If there’s no WordPress plugin for it, then it doesn’t exist.
When it comes to websites, WordPress is the leading framework. It runs this site and most of my other sites, and I am not alone in it: 22% of the websites today use WordPress.
Back to WebRTC. I was routed recently to a service whose WebRTC plugin was on WordPress. So I had to check by myself – who else is there already? Here’s what I could find in there.
That’s almost 0.02% of the plugins for WordPress.
And their download rate from WordPress? Abysmally low:
Developed by Barc. Enables embedding their chat room services to WordPress sites.
Swarmify is one of the peer assisted delivery vendors using the Data Channel. It adds their code to your WordPress site, making it augment CDNs by having viewers of the site assist each other in downloading the resources on your blog.
This one belongs to Bistri. One of the earliest players in WebRTC. It enables placing a button in a WordPress blog that once pressed, the viewer will be joining a video conference room.
Haven’t heard of this vendor before searching for WebRTC plugins on WordPress (one more to my list).
Watcheezy is another click-to-call solution for websites. It enables text, voice and video calls initiated by website visitors to the site’s owners.
Teledini’s plugin. It is a click-to-call plugin that enables visitors of the website to text, voice call and video call the site’s owner.
This one is similar to Bistri’s plugin. It enables configuring a private chat room and having site visitors join in.
Why is this important?
This should have been easy enough. Have a WordPress plugin for a WebRTC service. People will use it. Successful plugins are in the range of million downloads instead of a couple hundreds.
Something is wrong here, and it can be one of several things:
- There is no value in simple click-to-call plugins in WordPress
- There isn’t enough awareness to the need of WebRTC / real time communications for WordPress site owners
- WebRTC is useless
Someone needs to crack this one to get WebRTC going in generic websites.
Before you ask, I am not using any WordPress plugin on my website because I don’t need their functionality. My blog is about asynchronous communications – you can reach out to me through the contact page or just comment on posts. If you want to chat with me, you can use other social media options. I talk to people I meet through the blog using one of the many WebRTC options out there.