The SoftCreatR Shoutbox - A micro chat system that leaves almost nothing to be desired!
The SoftCreatR Shoutbox is an extension for the WoltLab Suite version 3 or higher, which can be seamlessly integrated into your community. By using the internal box system almost all possibilities are open for you to display the box(s) at the wished place. You are not limited to one single box, but you can create any number of independent boxes, for example an internal chat for your team members, as well as a chat for the general public and/or guests. The Shoutbox has a maximum of functionality, but just enough to keep the activities in the rest of your community in the background.
Are you already using a Shoutbox from another provider? No problem! The SoftCreatR Shoutbox is compatible with other Shoutbox extensions, so after your purchase you have the opportunity to continue using your existing Shoutbox and to put the SoftCreatR Shoutbox through its paces.
You don't use a Shoutbox yet, but would like to use one in the future, but can't decide? No problem either! Let us simply give you a handful of reasons to make your decision easier.
The SoftCreatR Shoutbox can be described in three words: fast, slim and user-friendly. By using Static Polling1, HTML5 Web Storage2 and Markdown3 we set new standards in terms of performance and usability.
1 = Static polling describes nothing else than reading files on your webspace where the chat history is stored. The (optional) use of this method drastically reduces the server load (by up to 98%) because the messages are not read directly from the database. This method is particularly suitable for larger, highly frequented communities.
2 = HTML5 Web Storage, also known as Local Storage, is a limited amount of available storage in the browser. This can for example prevent additional (and above all unnecessary) requests to the server if the web page is opened in multiple tabs at the same time.
3 = Markdown is a simple syntax for generating HTML code from text documents, based on the formatting of plain text e-mails. Similar to BBCode, Markdown is used to give users the ability to create and format content without any knowledge of HTML. This should be a blessing especially for mobile phone users, but also for desktop users, since we have not used the WYSIWYG editor for performance reasons, which basically requires the manual writing of BBCode. The following are a few simple examples of text formatting:
- Both from [i]Hello World[/i] (BBCode), and from _Hello World_ (Markdown) or alternatively *Hello World* (Markdown) becomes Hello World
- Both from [b]Hello World[/b] (BBCode), and from __Hallo World__ (Markdown) or alternatively **Hallo World** (Markdown) becomes Hello World
- Both from [i]Hello World[/i] (BBCode) and **_Hallo World_** (Markdown) or alternatively ***Hallo World*** (Markdown) become Hello World
- Both from [s]Hello World[/s] (BBCode), as well as from ~~Hallo World~~ (Markdown) becomes
Hello World- Both from [quote]Hello World[/quote] (BBCode), as well as from > Hallo Welt (Markdown) becomes
Further information about Markdown and its use can be found here:
- Markdown – Wikipedia
- Markdown Cheatsheet · adam-p/markdown-here Wiki · GitHub
- Markdown Guide
Features (Version 1.0.0)
- Slim, modern design, adapted to the style of your community
Because the eye is chatting with.
- Multi-Shoutbox operation
Who wants to be satisfied with a shoutbox if he can have two or even three?
- Easy placement and management via the integrated box system
Each individual Shoutbox can be freely placed and individually configured.
Static polling and other technologies that effectively avoid high server load make the Shoutbox suitable for use on systems and webspaces with lower performance and resources after appropriate configuration.
- Markdown support
BBCodes were yesterday. Format texts like a real computer geek. Even on the smartphone!
- Multi-line support
The key combination CTRL + ENTER can be used to create multiline shouts.
On smartphones, a send button is also displayed.
- [Optional] Smiley selection
Let your users choose as usual from the list of available smileys.
The Shoutbox does not have any visible copyright notices.
The SoftCreatR Shoutbox is compatible with WoltLab Suite 3.0 as well as 3.1 and the upcoming version 5.2.
The SoftCreatR Shoutbox can also be used in parallel with other Shoutbox extensions from other vendors.
Additional (free) features
- Shoutbox Archive
Keep your shoutbox(es) always in view, even if you are not there.
- Full screen mode
Offer your users a completely new shoutbox experience using the full-screen mode.
The full screen mode can be (de-)activated for each individual shoutbox by clicking or tapping on the corresponding icon.
Additionally the full screen mode can be activated by pressing ALT + ENTER and closed by ESCAPE.
On the smartphone, the full screen mode can also be terminated by pressing the back key.
- Shoutbox Synchronization
Synchronize the content of different installed (SoftCreatR) Shoutboxes for maximum flexibility.
Not enough functions yet?
We are constantly working on improving our Shoutbox and adapting it to the needs of our customers. The SoftCreatR Shoutbox also offers developers the possibility to implement their own extensions.
Still not convinced?
Test our Shoutbox free of charge and without obligation in our demo installation.
What's next after my purchase?
After your payment, it's advised to activate your account for the support area of this extension. To do so, visit https://activate.softcreatr.com, register your account if neccessary and activate your license. After a successful activation, you'll receive access to the support area of this extension and access to our "Fast Lane Service", where you can download the latest versions right after their release and before it will be activated here in the plugin store.