Best Live Chat Plugins for WordPress (based on reviews)

The other night, while looking for a live chat / live support solution for my wife’s new website, I managed to find a mountain of very similar plugins. As with most people in this situation, I decided to go with who had the best reviews. The total quantity of reviews doesn’t matter to me, it’s more about the average sentiment of all the reviews that counts. I.e. How many people actually love the plugin.

 

WP Live Chat Support

Price: Fully functional free version as well as a Pro version with lots of features at $9.95 once off

Description

The easiest to use Live Chat plugin. Chat with your visitors! Perfect for small businesses. No third party connections or subscriptions required. There’s no need to pay monthly subscriptions in order to better understand your visitors. This is a fully functional live chat plugin. Increase your conversion rates by communicating directly with your visitors when they’re ready to do so.

Average Review: 5/5 (4 reviews)

Best review: Highly recommend this plugin, i have used a few of the others which are far more complicated and expensive. Great support also, overall very happy with it.

Worst review:  None, all reviews have been 5 stars as at time of releasing this article

 

Com100 Live Chat

Price: 14 day trial and thereafter $21 – $49 per month per operator.

Description

Comm100 Live Chat is the enterprise-grade live chat software for website. Comm100 Live Chat enables you to have a 360 degree view of your website visitors and provide them with live support.

Average Review: 4.8/5 (10 reviews)

Best review: This plugin offers 14 Day trial, & is a Paid Plugin. If you are looking forward for a Free Plugin, You are at the wrong place.

Worst review:  No written negative reviews.

 

ClickDesk Live Support

Price: 30 chats per month for the free version. Thereafter $14.99 per month per operator.

Description

Comm100 Live Chat is the enterprise-grade live chat software for website. Comm100 Live Chat enables you to have a 360 degree view of your website visitors and provide them with live support.

Average Review: 4/5 (48 reviews)

Best review: Incredibly easy to install and configure, and you’re up and running in minutes. I reckon this plugin has delivered at least one third again on our usual business. Reliable, easy to use, non-obtrusive, and most importantly, our clients/website users love it. Five stars folks!

Worst review:  Be careful before you purchase from them. They do not have a good support and do not even respond to your requests once you have paid them.

 

 

Copy Compass – a South African SEO Plugin

Copy Compass - Content Analysis WordPress PluginIf you dont already know, Copy Compass is the latest project under the wing of the newly branded digital marketing agency, Talooma. Copy Compass is a WordPress plugin that analyses your copy to best search engine optimisation practices. it provides you with in overall score as well as highlights key areas that may need optimising within your copy.

Copy Compass is the ideal plugin for your blog or website. It allows you to optimise your copy in line with generally accepted SEO best practices.

It is ideal for the casual blogger or the more serious blog master or website owner who wants to ensure his content always ranks well within the search engine results pages.

For many months I have been wanting to release a meaningful WordPress plugin that can actually compete with the international big boys and I believe Copy Compass may just be able to do it.  Many hours worth of research, practice and a whole heap of overall brain cell usage has gone into this plugin. Copy Compass was originally developed in my spare time as an in-house tool for Talooma which was meant to increase the quality of copy, in terms of SEO, and to help our customers rank higher in the search engine results pages. Upon using Copy Compass internally, most of our articles and content have climbed the ranks substantially and much progress has been made.

The complete plugin is not available as yet and only a scaled down version of the plugin has been released into the market. This version includes functionality such as the following:

  • Monitor your reading ease score: This is an indication of how easy or difficult your text is to read.
  • Monitor your gunning fog index:  A useful representation of what grade level you need in order to comprehend the text (eg: Grade 7, 8 etc)
  • Keyword Density: All online marketers know the importance of keyword density and how it can affect your rankings.
  • Basic SEO principles: Copy Compass monitors some basic principles needed to do well in the rankings.

If you have any ideas, suggestions and/or comments about Copy Compass, please do not hesitate to make use of the form on the site. All feedback is welcome.

WordPress 3 error: Warning: Cannot modify header information

This error message has the ability to drive some developers completely insane. However, the solution to this error is A LOT easier than you think.

