Chatbox: Cbox or ShoutMix?

Attention to all bloggers, if you found that your blog do not have a chatbox or tagboard, then probably, your blog may be not good enough! This is because a chatbox on your blog will be the most direct tool for readers to leave their footstep, just speak out a words and chatting with other users!
You readers do not need to sign up or read any post to drop a message. Maybe to some of them, leaving a  comment is inconvenience compared to leaving a  message on chatbox or tagboard!

If your blog dont have one, probably you need to get one immediately! And remember, this service is basically FREE and if you pay for it, you will have more control on your chatbox!

Currently, there are two major shoutbox service that almost every blogger are using, one is more popular one, Cbox, and one more that maybe most of them havent discover the service yet is ShoutMix.
If you are still using Cbox now, please continue reading and i will tell you plenty reasons to change from Cbox to ShoutMix!

cbox vs shoutmix

Well, every service will have their pros and cons, lets see!

When firstly i started to blog, i use cbox instead of shoutmix! But after that i found that there are readers spamming my chatbox with those dirty words, links to porn sites and use my name to post up unproper messages. I have no idea how to overcome it! Cos it almost post those things everyday.For this case, lets see what cbox and shoutmix will do!

Only can delete messages at the admin page which means you need to login to their site and need to check and delete it!
There are NO identical diffrence between an admin posting up a message and somebody else posting up the message!
BUT Cbox enable you to view the complete ip address of who is posting up the message and ban the specific IP address from posting for a certain period! [but this will not be too useful as most of the user use dynamic IP and the ip address will change after they reconnect!]

You can sign in to your own shoutbox and start deleting message and as well as!
And you can also view the complete IP but… you cannot ban it! Its only for premium users!
There are identical diffrences between an admin’s message and others msgs!

Note: Screenshot are taken from an actual shoutbox which is located on:

So if things like i mentioned above happend, i think Shoutbox will win if compared to Cbox.
This is because although Cbox got the function to ban certain IP, but there will be no use if the spammer are using dynamic IP as most streamyx users are using that! So, immediate delete of those msg are most effective! Anyway, for me, viewing commentor’s IP have no help for me in inspecting spammers! I dunno!

Cbox and Shoutmix DO have their ads for free users!
BUT the diffrence is Cbox DO have pop-up ads which appear randomly when you click on the Cbox and you wish to leave a msg! And ShoutMix is stated that they DO NOT have any pop-up ads on their features page! And i didnt face any pop-up  ads from ShoutMix but im facing tons of Cbox pop-up ads EVERYDAY!

When i want to leave a msg on Cbox, i will need to re-enter my name, url, after that only start typing my msg! But when i leave msg on ShoutMix, i dont need to do so if i had done it on other shoutmix chatbox before!
So, this again will be a big advantage for those who are using ShoutMix as their chatbox, readers do not need to enter their name and url everytime they want to leave a msg!

One more things is about you want to view msgs that are older, for Cbox, you need to click on the older messages there and a pop-up will appear, and you will read the older msgs from there! Where for ShoutMix, you just need to click on Next and Previous button and you can continue leave msgs since all the msgs appear still in the same place, inside the chatbox! This will be more user-friendly and again ShoutMix win the match!

And one minor feature is ShoutMix have a wider Basic profanity filter if compared to Cbox! Agree?

You will have a wider choice on customizing your chatbox with ShoutMix, various style available and easy for diffrent blog template! And Cbox didnt have much choise so you will see there will be all the same Cbox around but not ShoutMix! Haha! Check it out on their(ShoutMix) website!

So, decided to change your cbox to shoutmix? Or Change your ShoutMix to Cbox?
Or still want to stick to cbox for a specific reason or advantage which i dont know?
Tell me! Haha! Leave a comment here!


All Review are made by joshuatly and based on FREE Version of Cbox and ShoutMix. If there are inaccurate in information given, please correct me! Thanks!

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50 Responses to Chatbox: Cbox or ShoutMix?

  1. yuen89 July 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm #

    I using cbox before, but sometimes got pop-up, then I removed already..:)

    • admin July 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm #

      why not try shoutmix?

  2. yuen89 July 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

    lazy to apply, haha

  3. lolly August 2, 2008 at 12:18 am #

    err, i think, we can add unlimited emoticons in cbox… and that’s for free users too… in shoutmix, for free users, we only can add 10 emoticons.. ^^ nice website, and really like the template you had…

    • admin August 2, 2008 at 6:23 am #

      Ya, you are right! But i also seldom use emoticons… so no point adding… Haha
      Thanks, my template is from eches which link can found at the bottom of my blog! He didithis very well and he is also malaysian!

  4. guest August 23, 2008 at 9:30 am #

    Then where does the shoutmix ad appear?

    • admin August 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm #

      it is text ads on the shoutbox itself.
      Usu is link back to its own site!
      There will never be pop-up ads from shoutmix!

  5. john August 30, 2008 at 11:06 am #

    Nice review. Looks like shoutmix got ip banning for free shoutbox already. 😀

  6. DonyIrawan September 19, 2008 at 8:10 pm #

    why shoutmix can’t appear in WordPress, it’s just only show the linktext “View Shoutmix””Free chat widget @ ShoutMix” ?? but I see it’s okey in any Blog*. Why it’s so deficult .**.

