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Smart Shoutbox 2.8.0


Full-featured Joomla chat component and module, which can be used as standalone shoutbox or IP.Shoutbox mirror. Create chat rooms, upload files, install multiple chat modules, tons of options! Definitely the best Joomla chat extension for now, not doubts.


  • Flexible template with full support of mobile devices.
  • Create unlimited number of categories (chat rooms) with descriptions.
  • Install unlimited number of modules and select categories for each module separately.
  • A lot of customization options like shout or member name length, show or hide avatars, etc.
  • Replace images with neat thumbnails and lightbox.
  • Replace videos with links and lightbox or with embedded player.
  • Customers can upload files and attach them to their shouts.
  • Display member avatar from different components: Contacts, JomSocial, CommunityBuilder, EasySocial and more.
  • Automatically or manually refresh chat window, flood control and extra permission checks to avoid spamming.
  • Customizable and fully keyboard controllable text editor.
  • Ban or unban members from chat (do not affect the rest of your site).
  • Chat template can be easily styled with CSS (any element can be hidden, resized or colored) and language file (any text can be changed).
  • Shouts archive page on front-end with search and filtering options.
  • Cron job to automatically delete shouts older, than X days and orphaned files.

Price:24.95 EURConvert to EUR / GBP / RUB / USD

Why is it better, than other similar extensions?

First of all, there're not much chat solutions for Joomla and existing ones are either too simple and ugly or overloaded with JavaScript and useless features. Smart Shoutbox is a balanced chat component with neat layout and a fairly enough scripts and features to work smoothly and almost faultlessly. We always monitoring chat and our customers' feature requests, but add only vital and really cool stuff, which will make Smart Shoutbox even better keeping it balanced. Try it for yourself and you will see, that this all is true.


Compatibility: 2.5 & 3.0


You can see the component demonstration on main Shoutbox page and module in footer of any other page. Back-end can be tested on our demo site (username: demo, password: demo).



Here's what our customers say about this extension...

Reviews for Smart Shoutbox

Superb Shoutbox!

Burt, 27.07.2015

The Smart Shoutbox extension is the best shoutbox available on the internet. Real easy integration with Joomla! Just install, adjust some settings and you are on your way. For on small issue I needed some help, support is also good and swift!

Works Great and Looks Great

Lshep, 19.07.2015

We've been using Smart Shoutbox for awhile and love it. It's easy to manage and looks great on our frontend. Our users love it too. They like the freedom it provides and comment on how it looks so nice. We had to use support once and received an email reply within hours...on the weekend. Great component.

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This extension's functionality can be easily extended via plugins. All plugins require a valid license for Smart Shoutbox. If you do own Smart Shoutbox, please, login to buy or download the desired plugins. After that simply download the desired plugin, install it, setup and enable.

  • AutoShouter (Adds predefined shouts in chat)

Change log


  • This version does not support Joomla 2.5! Do NOT upgrade Smart Shoutbox, if you have Joomla 2.5!
  • Some options and permissions changed. Check and save your settings after upgrade!
  • ADDED: Description column in categories list.
  • ADDED: Option to filter smileys by status (published/unpublished) on Smileys page.
  • ADDED: Available Buttons option in extension's settings to select desired editor buttons.
  • CHANGED: IP.Shoutbox tab renamed to External Database, but still works as IP.Shoutbox only.
  • CHANGED: Editor button options are now used for button hotkeys instead of just turn on/off.
  • CHANGED: Smiley Folder option in extension's settings is now an easy to use dropdown list with all available smiley sets.
  • FIXED: Empty SQL error, when no categories created and no shouts added.
  • FIXED: Category date is not properly displayed in categories list on back-end.
  • FIXED: Video links not replaced with player in some cases due to parsing error.
  • FIXED: Standard cut/copy/paste shortcuts not working in editor.
  • FIXED: Long text lines without spaces or hyphens stretch editor indefinitely.
  • FIXED: Smileys replace typed text in module since last update.
  • Permissions now also affect viewing pages on back-end.
  • All options in settings were resorted, some removed, some combined for faster setup.
  • All language strings were resorted, some removed, some changed for faster localization.
  • A lot of minor improvements and code optimization.



Flexible Template

Shoutbox template is now fully compatible with sidebar positioning and mobile devices (phones, tablets etc). It follows user's visible area size (viewport) and changes layout automatically, keeping all the functionality.

Improved Editor

jQuery Text Editor plugin has been fully integrated in Smart Shoutbox and greatly improved (mostly under the hood):

  • All actions can now be completed from keyboard, without even touching a mouse.
  • New Justify button added to justify selected text.
  • New messaging system introduced (more error and success messages will be added later).
  • Major code optimization with lot of bug fixes and tweaks.

