Very few plugins exist for building an intranet. This is one of them and, based upon my experience, and as professional web designer/developer, I strongly encourage you NOT to purchase it, especially if you're a small, technologically challenged organization.
I thoroughly vetted SI using the demo provided by the developer, but my experience outside of the test environment did not match the delivered version. Literally upon installation, errors popped up that required installing a 3rd party plugin at the request of the developer, although the site points out that 3rd party plugins are not supported and that there was no indication in the voluminous support manual of his "fix." Trying to solve for even the simplest issues via the support forums offered little help, and, given the endless number of threads, it offered a clear "tell" that the plugin was buggy, bloated in size and especially complicated to style and integrate into an existing theme. My polite requests for support were met with timely, yet hostile instructions, and eventually I just gave up and began searching for another plugin.
My client, a small library, purchased a 5-seat annual license for $200. While I knew that the vendor had a strict no refunds policy, I appealed to his better nature and made a request anyway, explaining our strapped budget constraints and with truthful assurance that I would destroy all SI files and provide proof of their removal from the server. Same hostile reaction, and no sympathy for my client's financial position or the fact that they do not seasoned IT support staff or funds to address future issues likely to arise with SI. He could have easily done the right thing, but chose a greedy, unforgiving path.
Superior Solution: WOffice
We were ultimately able to install an intranet on the library's site using WOffice, a superior intranet plugin priced at only $64 through ThemeForest. Unlike SI, installation was a breeze and error-free, and the gorgeous on-board theme was easily customized from the WP dashboard. Our small number of support questions were consistently and cheerfully solved within 24 hours. Within only 2 weeks, we were live with our intranet. That would have never happened had we muscled our way through SI.
I emailed this person regarding the document section for our Real Estate office not working.
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After that I received this email...
Your account has been deactivated and your support terminated as per our terms and conditions relating to abusive client behaviour.
This plugin does exactly what it says it does and it does it well.
My only recommendation is I try to keep users off of the back-end as much as humanly possible so I created a front-end page where users could update their information. It would be awesome if there was some short-code to make this process easier and less hacky but overall still a great plugin!
I worked on WP intranet for real estate broker and was looking into Simple Intranet as the solution. From the first time I contacted support with questions about the product the responds either on the phone or email were fast and helpful - not like my experience with other plugin developers. Few suggestion where answered in an product update. this product is full of features, function great, looking great and above all my client is very happy...and that's all it matters! Thank you Chris.
It does what promises. I had a hard time to create local avatars, but I got it :)
..and the plugin may slows down the site performance a little, but for the most part works great. Thank you! :)
Totally recommended and Chris is right! It IS a very nice addition to an intranet!
Very nice addition to an intranet.
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