Kentico CMS 7.0 Developer's Guide

Chat messages

Chat messages

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This topic presents the various types of chat messages and ways to send them.


Message types


Users of the Chat module may encounter the following types of messages:


Classic - messages posted on the live site into a room.




Whisper - messages posted in the room, but only to a particular user designated as recipient.




System - messages generated by the system, informing about users joining and leaving rooms, and sent invitations.




Announcement - messages sent from the CMS Desk UI.




When a user joins a room, system messages posted earlier are not displayed to them by default. This behavior can be adjusted in Site manager -> Settings -> Community -> Chat -> First load of messages.


Sending messages


Once joined in a room, users can start sending messages. A message typed into the textbox can be sent either by clicking the Send button or by pressing Enter.


A new line can be inserted by pressing Shift + Enter at the same time.


Users can send messages either to all users present in the room, or to a selected user. Recipient of the message can be specified via the drop-down list below the message text box.




If user selects Everyone, the message will appear to all users in the room.


If a particular user is selected, then only the selected user will be able to see the message. The following example shows how such message appears to the sender:




The recipient will see the message as follows:




After a private message is sent, the selector will revert the selected recipient back to Everyone. To prevent this and keep sending messages to a specific user, the sender should check the check-box on the left-hand side of the selector.