Chat and messaging applications have become an essential part of our everyday lives. And, while they’re great for connecting with friends, they’re also vital to businesses. The ability to collaborate in real time is becoming not just an expectation, but a demand.
If you’re a developer, you may consider building your own application. Whether you’re looking at churning out a solution for corporate users or planning on creating the next big social app, there are a ton of challenges you’ll need to overcome to go from concept to completion.
Consider the complicated infrastructure that you’ll need to scale along with your application’s growth. Or the security demands of keeping hackers out and user data in. Then there’s the challenge of having to start from scratch and build features from thin air. It all adds up to something of a mountain to climb.
What would really help is to have an easy-to-use framework that not only makes development faster, but also handles all of the infrastructure and security needs of your app. With PubNub ChatEngine™, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
A Launchpad for Chat and Messaging Apps
You have a lot of options when it comes to chat. For example, you could buy into a pre-built SaaS provider. Those services take care of everything for you – but may not have all of the features you need. Or, you could go the other way and build what you want from the ground up. But, as we mentioned, it takes a whole lot of resources to get it done. Thankfully, there’s a way to get the best of both worlds.
ChatEngine provides developers with a platform for creating powerful 1:1 and group chat applications. It’s an extensible collection of SDKs and, packaged with a comprehensive set of pre-built elements, which help you get your first chat running. This combination gets you through the boring, basic pieces of development, and gets you straight to the stage where you can build a unique app that meets your specific needs.
One of the real strengths of ChatEngine is that so many of the features you’d expect in a top-flight app are readily available for implementation. You’ll find chat staples like sending/receiving messages, emoji, member statuses and a way to easily access unread messages. You can also hook into what PubNub calls BLOCKS – pre-built integrations to third party offerings so that you can quickly and easily add things like profanity filtering and translation
Also included are more advanced features like the ability to utilize chatbots and AI/machine learning. Plus, you can use the event-driven nature of chat to trigger alerts and add conditional logic to the mix. The framework integrates with 50+ third-party services and even other chat APIs. Use them to perform functions like triggering emails, language translations or perhaps sending a funny GIF or two.
Reliable Infrastructure and Security: Part of the Deal
Chat applications require an awful lot of computing power. When usage suddenly spikes, you don’t want to be caught flat-footed. – but when usage slows down overnight, if you’ve scaled for maximum capacity you can end up blowing your budget on servers that are sitting idle. This is especially difficult in corporate environments where chat is relied upon for getting things done: there has to be the capacity to keep things running at top speed during business hours, but once people go home your infrastructure can seem wildly over-built.
ChatEngine sits on top of a highly-scalable infrastructure that can support even the heaviest of usage. Because it is serving users around the globe 24/7, it has has both the hardware and the network to support the needs of your app, even at your highest usage peaks – but when your audience is snoozing, your usage drops and the billing meter stops turning.
And with security being the concern du jour for both developers and users, it’s good to know that ChatEngine is built with ethics and responsibility at its heart. Out of the box, you get authorization and access permissions to ensure users only have access to the right areas; as well as encryption that protects the content of chats as they happen.
Your apps will be nicely equipped with enterprise-grade security, and, without you having to research the rules or write the code, be compliant with regulatory frameworks like the EU-US Privacy Shield, HIPAA and the upcoming EU GDPR. This means that you can have full confidence in your new app’s ability to secure even the most sensitive user data.
Their systems are equipped with enterprise-grade security and are compliant with EU-US Privacy Shield, HIPPA and the upcoming EU GDPR – among others. This means that you can have full confidence in ChatEngine’s ability to secure even the most sensitive user data.
Getting Started with PubNub ChatEngine™ is Free
What makes ChatEngine different from other chat application solutions is the ability to build what you want without all of the worries that come along with building from scratch. They provide a service that is powerful, secure and ideal for building a full-featured app in less time.
Bottom line: ChatEngine, unlike other chat application solutions, helps you get started quickly; delivers the infrastructure to scale globally without breaking a sweat; and solves security issues while you concentrate on building a differentiated product. They provide a service that is powerful, secure and ideal for getting to market with a full-featured app in less time, and managing expanding audiences seamlessly.
You can get started, right now, for free. Check out ChatEngine and find out how you can use it to power your chat application.