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Wise Chat

Wise Chat is a leading chat plugin that helps to build a social network and to increase user engagement on your website by providing the possibility to exchange real time messages in chat rooms. The plugin is easily installable and extremely configurable. Its features list is growing all the time. The plugin is supported by its authors.

Check Wise Chat PRO: Private one-to-one chats, Private messages to offline users, Avatars, Facebook-like sidebar mode, 3 Pro themes, Custom emoticons, E-mail notifications to admin, Pending messages, Multisite support, BuddyPress integration (friends and groups), Facebook/Twitter/G+ login, Users list search option, Edit posted messages and more! Buy once, use forever!

Wise Chat: Try DEMO here | Documentation | Full features list

List of features:

  • Easy installation: The chat can be installed using a convenient shortcode, widget or PHP function. Multiple chat installations can be embedded on the same page.
  • Mobile ready: Fully responsive design and mobile ready interface.
  • Themes: Use one of 3 nice themes to quickly adjust the style of the chat. The simple theme adjusts to your styles.
  • No external server required: There is no need to set up, maintain or pay for a server. Regular hosting is sufficient.
  • Unlimited Chat Channels: Let people post messages in dedicated chat rooms (called channels). Run multiple channels either simultaneously on the same page or on separate pages.
  • Private Chat Channels: Make individual chat channels private by protecting them with a password. Only users that know the password could access the channel.
  • Channels management: Remove all messages from the single channel or delete the channel completely.
  • Anonymous Users: Unregistered or anonymous users can be allowed to participate in the chat. Auto-generated name (configurable) is assigned to such user.
  • Anonymous Users with custom name: Let users to choose their name when they visit the chat for the first time.
  • Registered Users: Registered and logged-in users are properly recognized by the plugin.
  • Single sign-on: No separate login to the chat is required. If an user is logged-in to your website, then the chat automatically logs her / him in.
  • Read-only mode: Make the chat read-only for anonymous users. Encourage your users to register in order to post messages.
  • Users limit in channels: Limit the amount of users allowed to participate in a channel.
  • Channels limit for an user: Limit the amount of channels that an user can participate simultaneously.
  • User settings: Chat users have options to change their name, color of their messages or mute sounds generated by the chat.
  • Restrict access: Option to permit access for registered and logged-in users only.
  • Flood Control: Detect spammers and block them from posting messages in the chat.
  • Posting links and images: Option to allow clickable links and images. Posted images are downloaded into Media Library.
  • Pictures from camera: On mobile devices users can take a picture directly and post it with a message.
  • YouTube movies: Display links to YouTube movies as a video player with adjustable width and height.
  • File attachments: Attach files directly to the messages using convenient uploader.
  • Multiline messages: Let your users post long messages in multiple lines. Keyboard shortcut Shift+Enter can be used to send such messages.
  • Notifications: Notifications signalizing new messages, new users, absent users or mentioned users. It can be a sound or a counter in browser’s title.
  • 24 sounds: Use any of 24 ready-to-use sounds dedicated for notifications.
  • Messages auto cleanup: Auto cleanup messages older than defined amount of time.
  • Localization: Provide a translation for your language. All texts are translatable.
  • Appearance adjustments: Adjust visual appearance to match your website by editing colors, font sizing, showing / hiding interface elements, changing sort order of messages and positioning chat elements. All this can be done using settings page.
  • Chat Moderation: Protect your chat by enabling swearing control using built-in bad words filter. It supports English and Polish languages.
  • Chat Channel Statistics Shortcode: Display basic statistics of a channel using the shortcode.
  • Messages filtering: Create rules that detect and replace specific words / patterns in posted messages. It is good for cutting links for example.
  • Messages history: All recently published messages are available in input field for resending.
  • Chat Opening Hours / Days: Define days and range of hours when the chat is open for users.
  • Spam Reporting: Chat participants can report spam messages.
  • Bans: Administrator can ban (IP based) users who do not follow rules of the chat.
  • Kicks: Administrator can kick (IP based) users who do not follow rules of the chat.
  • Automatic bans: An option that automatically blocks an user if he / she exceeds the defined number of bad words.
  • Moderation: Administrators (or other specified user roles) can delete single messages or ban users that violate chat rules.
  • Emoticons: See nice smiles in messages by enabling emoticons support. Emoticons can be inserted either using shortcuts or the list.
  • Custom CSS: Custom CSS styles can be applied for each element of the chat.
  • Channels statistics: Observe various statistics of channels, including amount of posted messages or users online.
  • Detailed configuration page: All features can be configured on the settings page (see the screenshots). You can control messages posting, appearance, channels statistics, filters, bans and localization.
  • Twitter hash tags: Detecting Twitter hash tags and converting them into links.
  • List of current users: Show the list of online users and their national flag / country / city of origin in the sidebar of the chat. Display amount of online users.
  • Backups: Backup all messages from given channel by downloading them as a single CSV file.

