How to create a "Chat With The Site Owner" widget?
February 15, 2012 12:02 PM Subscribe
What is the best way for a web developer to create a custom "chat with the site owner" widget?
posted by steinsaltz to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A client wants an "ASK THE SITE OWNER" feature on his website. It would be similar to a Google Talk "chatback widget" on a client's website, allowing visitors to see if the owner has logged on, and to send chat messages. But I can't use the official GTalk widget, though, because it's all supposed to have a customized look and feel.
I have started exploring solutions involving Node.js and similar libraries that will let a program talk to XMPP chat services. But I am mostly a front-end programmer and do not have much experience with HTTP headers and stuff like that. I'd like to learn more, and have been working through tutorials, but I wonder what method you might advise for setting up something simple like this without getting too lose.