Many of our users asked us how to send a private message to all members or just a notice, an update that can be displayed somewhere.
With BuddyPress we can do both actions. If you want know how to send site-wide notices and how to send mass messages, continue to read this article.
What are site-wide notices and how to use them
If you are using an admin account and the messages component is enabled, you can send a site-wide notice to the users of the site.
If you are not sure about your messages component, you can check it in Settings > BuddyPress:
It’s very simple send a site-wide notice, if you want to send a notice to all users, you have to open the message composer on frontend, insert the text that you want send to your users but, instead of fill the field “Send to”, check the box “This is a notice to all users”:
At this point you can send the notice as a standard message, clicking on “Send Message”. The notice that you sent will be showed to users through the widget “BuddyPress sitewide notices”. So if you place it in the sidebar, the users will see there all new notices and they will be able to close them when they prefer.
You can see the history or all site-wide notices sent in Message > Notices. From there you can delete or just disable a notice, if you disable it, the notice will be not longer displayed in the widget and you can reactive when you want to show it again.
IMPORTANT: BuddyPress only allow to show one notice in it’s widget, if you have more than one notice active at the same time, only the last one will be showed to users.
How to send a mass message to all members
Another interesting feature that our customers would love to use is the possibility to send a private message from an admin to all members of the site.
Unfortunately BuddyPress allow to send a message to multiple receivers, such as a group conversation, but not to send a message to many single receivers or to all members of the site.
At moment there are few plugins into the WordPress repository that allow to do this, but they are very very old, not updated from months or even from years, I tested them with the current WordPress and BuddyPress version and they don’t worked.
For this reason, Alkaweb team has developed a new free plugin: Mass Messaging for BuddyPress – by Alkaweb.
Mass Messaging for BuddyPress allow you to send a private message to all members of your site and if this is not enough, then the plugin allow you to filter the receivers by groups and roles.
For now the plugin can be used only by backend, but we will improve it as soon as possible, adding more filters and a frontend integration.
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P.S.: If you asked about it, the screenshot is taken from a page of our BuddyPress theme: Woffice