If you have an existing IRC channel on some IRC network or server, there are 2 ways to allow your web visitors to access that channel.
You can either help your visitors set up an IRC client program, or you can set up a web gateway so they can just point-and-click their way to your channel. We recommend you help your visitors set up an IRC client program such as m IRC for Windows, a Mac IRC client, or Chatzilla [ext.
For example, I typed “EFnet web chat” into Google and found many results for connecting to the EFnet network via the web.
aka Jolo, last updated Feb 18, 2007 original version at page is intended for people who want to provide a chat service on their web page, such that visitors to that web page can chat. If you are one of those visitors who is just looking for a place to chat indirectly via the web, such as because you are restricted by your school/institution and cannot use a real chat program, or because you just don’t want to bother running such a program, there are many web pages that provide such services.
Like JPilot it runs as an applet on the visitor’s own computer, so it’s no good if you’re trying to get past a firewall.
Furthermore, not all browsers are compatible, the latest versions are definitely recommended.
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For simplicity, I will just use m IRC as an example.
The visitor will enjoy his chatting experience more, which means he will likely stick around, unlike most web chat visitors who just try it out and move on when they get frustrated with the inevitable lag, crashes, or ugly appearance of most web chat clients.
Most importantly, you won’t go crazy trying to help people debug the web clients, which can misbehave unpredictably depending on the user, OS, or browser.
In spite of what we said above, it can sometimes still be a good idea to provide a web gateway: OK enough lecturing, tell me about the web gateways.