All settings are available on Settings -> Wise Chat Settings page.

List of PRO features:

  • Private one-to-one messages: Let your users talk to each other in private conversations. Each user has also an option to ignore messages from unwanted users.
  • Private messages to offline users: Send private messages to offline users.
  • Facebook-like mode: Display the chat attached to the right side of the browser.
  • Avatars: Display avatars both in the chat window and in the users list.
  • BuddyPress integration: Integrate Wise Chat Pro with BuddyPress friends and groups. Give moderator rights to delete messages or ban users.
  • Custom emoticons: Compose your own set of emoticons.
  • Facebook / Twitter / Google+ authentication: Increase range of potential users by allowing them to log in using their accounts on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter or Google+
  • Multisite support: Wise Chat Pro supports WordPress multisite environment.
  • E-mail notifications: Configure notifications sent to admin or chat participants.
  • Pro themes: Use one of 3 extra modern looking Pro themes.
  • Hooks: Add your own code to the main points of the chat’s logic.
  • Pending messages: Set up full moderation which allows to publish approved messages only.
  • Users list search option: Search users list.
  • Edit posted messages: Modify posted messages in the chat window.
  • One-time payment: Pay once and use it forever.
  • 6 / 12 / 18 – month upgrade: Update your Wise Chat Pro to the new version for free during 6 / 12 / 18 – month period after the purchase.

Check Wise Chat Pro ! Move customer engagement to the higher level!

See screenshots for detailed features.



  • Fixed: jQuery error in some WordPress setups


  • Fixed: 403 error when saving the settings (this was caused by Imunify360 rule #77142267)
  • Fixed: Notice: Undefined index: SERVER_ADDR


  • Fixed: 403 error when saving the settings
  • Fixed: Notice: Trying to access array offset on value of type int in /wp-content/plugins/wise-chat/src/WiseChatOptions.php
  • Fixed: PHP Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent in /wp-content/plugins/wise-chat/src/dao/user/WiseChatUserSettingsDAO.php


  • Fixed: added missing translation files


  • Added WordPress translations support
  • Fixed: sending wcUserSettings cookie only if necessary
  • Fixed: restored deleted AJAX Engine option in Advanced settings


  • Switched user session handling to cookies (remembering users for a long time)
  • Performance optimization: removed PHP session usage
  • Fixed: Error: cURL error 28: Operation timed out after 10001 milliseconds with 0 bytes received
  • Fixed: auto-scroll issue


  • Fixed: PHP Deprecated: session.php error
  • Fixed: CSV Injection
  • Fixed: > / < characters issues in the users list
  • Fixed: {% if allowToReceiveMessages %} errors caused by template processing class


  • Fixed: no message when posting emojis (messages table converted from utf8 to utf8mb4)
  • Fixed: links errors in multiline messages


  • Fixed: images uploading error: Call to undefined function filter_block_content
  • Fixed: stopped /wp-content/plugins hard-coding
  • Fixed: stopped /tmp directory hard-coding


  • Tested on WordPress 5.3


  • Major update of all 4 themes
  • Improved: Moved Javascript code to the footer


  • Spam report button
  • Improved: W3C issues
  • Improved: admin action buttons without direct img elements
  • Fixed: security issue with the external links


  • Option to adjust date and time format in messages
  • Option to adjust lock time of user names
  • Fixed: error in WiseChatRenderer


  • Option to disable user names duplication check
  • Removed ad footer
  • Source files tags update


  • Kicking users
  • Changed default settings to reflect richer interface
  • Option to reset all settings to default
  • Fixed: text color by roles when username is linked


