Hi everyone. Last few days I've been rather busy working on Quick Chat. This new version is partial rewrite of previous Quick Chat with focus on security. Also I've added two requested features that deal with chat identity theft prevention. Namely Quick Chat admin options now have "Protect registered users user names from being used by other users" option turned on by default. This means that after user name change Quick Chat will use ajax to fetch information does chosen chat user name belongs to any registered user. If chat user name isn't available, user will have to change his user name to participate in chat. Also I've added "Reserved chat user names list" admin option where site admin can add user names that would be baned from chat. On this list I've placed names "admin" and "moderator" by the default (restriction isn't case sensitive).
Here is the full change log for Quick Chat version 1.80:
- Add "Protect registered users user names from being used by other users" admin option (Admin users are not affected by this restriction)
- Add "Reserved chat user names list (comma separated)" admin option, with "admin" and "moderator" as default reserved names (Admin users are not affected by this restriction)
- Additional steps to protect chat against malicious users
- Ajax logic rewritten to use admin-ajax.php
- Ajax calls secured using WordPress nounces
- When string "unique" is used for chat room name for any sidebar chat widget, this widget shows unique chat on every post/page except on home page where it shows the "default" chat room
- Add PayPal donate button at the end of Quick Chat admin option list
New version should be offered automatically by the WordPress update system. The problems regarding TechyTalk and Quick Chat donation button are hopefully resolved, so I've added it to the end of QC admin options list. This way you can easily contribute to my development efforts (thanks in advance). Hope you find Quick Chat 1.80 useful, wish you all best.
I have the following problem with the sidebar in conjunction with the new quick-chat-version: the sidebar is shown at the end of the site!
But when i logged in , the sidebar moves to the right position.
Do you have any Idea what is wrong?
Hi Stefan, can you post your site link so we could see where is the problem?
the site link is: http://www.gs-neuershausen.de/?page_id=285
Status is unlogged !
I must ask, where is you smilies container? Did you maybe modify Quick Chat to remove it?
no, i never modify it!
This morning I deinstalled “quick-chat” and reinstalled. And I noticed if you select “Only logged in users can use chat” the problem is always still there !!!
If I did not select the option the smilies container is there.
Convince yourself: http://www.gs-neuershausen.de/?page_id=285
Stefan you are right, there is a little bug with “Only logged in users can use chat” option in version 1.80 and 1.81. I’ve corrected it and will upload Quick Chat 1.82. You will get it as regular update. Thank you very much for reporting this problem. Cheers!
thank you for your work and this great tool. I like it!!!
Quick Chat 1.82 is uploaded. Please report did it solved the problem, thanks. 🙂
it works / es funktioniert
Thanks for reporting, cheers!
This is a terrific plugin – have a quick question, though. Is there any way to add a div in the container for visitors as to how to use the chat feature? I have a client who wants to say something like, “Ask me questions or just chat with one another. I’ll answer as I can.”
Hi! When using Quick Chat using shortcode inside post or page, this should be as easy as adding help text before or after quick chat shortcode. When using widget, you can also use WordPress built in Text Widget to display help text above or below Quick Chat. I might add more elegant and integrated way to do this in the future. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask, cheers!
Thanks, Marko.I am using a sidebar widget, so I really don’t want to use the built in text widget, as I have created a background for the h2 titles and there is a spacing issue. However, if that is my only option at this time, I’ll work around it. Thanks so much!
You can always modify Quick Chat to echo one more div with your content at the end or at the begining of quick_chat_display_chat() php function 🙂
i have the problem too, that i have to press f5 to update the chatpost
Hi fiete! The official page of QC is http://www.techytalk.info/quick-chat/ so you can use it to post questions. As for chat not refreshing can you please post your site link with Quick Chat so I could take a look? Thanks!