Allowing user’s to send each other messages within your website is a terrific way to keep them engaged and returning back to the site.
But, private messaging with WP Symposium Pro is much more than that – messages are more akin to conversations, with multiple friends as recipients, allowing your members to have true conversations. Other friends can be added to a conversation, or removed, depending on how the conversation goes.
After activating private messages via WPS Pro->Setup, click on the “Add Messages Page” button and a page will be created for you, which you probably then want to add to your site menu.
This will create a page with a varierty of private messaging shortcodes and a default layout, which as with all WP Symposium Pro shortcodes, you can re-arrange to make your own custom messaging page.
Here is the default private messaging page, for reference:
[wps-mail-recipients] <div style="float: right;">[wps-mail-search]</div> [wps-mail-post] <div style="float: left;">[wps-mail-backto]</div> [wps-mail] [wps-mail-comment] [wps-mail-backto]
which, depending on your theme, will produce something like:
There are quite a number of private messaging shortcodes, giving you flexibility in how you use them.
- [wps-alerts-mail] (Alerts for private messages)
Provided in the Extensions Plugin.
You can use the global shortcode settings via WPS Pro->Shortcodes in the admin dashboard, or add them to the shortcode as options.
To show a login hyperlink if the user is not logged in, where the login form is on “/login” you would use:
See individual Private Messages shortcodes.