ChatBeacon FAQs

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14-day Risk-free Trial FAQs

Of course! We offer a risk-free 14-day trial.
ChatBeacon runs on a Windows Server. Please read our system requirements for more information.
Sure can! You can download a free 14-day trial of ChatBeacon CLOUD and try it out on our secure servers. No credit cards needed!
Nope! The trial version is fully functional so you can explore and test all the features.
ChatBeacon LOCAL: No. You can simply register ChatBeacon with a license key provided to you after purchasing.
ChatBeacon CLOUD: After placing an order, you may continue with the account you set up during the trial.
No server? No problem! Simply sign up for a free 14-day ChatBeacon CLOUD trial. We’ll give you a simple chat code to add your website footer and you’ll be up and running within minutes.

General ChatBeacon FAQs

ChatBeacon is a live website chat software program for Windows™ that provides live help, live support and live real-time website monitoring
  • ChatBeacon offers two unique solutions to fit your needs.

    ChatBeacon LOCAL offers an on-premises server. Make a one-time purchase starting at $299 per operator. There are no limitations to the number of websites on which you can use OPUS and there are NO monthly fees. Click here for our complete pricing page.

    ChatBeacon CLOUD is hosted on our safe and secure servers. We offer three plans, from starter to premium, to fit your company’s needs and budget. Pay monthly, per operator, with no contracts! Read more about our ChatBeacon CLOUD pricing.

Yes, we offer a risk free 30-Day money back guarantee. Get immediate results or we’ll give you a 100% refund.

Well, that depends.

Starting at $299 per operator, you can make a one-time payment to host ChatBeacon LOCAL on your own server.

ChatBeacon CLOUD is your monthly subscription solution. We offer three plan tiers, starting at $15 per operator, per month, to fit any budget! This option is hosted on our secure server.

For more information, visit our pricing page.


With ChatBeacon LOCAL, you opt to purchase the software outright and install it on your servers. 

With ChatBeacon CLOUD, your information is hosted on our safe and secure server.

An operator is a customer service representative ChatBeacon for your website. They handle all chats with website visitors. Pay per operator and have concurrent operators logged into ChatBeacon, engaging with customers, at any given time.
Unfortunately, human operators aren’t included in the price of your ChatBeacon license or subscription. We’re not even sure that’s legal…
Yes, one operator can handle as many engagements as they’re able.
Yes, but only one operator can be logged in at one time for every operator license you own.


For example, if you own four operator licenses, you can only have four operators concurrently logged into ChatBeacon at any given time, whether to take chats, monitor the website traffic, run reports etc.

Visitors do NOT need to install Java or download an Active-X component in order to chat with a ChatBeacon agent. Our HTML client ensures that ChatBeacon will operate on all computers, making the chat process as easy as possible for your customers.
No, ChatBeacon is not built as a chat room software package. Only operators can chat with website visitors.
There are three notifications that are available: (1) You can setup a .wav file to play, (2) a window notification to pop up (similar to Windows Messenger™) and the (3) task bar to flash.
You have the option to use any .wav file that you want for any notification.

With LOCAL, you can use ChatBeacon on any number of websites on your network with NO additional fees per website. Whether you have one site on your network or 1000, you’ll pay one flat rate to use ChatBeacon on some or all of your sites. You have the freedom to allocate your operators to any site and queue that you like.

Your ChatBeacon CLOUD subscription comes with 1 website and 1 department, but you can add additional websites and departments for additional monthly fees.

ChatBeacon works with any modern day browser that supports Javascript: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Edge.
Yes, after your first purchase (at the full price) you will get 20% off of each additional purchase. Click HERE for more info.
ChatBeacon LOCAL: Yes, you will get 30 days of free support which includes free minor and major upgrades. You can also purchase the Annual Coverage so you will be able to receive technical support and software upgrades.


ChatBeacon CLOUD: We provide unlimited technical support via chat, phone and email.

Absolutely! The Administrator and Operator apps were both designed for the non-technical to advanced computer users. To add the chat feature, you simply need to add a small snippet of javascript code into the HTML of your webpages. If at any time you need assistance, support is free and we’re more than happy to help!

Technical ChatBeacon FAQs

Server Side:


The ChatBeacon Server is written in C# using the .NET Framework 4.0 utilizing windows services as well as ASP.NET to provide a stable and scalable solution.

Client Side:

Uses open standard dynamic HTML technologies such as CSS, JavaScript, and DOM. This allows your website visitors to utilize the services offered by the ChatBeacon product without the need for any Java, .NET, plug-ins, or Active X.

ChatBeacon LOCAL: You can setup as many departments/queues as you like, no matter how many operators you have setup, with NO additional fees.


ChatBeacon CLOUD: Simply add a website for $10/month or a department for $5/month.

