Plugin Review – Wise Chat

Version Tested: V 2.5

Wise chat is a simple chat plugin that installs a chat page on your WordPress site allowing site users both registered and non-registered to interact together via a basic chat application.

Installation is very straightforward, install and activate the plugin and then place the Wise Chat shortcode on the site page where you would like the chat to appear.

There are a wide range of chat settings available via Dashboard>>Settings>>Wise Chat Settings. Here you can change numerous defaults settings relating to allowing anonymous access, Chat opening hours, Message length, the emoticons that are enabled, The colour scheme used, size of the message area, Moderation options, chat channels, banned words filters etc. Altogether the settings provide a comprehensive range of options for you to configure the Wise Chat plugin to your satisfaction.

Using Wise Chat is pretty simple and straightforward, in fact Wise Chat is ideal for sites that want to create a simple chatroom for their members that includes advanced options such as moderation.

There is also a Pro version of Wise Chat that allows for the creation of BuddyPress group chat room and the ability for members to private chat to each other.

I found that in practical use there were problems with formatting of this chat for different themes, it works great in the 2015 theme but in other themes I tested there were serious layout issues that would need to be fixed via the site CSS, so this may not be “Plug and Play” for some users. Also since Wise Chat uses your own server to pass the messages about, I suggest that it will not scale well for larger numbers of users or a heavily used site. With that in mind I give this plugin 8 out of 10 in that it is a simple, free chat plugin that supports unlimited users, it’s simple to install and does exactly what it says it will.

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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.

1 Comment

jim · July 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm

Warning!!! Never buy the wise-chat pro version!!! The basic free version works ok but a lot of bugs, and the support forums on is ok. Most the support only for the free on, they give ONLY the basic free version support to trick you to buy the pro. But once you buy the wise-chat pro,, you get a lot more bugs, no support, the pro support do not have its own forums whatsoever like on is private email thru their website. you never get to see what others who post for help.. is just like private email, like regular emails you sent to your friends. If you lucky, you might get one supported answer after weeks, that also the answers is asking you back with attitude. They don’t have refund, once you bought it, the words is OH WELL……… The pro doesn’t work exactly like the free version, most the functions is not working correctly, a mean, the settings are there and you can do the settings, but it doesn’t work for most of it. Hell,, the basic is better than the pay version, you just don’t get all the functions. and not neither buddypress compatible as it say. It also 6 months support for 35.00 and one year support for 47.00. Well, lucky I bought the 6 months only, buy unlucky for buying it in all aspects, no support, bad coding, many bugs…. Take my words for it!!!!! It will be your lost if you don’t… GOOD LUCK GUYS IF YOU GOING TO BUY THIS….SCAMMER CHAT PLUGIN.

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