Plugin Review – BuddyPress Desktop Notification

Version Tested – V 0.8

BuddyPress Desktop Notification is a simple plugin that provides a desktop alert for any BuddyPress notifications that would normally be pretty much unnoticeable when only displayed in the site tool bar. The notification is outside of the browser and is a windows pop-up similar to the notification that you would get from Outlook when you have received an email, it comes with it’s own distinctive sound (which might get irritating) that makes sure you notice you have received a message or any other BuddyPress notification. The notification box, when clicked will take you to the appropriate BuddyPress page to read the message or view the Compliment for example.

Installation is quick and easy with no settings available.

The plugin author produced this informative video about how it works:

Personally I would have preferred it if the plugin developer had included some changeable settings such as the ability to change the sound and the duration of the alert. Support for bbPress forum alerts would also be a nice to have feature as would customisation of the alert message itself.

Overall I give this a 9 out of 10 in that it does exactly what it says and for many BuddyPress environments would be a valuable contribution since it’s often not obvious that you have a notification and if you were using a different application then you definitely would not notice it, this solves that problem.

My Star Rating

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I've been setting up and managing BuddyPress social networks for a few years. I moved from Ning and other platforms and have come to BuddyPress looking to make sites with similar features to them.


Axton · October 23, 2016 at 9:19 pm

I have installed and activated it, at first it worked great. But it slowed down my site tremendously, my visitors complained about the slow down as well. As soon as i deactivated it, my site went normal again. I hope there is a solution to it as this is a fantastic plugin that solved one of my biggest problem.

Venutius · October 23, 2016 at 9:28 pm

You should raise this as a support issue here:

That way there is some hope of getting this fixed.

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