How to Manage WordPress Comment Notification Emails

Do you want to improve your WordPress comment notification emails? Comments drive discussion and user engagement on many blogs. However, WordPress doesn’t do such a great job when it comes to notifying users about comment activity. In this article, we will show you how to… Read More »

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Do you want to improve your WordPress comment notification emails? Comments drive discussion and user engagement on many blogs. However, WordPress doesn’t do such a great job when it comes to notifying users about comment activity. In this article, we will show you how to better manage WordPress comment notification emails and boost user activity on your website.

How to manage WordPress comment notifications

Why Improve WordPress Comment Notification Emails

Comments are an important activity on many WordPress websites, particularly news sites and blogs. More comments mean a more engaged audience which results in more page views and ultimately more revenue.

However, default WordPress comment system is fairly limited. It sends comment notifications only to site administrators and article authors. Apart from that, there isn’t a default option for other users to be notified of new comments.

Wouldn’t it be nice if users were able to get comment notifications for the posts they like? or when someone replies to their comment?

In this article, we will show you how you can extend the default WordPress comment notification emails for a more engaged user experience on your website.

The Default Comment Notification Options in WordPress

By default, WordPress does not have an option to send notifications to commenters. However, it does have an option to send email notifications to you when a new comment is published and when a comment is held for moderation.

Default WordPress comment email notifications

Both these notifications are sent to the site administrators. WordPress also sends an email notification to post author about new comments.

If you don’t want to receive notifications for comments held for moderation, then you can simply uncheck the box here. This is particularly helpful if you get a lot of comments on your website.

Let Users Know When Their Comment is Approved

Users have no idea whether you approved their comment or not. They do see that their comment is awaiting moderation when they leave a comment. Many of these users never return to your website, and they don’t even know that you approved their comment or replied to it.

You can fix this by installing and activating Comment Approved plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Comment Approved allow users to be notified when their comment is approved. Users can check the option when leaving a comment. You can also customize the email message sent to users after their comment is approved.

Comment Approved settings

For detailed instructions, see our article on how to notify users when their comment is approved in WordPress.

Allow Users to Subscribe to Comments in WordPress

Your commenters have no way of knowing whether you or others replied to their comment. Once they leave a comment, they will have to manually visit your website again to see if someone replied.

To solve this, you need to install and activate Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

It allows your users to subscribe to comments on any article with or without leaving comments. It also makes it easier for users to unsubscribe at any time.

Subscribe to Comments Reloaded settings

For detailed step by step instructions, see our article on how to allow users to subscribe to comments in WordPress.

Allow Users to Subscribe to Only their own Comments in WordPress

Many users may not want to receive notifications for all comments on an article. However, they may want to know if someone replied only to their own comments.

You can add this feature as well using the same Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin. Simply visit the plugin’s settings page and click on yes next to ‘Advanced Subscription’ option.

Subscribe to Comments Reloaded settings

For more details, see our article on how to notify users on replies to their own comments in WordPress.

Allow Authors to Subscribe To Other Author’s Posts

If you run a multi-author blog, then other authors may want to keep up with discussions across your website. If you already have comment subscriptions enabled, then each author can manually go and subscribe to comments.

However, if you wanted certain users to recieve all comment notifications, then you can do this with cbnet Multi Author Comment Notification plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

After installing and activating the plugin, you need to visit Settings » Discussion page to configure plugin settings.

Multi author comment notification settings

It allows you to select the user roles that you want to be notified of new comments. You can also add email addresses of individual users you want to notify.

This is particularly useful if you have registered users who are responsible for comment engagement and moderation.

Creating Custom Comment Notification in WordPress

Want to create your own custom comment notifications in WordPress? Custom notifications can allow you to change the notification sent by WordPress and replace them with your own.

First you will need to install and activate the Better Notifications for WordPress plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Notifications » Add New page to create your custom comment notifications.

Add new custom notification

You can modify the new comment, comment awaiting moderation, and comment reply notifications. You can send notifications to any user role, individual users, or add email addresses manually.

It also allows you to completely customize the email sent by WordPress. You can use shortcodes inside the email text to add custom tags.

For more details see our article on how to add better custom notifications in WordPress.

Improve Deliverability of WordPress Email Notifications

All above tips will fail if your WordPress site fails to send email notifications, or if those emails are marked spam by email providers.

