wpForo Private Messages addon provides a safe and professional way to communicate directly with other members of the discussion forum. Messages you send and receive via PM are private and can only be viewed by you and the forum member you’re corresponding with. wpForo Private Messages supports both conversations with a single person or with a group within the forum system.
Conversations are like email but stored within the forum system and addressed by User Name (nickname). They do not reveal any personal information beyond your User Name.
wpForo Private Messages Features
- User can send or view messages on My Profile > Messages page.
- List of all contacts and conversations in Messages page.
- Two types of messaging – “Add new conversation” form and clicking on forum member Message icon
- Supports both conversations with a single person or with a group within the forum system.
- Add new and remove members from conversation
- Buttons to Block, Report and Delete contacts
- Hide and Delete buttons for conversations
- Refresh conversation button
- Load all Messages button
- AJAX powered message loading system when user scrolls conversation messages.
- Send Message icon with user information on Members list and on Post list.
- Email Notification when user receives a new Private Message
- When user receive a private message, it will be noted at the top right pop-up of a forum page.
- When user send a private message, the other member(s) will receive a notification but they must open the message to read it.
- Private Message Stat data in wpForo Dashboard
- Option – Min number of forum posts user must have to send a PM
- Option – Maximum number of contacts per day
- Option – Max number of personal messages per user during one day
- Option – Max number of conversation participants
- Option – Allow external URL and link in messages
- Option – Allow Image URLs in messages
- Option – Allow embedded content in messages
- Option – Manage New PM Notification Email subject and content
- Usergroup Permission – Can write PM
- RTL Ready
Installation and Configuration
- This addon installs like any other plugin for WordPress.
Access to wpForo Private Messages is provided immediately once you paid for your order. Upon completing registration/checkout, you may log in at gVectors.com. We will also send you an email after registration/checkout, with a link to the login page. Then download the installation package.
- Downloaded addon zip file from gVectors Shop account page
- Navigate to Dashboard > Plugins > Add new and upload addon ZIP file, then activate it.
- Once the plugin is active, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Forums > Settings > Addons > Private Messages Tab to begin configuration…
- It’ll ask you to activate with license key you got via email or in your account page, just insert the key and activate it.
- On forum front-end you can manage private messages in My Profile > Messages page.
If for some reason you cannot install this plugin using WordPress plugin upload system please do that with this alternative way. Unzip, and then upload the /wpforo-private-messages/ folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory using an FTP application like FileZilla; or any other FTP program is fine also. Make sure you have not double /wpforo-private-messages/wpforo-private-messages/ directories nested inside each other, please correct this before you continue. Then in WordPress, go to WordPress Dashboard > Plugins, and then activate the wpForo Private Messages addon.
Pre Sale Support
I’m already using Buddypress (with Youzify) and WP fusion to integrate my website. If I purchase WP Foro Private Messaging, will the same messages appear inside Forums as Buddy press messages, since the contact information already translates to forum? I would’t want to have 2 separate private messages, but having same info In both places isn’t a bad idea. Please advise, thanks!
wpForo Private Message addon is not integrated with BuddyPress, it’s only available in wpForo forum profile page.
If I buy this plugin, will the footer credit containing ” Powered by wpForo” go away? I do not want to use display:none; if I can help it and I’m willing to buy something if that will remove the credit.
Why not just use the built-in option to disable it? The option is located in Dashboard > Forums > Settings > Features Tab. The option name is “Help wpForo to grow, show plugin info”. Here is the doc: https://wpforo.com/docs/root/wpforo-settings/features/
I’ve got WPForo installed on two sites now, and will probably add a third this year. What’s the procedure to consolidate licenses when the time comes (for instance if I add the same add on to all three sites and can use a 3 site license, or want to maximize cart discounts upon renewal?
The next Single Site license will be discounted 30% automatically at the checkout page. However if the first two license are close to the expiration date, we recommend purchasing a 3 Sites License. It’s already a discounted pack. You get license for three sites for just $55 instead of for 3x$35.
Looking at it, renewal isn’t automatic, so I can hold up renewing the early ones until the later ones expire, then renew them all as a group, does that sound about right? Since the plugins don’t deactivate, I only lose the ability to update them when they expire that sounds like the most economical way to go about it. It looks like I’m going to want to run about 4 paid wpForo plugins per site.
Yes Brian, you’re correct.
Hello, a recently registered user cannot write or reply to private messages. Where can I give him access to write private messages?
Please check the option mentioned in this support topic: https://gvectors.com/forum/wpforo-private-messages/members-unable-to-reply-to-dms/#post-27065
Can I set a welcome message to send the new user automatically upon their successful registration or their first-time login? If no such feature is yet available, is there a solution with a custom function?
