What’s up, folks? It’s dave here from profitable Tools. And we’re back with another new product review. Today I’m looking at WP social ninja. This is a new WordPress plugin from the folks at WP Manage Ninja, who.
Have a solid track record over the.
Last few years of putting out some high quality plugins like Fluent Forms, fluent SMTP Ninja Tables, and Fluent CRM. Now, WP Social Ninja has three primary features. First of all, it can display your social media feeds from places like Instagram and Twitter right on your website. The second feature is the ability to display reviews from third party platforms like Amazon or Google. My business once again putting those reviews from trusted third party sites right on your website so your customers can see reviews linked off to legitimate sites when they’re shopping for your products. And the last feature is the ability to add a chat widget on your site that’s connected to a social platform like Facebook or WhatsApp so that you can chat with visitors when they’re on your site and automatically connect with them on social media. In this video, I’m going to be demonstrating and reviewing only the social media feeds feature. I have two other videos that are going to be released that will demonstrate each of the other features, both customer reviews and the chat widget. So make sure you get subscribed to the channel. If you haven’t already, turn on that notification bell so you don’t miss it when those videos come out.
Now, before we get started with this review, I do need to disclose that I’m an affiliate for this product, but this is not a sponsored review. My opinions are genuine. They’re never influenced by third parties. I work for you folks. I’m here to help you find the best products for your business, not the software companies. All right, so with that said, let’s get started with a demo of the social feeds feature.
So I’m very excited to show you a first look at the social feeds feature inside of WP Social Ninja. Now, the idea here is obviously you can connect one of your social media accounts, display that information on your website. Currently, it’s only supporting Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. A little bit later on, we’re going to get Facebook as well. Let’s go ahead ahead and get connected here. Now, I do want to point out that connecting to any of these three services is going to be very similar. You’re going to need an account with them and then you’ll authenticate. So I’m going to go ahead and connect up to Twitter here because it’s nice and fast and very simple. So under Twitter configuration, I’m just going to click this blue button, and it’s going to ask me to log into my Twitter account. All right. I’m going to click sign in, and just like that, I am redirected back over to my WordPress website, and my account is connected. Now, if I had multiple accounts I could log out of Twitter. So maybe open another tab here, go over to Twitter, log out, and then I could repeat the process again.
If you’re not logged out, it’s going to try to reauthenticate that same account. So you’ll want to make sure you log out before you do that. Again. You can add as many accounts as you like here. And then you’ll be able to display that information inside of your template. That’s the next option is to add a new template here. So here you go. We’ve got a nice display of my tweets. I’m not an active tweeter, as you can see. I have not really tweeted much in the last year. But that’s not the point of this video. I want to show you how this all works. So we really have two components to the template. We’ve got the data that’s coming in from Twitter, and then we also have how it appears on our website. The default look, the default appearance is very much just like being on Twitter itself, right? You can see this literally looks like Twitter. We’re going to be able to stylize this a little bit more later on. But right now, let’s start by shaping the data that’s actually coming in over in the right hand sidebar here. I can choose the source of the data.
Right now. It’s coming from the user Timeline profitable Tool, which is the handle that I’ve got on Twitter. Now I could change this. I could change it to be Elon Musk and hit fetch tweets. And it’s going to pull in information from Elon Musk. That’s super cool. I could go ahead and display that on my new website. Whatsonsangnow.com? And there you can keep up with Elon without having to actually visit Twitter. That’s not the point of this plugin, though. Just showing you some of the possibilities. I could also show you my home timeline. That’s the people that I’m following on the Brothel Tools account, which I’m not actually sure if we’re following anyone, but yet here you go. We got some publisher links. So only three followers there. Only following three. But that’s the idea is that you could curate a list of people you find very interesting and then display that to your audience as well. But the options, of course, do not end there. We can also follow things like hashtags. As an example, I could do hashtag iOS 15, which came out today as the recording of this video. And here is what people are saying about iOS 15.
All right, so this is going to automatically update as new tweets come out. And then people visit the page on your website. It will update to display the most relevant tweets. Of course, you can also sort by mention so this is going to be people who have mentioned your account on Twitter. You go ahead and search for those tweets and display them to your customers. You can see what other people are saying about you online. Really, really helpful. For now, let’s go back to the user timeline and let’s start to sort the data a little bit differently. To do that, I’m going to skip over the template section. We’ll come back to that. But let’s go to filters. Right now, this is where I can start to sort the data that I’ve already got. So, for example, let’s say I wanted to find all of the tweets from Elon that mentioned Dragon, which is one of the spacecraft that SpaceX has designed. I can go ahead and search for Dragon right here. I can use either a hashtag or just a word. So I’m going to type in Dragon Hit return. It’s going to filter out all of the tweets, or filter out only the tweets that include Dragon.