  • A new theme: “Air Flow”
  • “Wise Chat Channel Users” widget for displaying current users
  • Option to set username color for each user role separately
  • Option to set limit to the length of user names
  • Reloading page after sending valid POST forms on Force Username and Channel Password screens
  • Settings page improvement – preserving current tab after saving settings
  • Fixed: choosing text color issues
  • Fixed: text input width on Force Username and Channel Password screens
  • Fixed: image uploader preview issue on Chrome


  • New engine “Ultra Lightweight AJAX” which consumes 5 times less CPU
  • Less frequent maintenance actions which means less CPU usage
  • Option to display message and username in the same line
  • Better displaying emoticons panel on mobile devices
  • Option to enable / disable displaying errors to chat users
  • Fixed: issue with broken menu on Wise Chat Pro settings page, this blocked navigation between settings sections
  • Fixed: issues with setting background colors


  • Option to pass more complex configuration in shortcode, for example: [wise-chat opening_hours=”{opening: 8:30, openingMode: AM, closing: 8:32, closingMode: AM }” enable_opening_control=”1″ opening_days=”{ Monday,Tuesday}”]
  • Option to select which parts of a message are effected when user changes text color
  • Option to exclude anonymous users from the counter calculation
  • Set validity time on AJAX internal requests (preventing indexation by Web crawlers)
  • Option to verify “X-Requested-With” header in AJAX requests
  • Fixed: valid content type (application/json) for content returned for AJAX requests
  • Fixed: unclickable image upload button on some themes
  • Fixed: error with uploading images on WordPress 4.7
  • Fixed: switched to JSON content type for AJAX requests (this may prevent from indexing raw data by Google)


  • Fixed: error with uploading PNG files when EXIF extension is available
  • Fixed: invalid encoding of UTF-8 characters in localized texts
  • Fixed: the plugin cannot be deleted in WordPress 4.6 and above


  • Fixed: bug in emoticons posting


  • Option to pass simple arrays in shortcode, array format: {element1,element2,…,elementN}
  • Option to generate a sound when user is mentioned using @UserName notation
  • Added 20 new sounds to use in notifications
  • Option to enable a sound notification when user joins or leaves the channel
  • “User has joined/left the channel” notifications
  • Shift+ENTER moves the cursor to the new line in multiline mode, ENTER sends the message
  • Fixed: unwanted emoticons displayed after double quote
  • Fixed: errors with sending images when there is no Exif PHP module installed
  • Fixed: jQuery up to version 3.1 is now supported
  • Fixed: bug in “Powered by” feature


  • Emoticons layer expands to the top
  • Three new emoticon sets
  • Debug mode option (easier to report errors)
  • Option to select which user roles have to be hidden in the users list
  • Allow to use extended range of letters (Unicode characters) in username
  • Shift+ENTER moves to the new line in message input field (when multiline mode is not enabled)
  • Fixed: anonymous users are sometimes on the users list when “WP users only” option is selected
  • Fixed: logged in user becomes anonymous after some inactivity time (especially on mobile devices)
  • Fixed: no scrollbar on users list
  • Fixed: /whois command does not accept usernames with spaces, now such names can be typed in double quotes


  • Clickable usernames on the users list
  • Additional filter that allows to filter outgoing links
  • Hiding anonymous users on the users list
  • Option to give access to the chat for specific user roles only
  • Option to make the chat read-only for selected user roles
  • Option to give ban and/or delete permissions to each user role separately
  • Option to auto-hide users list on the narrow screens
  • Messages timestamp split to two spans – date and time
  • Disabled horizontal scrollbar on users list
  • Improved safety during deletion of images uploaded by the chat
  • Fixed: word wrapping of the long messages
  • Fixed: users list moves to the bottom on narrow screens


  • Read-only mode for anonymous users
  • Option to delete a channel on the channels list
  • Option to show errors log (for support usage only)
  • Option to display country flag, city and country code of users on the list
  • Option allowing to mention someone – after username is clicked “@UserName:” text is inserted into message input field
  • Auto-scroll on start-up
  • Support for links in “youtu.be” format
  • Added animation during auto-scroll
  • Fixed: bugs after upgrade to WordPress 4.4
  • Fixed: problem with auto-scroll when padding is set on .wcMessages div
  • Fixed: error messages in case of connection problems
  • Fixed: bug that caused lack of the text coloring in some cases


