Quick Chat

License

Quick Chat is released under GPLv2 license.

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Description

WordPress has given a lot to the Linux community and to me personally so I've decided to give something back by making WordPress plugin for all of us to use. We all like to chat so I've decided to extend WordPress with quick and lightweight Ajax chat plugin. I've also decided to name this WordPress plugin "Quick Chat".

Features

Here are some of the features of Quick Chat WordPress chat plugin:

  • New in v4.10: Implement automatic private messages and chat rooms daily cleanup using WordPress cron API
  • Add PHP caching WordPress plugins like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache compatibility (See FAQ for more)
  • Add feature to configure which WordPress user role has Quick Chat moderator capability
  • Avoid losing CSS customizations after Quick Chat update (See FAQ for more)
  • Supports Quick Flag WordPress plugin to display country flag icons next to chat nicknames
  • You can set timeout for disabling updates to inactive user
  • Translating Quick Chat into your language is simple using Quick Chat online translation interface
  • Supports multiple private 1 on 1 chat sessions
  • Can filter bad words from your chat rooms
  • Admin users can easily download chat room transcripts
  • Besides gravatar.com avatars, local avatar plugins are also supported
  • Includes admin dashboard widget to chat with other admin users from your site backend
  • Has message input box character counter to limit message size
  • Allows admin users to instantly ban chat participant IP from chat
  • Has chat participants list for both sidebar and embedded chat
  • Site registered users can have their chat nicknames reserved
  • Site admins can reserve additional list of chat nicknames
  • Supports incoming messages sound notification for modern browsers
  • Supports unlimited number of separate chat rooms
  • User interface is translation friendly (translation template, Croatian, Italian, Czech, Romanian, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, German, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Estonian, French, Finnish and Welsh (some partial) translation files provided)
  • Integrates with WordPress user accounts to use login name as chat nickname
  • Comes with quality set of emoticons to spice up your chat experience
  • Saves your website bandwidth by sending AJAX requests only when there are new messages

Requirements

  • PHP 5
  • Requires at least: WordPress 3.3
  • Tested up to: WordPress 3.6
  • Current version: Quick Chat 4.13

Installation

You can find up to date installation instructions on Quick Chat WordPress.org installation page.

FAQ

You can find up to date FAQ on Quick Chat WordPress.org FAQ page.

Changelog

You can find up to date change log on Quick Chat WordPress.org changelog page.

Your translations

One of the ways to help spread Quick Chat is by translating it into your language or updating existing translation by translating untranslated strings. To make it easier for you to translate Quick Chat to your language I've configured Quick Chat online translation interface using open source application named GlotPress. Using GlotPress hosted on TechyTalk.info you can translate Quick Chat into your own language without the need for any additional tools. My plan is to download translation files before every Quick Chat release and include them into official Quick Chat package. This way your translation files will be available to you and to all Quick Chat users right out the box.

To keep translation files free of spam, before you are able to translate you need to register for TechyTalk.info user account. Then you can log into Quick Chat online translation interface using the following link:

I would like to thank all users who have manually submitted Quick Chat translation files. From the technical point of view I will think about ways to continue giving credit to all existing translation authors as well as new translators now that Quick Chat is using GlotPress for translation.

Your donations

Quick Chat is open source web application created by single person and released under GPLv2 license. This means that you can use or even modify Quick Chat free of charge. Open source development and user support for my WordPress plugins takes at least few hours of my every day so if you find Quick Chat useful you can donate to help it's development. Thanks in advance.

Your feedback

Your feedback would be very appreciated. If you discover any bugs please describe your problem here or using Contact form and I will do my best to resolve it. Feature requests and comments are also welcome and I will try to fulfill any feature requests.

Quick Chat stable version

Quick Chat is hosted by official WordPress plugin directory so that is where you can get it:

Quick Chat next version

If you have time and want to help making Quick Chat better you can test Quick Chat testing versions on your server and post feedback. Quick Chat version posted here will be uploaded to WordPress.org once it is reasonably stable.

Not yet available.

Changelog:

  • Not yet available.