  7. Thunderleech September 28, 2008 at 3:33 am #

    hey plz convert u r rapidshare links into direct links

  8. KaNa October 11, 2008 at 7:09 pm #

    i used to use cbox too, but because of the popups i changed to shoutmix. but one thing i liked about cbox is that it looks more simple and straightforward. and it is more space-efficient too. but nevertheless shoutmix is still good.
    it has cool options too, like the word to replace name, website, refresh, shout, etc…

    • joshuatly October 11, 2008 at 7:48 pm #

      I really satisfied with shoutmix too!
      So lets share the good things together!
      Thanks for your comments on my blog!

  9. anuj November 12, 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    i go with shoutmix. To We Have Another Chatbox other then cbox and shoutmix ?

    this is my blog

  10. Anuj December 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm #

    Now I Have Chatroll Chatbox. Its Better Then Both. Try it at

    you Can see demos on my sites &

  11. musclemax February 2, 2009 at 5:10 am #

    i am cbox user and i think it’s the best chat widget ! 🙂

  12. MakeMoney4Newbie February 19, 2009 at 11:09 pm #

    I prefer Shoutmix guys…

  13. Blogging2U March 1, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    i use shoutmix because of the admin panel, refresh message faster than cbox, no annoying popup, and the ability not having to type our name/url again n again. besides, shoutmix is from MALAYSIA!

    unfortunately, the smiley feature is limited to 10 only for shoutmix but i’m cool with that. who needs to many smileys inside shoutbox right? 10 is just nice

    nice review 🙂

  14. farker April 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    learn english before commenting on cbox lmao.
    “You will have a wider choise on custumizing”
    CHOICE. CUSTOMIZING. wtf you’re stupid.

    • joshuatly April 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

      Oh. thanks for pointing out my mistake.
      yeah, im stupid…

  15. Yoyo June 6, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    HOw can I know the full IP adress?

    • joshuatly June 7, 2009 at 9:16 am #

      when u logged in as admin, you can know the FULL IP~!

      • Yoyo June 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

        what about im just a chatter? is there a way to view all the IP’? if not can you show me how to view it using websites or softwares plz? I im chatting in ShoutMix?

        • joshuatly June 7, 2009 at 10:08 pm #

          dont think this is possible as privacy problem. you can contact shoutmix admin to know more about this. they might be helping also!

  16. NasRevil07™ June 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    Shoutmix is the best!!!

    Over 50 ghost video on my Blog!! Come and Visit!!!

  17. Leon June 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    thx alot XD

  18. Ricky June 27, 2009 at 6:47 pm #

    Thats great material, like your stuff, just passing to say hi!

  19. swan June 28, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    hi there..
    my ShoutMix is being spammed recently..
    it is very annoying..
    is there any way to prevent from being spammed..??

    • joshuatly June 28, 2009 at 6:19 pm #

      no idea woh…
      if spesific url is post, you can ban that url or the user ip also.
      and the one stupid way is delete and delete and delete…
      its annoying, i know…
      cos i also kena sometimes…

      • The Envoy June 28, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

        Maybe it’s because the shouts need not be moderated in a shoutbox. Or maybe because bots can hack into a shoutbox more easily than a comment post.
        I am testing the first theory right now by allowing unmoderated comments on my site. Let’s see how things go for the next 2 weeks….
        I am actually quite hesitant to put a shoutbox up because of this

      • swan June 29, 2009 at 6:41 pm #

        anyway, thx for ur reply..

  20. YELDDAAA December 17, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    chat is nice

  21. Ethan February 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    Well I’ve been tested around .. and ShoutMix is way better !

  22. Lubomir February 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    I am using Cbox for 3 months now. The is a spammer who stalks the box. He uses dymamic ip`s and even proxies.
    Not even a nerd .. with all hidding ip software is not so hard afcourse… I have tried to ban this spammer to no avil using cbox ban system… i send 3 emails and no response from support. When the spammer is posting with proxy i can not view the messages because cbox don`t recognize ip and no message are shown in admin are so no way to delete the spam…i haven`t tested Shoutmix but Cbox will be remove from my site very soon…

  23. Build Traffic February 19, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    looks like I’m gonna switch to cbox

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  25. Sun April 16, 2010 at 5:56 am #

    Very nice. Thank you.

  26. EDERSON April 28, 2010 at 11:57 pm #


    I wonder how he rode his code because the chat shoutbox see: working at the bank and some chat does not work here (proxy blocks) only yours, so I thought I put this on my site but it failed. can you help me? please?

    I believe that the proxy is getting something in your code that will not start


  27. chiaki July 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    can you check whole ip on shoutmix without admin?

    • joshuatly July 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

      No you cant

      • chiaki July 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

        kay thanks.

  28. Azura Ani Salaim August 10, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    thanks! really happy! now i’m changing to shoutmix!

  29. Macedonian Girl September 18, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    Thanks about the comparison of the chat services!

  30. November 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

    ShoutMix the best I think

  31. Addam November 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    how to detect Ip using Shoutmix?? when I point to the # all the msg have the same IP including me..

  32. Kiril December 28, 2010 at 3:35 am #

    Sometimes the choice is led by reasons like ability to integrate chat box into CMS. I am using WordPress and I want to integrate chat box. So this will lead my choice.

  33. lembayungbali April 12, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    I’ve been using the Free Version of shoutmix for a while now and so far it’s good enough although the premium version offers more features

  34. Rudolf July 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    O Shoutmix é muito bom, recomendo!!

  35. Alex Miller February 19, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Chatwing makes for an excellent Free Live Chat Tool for any website or blog.

  36. Guest February 19, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    listening on music while chatting with friends? “Chatwing” have that upgrade just for free! and it is faster than ever.

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