  • Fixed bug with rendering chat shortcode


  • most of the code has been rewritten, database structure has been changed significantly
  • performance optimizations (on average 20-50%), less CPU usage
  • option to force users to enter their name on first visit
  • option to show a button that enables to insert an emoticon into message
  • added options to set font size, font color and background color on various elements of the chat
  • option for users to change text color (in Customize box)
  • option to choose which user role can delete messages or ban users
  • links to YouTube videos displayed as the video player
  • images auto-correction of orientation (when EXIF data is available)
  • progress bar when selecting an image (or taking a picture) to upload
  • options to adjust images size limit, resizing dimensions, thumbnails dimensions
  • option to adjust attachments size limit
  • option to adjust width of the users list
  • shift + enter sends message in multiline mode
  • ban button next to delete message button
  • option to set duration of the automatic bans
  • option to set duration of the bans in flood control
  • ability to pass all shortcode options to the widget
  • added new shortcuts to few emoticons
  • option to configure text to use as a replacement word in bad words filter
  • improved mechanism of WPuser-message connection, link to WP users stays valid even if the display name has been changed
  • completely new settings page
  • technical improvements (switched to DI container)
  • Lightweight AJAX engine is now the default (in fresh installation)
  • fixed: auto-changing user name in all messages when WordPress user logs out
  • fixed: scrolling on iPhone (Safari)


  • private chat rooms (secured by password)
  • channels limit for an user
  • shortcode “wise-chat-channel-stats” displaying channel statistics
  • option to hide time on messages
  • option to display elapsed time in messages
  • progress bar when sending messages with attachments or images
  • attachments uploader
  • usability enhancements
  • new mechanism of assigning users to channels
  • showing user name also for logged in users (a label above the input field)
  • option to reset the counter used to generate anonymous username
  • fixed: issues with custom configuration when using shortcodes
  • fixed: auto-cleaning per channel (using shortcode only)
  • fixed: issues with ping internal messages
  • fixed: changing name of an user now refreshes it in all messages
  • fixed: issues with opening hours control
  • fixed: duplicated messages in some rare cases


  • Custom CSS styles setting
  • Checking for new messages right after sending a message (the delay eliminated)
  • Messages backup feature (for each channel)
  • Messages auto-clean after defined time
  • /whois command for getting details of users
  • Option to choose location of the input controls (input field, submit button, customizations panel): bottom or top
  • Option to choose messages order: newest on the top or on the bottom
  • More intelligent auto-scrolling of messages (scrolls only if scrollbar is on the bottom)
  • New messages notification in browser’s title when window is hidden
  • New messages notification by playing a sound
  • Flood control feature
  • Additional “displayname” variable in user name link templates, “username” fixed to truly show user’s name
  • Chat opening hours / days
  • Counter of current users
  • Limit of users per channel


  • Three themes
  • Twitter hash tags support
  • Custom filters (filtering texts, hyperlinks, e-mails and phrases that match a regular expressions)
  • Chat window title
  • Advanced configuration (AJAX engine and refresh time)
  • Lightweight AJAX engine


  • Posting images (stored in Media Library)
  • Images uploader – posting pictures from camera (in case of mobile devices) or from local storage (in case of desktop)
  • List of users in the side bar
  • Flexible messages list on small devices
  • Option to moderate channels by removing single messages


  • Configurable width and height of the chat window
  • Channels statistics on settings page, including message and active users counters
  • User name to link conversion template
  • Emoticons support
  • Auto-ban feature
  • Multiline messages support


  • Messages history (using arrow keys) in input field
  • Posting links in chat messages
  • Linking WP user name to the author page
  • Fixed bug with duplicated messages in chat window
  • Message submit button
  • Rearrangements of the settings page
  • Language localization of end-user messages and texts
  • Timezones support
  • Access only for logged in WP users


  • Wise Chat widget
  • Option to allow unlogged user change his/her name
  • Option to show user’s name
  • Bans control on settings page
  • Changing text color of a logged in user


  • Minor rearrangements of the settings panel


  • Initial version
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