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Hello to all the Yahoo! Messenger addicts,yahoo_pingbox

Finally its a great news for all the Y! freaks… Moving out of the ‘Betas’ Y! launched the final stable version of Yahoo Messenger, version 9. The look and feel has been totally changed and it looks too good now. Also many other features have been added to it, main being the addition of Y! Pingbox. Now all those Y! survivors who felt ‘something missing’ in their web site or blog will now be able to make it a complete package. I think you got it right. You will not miss your chatting even on your web site. Visitors will be able to chat with you using the Pingbox.

Adding the Pingbox to your web site or blog is a pretty simple process. But to make it even more simpler, I am adding a step by step guide on ‘How to add the Pingbox to your Blog or Web site ?’

So here are the 10 easy steps:

  1. To add the Y! Pingbox go here: Create your Yahoo Pingbox
  2. Once you are there and if you are not signed in, just go to the ‘Sign In’ at the top right corner of the page and sign in with your Yahoo username and password. (Note: Hope no one is a new Yahoo user here… If so, instead of the ‘Sign In’ link go to the ‘Sign Up’ link and create your Yahoo account in minutes and continue with the steps)
  3. Once you are signed in you will be redirected again to the same page where we started with.
  4. Locate the bright yellow button with ‘Create Pingbox’ written on it. I don’t think you would have much problem locating that. ;)   Now what are you waiting for ? Click it…
  5. Now the customization of your Pingbox will start. On the left are a variety of things for you to choose for your Pingbox and on the right you will be able to see the way it looks.
  6. When you are content with the design of your chatbox, just get hold of your mouse and click on the purple ‘Next’ button on the left hand side of the page.
  7. Select the size for the Pingbox, some may love it B-I-G while others may like it small. So as per your taste choose the size and if you want it to add it to any services given above the size selection just click on the respective button.
  8. If you want it to add to some other place not listed there, don’t worry. There’s a way out. Choose ‘Code Only’ and press the ‘Copy to Clipboard’ button. You will get a nice message saying ‘Code copied to clipboard.’
  9. Now there’s nothing more.. Just go to the page of your web site or blog  where you want to add the Pingbox and paste the copied code. As you can see it, I have added my Pingbox to the sidebar of my blog. To do so, open the admin panel of your WordPress blog and go to the Design tab. In that select theme editor and finally select ‘Sidebar.php.’ Add the code after the <!–sidebar.php start–><div id=”sidebar”> tags wherever you wish to show your Pingbox. To display the Pingbox in the center horizontally, do like this:

      <!– sidebar.php start –>
              <div id=”sidebar”>

      Paste your code here

              <!– sidebar.php end –>

  10. Voila, that’s it. You are done. Now you can even chat with your web site visitors.


LilianDecember 18th, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Just Wanted To SAy Thank You!


VikasMay 6th, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Hi sapan,

I want to add Yahoo pingbox the this website. But when i copy the code, its only showing the code instead of pingbox. Please let me know if you can help me with that.



SapanMay 6th, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Hi Vikas,

I visited your site and its really good.. I like the design.

I saw the pingbox code on the contacts page. I think that there’s some problem in pasting the code. The place where u’ve pasted the code is not proper I suppose. I m not sure still.. :(

If you could mail me the code of that page, I will be able to help u still further, I think…



RONNIJuly 21st, 2009 at 9:41 PM

Awesome writing/ Will definitely visit soon-


StéphanOctober 18th, 2009 at 4:31 AM

Thanks for this post.

I found a bug.

Does not work with ie or firefox wich has never gone on yahoo website, cookie seem to be needed !!!

If anybody have any good idea to correct this !

Best regards.


rohitFebruary 21st, 2011 at 12:43 AM

I have added the html code of yahoo pingbox to my blog Though the yahoo pingbox has appeared, but it is inactive and shows me offline despite signing in yahoo mail. Please guide me with a step by step message. Your help will be appreciated.


rohitFebruary 21st, 2011 at 1:12 AM

I have also downloaded yahoo messenger. but still the yahoo pingbox is not working in my blog ?


zaitonNovember 28th, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Thank you. Simple instruction to follow.


English indonesian translator ServiceApril 9th, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Hai, I have put this widget in my blog. it’s very usefull. Thank you. I use this in my “Contact” page.


Sanyaolu.May 5th, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Hi sapan,

I Have visited and after i have fill-in all the necessary details and clicked on Next button, the page will just load and a small window will pop up in the within the page and says “Your session has expired. Please click refresh to continue.” with Refresh Button bellow the message and whenever i click on refresh button and i fill-in my details again the same message keep on coming up. Please let me know if you can help me to solve that.



djeanJune 5th, 2012 at 2:13 AM

A workaround for the cookie issue is to put a page viewer webpart on your chat page to the yahoo terms page ( and then hide it(so visitors will not see it). Then delete your cookies and try it. If a yahoo cookie does not exist, there will be a very slight pause/hesitation and then the chat box will appear. This is a work around…


brymac Reply:

@djean, thanks for the suggestion. I took a jquery and iframe route and it works for me. the code snippet can be found here:


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