Using BuddyPress for Social Networks

Plugin Review – BP Better Messages

Plugin Review – BP Better Messages

Version Tested: V 1.7.4

BP Better Messages is a BuddyPress plugin that turns BP Messaging into a threaded instant messaging type communication tool.

Installation is a case of installing and activating the plugin from Dashboard>>Plugins>>Add New.

Once installed there are new options to configure in Dashboard>>Settings>>BP Better Messages. Here you get to choose between the free AJAX based version or the Pro WebSocket based version:

The WebSockets version offloads a lot of messaging activity to dedicated servers and so improves site performance, this is a pro feature and is enabled through the purchase of a licence.

Once activated, The users BuddyBar menu item for messages changes to Threads:

Now messages will be threads of instant message items, if both users are online, then the message page will be updated instantly – no need for the notification – load new page cycle so a considerable improvement over classic BP Messaging:

! give this plugin 9 out of 10. I think on the messaging front BP Better Messages is in general a big improvement and for some sites it will work very well. My only issue with it is that ultimately installing this means you are losing many features of BP classic Messaging, and this may not be appropriate for a number of sites.

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