Now, we could also do the same thing in reverse. I could hide posts that contain dragons. Let’s say maybe there’s a certain topic you want hidden from your timeline. Something political or something like that. You don’t want it to show up to your customers. Very easy to do. So here, simply type in the word hit Enter, and now the timeline shows up. But that tweet about Dragon is missing. The next set of options I want to COVID is starting to blur the line between styling and sorting the data. Here we’re simply going to be hiding elements of the tweet itself. Let’s say I don’t want the avatar image to display. I can get rid of that. The display username, I can get rid of that. The date, the Twitter logo, the tweet text, the reply action, the retweet action, the like action. You can see we can end up with literally nothing left. So let’s turn these all back on. But if there’s an element here that you don’t like, sure enough, you can definitely hide it. That brings me to the next section, which is this header section right here. You might have already guessed, I can definitely turn that off as well.
If I only want to get rid of the banner image, there’s an option for that. I could also get rid of the number of tweets accounts that are being followed and the number of followers. This big follow button is so important, it gets its own section right over here. I can turn that off. Now, interacting with the tweets is just going to link you up over to Twitter. So if I click on the reply button here, it’s going to pop up in Twitter, and I can go ahead and reply to Elon right there. If I hit the play button, it’s going to play it right in line, no problem. All right. Now let’s go back to the template section. If you remember, I skipped this earlier. So right now we’re looking at the standard template. There are two other templates we can check out. We’ve got the masonry template, which is going to go ahead and put everything in a masonry grid. And then we also have a carousel where everything will show up in a certain number of columns. And we can go ahead and go through the different pages here. It will also auto scroll when I switch the carousel layout.
Another section displays down here called carousel, which will allow me to further stylize this section so I can change the auto play speed and get rid of the navigation. Maybe I want to show four slides at a time. I can do that as well. I think this is looking pretty good. I just want to change a few things before putting it on the footer of my website. The first thing I want to change is I want to make all of the Tweets equal height. So I’m going to go to feed settings here and there’s an option for that. I’m going to turn that on. Next thing I’m going to do is get rid of these arrows here. I just don’t really care for them. So under carousel, I’m going to go ahead and change the navigation to be none. Now that I’ve got the template looking the way that I want, all that’s left to do is to copy the shortcode and then I can put that anywhere I want on my website. I could put it in the sidebar, I could put it in the footer, or I could embed it right in line with my content.
It works with the gutenberg editor. It also works with any page builder. So simply go ahead and open up the page you want to edit, put in that shortcode and you’re going to be good to go. Here is the home page for this demo site. Let’s go ahead and edit this with Al elementor and I can simply drop in the shortcode anywhere I want the Tweets to appear. So I’m at the bottom of the page here. I’m going to go ahead and add a new section, make it a full width section here. And I’m going to go ahead and just add in an element in elementor called shortcode. You could do this like I said, using any page builder. They’re all going to support short codes. It’s an important part of the WordPress experience. I’ll paste in the template now. Right away it’s going to look terrible. Don’t worry. This is just how it renders in elementor. It’s not a WP managed ninja problem, it’s more of an elementor problem. So I’m going to go ahead and apply the changes here. Hit update while I load up this page. I’ll mention that there’s no styling options for the widget once you get outside of the plugin itself, where you’re changing the style and making things look right.
So if you see I scroll down here. Far enough. There we go. Here are the tweets that I just went ahead and embedded on the page. It’s actually not full width. That was my fault. That’s how I set it up. There we go. Change this to full width just to show you that it sure will work here. Again, it renders really funny inside of the elementor browser, but as I go to the actual page, it’s going to display appropriately. There we go. So that is the Twitter feed and how you get it up on your website. The same thing applies if you’re trying to add YouTube or Instagram to your website. It’s going to be very similar process. Here’s what some of the YouTube feeds might look like. We could do a specific playlist, add specific videos, have a video search. You can have just your live streams show up. I really love that idea. So that you can have upcoming live streams. People know to go to your website to see where the live streams are. We have pop ups so that when you click on a video, it shows up in a nice little window.