But the best part is: editor can now be expanded indefinitely. Share your ideas!

Version 3.0 incoming!

We've started to prepare Smart Shoutbox for major update to version 3.0. It will be completely remodeled and optimized, will stop supporting Joomla 2.5, but instead will support Joomla 4 and all the latest web-development standards.

IP.Shoutbox support will be completely removed and replaced with external database feature. However, you will be able to export all your shouts from IP.Shoutbox to Joomla, using new Converter feature.

Version 3.0 is planned to be released next year.


  • Announcements are saved for each shoutbox instance separately and can be edited at the back-end, on settings page.
  • Option to show or hide Name field by default (useful for mobile devices or sidebar positioning).
  • You can now select and delete multiple shouts at once from Archive page.
  • Clear Search button on Archive page to quickly remove all search criteria.


  • Clicking on avatar in shout submit form now shows or hides Name field.
  • Actions available to guests now checked against IP-address only (name check is omitted).
  • Toggle Sounds button now toggles sound in all shoutbox instances on the page.
  • Categories list now always visible in shoutbox window and doesn't scroll with shouts.
  • All image icons replaced with Font Awesome icons.
  • Pagination now template independent and follows Smart Shoutbox CSS rules.
  • Back button in archive replaced with Delete Shouts button.
  • Cron Secret moved to extension's settings. Don't forget to update your cron command!
  • Show Description option now simply hides category description by default, not removes it completely.


  • Shout text not parsed properly, when not closed self-closing tags present.
  • Searching shouts not working properly in some cases.
  • Category names displayed in modules on archive page.
  • Shout attachments not properly processed in some cases.
  • Category created date displayed improperly in back-end.
  • Several Joomla 2.5 compatibility issues.


  • Greatly improved functionality, when multiple module instances installed on one page.
  • A lot of layout adjustments and improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes and code optimization.


  • ADDED: Send button now disabled after submitting shout for Shout Interval value (in seconds).
  • FIXED: Hyperlinks not saved, when added via WYSIWYG editor.
  • FIXED: Target attribute not added to links in some cases.
  • FIXED: Image preloading fails in some cases.
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements.



Chat Categories

A long waited and highly demanded chat categories feature is now available! You can now put unlimited number of modules on different pages and assign different categories to them. Only shouts from selected categories will be displayed in particular module. AutoShouter plugin also allows you to select categories, in which you want to post pre-defined shouts. Only global shoutbox and chat archive will always display shouts from all available categories.

NOTE: Chat categories are only available for Joomla chat!

File Uploads

You can now attach multiple files to shouts. File uploading follows all possible rules set: user permissions, allowed file types and number of files per shout. Uploaded files will be assigned to the next submitted shout and processed accordingly (e.g: images replaced with thumbs). Orphaned (not assigned) files can be cleaned from your hard drive via cron.

NOTE: File uploads are only available for Joomla chat!


  • Optimized module template for better sidebar and mobile devices compatibility.
  • External database support to allow cross-site chats.


  • Upload Files rule in permissions list.
  • Clean Orphaned option in extension's settings to clean orphaned uploaded files with cron job.
  • Multiple modules support. Now you can put as much modules on one page as you want and they will work independently.
  • Several categories and file uploads related options in component's settings.
  • Categories option in Smart Shoutbox Module and AutoShouter plugin settings.
  • New button on Shouts page to manually create shouts (back-end).
  • Buttons to publish or unpublish shouts on Shouts page. Unpublished shouts will not be displayed in shoutbox, but remain in database.
  • Feedback messages for every possible action (back-end).
  • Shoutbox Stats section on main page in admin.
  • Category field on archive page to filter shouts by category.


  • Cron job now also cleans orphaned uploaded files and its link changed! Don't forget to update it!
  • Shouts on Page and Shouts Limit options are now per category, which leads to longer database queries and larger arrays. Don't set it to high!
  • Refresh button now works per category. Auto-refresh still refreshes everything.
  • Avatar image and link retrieval for JomSocial and EasySocial updated to support external storage (Amazon S3).
  • Name generator replaced with name selector, which selects a random names from pre-defined list. You can replace this list with your own.
  • All links (URLs, mailtos, image and video links) in shouts are now opened in new window.


  • Minor incompatibility with Kunena forum.
  • Number of shouts per page in Archive is calculated improperly.
  • Clear button is not working on Shouts and Banned pages (back-end).
  • Email links parsing option is not visible in settings and thus not functioning properly.


