Check out my latest project — Silk, a magical interactive artwork.

If you have something to say, feel free to drop me a line. You can email me at If this is about an issue with YShout, provide a description of the problem, what you've done so far, and, if possible, a link to your site so that I can have a look.

What is YShout?

YShout is a lightweight yet full-featured package that allows you to easily add an interactive shoutbox to your website. A shoutbox is a great tool to communicate with your visitors, and YShout allows you to chat with them in real-time.

View YShout Demo

Why YShout?

» Easy to install. The installation process is a simple and painless procedure—just upload the files, include the Javascripts, and add an empty div. YShout does the rest of the work for you.

» Easy to use with Drupal. A plugin by MN Apps has been developed that makes it quick and easy to integrate YShout within a Drupal installation.

» Customizable. Fully styleable via CSS, you can tailor YShout's appearance to fit your website perfectly. It also comes with a control panel, so you can customize many aspects of the functionality.

» Standards Compliant. YShout is the perfect complement to your standards-valid website. It outputs proper XHTML styled by completely customizeable (and almost equally valid) CSS. YShout is also non-intrusive, so you can stop worrying about ruining your perfect markup. Just toss in an empty div and you're done!

» AJAX-Powered. Yes, it's a buzzword—but for good reason! With AJAX, YShout eliminates the need to refresh in order to keep up with new messages, and does tons of other nifty things without reloading the page.


If you're interested in seeing how YShout looks and feels for yourself, hop on over to YShout's live example and chat with other users there! I have set up the Admin CP for that installation in Kiosk Mode so you can log in and explore, but not actually change any settings.


Below are some screenshots of various parts of YShout. I might add some more later, after I see how these are received.

What's new?

» Kickass Admin CP. YShout 5 features a completely rebuilt control panel. It contains some new preferences, as well as a lot of returning favorites. More importantly, it provides for an all-around better user experience — you can easily access all of its functionality without leaving the page you're on: it is fully AJAX-powered, just like YShout itself.

» Full-featured History Viewer. While YShout 4 had a history viewer, it was lacking in a few important respects. People requested an awesome history viewer, and YShout 5 delivers. The revamped history viewer contains all of the requested features, and more!

» Be pleasantly surprised. There are innumerable miscellaneous improvements in YShout 5, all coming together to achieve a very stylish and polished user experience. It's quite definitely the best YShout version to date. So what are you waiting for? Check out the live demo, and grab your copy today!

Other Features

Along with the new features, YShout brings a compendious collection of older niceties. The list below is by no means exhaustive, it just contains some of the highlights.

» Message deletion. Deleting a message is only a click away.

» User banning. Do away with pesky spammers.

» BBCode and smileys. Add some spice to your conversation!

» Word censor. Keep the shoutbox clean.

» Utmost customization. Personalize YShout to fit your site.

Again, these descriptions don't do YShout justice. If you want to experience YShout in action, take a look at the example!

About Me

Hi! My name is Yuri Vishnevsky and I created YShout quite a long time ago. I was sixteen.

I actually started developing YShout on a whim — I was working on a small Photoshop tutorial website, and thought it would be nice if people could chat about the tutorials. After a cursory search turned up no satisfactory results, I decided to give it a shot myself. And thus YShout was born. I never did finish the tutorial site.