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Drift is the easiest way to add free live chat to your site.

98% of website visitors leave without doing anything! It’s time to change that.
Live chat is the single fastest path to more conversions, customer insights, and sales.
We increased inbound leads by 200% just putting live chat on our own site. 💥

Often, you don’t need more traffic to close more sales. You just need to talk to visitors when they’re live on your site. Help customers who get stuck, encourage them to use your product, and get critical feedback – all inside your app, in real-time.

Live Chat With Your Customers

Half of your web visitors leave after just 15 seconds. Live chat helps you keep & convert more visitors — in seconds.

Send Customers In-App Messages

Your emails are great, but what about the 80% of people who never open them? Reach them with in-app messages.

Improve Your Net Promoter Score

Get actionable feedback that will help your business create products your customers love.


Real-time notifications.
Real-time Slack integration to alert your team so they can respond within a minute (best practice)!

Offline mode.
Small team? Not able to support chat 24×7? No problem. Set the right expectation with offline mode.

Capture email addresses.
Get email addresses right inside of Drift’s live chat so you can follow up later.

Browser targeting.
Reach out when visitors do meaningful things – like visit your pricing page repeatedly. Set up rules to target these people and engage them with an offer to help.

Real Testimonials

“Drift has helped my team to be proactive and efficient when communicating with customers. Emails, Surveys, NPS and more all in one place? You cannot beat that!”

— Paul Miller, Co-Founder, SIKA

“The product is extremely intuitive to use and has allowed every member of our company to interact with users with ease.”

— Justin Mulvaney, Customer Experience Lead, Crystal

Every time you get a new message, we give you as much information as we can about the person writing in, including their name, which page they are on or where they are inside of your app, their location, job, company information, links to their social profiles and more.

Start closing more sales and getting better customer feedback today. Get started with Drift’s 100% free live chat. 🚀

Key Features

  • Talk to your website visitors and customers in real-time, right from Slack.
  • Integrates seamlessly with HubSpot, Marketo, Mailchimp, Zapier, Intercom, Salesforce, Segment and 100s more.
  • If a $current_user is present, we use their email as an identifier in the widget.
    Otherwise the widget operates in aquisition mode and prompts anonymous users for their email address. This allows you to talk with anonymous visitors on your WordPress site.


After enabling the plugin, head on to the widget customization page to change settings and integrate its look and feel to match your site. When done, enable it by visiting the account configuration page and completing the instant signup process.


  • Chat window - minimized
  • Chat widget - maximized
  • WordPress settings
  • Announcement messages
  • Overlay messages


Server Requirements: PHP4 or PHP5.

WordPress versions: WordPress 3.4 and up.

Note: You will need a free Drift account : Create one for free here!.

Step-by-step Guide:

  • Install plugin from WordPress directory and activate it.
  • Under settings section, click on Drift to add your Drift embed code.
  • Customize the chat widget to your preference.
  • Finally, make full use of our Dashboard to manage your chat widget.


Is Drift free?

The Drift Live Chat is 100% free. Some Drift users may chose to purchase additional superpowers, but the Live Chat is heroically powerful and always free.

What does Drift let me do?

Drift adds a chat tool to your site which visitors can use to engage with you. You can use it to collect feedback, learn about your visitors, and even close deals.

Do I have to install any software on my server to get this working?

Not at all! Drift is a hosted live chat service. Simply configure the plugin and you’re done!

Which web browsers work best with this plugin

Though designed to work on most browsers, Drift works best in the following environment: IE 6 or later (PC), Firefox 2 or later (Mac, PC, or Linux), Safari 2 or later (Mac), Google Chrome (PC, Mac).

Is it free to use?

The plugin comes with a free plan for WordPress users. Larger businesses can purchase upgrade options anytime.


23 сакавіка, 2020
Your site should load in 3 seconds ... according to Google. This plugin alone will take more than that. It adds so many requests its ridiculous. The average page has about 75 requests ... now thats not the best thats average. This plugin makes 33 requests, so by itself ... half of the total requests would be drift on the average page. And it cant even add them from one consistent domain, requiring DNS lookups over about 8 subdomains. So not only does someone computer need to ask for 33 files they have to look up where the file is 8 times. I mean ... 33 requests over 8 subdomains for just a chat box? Youll also note that they dont even consistently offer Gzip compression across all those servers, thats really dumb. 3 components, 1.4K (2.3K GZip) 3 components, 0.07K (1.5K GZip) 3 components, 0.4K (1.8K GZip) 1 component, 0.02K (0.5K GZip) 1 component, 0.3K 1 component, 0.8K 1 component, 0.3K 20 components, 1702.6K (459.1K GZip) This solution kills your ability to rank well. It doesn't even have to be this way, the plugin is just that sloppy. I can combine and minify and optimize the heck out of the site I have control over but I can't fix these issues that aren't on the client server. This could be delivered all in the plugin requiring no extenal requests at all, or it could be all combined and served from one js, one css file both on the same server running Gzip. But that isn't how this is done.
5 кастрычніка, 2017
Good, but free version is very limited
20 ліпеня, 2017
Drift has a lot going for it, but it fails terribly in that... the iOS app NEVER gives you notifications of a chat. They have some type of latency issue. I consistently missed chats for hours, and only saw them because I kept manually checking. I've even checked the app and seen no new messages before, then checked again later and noticed the timestamp was BEFORE the last time I checked. Unfortunately, despite what's good about Drift... if it doesn't work, it's not chat. They might as well be emailing me... don't waste your time. Hopefully, they'll fix this issue soon.
16 ліпеня, 2017
best one out there so far - like it a lot 👍
4 лістапада, 2016 1 reply
Very good, working async, so it does not put too much load. I have few future requests: Option to choose on what pages Drift widget is shown. Individual pages, or post types. Option to show widget only to logged in users. Thank you.
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Contributors & Developers

“Drift” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


“Drift” has been translated into 3 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Release date: July 17th, 2019
* Update tested up to flag


Release date: July 17th, 2019
* BUGFIX: Rollback identification bugs introduced in 2.0.0


Release date: July 16th, 2019
* BUGFIX: Fixed poor usage of this in static method


Release date: July, 2019

  • Major update: restructuring the code, the plugin is now PHP-Class Oriented.
  • New feature: the live chat can be now showed in certain pages (requested by @captainamericawp)[]).
  • New feature: Drift JavaScript can be now loaded in header or footer.
  • New feature: jQuery inputs enable/disable added in settings page.
  • Internationalization the plugin and Romanian language added.
  • WordPress Coding Standards has been applied.
  • Other minor code optimizations have been applied.


  • Cleanup
  • Existence check for drift_identify


  • Cleanup
  • Added support back for Drift Identify


  • Cleanup
  • Rolled back Drift identify feature after it introduced a bug


  • Cleanup
  • Added support for Drift Identify


  • Cleanup
  • Added support for targeting WordPress User Role


  • Cleanup
  • Added support for targeting WordPress User Role


  • Cleanup
  • New page targeting options
  • Flush Cache on setup
  • Localization


  • Clean up code.
  • Better checking of user capabilities.


  • Update naming, readme, and added a 256×256 icon file.


  • Update Readme file


  • Add better sanitizing, escape and validation.


  • First release candidate.


  • Optimizations and general cleanup.


  • Further cleanup before release.


  • Removed unneeded options and general clean up.


  • Feature: Add the Drift live chat widget to your site!
  • Feature: Customize look and feel of the widget, including themes and color!
  • Feature: Use WordPress user information to populate visitor data in the plugin.