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When choosing a platform for hosting a live chat system, a number of options are available. One of those most popular choices is Zopim, and it has truly earned its reputation as it has a large amount of features and an abundance of advantages. For many users, the free plan is enough to get started with, and the other plans are relatively cost-effective, especially when compared with some competing products. Setting up Zopim on a website is very straightforward since the actual code can be generated. This means that non-technical users can easily configure the setup of the live chat from Zopim's website, and then copy and paste a code snippet into their own website. Zopim supports many browsers, so the code snippet can be added to any major browser, and should be completely compatible.Plugins for Zopim are available for many mainstream content management systems such as Shopify, WordPress and Magento, so setup on these platforms is also very straightforward. Zopim has a number of useful features, which helps to facilitate the job of support agents. First of all, the live chat screen and popups can be hidden if no support personnel are online at a specific point in time, so as to avoid disappointment for customers. Support agents can also easily select pre-suggested answers for commonly used sentences. Users can select a department to be directed to before commencing the chat, so agents need not worry about dealing with issues beyond their expertise. While Zopim is definitely a great contender for a live chat system, there are some slight issues which are worth mentioning. First of all, site performance is sometimes impacted with the addition of the live chat. It is not a frequent issue, but in my experience, I have noticed it occurring on some occasions. So for users with strict requirements of performance and reliability, they might need to look elsewhere. Besides this, the only other problem which I have encountered is that the live chat layout, feature set and look-and-feel, is not very customizable, unlike some competing products such as Olark.
When it comes to instant messaging the majority thinks of Skype at first. But this software has a lot of disadvantages, the main of which is the lack of security. Well, if your team needs the secure communication environment, Campfire is the great choice. This chat is designed primarily for the teams. If your group is no more than four people, you can use Campfire for free. Free account gives an opportunity to store up to 10 Mb if files in the chat. For bigger teams, there are premium plans with more storage and conference calling feature. Campfire is the web based chat, so there is no need to install the additional software, just the browser is OK. There is the official app for the iOS and a lot of third-party apps for the Android and Windows Phone. The security is in the first place here. To begin chatting the registered user has to create the room that is protected with the password. The room owner can decide whom to invite and who can see which rooms. All data is transferred using the HTTPS protocol. Premium and Plus accounts also include SSL security. The iPhone app has the basic features and helps to keep an eye on what's going on even on the go. It shows all the rooms the user has access to and gives the opportunity to see how many people are in every room. It can also remember the last room the user entered and immediately take him to it. The notifications about new messages can be turned on or off.
Monday 26 November 2012
I found Zopim to be extremely feature rich, affordable, ease to use and ease to install chat service. This is one of those services I can heartily recommend to all fellow startup geeks.More about Zopim
Monday 23 November 2009
Campfire is an exciting communications solution for switched-on businesses and is almost an essential add-on for Basecamp users. It’s not perfect—most notably the lack of new message alerting and transcribe downloading—and, sure, you’ll have to force some conversations back on track, but you’ll be able to have fun and get work done at the same time in a safe environment. 37signals knows business.More about Campfire
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