Hi Aung ,
I’m sorry but neither the feature nor any solution exists for this.
Hello! How about Russian translate?
The Russian translation is not 100%, but most of the phrases are translated.
You can translate missing frontend phrases in Dashboard > Forums > Phrases admin page, just select the [wpforo-private-messages] option in the filter above. Also, you can use the Loco Translate plugin to translate it using the PO/MO language files.
Hi, just wanted to know if there have been any developments about staff being able to see PMs?
I have employees and I want my customers to be able to message them through the forum, and I would like to be able to see these messages so my admin team can help out if any issues arise. Is this possible?
Please read Tom’s answer here: https://gvectors.com/forum/wpforo-private-messages/private-messages-question/paged/2/#post-6828
Hi guys. Do you recommend using the private comments addons for both wpdiscuz and wpforo together at the same time?
This is the wpForo Private Messages addon page, it doesn’t have any relation to the wpDiscuz Private Comments addon: https://gvectors.com/product/wpdiscuz-private-comments/
Hi Tom. It had been a while so I was thinking you guys weren’t going to respond here. I’m asking if using the two together would conflict in any way.
I have some questions before purchasing that product.
1- Is there a way to allow PM between users only when users are connected.
Peter to be able to PM Jack, Peter must send a request to Jack, and Jack must accept the connection request before they can be messaging each other.
Otherwise, a PM message without being connected first must be filtered as a spam.
Just like facebook messenger works.
2- Does this addon allow broadcast or Are you thinking about adding a broadcast mode ? To permit admins broadcast a message to all members for example.
This is already in our to-do list. We will implement it in the next versions updates for sure. But I’m sorry I can not provide any ETA yet.
is there a way to restrict users to PM only among the usergroup they are part of?
I’m really sorry but there is no way to do this.
Hello, is it possible for a site administrator to view and assess the previous messages should a situation arise where the behaviour of a person is challenged? Thanks
I’m really sorry but there is no way to do this.
Messages you send and receive via PM are private and can only be viewed by you and the forum member you’re corresponding with.
Does this support a broadcast mode? In other words, as an administrator can I send a message to all users? I know you support “multi-member conversation”, but how about sending to everyone (admin only)? Thank you
Please follow this support topic: https://gvectors.com/forum/wpforo-private-messages/pre-sales-question-broadcast-mode/
RE: Member to Member Sending / BCC
1. Can Members send a PM to other Members?
2. Can the Admin or Moderator send a message to multiple Members at the same time?
3. Can a Member / Admin / Moderator send a BCC message?
sure, they can.
You can simply test it here: http://addons.wpforo.com/community/wpforo-private-messages/wpforo-private-messages/
The addon allows multi-member conversation.
I’m really sorry, but wpForo Private Messages add-on doesn’t have such feature yet.
I just installed WP foro and I currently have two groups: a group of physicians that have to answer all patient questions and patients that should not answer other people’s questions or comment. On the other hand, everyone must be able to read the conversations (if there are not private), because they are relevant to the community of patients and doctors.
I cannot set the plugin to do this.
– Do I have to install an addon like Private Message? But then the community will no longer be able to read the questions and answers and we will not be able to moderate the forum.
– If PM allows multi-member conversation, the physicians, patients and forum administrators will be able to maintain private conversations, is that correct?
– When the conversation is closed, will it be possible to “transform” it, in a public forum with their topics?
You don’t need to install the wpForo Private Messages add-on. Currently, this is possible via the wpForo Forum Access and Usergroup Permission system.
Please check out this support topic. Here is explained how to configure the Forum accesses and Usergroup CANs, and link them with each other: https://wpforo.com/community/how-to-and-troubleshooting-2/create-a-forum-that-subscribers-are-unable-to-add-topics-too/#post-19309
Also, wpForo has a secondary usergroup feature, that may help you to manage your forum. Please read this article, here you’ll find useful information: https://gvectors.com/using-secondary-usergroups-in-wpforo-wordpress-forum-plugin/
Hi. Does this plugin have a shortcode to display number of messages anywhere in WP theme?
Please follow this support topic:
Hi, I wish to use wpForo+wpDiscuz with Blog Cross Posting
(1) Are PM’s complete forum topics or can a single reply in a thread be private?
(2) How are PMs treated by Blog Cross Posting
(2.a) a Foro PM viewed on blog page by Discuz.
(2.b) a Discuz PM viewed on Foro
(3) Does one require both Foro and Discus Private Messaging Add-Ons when Cross Posting.