This error message has the ability to drive some developers completely insane. However, the solution to this error is A LOT easier than you think.

The error:

Wordpress 3 error - Cannot modify header information

What to do

  • Identify the file where the error originates from. This is stated in the actual error. In this case it is “functions.php”, not “theme-editor.php”
  • Remove the white spaces before the “<?php” or “<?” tags as well as after the “?>” tag.

Believe it or not, you are done. Easy as pie.

myScoop’s first WordPress Plugin – “myScoop Rank Display”

Its been quite some time that I’ve been wanting to develop a WordPress widget for myScoop users. I have finally put something together. Once activated, this plugin will let you be able to select a Widget to display on your blog. This Widget will automatically connect to myScoop and display your blogs rank history for the past 14 days.

Its been quite some time that I’ve been wanting to develop a WordPress widget for myScoop users. I have finally put something together. Once activated, this plugin will let you be able to select a Widget to display on your blog. This Widget will automatically connect to myScoop and display your blogs rank history for the past 14 days.

Some background information:

  • The plugin comes packaged with the source for Open Flash charts.
  • The widget connects to myScoop to retrieve a data file and displays information relevant to your DOMAIN.
  • This could potentially be a very processor-intensive widget for myScoop (not your blog). Therefore I am looking at creating a cache file with your blog’s rank information for less server stress and quicker display on your side. This will be available in the next version.
  • There are currently no configurable settings for this widget. Simply install and activate – Once activated the widget will be available for use.
  • In future versions I would like to let the user be able to select whether or not they would like to display the graph or their current rank within myScoop.

Before officially releasing this I would need to do some testing and stability checks. Are there any bloggers that would be willing to help with this? All I would need from you is to install the plugin and give me feedback on any bugs or errors that you find, as well as any suggestions.

myScoop WordPress Rank Widget
myScoop WordPress Rank Widget

6 Essential WordPress Plugins

WordPress is arguably one of the most powerful and easy to use content management systems out on the free market today, which gives host to a huge array of downloadable plugins to improve the interactivity of your blog and overall satisfaction of your readers. Although keep in mind, some of the most powerful and useful plugins are those that your readers will never even get to see.

WordPress is arguably one of the most powerful and easy to use content management systems out on the free market today, which gives host to a huge array of downloadable plugins to improve the interactivity of your blog and overall satisfaction of your readers. Although keep in mind, some of the most powerful and useful plugins are those that your readers will never even get to see.

I have listed 6 of the most essential plugins that I feel no blog should be without.

Akismet
This is THE most essential plugin you will ever require. This extremely handy plugin eliminates 99.9% of spam comments that your blog will undoubtedly receive. Akismet comes standard with every WordPress installation but to make use of its features you need to register an account at WordPress.com and insert your API key into the Akismet control panel.

Google Analytics
This plugin is one of the easiest plugins to handle and does the simple yet essential task of inserting your Google Analytics code into every one of your pages and articles on your blog.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/

XML Sitemaps
I would have to say this is one of the most essential plugins you could carry in your handy blogging toolbox. This automatically generates an updated and optimised sitemap and pings Google and all other relevant search engines of the changes made. This keeps the search engines coming back to your site to update their information.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/

Wibiya
This is one of my favourite WordPress plugins. Wibiya is a toolbar that sits firmly at the bottom of your blog that boasts functionality such a search function for your blog, Twitter integration, Facebook integration, games, translation, and the ability to display notifications to your users. To get this amazing WordPress plugin you need to request an invitation from Wibiya themselves by simply going to their website and filling in a few details. I got my invitation in less than 24 hours and it took me a couple of minutes to set it up.
http://www.wibiya.com/

Gravatar
People like seeing pictures of themselves when they post a comment to an article. An excellent and popular way of doing this is by using Gravatar. It connects to the following avatar websites: Gravatars, OpenAvatar, Wavatar, Identicon, monsterID and MyBlogLog.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-gravatar/

Platinum SEO Pack
Nothing beats a seasoned SEO consultant when it comes to optimising your site, but the Platinum SEO pack does an excellent job. Install this plugin to ensure your blog stays ahead of the pack in the search engine results pages.
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/platinum-seo-pack/