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How to Show Your Skype Contact and Skype Status in WordPress

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How to Show Your Skype Contact and Skype Status in WordPress

Skype has become a go-to communication tool in many small businesses. At WPBeginner, we use Skype to communicate with team members as well as clients. Larger companies show their toll-free phone number that their users can use to call them. Others show live chat options for support. What if you are just starting out and want to provide your users with an ability to call or chat with you directly from your website? Well, Skype can be a perfect tool for that. In this article, we will show you how to show your Skype contact and Skype status in WordPress, so your users can contact you directly via Skype.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the Neat Skype Status plugin. Upon activation, go to the settings page (Settings » Neat Skype Status) where you will need to provide your Skype ID and save settings.

Now open the Skype application in your computer and sign in with your ID. In the Skype menu bar, click on Tools » Options. In the options dialog box click on the Privacy tab and check the box next to the line “Allow my online status to be shown on the web“. You may also want to check Allow IMs from anyone if you don’t want to approve each user you want to talk with (personal preference).

Allowing your Skype status to be visible on the web

Once you are done updating the privacy settings, come back to your website’s admin area and go to Appearance » Widgets. Drag and drop Neat Skype Status v1 widget to your sidebar and save it. You will also notice that there is another Neat Skype Status v2 widget, but that is actually a demo of the plugin’s premium version, so don’t use that. Once you have saved the widget, you can now preview it on your website.

Skype online status ballon button in WordPress  sidebar widget

There are a number of options that you can configure for the plugin. For example you can choose from a number of button styles and icons. You can increase or decrease the refresh interval. Lastly, instead of a widget you can add a floating Skype button that scrolls down when your users scroll down the page.

Configuration options of Neat Skype Status

We hope that this article helped you add your Skype contact and Skype status in WordPress. You can definitely use this to connect with people through your WordPress website and Skype. This status button will give your website users the confidence that there are real people behind the website. We have seen numerous folks use Skype or Google Talk on their website. What are your thoughts on using a service like this to connect with your readers? Let us know in the comments below.


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Comments

  1. Nick Pitman says:

    Thank you! Very helpful article :D

  2. Tom McConnell says:

    I Was wondering if there was a plugin that would allow me to insert various clients SKYPE status’s ( or stati ;-) )on varying pages.

    I have a situation where I would want to show my clients status on a contact page about them.

    Any help would be great ! THANKS !

  3. Shane Petty says:

    Great, timely post. I have a client I’m working with overseas and they need to be able to communicate via Skype with their clients. I will be recommending this functionality to them to be used on their website.

  4. Avil Beckford says:

    Thanks for this post. I added the Neat Skype Status to my blog The Invisible Mentor. I made a mistake and moved the widget to where I want it located on my blog before I opened up Skype and made the changes there to allow my online web presence to be seen. On my blog it says that I am offline even though I am online and I do not know how to fix that problem. Avil Beckford

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