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WordPress Integration
Posted by Chris Duerr on 02 January 2012 03:29 PM

WP-AddonChat provides an easy and quick way to integrate AddonInteractive's AddonChat software into your
WordPress install.

Download

The most recent AddonChat/WordPress integration module may be found at: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-addonchat/

Installation

To install, simply unzip the download provided and follow the following steps:

1. Place the WP-AddonChat folder into your `/wp-content/plugins/` directory

2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress

3. Configure the plugin through the 'Settings > WP-AddonChat' menu

To start, you need to have signed up for an AddonChat account.  If you haven't, then sign up for one through the settings menu in the WordPress interface.  It's that easy!

After signing up for your AddonChat account, you only have a few short steps left.  First, you can add the chat applet within any post or page simply by including the specified shortcode [addonchat].  At the write post or write page interface, enter any content that you want.  Then, where you want the chat applet to appear, simply add the text [addonchat].

If you have a Professional PLUS or Enterprise edition account, you can enable Remote Authentication.  Check the "Remote Authentication System" checkbox, and your users will be able to login using their WordPress username and password.  If you want to allow guests, simply check the "Enable Guest Access" checkbox on the settings page.

The other major component of WP-AddonChat is the "Who's Chatting" widget.  As with all other widgets, you enable the "Who's Chatting" widget by going to 'Design > Widgets', clicking the 'Add' link next to "Who's Chatting" and clicking the 'Save Changes' button.  In order to add the widget, you will have to have a declared sidebar in your theme.  See the codex for more information on widgetizing your WordPress theme.

If you don't want to add the widget through the WP interface, a template tag is provided that allows you to show the current members of your chat room at any time.  The tag is `addonchat_whos_chatting` and it echos a simple unordered list, with each list item containing the user name of a currently active chat member.

Uninstall

To uninstall the plugin, please perform the following steps.

1. Deactivate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress

2. If desired, remove the WP-AddonChat folder from your `/wp-content/plugins/` directory

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