How to Change the “Reply” Text in WordPress Comments

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Recently, one of our users asked us how to change the ‘Reply’ text in WordPress comments. By default, most WordPress sites have a reply button below comments so that users can respond to a comment. In this article, we will show you how to easily change the “Reply” text in WordPress comments.

Changing reply text in WordPress comments

Why Change The Reply Text in WordPress Comments?

Comments are an easy way to boost user engagement. There is a lot you can do to improve WordPress comments.

For example, you can style your comment layout, change comment form style, comment text field to bottom, etc.

The reply link below a comment is like a call to action. Just like any other call for actions on your website, language, colors, size, and placement can all compel users to click.

By changing the simple boring reply to something more interesting, you can make it more prominent and attractive.

Let’s see how to easily change ‘Reply’ text in WordPress comments.

Changing ‘Reply’ Text in WordPress Comments

For this tutorial, you will need to add some code to your WordPress files. If you have not done it before, then you may want to take a look at our beginner’s guide to pasting snippets from the web into WordPress.

You need to add the following code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.

 
function wpb_comment_reply_text( $link ) {
$link = str_replace( 'Reply', 'Change to This Text', $link );
return $link;
}
add_filter( 'comment_reply_link', 'wpb_comment_reply_text' );

Don’t forget to replace ‘Change to This Text’ in the code with whatever text you want to use.

Preview of reply text changed to respond

That’s all, you can now view any post with comments on your website, and you will find the text you added instead of ‘Reply’.

We hope this article helped you change the “Reply” Text in WordPress. You may also want to try these 11 ways to get more comments on your WordPress blog posts.

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How to Improve Default WordPress Comments with wpDiscuz

In most WordPress themes comments and the comment form section are quite boring. Improving the interface can increase your user engagement. In this article, we will show you how to improve default WordPress comments with wpDiscuz. Why Use wpDiscuz? Often users feel that the default… Read More »

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In most WordPress themes comments and the comment form section are quite boring. Improving the interface can increase your user engagement. In this article, we will show you how to improve default WordPress comments with wpDiscuz.

wpDiscuz Comments

Why Use wpDiscuz?

Often users feel that the default WordPress comment system looks outdated which is true. For example, users cannot vote on comments, share them, or subscribe to comment replies.

Comment form layout is also the most ignored part in most WordPress themes. Tiny user interface enhancements can actually make a huge impact on how people comment on your site. A plain looking web form is not appealing and encouraging.

This is why users move away to third party commenting systems like Disqus. We tried Disqus on WPBeginner, but we switched away because it decreased engagement and total comments – see Disqus review.

WPDiscuz provides an alternate to Disqus, JetPack, and the default WordPress comments. WPDicuz allows you to have all the most desired features while still using the native WordPress comment system.

How to Setup wpDiscuz

First thing you need to do is install and activate the wpDiscuz plugin. Upon activation, simply click on wpDiscuz icon in WordPress admin bar to configure the plugin settings.

wpDiscuz settings page

The default plugin settings should work for most websites. There are options to turn on/off each feature of the plugin.

The plugin can show newer comments just as they appear. However, this setting is turned off by default. If you are using a shared WordPress hosting, then you should keep it that way. The plugin can still automatically look and fetch newer comments on regular time intervals.

Once you are done, simply click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Changing Plugin Messages

WpDiscuz also allows you to change the text displayed for the comments interface. Simply click on WpDiscuz » Phrases to edit these phrases.

wpDiscuz front-end text strings

This feature is particularly useful if you want to change any default text displayed by the plugin. You can also use it to translate the comment form interface into another language.

wpDiscuz vs De:comments

wpDiscuz is not the only comment enhancement plugin for WordPress. A powerful premium candidate in this arena is De:comments. See our tutorial on how to improve WordPress comments with De:comments to learn more about it.

Both wpDiscuz and De:comments do a great job at enhancing the commenting experience on a WordPress site. However, we felt that De:comments is faster so we decided to test both plugins with same comments and theme. Here are the results of our tests:

Comment Plugin Page Load time Requests Page size
De:comments 3.23s 31 1.2 MB
wpDiscuz 5.55s 47 1.2 MB

As you can see De:comments is much faster than wpDiscuz and since speed is an important SEO factor, you cannot ignore this.

