In this article we are going to learn how to setup a secure video chat with WordPress and the Community Pro video chat plugin in four easy steps. Step 1: Make sure you have a media server First, in order to run a video chat service on any website you need a media server. Think of the media server as the home of the video chat software. If you have a VPS all you need to do is install a media server software like Red5 and you’re all set. If you don’t have a VPS you can purchase one with Red5 pre-installed from just $15/month here. Step 2: Get the software Download the video chat software (you can try it for[…]

AVChat 3.6.3 changes the mechanism for automatic room creation to make setting up AVChat easier for scenarios that involve multiple instances – as when using it as an IM. The server-side setting autoCreateDefaultRooms (which was available on Red5 and Adobe Media Server) has been deprecated and removed.  Its functionality has been replaced by the NEW defaultRooms setting/array. By default the defaultRooms setting contains 1 room called The Lobby. All new instances (the _definst_ part of the connection string) of AVChat will have this room unless you change the value of the defaultRooms array. The id of this room will be r0 across AMS and Red5. The rooms contained by the new setting will only be created if there are no rooms in the instance. The full description of the setting is available in[…]

In the last months we gathered more client feedback so in this new build we included most of the major updates needed. New Userlist Positioning Users list can now be positioned to the right of the textchat by setting the new option moveUsersListToTheRight to 1. By default it is 0. Updates And Fixes When the userslist is hidden, my camera window and other cameras will be positioned starting on the left-most side, next to the edge of the screen. Implemented modal over camera windows to show that they are resizable. Made username and author name columns in BannedUsersList case insensitive upon sorting. Implemented hideTheseRooms setting also for the mobile version. License key can now be taken from avc_settings.xml through the new setting licenseKey. Fixed[…]

This release is focused on issue fixing as well as polishing some recent features that were added in the prior release of AVChat 3.6. Mobile Client Changes Messages coming from the mobile client will now use the same fontsize set in the AVChat theme. Banning mobile users is now possible. Users can be banned by IP or Usernames just like desktop users. Mobile users can no longer join using an already used username. This works both ways, desktop users cannot join using a name used by a mobile user. Bugfixes Fixed issue which caused usernames that contained special characters to not display correctly in some instances (webcam requests, room invites, file uploads). Fixed issue with room names that contained special characters[…]

A Bit of History For a while now AVChat 3 has only been compatible with Red5 0.8 and Red5 1.0 RC1. The reasons are many but the most notable is the fact that we just couldn’t get the users and rooms list to work correctly on the newer versions of Red5. It wasn’t a major issue since AVChat worked very well with 0.8 and 0.8 could be installed along newer versions of Red5. But back in August 2014 the Red5 developers introduced WebSocket support in version 1.0.3. This version peaked our interest knowing that WebSockets are a very good platform for building chat applications and adopting it would be a natural step forward for our mobile version of AVChat. But there was a problem,[…]

Hello! I’m Lucian and I’m now responsible for integrating AVChat with WordPress and all other CMS’ AVChat integrates with. I have recently taken on the task from Radu. We decided to start the year with a huge overhaul for our WordPress video chat plugins. We took a good look at the highest rated WordPress plugins and made a promise to reflect things we’ve seen and loved into our own plugins. Therefore, we present you with two major upgrades that will ease the AVChat administration and give your WordPress website users and admins a much better experience: Video Chat Plugin Standard for WordPress, version 2.0 Video Chat Plugin PRO for WordPress, version 3.0 The Standard plugin can be downloaded for free from wordpress.org or from your own WordPress backend[…]

This update is focused on making changes and solving issues based on the feedback about the last version 3.5.1, received from you, our clients. New Settings And Functionality Implemented new setting thumbnailImageShape which controls the shape of the avatars in all the areas (users list, status bar, textchat). By default it is round. Implemented new setting hideTextChat which controls whether or not the text chat area is shown. Along with this the older setting enableAudioVideoOnlyMode has been removed completely, but it’s functionality can still be obtained combining some settings together including the newly added hideTextChat. The idea behind this change was to eliminate any kind of possible conflicts that would’ve occurred if enableAudioVideoOnlyMode was activated and other settings like allowVideoStreaming was also set separately. To give you an idea on how AVChat[…]

As we were entering the second half of 2014 it was clear AVChat’s looks were up for renewal. Many clients had already referred to its looks as outdated and wanted a more modern look but we also felt a strong need to bring its design in line with today’s best practices. Thus for the latest build of AVChat we’ve made the biggest redesign since the initial release of AVChat 3.0. We’ve redesigned it with a simple philosophy in mind: everything needs to be clear, simple and consistent. We think we’ve achieved that: Hand in hand with changing the design came adopting the ability to have themes. I am proud to announce that AVChat now supports themes and, to show off the feature, it ships with[…]

Having to deal with a very busy summer, development for AVChat has been slower than usual, but we managed to allocate enough time in order to release a new build and as always we’ve integrated most of the new requests along with some compelling new features. Real-Time Text Chat Translation We have implemented a mechanism that permits AVChat to detect the language the browser is setup for. Based on this and using Google’s Translate API you can now translate on the fly messages from another language, from a user that has the browser setup in french for example, to your preferred language, assuming as well that your browser is setup in your particular language. A small translate link will appear on the[…]

Hello everyone, Today we’re launching a new product we’ve been working on for the past few weeks: the AVChat Video Chat Add-on for xenForo. XenForo is a commercial forum software package written in PHP. It’s developed by former vBulletin lead developers Kier Darby and Mike Sullivan. The AVChat Video Chat Add-on for xenForo handles the integration between your xenForo community and the AVChat 3 video chat software. Here’s what the 1.0 version of the add-on handles out of the box: Same Username (and Gender), members will have the same username and gender in the community and in the video chat. Double log in is not needed. Same Profile Photo, the profile photos from xenForo are automatically used for the users list and text chat inside[…]