Yep! Chat transcripts and past visitor navigation are automatically saved to a SQL database when the session is finished. Operators can share and view saved transcripts within their department as well as perform detailed searches in the transcripts.
The ChatBeacon Server must be installed on a Windows server, but the actual websites you want to provide chat on can be on any server you like. You simply need to add the monitor and chat tags in the webpages. If you are in a Linux environment you can check out our ChatBeacon CLOUD hosted solution.
Simply copy the ChatBeacon javascript code to the bottom of your website footer, right before the closing BODY tag.
ChatBeacon LOCAL: You can host your own data on your own Microsoft SQL Server.


ChatBeacon CLOUD: We’ll host the data on our side on a secure, private Microsoft SQL Server.

NOTE: The following are approximate numbers for the base install.


Server Side:

ChatBeacon Server – ~1 GB

ChatBeacon Database 5 MB

Operator Side:

Operator GUI – ~150 MB

The disk space required will continue to grow with the addition of new chat sessions being archived, canned responses being added, etc.

No. After the ChatBeacon server is installed, you will simply need to add a small snippet of javascript code into the HTML of your webpages to start using the chat feature.
No. You would just need one copy of ChatBeacon, as long as both websites can access the same central ChatBeacon Server.
Yes, the Operator app can be installed on any Windows server where the operator that is accepting chats is located. This includes the ability to install it on a laptop and chat with website visitors in a remote location.
Unfortunately, no, as Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP are not designed as a commercial webserver. The connection limit is set to a maximum number of 10 concurrent connections at one time. Unlimited connections are available with Windows 2000 Server and above.

ChatBeacon Features

Yes! You can add the chat icon to all of your outgoing emails to allow customers to instantly chat with you straight from their inbox.
Yes, ChatBeacon works as an internal instant messaging service, as well. Your operators can instant message any operator that is logged into ChatBeacon. You can also view past instant message sessions with that operator in just one click.
Yes, you can push a visitor to any URL, and even YouTube videos, during a chat session. This feature is great for retail websites and technical support.
Yes, you can easily add the SightMax chat button to your Ebay™ auction pages!


However, you cannot add the monitor tag since Ebay™ does not allow javascript tags to be placed into their webpages.

Yes, there are system-wide and personal canned responses that can be setup. An operator can add as many personal canned responses as they’d like. Implementation is just as easy. Simply create a canned response and choose it from a drop down or use a hot key (ex. F1) to trigger it. Administrators can also setup system wide canned responses that all operators have access too.
Yes. You can see the referrer URL as well as what search engine and keywords a visitor used to get to your website. The referrer URL, search engine and keywords are easily visible in the Operator app. With this detailed information, you can opt to spend more money with Google than Overture if you see that Google is giving you a better ROI (Return-on-investment), and increase your site traffic with customers that you wish to attract.
Yes. Create friendly greetings for your website’s visitors and invite them to chat with you. Simply right click on any session in the real-time monitoring window to pop up an invitation graphic on the visitor’s browser. This graphic is fully customizable.
  • Inline Chat Window (bottom right corner)
  • Static Chat Button
  • “Live Chat” text link
  • Customizable Chat Window
  • Graphics per Website
  • Hide Window when Offline

Chat Buttons and Chat Window FAQs

Yes. The chat buttons are customizable for every department/queue (ex. sales, support) that you have setup. The chat windows are also fully customizable for every website you are running ChatBeacon on. The chat window is in HTML so you can change the colors, layout, add your company logo and graphics, etc.
Yes. For example, you could have a chat button for support and one strictly for sales. Each could have their own look and feel. This is great for customer service because it allows for first time visitors to chat with a qualified sales agent immediately and for current customers to speak directly to a support representative. This ensures your customers that they will be chatting to the qualified agent for their specific needs.
The Operator app automatically creates the javascript code for each department/queue that you setup. You will then take that snippet of javascript and place it into your webpages you want to offer the chat feature.

Internet Connections, Firewalls and Performance

You need a dedicated high speed connection such as DSL, cable modem or a commercial class connection.
If you use a “secure” service (ex. Verisign, GoDaddy), then ChatBeacon will be secure as long as the chat is taking place on an https:// page.
Yes. ChatBeacon uses port 80 and/or 443 (SSL), which is the standard port for browsing to websites, thus eliminating almost all firewall issues that may occur.
Typically, the memory usage is quite low because, by design, ChatBeacon is dynamically managed by .NET and, therefore, is not a memory intensive application.
No. Many customers install ChatBeacon on their webserver and experience no slowdown with their server. Because ChatBeacon does not use many resources, it is extremely fast and efficient.
Absolutely not! In most cases, the ChatBeacon code is added to the footer of the website and will be the last thing loading on your website, so it won’t interfere with your website page load.

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