And once again, the carousel returns for YouTube. And here is what the Instagram feeds look like. You can sort the data by user account or hashtag, and then the layouts look like a grid, a slider or a masonry layout, just like we saw over on Twitter.
All right, there you go. Now you’ve seen this feature in action. Now here’s what I actually think.
Let’s start off with the pros.
Now, if you need to get social media content onto your website, WP Social Ninja makes it pretty dead simple. You just log into your account, you filter the data, and then boom, you’re in. You’re ready to display it to your customers. You can manage the refresh rate in the settings. I didn’t mention that in the demo. But you can go in and you can change how often that gets refreshed so that you make sure you always have current data showing up. This is really nice because then your.
Website is always up to date with.
At least whatever you’ve been tweeting or Instagramming last. I also like that the widget is fast. When you put that shortcode on your page, it doesn’t add any noticeable page load time. I’m sure it’s adding a few milliseconds here or there, but it’s definitely not slowing down my website. It fits right into the flow of the page very easily. I’m fairly impressed. Now, when it comes to the cons, I think the first place to look is utility. Now, I’m speaking specifically about embedding social media content on your website. Personally, I’d think twice about actually doing this. Now, I want to point out that the other features of this plugin, which are covered in videos that are coming later or they may have already been published, check down below for links. I think those other features are actually much more compelling. Now, that’s not to say that this feature is useless, but generally social media content is kind of a top of the funnel piece of content, right we’re trying to get people from social media over to your website, where you can get them to opt into your email list or maybe just make a sale outright.
I think once you start kind of getting people back into an infinite loop, we could get into some actual conversion rate issues here. Now, the way that I’d recommend actually using this is displaying social media content on your site that showcases what other people are saying about your brand online. So it functions as social proof, a lot like reviews. That is a lot better than just showcasing your latest tweetstorm from the last.
Episode of The Bachelor.
Of course, unless that’s your thing. Whatever works for your brand. I think just most people in general will do better off keeping social media on social media and using that to.
Leverage traffic over to their website.
So, utility aside, I do have a few other things I’d like to see.
Added to this specific feature.
I’d selfishly like to see a way to bring YouTube videos in as posts. This way you could convert your videos into full length articles over time, but at least the video will have a post on your site as soon as the video is published or whenever the plugin refreshes. Next up. From a user experience point of view, I think this is actually one of WP managed ninja’s weaknesses, something that they should improve in over time. It’s just the organization of data on the screen. There’s often too much available to you at one time. I’d prefer to see them have dedicated screens for things like filtering out data and shaping the tweets or the Instagram posts as they come in, and then a second screen where we can choose the layout and design. I think it makes even more sense, long term thinking, to bake the layout and design elementor into a gutenberg block and an elementor widget. I’d start with those two. You’re going to have almost every website on WordPress covered, and it’s what people expect when they go to style their website. But that’s not how this product functions. So I think it’s unlikely that they will change the layout features.
At a minimum, I’d like to see them at least reorganize the menu structure so that it’s a little bit more logical. For example, show me the options to customize the carousel in the same section where I actually turn the carousel on. Don’t make me then search at the bottom of the screen for a magical settings that appear only when the carousel is turned on. I think that is a little bit confusing in terms of the UI and why does the follow button have its own section? We can really condense things. Think about how users would be sorting data and then styling the plug in again, maybe just better to segment this into two separate screens. Overall, this is a product with a ton of mainstream appeal, so I’d love to see the UX get even easier to understand. But first, remember that this is a brand new product and everything works out.
Of the box as it’s described.
And when was the last time that really happened? We’ve kind of become accustomed to half baked products shipping. This one is fully there from all that I can tell. So remember, I’ve only covered one out of three features in this video. If you’re interested in learning more about WP Social Ninja, stay tuned to this channel. I’ll be adding videos for the other two features very shortly. There’ll be links down below when they’re available. Otherwise, make sure you just get subscribed right now so you don’t miss anything new that comes out. If you want to grab a copy of WP Social Ninja, I’ll have a link down below. That’ll be my referral link so it helps support reviews like this one. I try to do unbiased, genuine reviews for you guys. Tell you what I really think. If you want to connect further with me, you can find me on social media. I have some links down below. I also have a free weekly newsletter. You can sign up. I sendy out just one email a week. I will never spam you. Don’t forget to subscribe.
