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While xat.com can get you a quick chat for your site / profile, you may also want to consider making a Group chat. Read this guide for all information on groups.

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What's so special about a "Group"?

Groups get the following features that are different from normal chats:

  • A special xat link, example xat.com/lobby instead of xat.com/chat/room/1/.
  • Ability to appear on xat.com/groups (you may remove yourself from lists at any time via "Extra Features" panel).
  • 6 pages of HTML formatting, perfect for making rules etc.
  • Custom backgrounds on the page your xat chat is on.
  • Comments system (OPTIONAL), to allow members and higher to leave comments on your chat that never disappear (unless you delete them).
  • A "Reset Chatbox" option, to remove all ranks, except yours.
  • Ability to make yourself or anybody else a Main Owner
    • by giving them the URL from "Edit Your Chat" (recommended)
      Your edit chat link should look similar to http://xat.com/web_gear/chat.php?id=3548454&pw=123456789 however, you can use tinyurl.com or bit.ly for a short link.
    • or by giving them the password to your group.
    • The Edit Your Chat URL can be changed if you reset your chat box.

Sounds great! How do I make one?

There are two ways to make a group. If you already have a xat.com chatbox on your site, you can turn that into a group and keep ALL of your settings, moderators, owners, etc.

I have a chatbox, how can I convert it to a group?

If you're a creator and original Main Owner;
Click Edit Your Chat than at the top right click Extra Features.
Click the blue "make this chat a group" button, Than enter the information (see below).

I don't have a chatbox, can I still make a group?

Of course! Just click http://xat.com/web_gear/chat/creategroup.php to make a group, and fill out the information (see below).

Information

You must fill out the information on the "Make Group" page.

Your name Used to personalize the "Activation required" and "Moderator report" emails. Instead of "Hello user," it can say "Hello Bob,".

Group Name Your group name. This is also used for your special group link, example if you type Lobby, your link will be xat.com/Lobby. CAN'T be altered after creation.

Group description Appears under your group name on the groups list, and on the chat link. Can be altered at any time.

Password Your password is something only YOU know, so make it tough (yet rememberable!) so you can edit your chat group at any time. Can be altered at any time.

Tags Used for search engines etc., example if your chat was about board games, you could make tags like chess, checkers, connect 4, etc. Can be altered at any time.

E-mail Please put a VALID email. It's required to activate the group, and to give you your password if you happen to forget it. CAN'T be altered after creation.

URL Enter a link to a website that "features" this group.

Once you fill this out and click "I agree" and then "Create Group", check your email for the activation link!

Note: The official chat groups of xat can be found here.

Attracting Users

If you are making a chat group to attract others, than you may want to consider making your chat group a bit attractive. This can be done several ways, all adding up to successful chat groups with lots of users. Here are a few ways to attract users:

  • Make or find someone who makes custom backgrounds for your chat. (Custom backgrounds appeal more to the eyes.)
  • Base your group's topics to something most people can relate to. (Example; xat.com/World is to Meet people from around the world.)
  • Try to make your chat group's name one word. (Chats that are named_like_this are hard to remember.)
  • Take advantage of xat's Promotion option. For 200 xats per hour, your chat will be listed on xat.com's home page. However, you will be responsible to keep your chat appropriate during the promotion and others may be on promote the same time as you. See Promotion for more info.