Frequently Asked Questions
What are the recommended server resources?
As a general rule, if possible, absolutely no shared hosting environments. For best live chat experience, if you must deploy on a shared enviornment, get a hosting package with the most resources available. The resources needed by the software is directly related to few factors:
- Website Traffic - Website traffic plays an important factor in server resource usage. The chat icon loads on the webpage and that chat icon is fetched from the server. If you receive over 5,000 unique visitors a day, a server with 2Gigs or more RAM is recommended.
- Anticipated Live Chat Usage - Each live chat session requires server communication during the chat session. The more chat sessions at the same time will require more server resources. A typical modest dedicated server environment with at least 2Gigs of RAM should be able to handle 5-30 chat sessions at the same time, or even more.
- Operators Online - A typical modest dedicated server environment with at least 2Gigs of memory should be able to handle 10-20 operators online at the same time, or even more.
- Server OS
- UNIX, Mac or Windows
- Web Server
- Any web server with PHP and MySQL enabled
- PHP >= 5.4 or 7.x (tested up to 7.4.5)
- MySQL >= 4.1 or MariaDB
Recommended hosting companies to install PHP Live! are GoDaddy (Ultimate package or greater) or BlueHost (Choice Plus package or greater). These hosting companies and packages should be able to handle at least 5 operators online without issues. If you require SSL, CloudFlare.com offers free ssl but some tech knowledge will be needed for CloudFlare setup (DNS update, CNAME, etc).
How much disc space is needed?
The software files are around 22Megs of disc space. However, the database disc space needed for the system will depend on your website traffic and chat volume. Also, a year duration of chat activity will use less disc space then many years of chat activity. As a safe measure, at least 25Gigs disc space for websites that receive 100-5000 visitors a day. The more disc space, the better, and safer to avoid situations.
How many chat sessions can the software handle, per day?
It all depends on the server resource available. The more server resources (RAM, CPU, disc space), the more chats the software can handle. Also, the web server must be configured properly, including the MySQL configuration. There has been verified systems with over 500 chats a day and few systems have reported over 1,000 chats a day. If your server has the resources, then the software can handle more chats without issues.
Can I remove the "powered by PHP Live!" link back from the visitor chat window?
A purchase of the Enterprise Self-Hosted is required to remove the "powered by PHP Live!" link back. The Enterprise Self-Hosted includes the "Debrand" key needed to remove the link. The "powered by PHP Live!" link back cannot be removed on the Starter (also known as Standard) Self-Hosted.
Does the software expire?
The software does not expire. There is no locking mechanism or other types of automatic deactivation of features or locking to a domain. The same downloaded software copy can be installed on a test server, production server or other server environments.
Is PHP framework required?
PHP framework is not required. PHP Live! does not use a PHP framework.
Does the software run 100% on my server without third-party communication?
Yes. PHP Live! is a complete standalone live chat software that functions 100% on your server, your network, your domain. There is zero third-party communication. However, if are planning to use the Mobile App, the push notification does require third-party communication (PHP Live! servers AND OneSignal servers) to send the push notification to the mobile device. If you do not use the Mobile App, there is absolutely zero third-party communication.)
If I purchase the Starter, can I switch to the Enterprise at anytime?
Yes. The option to switch your account to the Enterprise Download can be done at anytime from the client area
. Starter to Enterprise account switch is
, the difference in price.
How many new versions are released in a year?
There has been sometimes over 10 new versions in a year. But typically 3-6 new versions are released each year.
Is tech support included?
General tech support will always be available, free of charge. However, some incidents that require extensive troubleshooting will require a purchase of Escalated Tech Support Service
. Escalated Tech Support are situations of possible server configuration and other issues that could not be fixed with common solutions. Escalated Tech Support Service is $150 (up to 3 hours) for most situations, per incident. Tech support will determine if Escalated Tech Support will be required based on the situation. Before any type of troubleshooting begins, your PHP Live!
system must be the latest version. Upgrading your PHP Live!
system is the first step in the troubleshooting process. Please reference the Knowledge Base
for most common solutions.
Can I provide a live chat service to my clients with my purchased copy of PHP Live!?
No. The PHP Live! License is per company use. Providing a service with PHP Live! to your clients is not allowed. Each of your clients will need to purchase a License.
I'm a developer and want to know if I can use PHP Live! on all of my client's websites?
No. The PHP Live! License is per company use. Each of your clients will need to purchase a License.
Is there a trial version I can download and install on my server before purchasing?
Don't have a server? Signup for the On Demand live chat service. View On Demand pricing