One of my other videos will be linked somewhere over there or over here or something like that. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you in the next video.
Welcome back, everybody. This is another review and demo for the newest plugin from Wpmanaged Ninja, WP Socialbee Ninja. If you’re not familiar with Wpmanaged ninja they’ve got other WordPress hits like fluent forms, fluent SMTP fluent CRM and ninja tables now, in WP Social Ninja, they have added three features here that are going to beef up your social impact on your own website. So the idea here is to bring content from around the web and get it onto your own site. So the first thing that it can do is to display social media feeds from places like Instagram and Twitter on your own website. I’ve got a video where I demonstrated that feature specifically. It will be linked down below. The second thing it can do is what we’re going to focus in on this video, which is to display customer reviews from third party platforms like Amazon or Google My Business on your website. I think this is a super killer feature, and we’ll get into why a little bit later on. The third feature is the ability to add a chat widget to your site. But it’s not any old chat widget. It’s going to be a social media chat widget.
So you’ll actually be chatting with people on Facebook, WhatsApp or Telegram right on your own website. A video for that is coming shortly, if it’s not available already. So in this review, we’re going to go back to the second feature, which is, again, displaying those customer reviews. And let’s get started with a demo. I’ll show you how it works, and then I’ll give you my thoughts. All right, let’s begin.
So let’s get a first look at the social reviews feature of WP Social Ninja. The idea here is we’re going to grab our reviews off of other third party websites and bring them back home to our website. I’m going to be looking at a couple of different ways to do this here. Let’s start off with an Amazon product. This is the simplest way because we can simply copy and paste a URL, and it’s going to go ahead and scrape all those reviews off of Amazon and allow us to display them on our website. So I’ve got a great looking deadpool costume here. It’s got 1500 reviews. I can simply copy the URL, paste it in over on my website, hit save. It’s collecting the reviews off of Amazon. And now I can either add more products or I can go ahead and create a template. Once the data is off Amazon, we can start to style it so that it fits with the look and feel of our website. So under templates right here, I can go ahead and choose one of the different options that are available. Right now. We’re looking at the grid layout.
There’s also a slider. This is going to move from left to right automatically over time. I can turn on the autoplay right here, and I can also change how many slides are displayed at once? I think three looks best. There are lots of templates for the slider layout, so right now we’re looking at Vega. I could choose speca sirius. Real prokion. You can see it just keeps coming with lots of different templates. We can also display the reviews in a masonry grid. And I can go ahead and choose a different template here as well. They’re all available regardless of what layout you choose. Of course, I could also filter reviews that were not favorable. I could go ahead and choose maybe just four star and above reviews so that only people who like the product are getting featured. I could also exclude certain reviewers. So maybe I wanted to exclude a person who had written something kind of nasty or maybe off color. I could go ahead and find them right here and get rid of them here’s. Jesse, we don’t want to see her review anymore. Sorry, Jesse. Any of these items can be hidden.
Of course, if I didn’t want to display the star rating, I could get rid of that, although that kind of defeats the purpose. Maybe these avatars are a little unnecessary. I could like everything else about the template, but the avatars are mostly just placeholders, so I could get rid of them. That already looks better to me. We could change the date format if we want. That doesn’t look right to my eyes because I’m an American. So let’s go ahead and just change it to the actual date. That looks a little classier. I’m in. We can also add a head header here that’s off by default, but if I turn it on, I can see that. Okay, these are Amazon ratings, and I’m asking people to leave a review. I think it’s pretty helpful, actually. Of course, there are pagination options where I can go ahead and turn on page numbers. So right now I have the load. More options show up after, let’s say, three reviews on a page. So once you get everything looking the way you want, you can go ahead and title this template right now. It’s called Amazon Template. Maybe I’ll call it deadpool reviews.
Hit Save. And now I have this little shortcode up here which I can simply click on, and it is copied to my clipboard. All right, let’s go and make sure this template is saved. And let’s add this review section somewhere on our website. So here is the demo site that I’m working with. In the last video where I demonstrated the social feeds integration, I showed how to add a short code using Elementor. So this time I’m going to go ahead and show you how to add a short code using Gutenberg. I’ve got a standard Hello, World default post here inside of WordPress. Now, if I’m editing this post, I can go ahead and just add in a short code. I’ll press Slash and then type out shortcode. There’s a shortcode block. I can paste in the shortpixel that I just got off the plugin, and we’re pretty much done here. I’ll hit Update and let’s go ahead and view this post. There we go. It looks great. Obviously, the blog post leaves something to be desired, but it’s very easy to get these reviews up on my website. Now, I chose Amazon on purpose here because it’s the only one that doesn’t require you to validate your account.
