language = "en";

2. Open language/lang_english/lang_main.php


$lang['Session_invalid'] = 'Invalid Session. Please resubmit the form.';

After Add

$lang['CHAT'] = 'Chat';
$lang['Chat_connections_zero'] = 'There are <b>0</b> user connected to the chat server';
$lang['Chat_connections'] = 'There are <b>%d</b> users connected to the chat server';
$lang['Chat_connection'] = 'There is <b>%d</b> user connected to the chat server';
$lang['Chat_rooms_zero'] = 'There are <b>0</b> Chat rooms';
$lang['Chat_rooms'] = 'There are <b>%d</b> Chat rooms';
$lang['Chat_room'] = 'There is <b>%d</b> Chat room';
$lang['Chat_logon_users_zero'] = 'There are <b>0</b> logon chatters';
$lang['Chat_logon_users'] = 'There are <b>%d</b> logon chatters ';
$lang['Chat_logon_user'] = 'There is <b>%d</b> logon chatter';
$lang['Chat_logon_userlist'] = 'Chatting users: ';

3. Open includes/functions_chat.php


$chat_data_path = "C:/Program Files/123FlashChatServer6.9.3/server/data/default/";
And configure the chat installation path here.

4. Open includes/page_header.php


$l_online_users = sprintf($l_t_user_s, $total_online_users);
$l_online_users .= sprintf($l_r_user_s, $logged_visible_online);
$l_online_users .= sprintf($l_h_user_s, $logged_hidden_online);
$l_online_users .= sprintf($l_g_user_s, $guests_online);

After Add

// begin 123 flash chat mod
include($phpbb_root_path . 'includes/functions_chat.'.$phpEx);
$chatters = getChatters();
$c_connections = $chatters['connections'];
$c_rooms = $chatters['room_numbers'];
$c_logon_users = $chatters['logon_users'];
if ( $c_connections == 0 )
$chat_connections = $lang['Chat_connections_zero'];
else if ( $c_connections == 1 )
$chat_connections = $lang['Chat_connection'];
$chat_connections = $lang['Chat_connections'];
if ( $c_rooms == 0 )
$chat_rooms = $lang['Chat_rooms_zero'];
else if ( $c_rooms == 1 )
$chat_rooms = $lang['Chat_room'];
$chat_rooms = $lang['Chat_rooms'];
if ( $c_logon_users == 0 )
$chat_logon_users = $lang['Chat_logon_users_zero'];
else if ( $c_logon_users == 1 )
$chat_logon_users = $lang['Chat_logon_user'];
$chat_logon_users = $lang['Chat_logon_users'];
$l_chat_connections = sprintf($chat_connections, $chatters['connections']);
$l_chat_rooms = sprintf($chat_rooms, $chatters['room_numbers']);
$l_chat_logon_users = sprintf($chat_logon_users, $chatters['logon_users']);
$l_chat_user_list = $lang['Chat_logon_userlist'] . getChatterList();
// end 123 flash chat mod

After add the above codes, the phpBB chat module will dynamically show the following information on web pages:


'T_SPAN_CLASS1' => $theme['span_class1'],
'T_SPAN_CLASS2' => $theme['span_class2'],
'T_SPAN_CLASS3' => $theme['span_class3'],

After Add

'L_123FLASHCHAT' => $lang['CHAT'],
'U_123FLASHCHAT_POPUP' => append_sid('123flashchat.'.$phpEx),
'CHAT_TOTAL_ROOMS' => $l_chat_rooms,
'CHAT_TOTAL_CONNECTIONS' => $l_chat_connections,
'CHAT_TOTAL_LOGON_USERS' => $l_chat_logon_users,
'CHAT_USER_LIST' => $l_chat_user_list,

5. Open templates/subSilver/overall_header.tpl



Before Add

<script language="Javascript" type="text/javascript">
function openChat()
{'{U_123FLASHCHAT_POPUP}', '_123flashchat', 'HEIGHT=476,resizable=yes,WIDTH=634');;


<td align="center" valign="top" nowrap="nowrap"><span class="mainmenu">&nbsp;<a href="{U_FAQ}" class="mainmenu"><img src="templates/subSilver/images/icon_mini_faq.gif" width="12" height="13" border="0" alt="{L_FAQ}" hspace="3" />{L_FAQ}</a>&nbsp; &nbsp;

After Add

<a href="" onClick="openChat();return false;" onMouseOver="window.status='{L_123FLASHCHAT}';return true" class="mainmenu"><img src="templates/subSilver/images/icon_123flash_chat.gif" width="12" height="13" border="0" alt="{L_123FLASHCHAT}" hspace="3" />{L_123FLASHCHAT}</a>

6. Open templates/subSilver/index_body.tpl


<td class="row1" align="left"><span class="gensmall">{TOTAL_USERS_ONLINE} &nbsp; [ {L_WHOSONLINE_ADMIN} ] &nbsp; [ {L_WHOSONLINE_MOD} ]<br />{RECORD_USERS}<br />{LOGGED_IN_USER_LIST}</span></td>

After add

<!-- 123 Flash Chat Server Software Mod Begin -->
<tr><td class="row1" align="center" valign="middle" rowspan="2">
<a href="" target="_blank" onClick="openChat();returnfalse;" onMouseOver="window.status=''; return true"><img src="templates/subSilver/images/123flashchat.gif" alt="open Chat" border="0"></a></td>
<td class="row1" align="left" width="100%"><span class="gensmall"> <br><br><br> </span></td></tr>
<!-- 123 Flash Chat Server Software Mod End -->

Thirdly, integrate your chat with phpBB user database, after do that, users can single sign-on your phpBB chat, it means they won't have to enter their accounts again. 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

SDataBase -> SELECT: URL -> edit

3. Change URL to
http://<Your phpBB installed directory>/phpbb_login_chat.php?username=%username%&password=%password%

 Change URL to

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 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.

Integration done, enjoy your chat

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