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Updated: July 18, 2023
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff

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Chat Rooms for WordPress

Why add a Chat Room in WordPress?

Stand out Amongst Competitors
Talk in Real Time
Convenient for your Customers
Cost Efficient
Develop Deeper Customer Relationships.

If you run a small membership website or an online forum, then you may want to add an instant messaging chat room for your users
Normally, you can use third party services like Slack, WhatsApp, Facebook Groups, Discord, etc. But the downside is that all the communication will happen outside your website
An on site chat room can make your small community come alive and allow users to talk to each other without leaving your website.

Adding a Chat Room in WordPress

For this example, we will install Wise Chat.

YouTube Video Wise chat Tutorial

First you will need to install and activate the plugin
For more details, see our guide on How to install a WordPress plugin.


• Upload the entire Wise Chat folder to the plugin's directory. Normally in /wp-content/plugins/
• Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
• Place a shortcode [wise-chat] in your posts or pages. See below for details
• Alternatively, install it in your templates via <?php if (function_exists('wise_chat')) { wise_chat(); } ?> code
• Alternatively install it using dedicated widget in Appearance > Widgets. It is called Wise Chat Window. See below for details.

Post Installation Notices

After installation go to Settings > Wise Chat Settings page, Select Localization tab and translate all the messages into your own language
Posting pictures from camera/local storage is limited to the specific range of Web browsers. See FAQ for details.

Widget Installation

You can install Wise Chat using dedicated widget. Go to Appearance > Widgets and add Wise Chat Window widget to the sidebar. In the widgets settings, you can specify
• Channel: It is the name of the channel to open in the chat window. Channel is created on first use
• Shortcode options: It is a space-separated list of options that configures Wise Chat. All shortcode attributes could be used here, type for example theme="colddark" show_users="0" in order to choose Cold Dark theme and disable list of users.

Shortcode Installation

You can install Wise Chat using dedicated shortcode
In basic form, it is just: [wise-chat]
It will open chat window on the default channel called “global”
If you would like to open the chat on a custom channel called “My Room” try this: [wise-chat channel=”My Room”]
The shortcode can be configured with the list of attributes
For example. In order to enable Cold Dark theme and to show list of users, you can type: [wise-chat theme=”colddark” show_users=”1″].

Almost all settings available on the plugin settings page are also available in shortcode. For full documentation of the shortcode visit the website: Shortcode documentation.

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Better Messages

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Simple Ajax Chat

Simple Ajax Chat makes it easy for your visitors to chat with each other on your website. Simply add a shortcode to any post or page and done. By Jeff Starr


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Flyzoo Chat

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Author Chat

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