How to Add Private Messaging System in WordPress

Got a multi-author WordPress site? You surely need to activate the private messaging system then.

It not only helps you to stay connected with your writers by enabling private messaging, but also enhances the overall experience of the users and the site admin.By adding the Private Messaging system to your site, you can surely create a more friendly community keeping yourself and your users engaged and connected.

In today’s article, I will tell you how to do it without any coding knowledge. By doing so, you will be able to message your writers individually and privately. So it becomes absolutely easy to tell your writers about the topics you want them to write, share media files and have extensive discussions on any matter directly from the front-end of your WordPress site.

So let’s get started and see how you can do it.

Adding Private Messaging to WordPress

Adding Private Messaging System

Adding the private messaging system to your WordPress site is no rocket science. In this tutorial, I will tell you how to do. You can go through our step by step guide and activate this system with just a few clicks.

This will allow you (as a site admin) to message your writers privately. Your writers will also be able to message you in return. They will also be able to communicate with other writers of your site. This will surely help you and your bunch of writers to stay in the loop and work collectively for the better.

All you need to do is to install a plugin on your site and activate it. The plugin we will talk about here is called the Front End PM.  Let’s look at its installation and setting first and then move on to know about its features.

Setting up Private Messaging For WordPress

Installing the plugin is no big deal. You can do it like installing any other plugin on your WordPress site. You simply need to download it in the zip folder and then upload the folder to the plugin directory of your WordPress dashboard.

Once the plugin is installed and activated on your WordPress site, you need to follow certain steps to set it up to start using it. In this section, I will tell you how to do it.

Start by going to the Front-end PM settings. And select the General tab. You will be able to select various options here as per your requirements. Select them as per your needs.

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Now select the Security tab and do the following. Select who will be able to access your messages, who can send messages and who can reply to messages. You also have the option of blacklisting a specific user.

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Once you have done this hit the save changes button. You are ready to use the plugin now.

Functions and Features

This plugin will very conveniently allow you to enable private messaging to your WordPress site. The best thing about this plugin is that you do not need to go to your dash board for that. It is possible directly from the front end of your site.

This helps you keep your site secured as you can allow your users to participate in sending and receiving messages without having access to your dashboard.

1. Private Messaging

With this plugin, its not just you but all your users who will be able to message each other privately directly from the front end of the site. All your messages will be displayed in a thread or individually as per your choice.

2. Admin Power

  • Public Announcements

The administrator of the site is empowered to send public announcements for all your users to see it all at one time. The admin can also choose to keep it restricted to users with particular roles. As an admin you can also set up your site to send notifications to all your users as soon as a new piece of content is published.

  • Blocking

    The admin can block a user from sending him/her a message. By doing this however, he does not disable himself from sending a reply to the users.

  • Setting limit to inbox and Message Display

The admin can set a limit to the number of messages a user can keep in his/her inbox. This is a user-role specific thing that can be controlled by the admin of the site. By doing so, the site database is kept low. So your site works with brilliant speed all the time.

The admin can even choose the number of messages that can be seen per page in a message box.

  • User in the front end

The plugin empowers the admin to control the number of users visible in the front-end of the site.

  • Other Admin Powers

Apart from the ones mentioned above, there are many other powers that are assigned to you as the admin of the site. From blocking an user from exchanging private messages, setting up a field for announcement email, accessing your user’s private messages, blocking users from sending private messages but allowing them to send replies and much more.

3. User Power

The plugin gives various powers to its users as well. They can choose if they want to receive messages from other users or not. Every-time a user gets a message from the admin or another user, a notification will be issued to the receiver.

The user can choose if he/she wants to be notified or not. The user can even select if whether or not he/she wants to receive a mail when a new announcement is published.

4. Sidebar Widget

The plugin comes with three types of side bar widgets. You can use them to display important information other than the min-content which needs your visitors notice.

Pro features

Front End also comes with some Pro features. From adding Multiple Recipients, Only admin, Email Piping, Read Receipt, Email template, Email template tag and Announcement Email queue there are ton of other features too apart from the ones available with the plugin.

Ratings

The ratings of a plugin say a lot about its features and functions. It gives you an overall idea how the plugin is. Front End PM has surely satisfied its users with its great features and awesome support. The 4.8 start ratings it has bagged clearly proves that.

This is also a green signal for you to try it, in case you are giving it a second thought.

Conclusion

I have tried my best to tell you how to add the private messaging system to your WordPress site. And now that you know it, go ahead and give it a try. I am sure it’s gonna be a great experience.

Are you ready yet? Do let us know your feedback in the comments below.

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