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Simple Ajax Chat

Displays a fully customizable Ajax-powered chat box anywhere on your site.


  1. Upload the plugin to your blog and activate
  2. Visit the settings to configure your options

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Once the settings are configured, you can display the form anywhere using the shortcode or template tag.


Use this shortcode to display the chat box on a post or page:


Template Tag

Use this template tag to display the chat box anywhere in your theme template:

<?php if (function_exists('simple_ajax_chat')) simple_ajax_chat(); ?>


To upgrade Simple Ajax Chat, remove the old version and replace with the new version. Or just click "Update" from the Plugins screen and let WordPress do it for you automatically.

Important! Two plugin files have changed names in version 20160408. So if you are upgrading from any version older than 20160408, make sure to DEACTIVATE the plugin BEFORE performing the update. Then after upgrading, reactivate the plugin and you're good to go.

Note: uninstalling the plugin from the WP Plugins screen results in the removal of all settings and chat messages from the WP database.

Restore Default Options

To restore default plugin options, either uninstall/reinstall the plugin, or visit the plugin settings > Restore Default Options.


Simple Ajax Chat cleans up after itself. All plugin settings and chat messages will be removed from your database when the plugin is uninstalled via the Plugins screen.

Stopping spam

This plugin works in two modes:

  • "Open Air" mode - anyone can chat
  • "Private" mode - only logged-in users can chat

"Private" mode stops all automated spam, but registered users may still send "spammy" chat messages. Likewise, the "Open Air" mode is super effective at blocking automated spam, but some manual spam may get through. As a general rule, the longer your chat forum is online, the more of a target it will be for spam.

Alternately/additionally you can use .htaccess to block spammers. It's an easy, super-effective method for controlling access to your site.

Requires: 4.1 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.7.3
Last Updated: 4 months ago
Active Installs: 1,000+


4.5 out of 5 stars


1 of 1 support threads in the last two months have been marked resolved.

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