Download:

  • Not yet available.

Quick Chat old versions

If latest Quick Chat version isn't working for you, here you can find download links to some of the older Quick Chat versions. I recommend that you use latest version if possible:

1,418 thoughts on “Quick Chat

  1. Daniel W

    Hi,

    I’m playing with your WordPress Quick Chat Plugin but do not want any public chat room. Just to initiate private chats. (It’s an idea for an intranet we might do.)

    What I really want is another way of sending a notification without the need of publishing a note in the public chat window. (A pop-up window or a badge or something else.)

    Right now I have closed down most of the features with CSS, but then I cannot know when someone invites me.

    Look at http://lab.sommar.se so see what I mean.

    Do you have a solution or an idea?

  2. Gabor Polonkai

    Hi!

    In quick-chat.php line 575 i’ve included session_write_close() in function update_messages_ajax_handler() before ob_start(), because if a request is made to the server, and the session file is open for write, it can’t serve other request, until that file closed. For example if the chat application is loaded in another window, or i’m using the admin area next to the site.

    I hope i can help,

    Gabor

    1. Marko Author

      Hi Gabor,
      this makes sense but by default wordpress doesn’t use PHP sessions, only cookies. Thanks for the effort to share your code though.

      Regards

  3. Bruce

    Thanks for the plugin. I had to style it a little bit — it was a bit bland. There is no option for border a container or background color.

    1. Marko Author

      Hi Bruce,
      you’re welcome. Since I’m not a fan of one-size-fits-all approach, Quick Chat is bland by design so people could have easier job to adopt it to their own environment.

      Regards

  4. Basil

    Hi Marco

    We are using Quick Chat on a website and we would like to create a mobile app (Android and iPhone) for our website. It would be great, if it was possible to integrate the same chatroom in the app as we are using on the website. Do you know if this is possible?
    One way I thought about, was to include the same chat in a Web View inside the app. Maybe it is also possible to access the chat via an API.

    Thanks a lot for Quick Chat!

    Cheers

  5. Monkey

    Hello :)I am new to setting up a site on WordPress.com I know are .org but can I still use Quick Chat on my site?  Really need one for our game but I cannot see where I have a plugin button :( boo, rubbish – please can someone help?

  6. Dan

    Hey – having lag time issues with Quick Chat and current Theme, sent email but not sure if it got received (or if your response could’ve been accidentally thrown out) – we can talk about compensation for time spent fixing, thanks.

    Cheers,

    Dan

  7. Daniel W

    Dear Marko,

    Is it possible to make an auto-accept or another way of initiate a private chat without including the public chat room? (Deeper insight below, 10th of Oct)

  8. Lew

    installed this plugin on my site, is there a reason why it takes 10-20 secs for the message to pop up in the chat room. i thought it was my internet speed but i tried it on other devices other places and it did the same. anyway to fix this?

    1. Marko Author

      Hello,
      disable all other plugins and change theme to WordPress default if necessary. If it still doesn’t work then it’s the server issue. If all works, then enable plugins/theme one by one until you find the conflict. Good luck!

      Cheers!

  9. 大林

    I send a message using the Quick Chat, must refresh the page in order to show my message in the chat box, you can send the presentation directly on the display, and I can see why refresh? ? ?

  10. Maulik

    Hi,
    Good work guys.
    I want to know is it possible that only registered users can do the chat instand of guest users and only list of online registered user display in chat room.

    Thanks

    1. Marko Author

      Hi Maulik,
      thanks. You should take a look at loggedin_visible and guests_visible shortcode attributes:

      [quick-chat loggedin_visible="1" guests_visible="0"]

      Cheers!

  11. DaZD

    Hi Marko,
    congratulation for this plugin that’s a great job.
    Unfortunately I can’t use it anymore because all the site is really slow when the plugin is activated. I don’t understand why, that was really responsive a few days ago with more than ten users connected. What should I do to optimize this please ? (I use the theme twenty-twelve and bbpress).

    1. DaZD

      After some investigations it looks like the clean fonction doesn’t work on my wordpress. After trying to clean the message I still have almost 300 messages in the database. Did I miss something ?