  • A lot of language strings changed. Don't forget to update your localization!
  • Optimized code, a lot of minor bug fixes and improvements.


  • ADDED: Button to toggle sounds on front-end.
  • ADDED: Date picker for Shout Date field on Edit Shout page.
  • ADDED: Back to Shoutbox button on Archive page.
  • CHANGED: System messages window layout now fits the Shoutbox theme.
  • FIXED: Shout date in journal not following date format from extension's settings.
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements.


  • FIXED: Some issues with the library, which appeared in previous version.
  • FIXED: Empty shout text, when smileys parsing is turned off.
  • FIXED: Several issues with ascending shout ordering.
  • FIXED: Wrong background color ordering, when adding shouts.


  • ADDED: Permission settings to allow or deny to change names in chat.
  • ADDED: Option to enable or disable sounds globally.
  • ADDED: A list of URL shortening services. Select a service you like most or change, when selected one is down.
  • ADDED: CSS classes for user groups, which allows to set distinctive styles (color, font-size etc.) for each group separately.
  • FIXED: "Undefined index: s_fullname" error when addressing a users from shouts added via AJAX.
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements.


  • ADDED: New Major feature — Shouts Archive on front-end with search and filtering options.
  • ADDED: New option in settings to choose between username or name for registered users.
  • ADDED: Registered users can now change their name right in shoutbox window.
  • ADDED: Shoutbox stats on global page and archive.
  • ADDED: You can now set a title for each smiley as a brief description of it.
  • FIXED: Shouts formatting not properly displayed in Journal.
  • FIXED: Several small bugs, when editing shout on front-end.
  • FIXED: Truncated names added in shout... well, truncated. Now they are not!
  • Better search on back-end, which allows to search by exact phrase.
  • Greatly improved links and images parser.
  • New language strings added, some old strings changed. Update them correspondingly in your localization.
  • Minor bug fixes, code optimization and CSS tweaks. New CSS classes added, don't forget to update your template.


  • Minor bug fixes.


  • ADDED: Shouts now stripped from potentially dangerous tags like SCRIPT, APPLET, EMBED, etc.
  • FIXED: Access check for admin pages in Joomla 2.5 doesn't work properly.
  • Minor bug fixes and CSS tweaks.


  • ADDED: On the main Shoutbox page shouts now can be edited in WYSIWYG editor.
  • ADDED: Permissions to restrict Shoutbox content management in back-end.
  • ADDED: New version checker on extension's back-end main page.
  • FIXED: Possible SQL errors during extension's setup.


  • ADDED: Extra checks for empty values to avoid unwanted errors.
  • ADDED: Neat "loading" image to indicate processing requests.
  • FIXED: Multiple errors, when Smart Shoutbox module and component are on the same page (why do you even put them this way?).
  • FIXED: Wrong shout time display. Now it follows personal (for registered users) or general (for guests) settings.
  • FIXED: Undefined error message, when shoutbox refresh is interrupted. At last!
  • Increased compatibility with other extensions.
  • Minor fixes and tweaks, some CSS classes changed.


  • ADDED: Extra checks for empty name or message.
  • FIXED: Incompatibility with some other extensions.
  • FIXED: Some AJAX requests returned bad data in non-standard situations.
  • FIXED: Wrong path to smileys, when added via editor.
  • FIXED: Wrong page heading display.
  • Some small bug fixes and CSS tweaks.


  • ADDED: Customizable text parser.
  • ADDED: Gravatar support.
  • ADDED: URL shortener for all links (except images and videos) in shouts.
  • ADDED: Images can be added as text links or thumbnails with lightbox.
  • ADDED: Videos can be added as text links with lightbox or embedded player.
  • ADDED: An option to turn on/off random name generator for guests (generic Guest name will be used if Off).
  • ADDED: An option to turn on/off announcement above shouts list.
  • ADDED: An option to ban/unban chat members (if permissions set) with logging.
  • ADDED: Shout likes are now available for IP.Shoutbox as well (permissions are not applicable).
  • ADDED: WYSIWYG editor for shouts in back-end.
  • FIXED: Wrong image links, when avatar was not set by user in chosen avatar source.
  • FIXED: Adding names and smileys not working properly on main Shoutbox page with editor.
  • FIXED: Empty shout can be posted from main Shoutbox page.
  • FIXED: Compatibility issues with some other extensions.
  • FIXED: Minor permission issues.
  • Some code optimization, increased security and stability.
  • New "flat" and more generic layout.


