Want to let your WordPress site’s visitors chat with you on WhatsApp? If so, you need one of the best WhatsApp plugins for WordPress that I’m about to share.
These plugins let you add a WhatsApp click to chat button to WordPress where your visitors can chat with you (or even other agents) via WhatsApp.
Some just add a basic WhatsApp button, while others get pretty detailed, letting you mimic a true live chat experience (at least before redirecting people to WhatsApp to finish the chat).
For all of these WordPress WhatsApp plugins, I actually installed them on my own test site to give you an idea of how they look in the real world.
Finally, as an added bonus, I’ll also include a plugin that lets you add a WhatsApp share button to your content so that visitors can share your posts via WhatsApp.
Ready to dig in? Here are the five best WordPress WhatsApp plugins…
1. WhatsApp Chat
WhatsApp Chat is a popular option that comes in both a free and a (very affordable) premium version.
The plugin helps you create both a simple WhatsApp click to chat button that takes people straight to WhatsApp with a pre-configured message, as well as a more live chat-like interface where visitors can enter their own message and even choose specific agents to send a message to.
For example, here’s what the basic button looks like (you also have full control over the colors):
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Then, you can either have that button take people straight to WhatsApp. Or, you can have it open a live chat interface where customers can enter their own custom message (that last part is a premium feature).
With the Pro version, you can also add multiple people/WhatsApp numbers that visitors can choose between:
Other features include:
- Multiple button styles
- Different button placements (e.g. move it to the bottom-left corner instead)
- Option to only show the button for specific devices
- Target your button to specific WordPress content
While the free version is good for a start, I recommend going Pro because the Pro version only costs $10 with lifetime updates and gives you access to some unique functionality.
Price: Limited free version at WordPress.org. Premium version costs just $10
2. WhatsHelp Chat Button
WhatsHelp Chat Button is actually a separate service (WhatsHelp) that you can easily integrate into WordPress thanks to a dedicated plugin.
With WhatsHelp Chat Button, the button takes visitors straight to WhatsApp. There’s no live chat interface like you get with the plugin above.
To get started, you’ll go to the WhatsHelp website to configure your chat box. In addition to supporting WhatsApp, you can also choose a number of other apps:
You can also:
- Change the CTA
- Choose between placing it in the bottom-left or bottom-right corner
Then, you generate the code and paste it into the plugin’s interface in your WordPress dashboard.
If you’re willing to pay $2.49 per month, the Pro version also lets you:
- Add a greeting message
- Track clicks in Google Analytics
- Target specific devices
Price: Free for basic chat button. Pro features cost $2.49 per month
3. Click to Chat for WhatsApp Chat
Click to Chat for WhatsApp Chat is one of the most popular free WhatsApp click to chat plugins at WordPress.org, where it’s active on over 90,000 sites.
It’s super simple – as soon as you activate it, it adds a WhatsApp icon button to the bottom-right corner of your site that lets visitors send you a message:
You also get a settings area that gives you options to:
- Enter a pre-configured message
- Choose different styles (and configure colors)
- Target specific devices, or use different styles for different devices
- Integrate with Google Analytics or Facebook Pixel
- Hide the button on specific WordPress content
And one unique thing is that Click to Chat for WhatsApp Chat supports WhatsApp group chats. So you can have people request to join a group when they click the button.
Most of the features are 100% free, but there’s also a premium version that adds support for:
- Working hours
- Dynamic pre-filled text (e.g. automatically add the product name to the message)
- Time delay
- Working hours/holidays
Price: Free at WordPress.org. Pro version starts at $12
4. WhatsApp me
WhatsApp me is a simple plugin that adds a clean-looking WhatsApp icon to the bottom-left or bottom-right corner of your site. Here’s an example of how it looks:
Or, you can display more of a live-chat look with a customizable CTA. Here’s how that looks – note that there’s no text input interface for visitors, though:
In the backend, you can:
- Customize the pre-filled message for visitors
- Customize the CTA (or disable the CTA functionality and just show the icon, like the first example)
- Add a time delay for the button to appear
- Only show the button on mobile devices
- Enable or disable the button on specific WordPress content types (e.g. enable on posts, but not on pages)
Price: 100% free and available at WordPress.org
Buttonizer is not just a WordPress WhatsApp plugin – it’s actually a flexible floating action button plugin (check out our Buttonizer review to learn more).
However, one of the things that you can have your floating action button do is start a WhatsApp chat (with the Pro version).
One of the big benefits of this plugin is that you can also include lots of other stuff in your floating action button.
Here’s an example of a button that includes lots of different options:
Beyond that, you also get other helpful features like:
- Device targeting
- Working hours
- Style options
- Page targeting
Price: Buttonizer has a free version at WordPress.org, but you’ll need the $19 Pro version for the WhatsApp functionality
Bonus: Share Post On WhatsApp
All of the plugins above help visitors chat with you on WhatsApp.
However, another neat implementation is to let visitors share your content to their friends via WhatsApp.
If you also want that functionality, Share Post On WhatsApp is a simple option that lets you add a Share on WhatsApp button to the end of posts.
There’s nothing to configure – you just enable it and it starts working right away:
Price: 100% free at WordPress.org
What’s The Best WordPress WhatsApp Plugin For You?
Now for the important question – what’s the best WordPress WhatsApp plugin for your specific needs?
For the best overall option, I like WhatsApp Chat from QuadLayers because:
- The default designs look great
- You can choose between a simple button or a live chat interface
- Visitors can customize their own message (or you can use a pre-filled message)
- Visitors can choose between different people to send their message to
- The Pro version is cheap at just $10, and it also has a free version
And if you like the idea of being able to add more than just a WhatsApp button, the premium version of Buttonizer is neat because of its flexible floating action button approach.
Do you have any questions about these WhatsApp chat plugins? Ask away in the comments section!