      1. Marko Author

        In Quick Chat settings you’ll find ‘Target number of messages for automatic daily cleanup and chat interface “Clean” button’ option. If you put 0 there, it’ll clean all messages.

  12. Gerard

    Hi Marko,

    I’m trying to hide date & time in the chat and get the message behind the nickname, but I can’t find any recent information on how to accomplish this. Can you point me in the right direction?

    Thanks,

    Gerard

  13. Madie

    Hi Marko,

    I selected the option not show the widget if the code is inserted in a page, but is does not work.
    Please help…
    Madie

  14. fobusas

    Hi, terrific plugin. But I can’t seem find how to load another language. There is translation (lithuanian), but I can’t find how to enable it. Much appreciated!

  15. Botero

    Hi, Marko , ecxuse my english..
    - The chat work well, but is slowly … is possible more fast .
    - The private chat not work…the window disply , but is not possible display word..
    Please , help me
    Thanks

  16. tawanda

    as an admin how do i exchange message with users , when a user sends a message i am not seeing the message on my chat window on dashboard

  17. oscar

    Hi, i love your chat plugin, since it makes it possible to have multiple chatrooms. However, while testing i noticed it slows down the entire wordpress preformance. When opening admin pages it takes multiple seconds when the chat is activated (wordpress 3.6.2, windows 2008r2/ iis, php5.4, mysql5.1).

  18. Bernienor

    lovely plugin! Im also experiencing load issues of several seconds when this plugin in enabled. (3.7.1) – had to disable it entirely.

    I’ll help donate to this plugin if the author continues to develop and keep stable support.

    B

  19. Asif N

    Hi Marko,

    FYI – QuickChat failed pentesting for a website we intended to use it on.

    If I get a chance to, I will have a look, but in a nutshell, the issue s that the QuickChat makes the application susceptible to stored cross-site scripting due to insufficient encoding of user supplied input on the server side.

    So, basically, the pentest was able to inject JS and alert the entire cookie.

    Thanks.

    Asif

  20. Asif N

    Marko,

    I think the issue is around stripslashes wrapped around the quick_chat_alias cookie. If you add a strip_tags() to it, type cast it or put appropriate validation around it when setting the cookie, I think it will address the problem.

    1. Marko Author

      Hi Asif,
      yes, this needs to be changed to improve security. This code is couple of years old now and I maintain it only in my spare time. If you want you can fork Quick Chat on GitHub and submit pull request:

      https://github.com/Marko-M/quick-chat

      If not, I’ll get to it eventually. Thanks for your bug report.

      Regards

  21. stefano

    Hi Marko,
    Thanks for this awesome plugin!
    I appreciate very much your work!

    There is only a problem with all android browser!
    don’t complete the loading of the page where is quick chat!
    and if stop it quick chat don’t work!

    What do you think can be?

  22. mehrzad

    hi,thanks for your plugin.
    i have a Q.
    this plugin work on simple hosts?
    how much cpu and ram needed?
    how many user can support in time?

    thanks alot

  23. Sinisa

    pozdrav moj chat ne mrda od Loading..

    evo ovo se ispiše u konzoli.. šta da radim ? koristim WP 3.6.1 i jQuery 1.8.3

    event.returnValue is deprecated. Please use the standard event.preventDefault() instead.

  24. Sinisa

    Ok i just solved issue :D it didn’t worked because of one plugin named WP_Auctions … so when i deactivated it Quick chat is working just fine … :D

    Happy New Year from Varazdin – Croatia :)

  25. Alconis

    Hi Marko.

    I’d like to know if I can call a function to display the number of currently users connected to a/all rooms. I want to add this number next to my link to the Quick Chat page.

  26. Nige

    Test chat page on /chat. My site’s theme is messing badly with the plugin. Are there any options to override the output to make the chat’s background a different colour?

  27. Marko Author

    Comments will be disabled until I find a way to deal with comment spam on this particular page. Thanks for understanding.

    Regards,
    Marko

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