One advantage of using wpDiscuz is that it is free. De:comments on the other hand is a premium plugin, and a single site license costs $50 with one year of updates and support.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you add a better commenting experience to your WordPress site. You may also want to check out our list of 12 vital tips to combat comment spam in WordPress.

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How to Install and Setup Yoast Comment Hacks for WordPress

Want an additional set of tools to help with WordPress comment management and moderation? The team behind the popular Yoast SEO plugin, released a new plugin called Yoast Comment Hacks which brings some of the much wanted comment features together. In this article, we will… Read More »

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Want an additional set of tools to help with WordPress comment management and moderation? The team behind the popular Yoast SEO plugin, released a new plugin called Yoast Comment Hacks which brings some of the much wanted comment features together. In this article, we will show you how to install and setup Yoast Comment Hacks for WordPress.

Yoast Comment Hacks Features

Yoast Comment Hacks

By default, the only way to engage with WordPress comments is by replying to them. While that’s great, it can be better. Yoast Comment Hacks allows you to do more than just replying to user comments. Here are some of it’s features:

  • You can email a comment author directly from your WordPress admin area.
  • You can email all users who commented on a post.
  • Yoast Comment Hacks provides a cleaner comment notification email.
  • You can redirect your first time commenters to any page on your site (thank you page etc).
  • You can update the parent comment ID.

How to Setup Yoast Comment Hacks Plugin for WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Yoast Comment Hacks plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » Comment Hacks to configure the plugin.

Yoast Comment Hack minimum comment length

The settings page is divided into four different tabs. By default, you will land on the Minimum Comment Length tab.

As the name suggests, this is where you define the minimum numbers of character a comment must have. You also get to decide the error users will see if their comment is too short.

Once you have made the changes, click on the Save Changes button to store your settings.

The next tab on the plugin’s settings page is labeled Email Links. Yoast Comment Hacks plugin allows you to send emails to individual comment authors as well as all users who left comment on a specific post. This page allows you to modify the comment templates.

Email Links settings in Yoast Comment Hacks

Encouraging first time commenters will make them feel welcome on your site. Yoast Comment Hacks plugin allows you to welcome your first time commenters by redirecting them to a specific page after they leave their first comment. This can be a personalized thank you page.

First you will need to create a WordPress page where you want to send your first time commenters. This page can have links to the important posts on your site, how users can get the most out of your site, special discounts, etc.

After publishing this page, come back to plugin’s settings page and then click on Comment redirect tab.

Redirect first time commenter

Select the page you just created from the drop down menu and then click on the Save Changes button.

Yoast Comment Hacks plugin also cleans up the default WordPress new comment notification emails. This option is enabled by default, but you can disable it by visiting the plugin’s settings page and clicking on the Clean emails tab.

Send cleaner comment notification emails

Uncheck the box next to Clean comment emails option and then click on the save changes button to store your settings.

Sending Email To Commenters in WordPress

One of the neat features of Yoast Comment Hacks is the ability to send emails to commenters. Once you have setup the plugin, you need to visit the comments page in your WordPress admin.

You will notice a new link below each comment to send email to that particular comment author.

Email Comment Author

You can also send email to all users who have left a comment on a particular post. Simply open the post in WordPress while logged in to your administrator account. You will see an email icon in your admin bar.

Email all commenters on a WordPress post

If you are having trouble sending or receiving email from your WordPress site, then follow our tutorial on how to fix WordPress not sending email issue.

Updating Comment Parent ID

There are times when users accidentally leave a top level comment when they really wanted their comment to be left as a reply.

There was no easy way to fix that until now. Yoast Comment Hacks allow you to update the parent comment ID from the comment edit screen, so you can fix any errors.

Comment Parent ID

Bonus Comment Hacks

Yoast’s Comment Hacks plugin adds some very useful hacks to WordPress comments. However, there are many more tricks and hacks that can improve the commenting experience on your site. Here are some useful comment hacks that you can implement right away:

We hope that this article helped you install and setup Yoast Comment Hacks plugin for your WordPress site. You may also want to take a look at our guide on how to style your WordPress comments layout.

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