You can simply paste in a URL and show all of the reviews on your website. If you’re using anything else like Google My Business or Facebook, you’re going to need to add some authorization to allow your website to go into one of these services and grab the reviews for display. Let’s go ahead and connect up Facebook, and I’ll show you really quickly what this looks like. So it’s asking for permission to use my account as Dave Swift, and now I’m giving it permission to go ahead and show a list of the pages that I manage and read the content and read the user content. All right, that’s good with me. I’ll hit done. All right. I’ve now linked WP social ninja to Facebook. All right, so my Facebook configuration is complete. Let’s go ahead and hit save. And it went ahead and grabbed the reviews for Profitable Tools. And I can go ahead and create a template just like we did for Amazon. So here are three great reviews, just like we saw before. Maybe this time I’ll use the masonry grid and let’s choose one of the different templates here. All right, that looks nice.
Let’s save this, and I can grab the short code. Let’s go ahead and edit the home adpage, and we’ll just drop it in here really quickly. All right, I’m going to add a section right in here. Let’s go ahead and add the shortcode widget we’ll paste in our short code. Hit Update. This is rendering correctly inside of elementor. Let’s check out what the page looks like live. And sure enough, there are my reviews. Looks pretty great.
All right, so there was the demo. Now, before I give you my actual feelings on it, I do want to emphasize that I’m an affiliate for this product, but this is definitely not a sponsored review. My opinions here are genuine. They’ve not been shaped or influenced by anything anybody has said to me prior to me just trying out the product and making this video for you. If you find this review helpful, you can always click my link down below. That helps support the channel so I can make more video reviews like this one. All right, now let’s get right into the review. I want to tell you everything that I think about this. First of all, I see a lot of pros here. I think this is ultimately a big win. This feature is really worth the price of admission for the plugin because getting recent reputable reviews that are easy to be verified on sites that your customers already know. So if you’re selling products on Amazon, but you want to pivot to selling them on your own website, if they can click and then see that product on Amazon with genuine reviews on it, that is going to definitely help influence them and get them to come back to your website.
Trust that the website is genuine and go ahead and finally make that purchase. It’s also infinitely valuable if you’re in the local services or brick and mortar actually have a physical location because all of that is driven through referrals and reviews, right? So being able to see actual human beings over on Google My Business saying, hey, yeah, this product is genuine, they did a good job detailing my car, they did a good job cleaning my carpet. All of that is really, really driven by reviews and recommendations. So getting that right on your sales page where people are scheduling the appointments is absolutely killer. And this plugin does a dead simple version of it. I mean, you just simply click a few buttons, authorize your account with the provider, and you’re ready to go. Additionally, just like the social feeds feature, I have to point out that this is very fast. The short code that you put on your website does not noticeably increase the page load time. It will not slow down your site. It fits into the flow of the page very nicely. And I actually like that there are a ton of templates here so that you can customize it to look great with just about any layout.
All right, enough gushing. Here is what I’d like to see them improve. First of all, I’d like to see them clean up the user experience. Now, this is similar to what I mentioned in the last video on the social feeds feature. Now, I think it’s actually less important here with reviews than it was in the social feeds because with the social feeds, there was a lot more data coming in that we needed to filter out and craft so that it displayed only what we wanted on our website. With reviews, we’re pretty much just filtering out all of the one, two and three star reviews and then displaying only four and five star reviews on our website. That’s going to be what I bet 95% of business owners do who use this plug in. They don’t want to show two and three star reviews on their website for obvious reasons. So I think it could still be a nice touch to be able to modify the style when you’re actually adding the widget to your page so you can see a live preview of what it’s going to look like around the rest of your content.
Things like changing the template or changing the colors right when you’re on your page would be a big benefit. So something like a gutenberg block or an elementor element with those styling options baked in would be huge. But I’m not going to hold my breath for it because that’s not really how the plugin was designed at this point. So overall, I think this feature just about seals the deal for this plug in. I don’t really have a lot more negative to say about it. I think if you own a local business or you do reputation management for other local businesses, then displaying reviews for your business or your services is an absolute no brainer. It’s going to increase your conversion rates for sure. So this is a simple way to make sure you always have recent reviews on your website. I know that looking at customer reviews is the first thing that I do when I buy a product or try to find someone to perform a service for my home or for the business. When we need something done, I always check reviews first. And you know what? I bet you probably do the same thing too.