  • ADDED: Rich-text editor on main Shoutbox page.
  • ADDED: Shout from rich-text editor can be submitted on Ctrl + Enter.
  • ADDED: Allow, disallow or limit use of HTML-tags in shouts.
  • ADDED: Shouts list now scrolls to top upon new shout.
  • FIXED: Guest editing and deleting of own shouts.
  • FIXED: Incorrect paths to images, sounds etc.
  • FIXED: Incorrect parsing of links with non-Latin letters.


  • ADDED: AutoShouter plugin, which adds predefined shouts to SmartShoutbox.
  • ADDED: Links and images embedding.
  • ADDED: EasySocial avatars support.
  • ADDED: Sound and page title notification on new shouts.
  • ADDED: Protection from accidental double-clicks on buttons (Send, Refresh, Confirm etc.).
  • FIXED: Broken links to some images.
  • FIXED: Smileys not properly parsed on shout add or edit.
  • FIXED: Error 500 when not installed avatar component selected.
  • FIXED: Guests not able to like shouts from other guests.
  • Minor layout tweaks.


  • ADDED: Clickable smileys!
  • ADDED: Shout editing form can now be submitted on Ctrl + Enter.
  • ADDED: Chat announcement can now be changed right from the chat window (Joomla chat only).
  • ADDED: Like button and rating for shouts (Joomla chat only).
  • FIXED: Avatar and profile links for IP.Shoutbox now correctly displayed after refresh.
  • FIXED: Config array "Undefined" error in prepareShout() function.
  • Better shouts list and window layout.
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements.


  • ADDED: Shouts journal, where you can edit or remove shouts.
  • ADDED: Smileys manager, where you can quickly edit, remove or disable smileys.
  • Some small bug fixes and CSS tweaks.


  • FIXED: Guests now can set their own names or use generated ones.
  • FIXED: Minor Joomla 2.5 errors.
  • Some small bug fixes and CSS tweaks.


  • Completely new extension concept: now it's a component, not just a module.
  • Separate Chat page added. Can be used alongside with module or without it.
  • Joomla Chat support added alongside with IP.Shoutbox.
  • Shouts now can be edited and deleted, if user has permission for that.
  • Avatar type option added to select avatars from JomSocial, CB etc.
  • Flood control option added.
  • Autoprune shouts via cron added.
  • A lot of bug fixes and code optimization.


You must purchase a license to Smart Shoutbox first. If you already did, please, login to read documentation.


Support for all our extensions is absolutely free, excluding installation, setup, CSS incompatibilities or any customizations. If you have any issues with one of our extensions, got an idea or pre-purchase questions, feel free to contact us via email given below.

Email: support@thekrotek.com

You may also use our support forum for the same purposes. Don't forget to include error messages (if any) or screenshots with them in your support request or forum post.

Please, DO NOT create ANY videos for your support requests — this is the worst possible way to describe an issue. Send ONLY plain text or screenshots.

Please, DO NOT send access credentials to your server or back-end of your site until specifically asked to. We will ask for them ourselves, when it is absolutely necessary.

We'll be happy to help you!

Paid Services

Apart from free support we offer paid services: installation, setup or any kind of customization. These services are paid on per hour basis: 10 EUR / hour, 20 EUR minimal payment. If you're not able to install or setup any extension or require customization, contact us via email: support@thekrotek.com.

All paid services provided only after full payment and are non-refundable. Negotiated price is always final and will not change, even if we spend more or less time with your task.

NOTE: Joomla 2.5 support is considered as customization and not free. It should be paid on a regular basis (see above).


Please, read the list of most popular questions below, before you ask for support. It'll save all of us some time.

I don't know, how to setup your extension! Nothing works!
This is why we, developers, usually write instructions. You'll find them at this very page.

I don't have PayPal or credit card. Can I pay you some other way?
No, we only accept payments via PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.

How can I re-download purchased extensions?
Just login with your credentials and visit Profile -> My Orders, where you'll find all your orders.

I have a custom template. Will your extension fit in it?
It might not fit, but try to help you with this. Feel free to contact us, if you have any issues or questions.

Will you help me adjust layout of your extension to my site's template?
We don't do any styling or templating, however all out extensions are highly customizable and can be adjusted to any template via CSS.

Will I have access to upgrades and support after purchase?
Every purchased extension has 180 days of absolutely free support and upgrades. Feel free to contact us, if you have any issues or questions.

Are there any better extensions than yours?

I have an idea and want to share it...
Sure, feel free to tell us, what's on your mind. However we can't guarantee you, that your idea will be accepted right away.

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