My friend created a site that combines a forum with seperate chat... the problem is that you dont even know if someone is on the site. It's a small site with a MAX of 125 that will visit the site regularly. I refered him to this site for ideas (I love it's setup) and told him he need a way to let logged on users know if there are others on... I dont even know terms to search for on Google so I'm sort of at a wall. I have no knowledge of login sequence programming etc so I'll start by getting up to date with that while I wait for someone to lead me in the right direction for this. Please if anyone can help me with terminology that would be great... any help in 'step by step process isnt necissary unless you are determined. lol


Oh, would I use pearl or what? (I really have no clue where to start)