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Author: WP Symposium


WP Symposium turns a WordPress website into a Social Network! It is a WordPress plugin that provides a forum, activity (similar to Facebook wall), member directory, private mail, notification panel, chat windows, profile page, social widgets, activity alerts, RSS activity feeds, Groups, Events, Gallery, Facebook Connect and Mobile support! You simply choose which you want to activate! Certain features are optional to members to protect their privacy.

Please note, there is a new version of this plugin that you may want to consider, which is basically the same plugin but re-written from the ground-up and highly recommended (and naturally, the core plugin is free). Find WP Symposium Pro on the WordPress repository at

For developers, there are a growing number of WordPress hooks and filters, along with classes, WP Symposium functions and Javascript variables.

Note: The Core WP Symposium plugin from is free (that includes profile, activity, forum, mail, member directory and widgets) – additional “Bronze” WP Symposium features can be purchased. They are included in the download so you can try them out on your site, and also at the request of existing users so that all get updated together.

Three steps to create a Social Network website

  1. Download WordPress
  2. Install WP Symposium

erm, sorry – only two steps.

What do you get?

A set of features, that can be used individually or all together, to produce a social networking website built on WordPress.

You can activate a member profile page with activity wall and posts/replies; member profile photos (avatars), make friendships (and followers), activate a forum, add a directory of members and send/receive internal (private) messaging.

And there are “Bronze” features for even more functionality – live chat windows, Groups, Events, Facebook Shared Status, Photo Albums and Mobile Access.

These are included in the package installation so you can try them on your site (a small banner is shown while you are trying out the Bronze plugins which is removed with an Activation Code if you subscribe to the Bronze subscription at

Oh, and you also get widgets, with more to come, including latest new members, friends status updates, who is online and latest forum posts.

Can I change the layout and styles?

Certainly can! Templates are provided for you to change the layout, and an easy-to-use style configuration (or way to enter CSS if you prefer) is provided to change the styles.

How is it configured?

WP Symposium will work with any WordPress theme! No complicated theme development, and no complicated styles – you can even pick the colour scheme in the WordPress admin area!

Via crowdin website at, a growing number of translations are being maintained by an active user base, so running WP Symposium in a different language is easily set up.

What else is there?

Loads! Smilies, loves AJAX, an installation “health check” page, templates for changing the page layout, options for just about everything… the list goes on!

Can I see what features are coming next?

The development roadmap is directed by users! Anyone can see what’s coming next, and Bronze members can vote, at

Where can I get support?

At forum, and for subscribers via a helpdesk.


  • Member Wall
  • Friends
  • Profile Photo
  • Custom extended information
  • Mail
  • Forum Categories
  • Forum Topic
  • Edit Forum Post
  • Smilies/Emoticons
  • Friends online status
  • Site-wide chatroom
  • Latest Forum Posts widget
  • New Members widget
  • Yes/No Vote widget


More information is available at, and an admin guide is available at

Important – after activating for the first time, and after changing any WP Symposium shortcodes, make sure you visit the WP Symposium -> Installation page that updates internal paths.

As with all upgrades to any system, it is recommended that you take a backup of the database and website first.
Tested with PHP 5.

Automatic installation

  • go to Plugins->Add New and search for “Symposium”
  • click on Install below WP-Symposium
  • activate the plugins you want to use (core plugin MUST remain activated)
  • important – go to the Installation page to complete the setup

Manual installation

  • download from
  • unzip the contents of the ZIP file in your /wp-content/plugins folder
  • important – go to the Installation page to complete the setup

Getting latest version

Nightly builds and release candidates are available at which can be installed using the manual process above.

Adding WP Symposium plugins to your site

Full instructions are available via (see the blog for the admin guide, hints and tips, etc.


Q. What is WP Symposium Pro?
A. After 4 years, a lot has been learned, and “WPS Pro” is WP Symposium re-written from the ground-up, as compatible as we can make it, no custom tables and as much as possible use your existing theme styles. The core plugin is still free and available on the WordPress repository at

Q. How to I get an activate code for the extra features?
A. Sorry, but with WP Symposium Pro providing the same features, we are no longer accepting paid-for features for this version of the plugin, and instead asking people to consider getting all these features with

Q. Is WP Symposium covered by the GPL license?
A. Yes, for sure. Everything listed on the WordPress directory is covered by the GPL v3 licence. There may be other plugins that are compatible with WP Symposium that are sold commercially, but what is provided via the download at will always be covered by the GPL licence.

Q. What’s the one thing I probably haven’t done?
A. Visited the Installation page to update WP Symposium’s internal paths?

Q. The admin side works, but the forum (or another plugin) doesn’t appear?
A. Check you have [symposium-forum] on your page, with a hyphen, not an underscore. Replace [symposium-forum] with the shortcode of the plugin.

Q. I’ve done that, but the forum (or another plugin) still doesn’t appear?
A. Have you put [symposium-forum] on a WordPress page, not an HTML file?

Q. It all looks okay, but I just get a spinning “please wait” symbol?
A. Sounds like you almost certainly have a Javascript problem. Use Firefox+Firebug or Chrome Developer Console to see what’s going on.

Q. Can I use other languages?
A. There are a growing number of translations available to use at (see for further instructions). From v0.58 support for non-Western character sets was introduced (needs a fresh v0.58+ installation).

Q. Are there images other than the usual smilies?
A. Yes, if you look in the smilies folder you can use any of the images there by putting {{xxx}} around the first part of the filename, eg: {{rofl}} would show rofl.png – to see the full list, go to the Smilies page at

Q. Will WP Symposium work on WPMU/WPMS?
A. Yes, WordPress Multi-site is supported, although it is not as widely used as the single site installation.

Q. I don’t see friends when they’re online, can’t edit forum posts or read all mail in my inbox. I see stuff, but not much works…
A. Sounds like AJAX isn’t working, probably due to a Javascript error. Use Firefox+Firebug or Chrome Developer Console to see what’s going on.

Q. There used to be a login and registration plugin, where did they go?
A. After consultation with users, the majority voted to leave authentication to WordPress or other plugins such as Theme-My-Login, however in hindsight it can be introduced in a more strategic manner. There is now a sidebar widget that allows members to login, or show links to the register/forgotten password WordPress pages. Once logged in, the user can see how any messages (including those unread) and friends (including new friend requests), etc with the same widget.

Q. How can I get rid of the Powered By message?
A. Use the Templates via WP Admin -> WP Symposium -> Templates.


Pissed Off

Plugin developers are an odd lot. They think it’s ok to sell a plugin and then not provide access to terms and condtions or a way to contact them about billing issues.

I bought this plugin and ended up deleting it and now I get a fucking NO REPLY email about auto renewal, telling me to go to my paypal account, which does not exist.

This plugin creates a huge load and really slows a websites load speeds down big time. And the conflicts!!! OYVEY!!!

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