This add-on allows communicating directly with other members of the forum. It doesn’t have a relation to topics or posts creation process.
I have to renew this plugin every year? I bought it and now it is disabled and asks me to renew.
What? This aren’t good news. Is this normal?
Hi Luke and Bastbra
All our products subject to yearly license for future updates. All is mentioned on product page, I attached the screenshot. After one year you can continue using addons, but you’ll not get new version updates. It’ll require license renewal with 20% discount. Please read the license agreement here: https://gvectors.com/terms-and-conditions/#gaining-download-access
So, my better question is: Can I translate the addon? This is so important for my site.
Yes, sure, you can translate it in Dashboard > Forums > Phrases admin page. Just select the wpforo-private-messages package, edit and translate phrases:
Please could you advise if the following is possible.
1. By default no one can PM anyone
2. Though some admin/moderator functionality, enable 2 users to PM each other. So 1-1 approved PM’s
We are running a forum with vulnerable people and so can only allow 1-1 conversations where both parties have agreed.
Please open a support topic in gVectors Support forum. This is the pre-sale discussion area.
Just a small note. Please set 0 the “Min number of forum posts user must have” option in Dashboard > Forums > Settings > Addons Tab > Private Messages Sub-Tab. This is a part of antispam protection.
Since I have not bought it yet it assumed it was pre=sales! You have answered similar questions in this page before.
Perhaps what I am asking is possible by creating a new group for each pair of users?
You can create new conversation and add users in that. You can choose users to add and remove from that conversation. Also, users can block other users who try to connect via private messages and conversations.
I’d recommend register in demo forum and test the Private Messages. Create new conversation and check all features.
Here is the Demo Forum: https://addons.wpforo.com/community/
And this is the documentation: https://wpforo.com/docs/root/addons/wpforo-private-messages/
I am trying to buy the following products:
wpForo Advanced Attachments 25$
wpForo Embeds 11$
wpForo Private Messages 35$
But when i am going to checkout no 20% discount is happening
gVectors Store Discounts and Sale Packs
Sale Pack 20 20% $61 – $95
Iam very dissapointed
Is there any problem ?
Hi Miltos Argirakis,
Thank you for your interest in the wpForo and for contacting us.
Please try one more time. Now everything will work fine.
I have a question. Send the plugin add-on also a message to BuddyPress like when a post post by a member?
Hello there. A couple of questions before buying:
1- How can I find documentations about RTL support and translations?
2-As I need this addon for a RTL lang (Persian/Farsi), is this possible to have a trial version to test the RTL features before buying the product?
Hi Babak Momeni,
Thank you for interested in wpForo and wpForo add-ons.
1. wpForo supports RTL. Here you can find documentation for wpForo translation: https://wpforo.com/docs/root/translation/
2. I’m sorry but not. The only way to check it is the wpForo Private Messages demo forum: https://addons.wpforo.com/community/wpforo-private-messages/wpforo-private-messages/
Hi, I paid for this days ago and it still doesn’t appear on my site. What should I do?
Thank you for your purchase. Please navigate to “My Account” page and download the purchased addon zip file: https://gvectors.com/my-account/
1. Downloaded addon zip file from gVectors Shop account page
2. Navigate to Dashboard > Plugins > Add new and upload addon ZIP file, then activate it.
3. Once the plugin is active, navigate to WordPress Dashboard > Forums > Settings > Addons > Private Messages Tab to begin configuration…
4. It’ll ask you to activate with license key you got via email or in your account page, just insert the key and activate it.
5. On forum front-end you can manage private messages in My Profile > Messages page.
For More information please read the addon documentation:
Hi, I haven’t found info. Can it be translated like wpForo with Phrases?
Yes, it should. Just search for any PM phrase in Forums > Phrases admin page, edit and translate it. if you don’t find a phrase, click on Add new button and add it. The Key should be identical English version, the value is the translated version.
Is this a one-time purchase? Or am I buying this and having it for my use? (1 site)
All our products subject to yearly license for future updates. You’ll be able to update addons for one year. After this you’ll be able to use the addon for unlimited time without new version updates.
Please read the license agreement here: https://gvectors.com/terms-and-conditions/#gaining-download-access
Can I set this up so that only a certain usergroup can have access to messaging? For example, I don’t want my usergroup ‘free members’ to be able to use messaging at all, but I do want my usergroup ‘paid members’ to be able to use it.
Sure, wpForo has an advanced Usergroup permission settings. You just need to edit certain Usergroup in Dashboard > Forums > Usergroups admin page and enable/disable the “Front – Can write PM” option.
