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Blog Messages Plugin: Private Messaging for Your Blog

Undoubtedly, WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for bloggers nowadays. In fact, 76.5 million blogs are on WordPress and are visited by over 409 million people every month.

According to Technorati, 8% of the top 100 blogs are managed by WordPress. Of course, those statistics wouldn’t be a fact if the platform didn’t offer such simple and easy ways to build and maintain blogs.

For all bloggers who have chosen to build their blogs on WordPress, we have added to our portfolio the Blog Messages plugin. It is a lightweight and fast plugin which aims to facilitate the communication process by bringing private messaging functionality and features to your blog.

The constant demands of users, on an ever-advancing Social Media platforms, to exchange information and messages easily, makes having such a plugin installed on your blog is a must.

About the Blog Messages Plugin

All the plugins we offer, are designed and built with great attention to detail and aim to help you extend the functionality of your WordPress website and blog. Every Blog Message plugin’s feature has been created for a reason and its main purpose is to improve the performance of your blog, increase the users’ interaction, satisfaction and time spent on your website.

One of the many advantages of the Blog Messages plugin is the fact it doesn’t affect the website speed and performance as it is a lightweight plugin which loads only when it is necessary and it is cached. To maximize the user experience, the plugin comes with shortcodes which will make private messaging more advanced, and will also bring extra functionalities such as links, statistics and more.

Another advantage of the plugin is an option to add a contact button to a comment. With the help of a snippet of code, a link will be added to the contact button and the user will be able to chat with the author of the comment with a single click.

And that is not all. The contact button will also show the number of unread messages the user has received from the author of that person.

The snippet of code (insert link to the description) should be added to the functions file <functions.php> of your theme or with a custom plugin.

Blog Messages Plugin’s Features and Requirements

The Blog Messages Plugin is a standalone plugin. Therefore it doesn’t need third party plugins support in order to work. However, the plugin requires at least PHP v. 5.3 because it uses namespaces and anonymous functions which have been available since the release of v. 5.3.

As the main purpose of this plugin is to encourage your blog visitors to communicate online, the features are focused entirely on delivering an excellent chatting experience. The plugin not only doesn’t require third party support but also has the following promising characteristics:

  • Loads faster only when needed, and cached.
  • Permit your blog users to search for other users and send them messages on the go.

  • Customizable email notifications.
  • Fully extensible with hooks and child theme/custom plugin support.
  • Additional messaging utilities such as read receipts, user blocking, archives, search and more.
  • Clean code and responsive design.
  • 10 shortcodes available to easily insert content to any section of your blog. For example, when using a page builder such as Visual Composer.
  • Option to add chat link to comments. Find the code and instructions at (insert link to description)

Additional Shortcodes for More Functionalities

In addition to the great features, the Blog Messages Plugin comes with 10 shortcodes which will extend the chat functionalities of your blog. With the help of the following shortcodes, the users will be able to track the number of reads, sent and all messages, or easily chat with selected recipients. Keep reading to learn what each shortcode does and how it works.

[blog_messages]

This shortcode loads the blog message template. You need to add the shortcode to the page content which you need to set as the messaging page.

[bm-messages-link]

Any user can look up their messages or compose new ones with the help of this shortcode which returns the message link (URL).

[bm-chat-link]

This shortcode directs the user to chat with a target recipient. This is achieved by a link returned to the chat between the current user and the selected recipient.

[bm-recent-unread-count]

This shortcode will count how many unread messages the user has received. It does not include the ones that were read before and then marked unread. If a unique property is set to false (e.g unique=0) for the shortcode, it will now count the unread chats and not messages.

[bm-unread-count]

This shortcode is similar to [bm-recent-unread-count]. It will count the messages that the user hasn’t read. The difference is that this shortcode does include the messages read before and marked unread.

If a unique property is set to false (e.g unique=0) for the shortcode, it will now count the unread chats and not messages

[bm-chat-messages-count]

This shortcode counts the number of messages sent in a conversation. The subject chat will be the one shared between the current user and the selected recipient. To count the sent, received or all messages, you need to set up property in advance. For example, if you want to count the received messages, set the property to “received”, the same applies to sent messages and you should leave it empty to see the number of both sent and received messages.

[bm-chat-unread-count]

This shortcode will identify the number of unread messages in a chat with a targeted recipient.

[bm-chats-count]

This shortcode is used to count all the chats a user has without including the archives.

[bm-archives-count]

This shortcode counts the number of archives per user.

[bm-all-chats-count]

Counts all the chats this user has including archives.

Easy to Use and Install

The Blog Messages Plugin is as easy to use and install like all other plugins offered at DevriX Shop. All you have to do is simply follow the instructions from the installation guide. Available at: (insert link to the description where the installation guide is available)

Conclusion

With the increasing number of WordPress blogs and new digital trends, blog readers have become more selective about the sources they read. That is why you should invest resources and efforts to improve the user experience and overcome visitors expectations.

The Blog Messages plugin is a lightweight plugin which will bring private messaging functionality to your blog. Users will be able to send messages to each other, receive email notifications, search for other users and compose messages with a single click.

The plugin doesn’t require third-party plugins support and is very easy to use and install. In addition to the great features, the plugin comes with 10 shortcodes for extra functionalities and options for customization.

Download the Blog Messages Plugin from here.

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