Creating a chatroom

I want to create an online chat room and be monitoring it. What is the best solution available?
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dwaynecharringtonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Don't use IRC, the learning curve for someone who isn't technically minded can be troublesome. Here is a link to a site which gives you 6 different alternative tools to create a free chat room.
jmelettConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You have following options
1.) Setup your own IRC Server (like Unreal IRCD and configure it for your needs*
2.) Register a Channel on an existing IRC Network (e.g. EFNet*
3.) Use an existing Chat Community like or

* Note that Users will need an IRC Client like mIRC ( or irssi ( to connect to the IRC Server. See here for more details about IRC:

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