Adding a chat box or shout box to your blog is just another way to make your blog more social. It makes you connect with your visitors even more and makes your blog engaging. A simple chatbox might make your blog visitor stay longer than normal. A chatbox / shoutbox can also serve as a guestbook where visitors can leave comments and suggestions easily without the need to create a separate page for that. If you have an entertainment blog, then you definitely must have this. Adding a chatbox to blogger is quite easy and you don’t need to know much HTML, just a little copy and paste procedure and you’re done with it.
There are lots of sites around where you can create a chatbox / shoutbox widget from your blog but I found three that are actually the best of all.
This widget is quite one of the very best because it’s got some features that’s simply unique. You can log in to the chat system with facebook and twitter as long as you authenticate the ShoutMix app. You can also customize the look and feel of the shoutbox to match your blog’s template. You need to first create an account and verify your email after which you’re asked to create a shoutbox. Below is a preview of what the shoutbox looks like:
After creating the shoutbox and customizing it, click on the Embed link on the left to copy out the code which will be added to your blog. This will be explained later in the post.
Cbox is one of the oldest chatbox around and I also recommend it because of its simplicity. It’s easy to create and you can choose from any of the ready made themes and it’s possible customize the chatbox to match your blog’s template too. Cbox allows your visitors to comment using their name and website address or email as they do not offer facebook integration like ShoutMix. Below is a preview of the chatbox i created there:
After customizing the look and feel of your chat box, go to Publish to copy out the code which will be added to your blog.
FreeShoutBox also gives you offers the service of giving your blog or website a chatbox / shoutbox all for free. You also need to create an acount in order to create a customized shoutbox and you can choose from any of the ready made themes or use your own custom CSS layout. Below is a preview of the shoutbox I created:
How To Add The ChatBox Code To Blogger
It’s a matter of preference, you can use any of the sites listed above but I prefer the first one as it offers more features than the rest. You can use any of them though, it’s a matter of choice. I believe you’ve copied out the code, right? Now let’s add that chatbox to your blog!
1. Login to your blogger account and click on Design
2. Depending on where you want the shout ox or chatbox to appear, click on Add a Widget. ( The sidebar is the best position if you ask me 🙂 )
4. Paste the shoutbox code and save.
Now, preview your template and watch the chatbox appear on your blog!