This guide will help you through the installation process and get CometChat running on your site.
Installation is very straight forward, only taking about 5 minutes from uploading the files to viewing the CometChat bar on your site.
You do not need programming knowledge to install CometChat, but a working knowledge of FTP functions is a plus.
This guide assumes that you have successfully downloaded the latest release of CometChat and have the zip file "unzipped" and ready to go. If not, you can download the package from the Members Area.
The instructions will term the zip file you downloaded as cometchat.zip.
At this point, you should have the zip archive cometchat.zip and find a single folder- "cometchat".
If you don't know already, find out the folder in which ocPortal is installed.
If you access your ocPortal site via 'http://www.domain.com', then look for the webroot directory.
The "webroot" directory is usually 'public_html' or 'www', but this varies from server to server so if you're unsure, contact your hosting provider.
Using your FTP client, copy the '/cometchat' folder inside your ocPortal folder. e.g. http://www.domain.com/cometchat
You should now run the installer file through your web browser by entering the URL into your browser's address bar (if you have followed our example, type in http://www.domain.com/cometchat/install.php, naturally substituting 'domain.com' for your web address).
If the installation was completed successfully, then two code snippets will be displayed on your screen. The first code is for docked themes like Glass, Hangout, Facebook etc. and the second is for embedded theme i.e. Synergy. Please copy the appropriate lines of code depending on whether you wish to use docked themes or embedded theme.
Also the page may display a list of files and folders which may require additional permissions. Please CHMOD those files/folders to 777.
To use docked theme:
Now edit your template header. Add the copied code in your GLOBAL_HTML_WRAP.tpl file immediately after the
<head> tag. This file is generally present at /themes/default/templates/GLOBAL_HTML_WRAP.tpl
Delete your site’s cache after adding the code.
To embed CometChat in your site:
Add the code copied for embedded theme from step 1 in your site’s HTML code to embed the chat.
Now delete install.php file from the '/cometchat' folder.
That's all! Now log-in to your site and you will be able to see the CometChat bar. For customizing the text, icons, plugins, theme and modules, please refer to the documentation for Administration Panel.
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