So keep that in mind and when you consider how you’re going to add reviews to your website, if you’re looking for an easy way to do it, I think WP Social Ninja is definitely on the right track here. If you’re interested in learning more about WP Social Ninja, I do have two other reviews on this channel. Make sure you get subscribed and check those out down below. If you want to grab a copy of this plugin, I have a link down below as well that helps support the channel. But like I said earlier, are on. I’m enthusiastic about this feature because I genuinely see the utility in it and how it could increase profit for a lot of businesses out there. So that’s going to do it for this video. Don’t forget to like and subscribe. Check out another one of my videos. And thanks for watching.
What’s up, folks? It’s Dave here again from Profitable Tools and I’m back with another video on WP social Ninja. Now, if you’ve missed it, I’ve already published two other videos dedicated to particular features. The idea here is to make the videos a little bit shorter, right? Rather than covering the entire plugin in one single video, I’m giving you three individual videos so you can focus in on the feature that is most important to you. In this video, I’m going to be covering social chat, which is a primary feature inside of Social Ninja. If you’ve missed the other two videos, they covered the other important features of WP Social Ninja, which was how to display content from social media on your website. I’m talking about places like Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. And then the other video I created was how to display reviews on your website. I think that is probably the killer feature for this plugin. Although the one I’m about to discuss isn’t so bad either. Now, I’ve kind of jumped the gun a little bit here. If you’re not familiar with what WP Social Ninja is, it’s a brand new WordPress plugin. And as you might have already presumed, it lets you put stuff from social media onto your WordPress website.
It was created by WP Managed Ninja, one of the most solid WP developer.
Over the last few years.
You might know them from their other plugins fluent forms, fluent SMTP, ninja tables and fluent CRM all right, let’s get into it. This video is going to be discussing the social chat feature, and I just want to get started by showing you how it works. So here is a demo.
I’m excited to give you this first look at the social chats feature of WP Social Ninja. Let’s go ahead and create a new widget here. First thing we need to do is add a channel. So I’ll click on Add channel here. I can choose between Facebook Messenger. WhatsApp? And telegram. I’m going to start off with Facebook Messenger, and the first thing that wants is my Facebook ID or username. That’s just going to be whatever follows the Facebook.com section of your Facebook URL. In my case, it’s going to be Profitable tool. Let’s go ahead and save that. I could add another channel, for example. Let’s go ahead and add WhatsApp. There we go. Now I’ve got Facebook Messenger as well as WhatsApp? Connected. But of course, I’m an American, so I don’t actually use WhatsApp? I’m going to get rid of that. So what we got down here is this little widget guy, right? This little bubble in the corner is going to be the social interaction on our website. So we can go ahead and change the template here. Right now we’ve got a chat box which Danny Williams is asking to be your friend.
All right. We can get rid of that and have an icon only. And then that simply just pops open a facebook messenger window so that all of the chat actually happens over on Messenger.com. I think most people are probably going to want to have the chat box because that has more of an on website chat type of fleeq. And we’ve got four different templates. We’ve got general support feedback as well as sales here with some different layouts for each one. We can change the header here right now, so we’re seeing Leo. I could have this be Dave Swift and Software Reviewer in Chief, and then I could change the profile picture. All right, there we go. I’ve got a photo of myself showing up and I’ve got a nice header section here. Next we can do is change the welcome message. So right now it says, hey, we got a great sale to offer. Channel buttons display the chat icon. This is going to hide the little messenger icon right there. I kind of like that gone. We could just say start chat. The bubble text is going to be the text that shows up next to this icon.
So first of all, we can change the icon if we want. Let’s say we want the kind of traditional little chat bubble and we can say, hey, need some help? There we go. Kind of big, but otherwise I like it. I can position my bubble in the right, the left, the top left or the top right. And if you don’t want to wait for people to actually click on the chat bubble, you can just have that chat bubble show up so that when someone visits the page, they can obviously kind of have the conversation started. The next option is to show online and show offline so we can choose the days of the week that we want to be available and then set a time schedule here so if you have open hours, it can show up as being online. So right now it says, I will be back soon. Let’s go ahead and change this so that I’m online. And now it just says software Reviewer in Chief. And I have a nice little green icon next to my ID. All right, now I’m not digging this background color, so I’m going to go ahead and change that there.