Please read wpForo Private Messages addon documentation:
When searching for a member to message, does the autocomplete lists etc. filter out members who can’t private message?
For instance, let’s say I have these two usergroups:
– “Front – Can write PM” permission disabled
– members: Alice
– “Front – Can write PM” permission enabled
– members: Bob
Will Bob see any indications that he can private message Alice? Such as in these places:
Mail icon in user profile
All buttons and features to send message to Alice will be available for Bob. He can send message to Alice using all available methods in this addon.
I will have a forum with more than 300 members and I want to be able to create a user group within these and select around 100 of them, and send some private messages only to this group. Not a conversation, but a one-sided, private announcement to each one of them seperately as an admin. Is this possible to do with the plug in?
I’m sorry but wpForo PM doesn’t have feature to send private messages to all membes of certain usergroup. You can select members but not usergroups. This is already in our to-do list, but it’ll be available by end of this month. I’ll update here once the new version with this feature is released.
Hi. Is this released now?
I’m sorry but not yet. We’ll do our best to add it in next release. I have no ET yet.
I just purchased the plugin licences, and I am needing this feature as well. As this post is over 2 years old now. I am hoping this feature has been added already, but i can’t seem where and how to do this.
Has it been added?
Please follow to this support topic: https://gvectors.com/forum/wpforo-private-messages/mass-message-to-user-groups/#post-12905
P.S. All non pre-sale questions should be discussed in the support forum not here.
Really need this functionality. I’m about to buy the plugin along others. Keeping my fingers crossed its about to be released.
Hi, I realise the price is for one year support, but we are trying to keep the cost down. If we buy any of your plugins, can we just use them longer than 365 days, they just wont be updated? Will this cause us problems?
365 days are only for updates. You can use the last (within 365 days) downloaded version forever as long as it compatible with wpDiscuz and WordPress updates..
Hi, if I want to update from the 1 license to the 3 license in the future, do I just pay the difference?
I’m really sorry but there is no way to update Single Site License to 3 Site License. However we can give you a coupon code for 35% discount so the 3 site license price will be discounted to approx $35(single site license price), just contact us for farther details.
Hi. Considering buying this for my tiny (<50 users) forum. Can you tell me if it is possible for an admin to PM all users at once using this addon?
I’m sorry but there is not yet.
You should increase the maximum conversation participants number to 50 in settings then select all users one by one and send PM.
For next update.
By the admin: Control of sent messages
Are there any push addons that work with wpForo and the wpForo Private Messages addon? Would be awesome to know if someone has replied to a conversation I’ve started, or if I’ve been invited into a conversation.
We just released wpForo PM 1.0.1 version. It comes with New M Email Notification functions. All Users will be notified via emails once they got some PM.
* Added: Email Notification when user receives a new Private Message
* Added: Option to enable/disable Email Notification
* Added: Options edit notification email Subject and Content
* Added: Option to set max number of conversation participants
* Fixed small bugs
With the Single Site license, can I also use it on a staging site for testing purposes while I have it on a live site?
The main site and the staging site should be under the same domain name. For example a.com and staging.a.com. However it’s better to not activate the addon on staging sites. It’ll work fine till next version release.
Thanks. Unfortunately, the staging site is under the wpstagecoach domain. I may simply purchase the 3 site license since I really don’t want any hiccups.
I have support question about this error message “You are not allowed to do this action (no participant)”
Where can I add ticket?
Please open a support topic in gVectors Support forum, here:
Hi, is it $35 per year?
Also, can you confirm i have correct version of WPforo installed (i have latest version).
Yes, this price is for one year. The renewal license will be provided with 20%-30% discount once the current license is expired. But you can continue to use it after 365 days. However you’ll not be able to update it when new versions are released.
And yes, your forum version is correct, you’re using wpForo 1.1.2 version. wpForo PM should be installed with wpForo 1.1.2 and higher versions.
this is the right place where you can ask all per-sale questions you have, before purchasing this plugin. We’ll be in touch and reply within 1-2 hours for GMT +1 to +12 and within 4-6 hours for GMT -1 to -12. Our customer support representatives are available 7 days a week from 6am to 10pm (GMT 0:00, London) ; excluding all major holidays.
Does the PM system function via front end or will the subscribers need access to the dashboard? When I installed WP foro all my subscribers were routed via the dashboard after logging in until I installed a plugin to re-route them to my home page after log in. I also installed another plugin to only allow me dashboard access as admin (not subscribers). I would like a PM system but only one that is fully functioning with front end access only.
Sure, the PM is a front-end messaging system, user have no access to dashboard.
Please read the description and see the screenshotes in Screanshots tab, all are already explained and shown here.