I think that looks a lot better. Everything else looks pretty good, but we can change these colors as well. We can also change the widget background color. So right now it’s black. I could change that to be red or orange. That way you can have it fit your branding. All right, let’s go ahead and save this template. I want to rename a widget here. So rather than calling it chats widget, I’ll call it messenger sales widget. Hit save. Now, unlike the other videos that I made, where I demonstrated the social reviews and the social feeds plugins, where we got short codes we could put on individual pages here, we actually tell the plugin exactly where we want the widget to show up. So by default, under Settings, it’s set to display everywhere. I’m going to go ahead and turn this off and I’m going to have it only display on, let’s say, my About Page. This way, people visiting other parts of the website could have a different chatbot show up. Maybe they’re looking for support. I can have a support chat bubble pop up. I said chatbot, didn’t really mean chatbot. It’s more of a live chat interaction, but at least starts the conversation.
Right. All right, let’s go ahead and save this template. Now they’ve updated to only display on the about page. I’m going to go ahead and visit that About Page now. So here I am on the home adpage, no chat. Let’s click on about and there we go. We’ve got the chat show up in the upper right hand corner. And because it’s terrible looking, because how I formatted it with the green and the orange. But there it is. It works. It works quite well.
All right, so that was the demo. Now I’m going to tell you exactly what I think, what I like about this, and what I think still needs work. But before I do that, that I do need to disclose that I’m an affiliate for this product. But this is not a sponsored video. I have no business relationship with WP Manage Ninja beyond my affiliate relationship. So my opinions here are genuine. I worked for you folks. My goal is only to help you find the best products for your business. I try to be an affiliate for just about everything. So if you want to help support the channel, I’ll try to add links to them down below. All right, let’s get started with my review here. So, first of all, the idea of putting a chat widget on your website is something that I think a lot of businesses have found to be valuable and there’s a lot of different ways to do it. If you’re only going to use something like Facebook Messenger, well, there is a plug in that Facebook puts out. It’s on the WordPress repository and you can simply download that, install it, and you’ll have the messenger icon show up on your website and people can chat with it.
The pros of WP Social Ninja are that you can use multiple platforms. And judging by what the developer is saying, they’re going to be adding a lot more platforms. So right now, of course, we have WhatsApp and Telegram along with Facebook. Well, if you could add, say, six, seven, eight platforms to this now, it’s going to be a lot more beneficial because you’ll be able to reach people no matter what social platform they’re already on. A lot of people are leaving Facebook, right, because of everything in the world. So they might not want to chat with you over Facebook Messenger if that’s the only option you have. So I think kind of doubling down and having multiple solutions here is probably a good way to go in the future. I’ve mentioned it in all of the other videos. But I need to emphasize again that this plug in is really fast. You get that chat widget to load and it doesn’t slow down your website at all. And the reason for that is that WP Managed Ninja is really a developer centric company. They’re run by a developer. They’re very focused on making their code low bloat, highly efficient.
And this plug in definitely does not disappoint when it comes to speed. So if you’ve had issues by using the Facebook WordPress plugin, give this a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised that it really does not slow down your website at all. Nothing you will actually notice and that’s actually what matters, not what any page.
Speed score tells you, although this isn’t.
Going to negatively impact those either. Now let’s talk about downsides, because really no plug in is perfect. And I want to start off with the most glaringly obvious con, which is there’s no way to chat without adding a social platform. That’s the point of this plug and it is called WP Social Ninja. But it would be nice if we could just chat with people right on our WordPress website, right?
That would be great.
But the problem is that WordPress is just not a good platform for chat. If you think about it, you’re not really going to find any other chat platforms that run on WordPress alone. Sure, there are plugins for chat, but then you log into another infrastructure, a software as a service that is run with the right kind of coding and development structure so that they can do real time chat. WordPress is just not a good solution for that. It’s why you don’t do self hosted chats. So, although that’s a little disappointing, it would be really nice to be able to log in and chat with everybody on your WordPress website. You’re still going to need a unified place to check your chat, so you’ll have to have another piece of software that connects with all of these platforms so you don’t have to be running around to Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook and whatever else they add down the line. You’ll need some kind of unified inbox to grab all of those social messages. So that’s definitely the biggest downside that I can think of. If you need this type of product, I think the styling and everything is there.
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