To fix WordPress email issues and improve email deliverability, you need to install and activate WP Mail SMTP plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, visit Settings » WP Mail SMTP page to configure plugin settings.

WP Mail SMTP settings

This plugin allows you to use SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) to send emails. SMTP is a much better and reliable method than the default mail function used by WordPress.

It works with any email service that supports SMTP. This includes your free Gmail account as well as Gsuite or Google Apps for Work, Mailgun, and Sendgrid.

For details see our article on how to use SMTP server to send WordPress emails.

We hope this article helped you learn how to efficiently manage WordPress comment notifications for more user engagement and pageviews. You may also want to see our ultimate step by step guide on improving WordPress speed and performance for beginners.

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How to Remove Date and Time from WordPress Comments

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Do you want to remove dates from the WordPress comments area on your website? Recently bloggers have been wanting to remove comment dates to make their comments look fresh and evergreen. In this article, we will show you how to remove dates from WordPress comments.

Removing date and time from WordPress comments

Should you Remove Date from WordPress Comments?

Some users believe that hiding date and time in WordPress will prevent their articles from looking dated thus improving their improve WordPress SEO and search engine rankings.

We disagree with this sentiment. In fact, we believe removing dates can be quite problematic.

You can see our article on why you should not remove dates from WordPress posts for more details.

Same arguments are true for your WordPress comments as well. Removing date and time from comments will hide important information which would make older comments look odd.

However, we understand that some users may be using comments differently than normal web comments. For example, on a WordPress intranet or a web application.

In that case, they may need to remove date or time from WordPress comments to meet their requirements.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily remove date and time from WordPress comments.

Removing Date and Time from WordPress Comments

This tutorial requires you to edit your WordPress theme files. If you haven’t done this before, then please take a look at our guide on how to copy and paste code in WordPress.

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

// Remove comment date
function wpb_remove_comment_date($date, $d, $comment) { 
	if ( !is_admin() ) {
    	return;
	} else { 
		return $date;
	}
}
add_filter( 'get_comment_date', 'wpb_remove_comment_date', 10, 3);

// Remove comment time
function wpb_remove_comment_time($date, $d, $comment) { 
	if ( !is_admin() ) {
    		return;
	} else { 
			return $date;
	}
}
add_filter( 'get_comment_time', 'wpb_remove_comment_time', 10, 3);

You can now visit any post with comments on your website, and you will see the date and time are no longer visible.

Date and time removed from comments

However, you may also find preposition words like ‘at’ or ‘posted on’ left behind.

To remove them, you need to point the cursor to those words and right-click to select ‘Inspect’ from the browser menu.

CSS class surrounding date and time in comments

Next, you need to note the CSS class used in the surrounding div or span around date/time in your theme.

After that you need to add the following custom CSS to your theme to hide this information:

.comment-time { 
display:none; 
}

You can now save your changes and visit your website to see it in action.

No date / time with WordPress comments

That’s all you have successfully removed date and time from WordPress comments.

Please note that this method does not remove comment dates and time from your WordPress database. Removing the code will immediately start displaying date and time for WordPress comments on your site.

We hope this article helped you learn how to easily remove date and time from WordPress comments. You may also want to see our list of the must have WordPress plugins for business websites.

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How to Allow Users to Like or Dislike Comments in WordPress

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Do you want to add a like or dislike feature to comments on your WordPress site? Allowing your users to upvote / downvote comments can improve engagement on your website. In this article, we will show you how to allow users to like or dislike comments in WordPress.

Allow users to like or dislike comments in WordPress

Why Add Like or Dislike Comment Feature in WordPress?

Comments allow users to engage with your content. More user engagement means, users will spend more time on your site, and are likely to come back.

However, most users don’t feel enough motivation to leave a comment. If there is not much else for them to do, then they will not stay longer.

There are other ways to increase user engagement. You can add post reactions, post ratings, Facebook Like button, etc. All of them provide actions that engage users and do not require much effort.

You can do the same for comments in WordPress. This will allow users to not just interact with your posts but also with the comments.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to allow users to like dislike comments in WordPress.

Adding Like Dislike Comments in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Comments Like Dislike plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Comments » Comments Like Dislike page to configure plugin settings.

Comments like dislike settings

First, you need to check the box next to status option to enable the plugin on your site.

Next, you need to select position for like dislike buttons. You can show the buttons before or after each comment.

The next option allows you to choose whether you want to show like button, dislike button, or both.

Don’t forget to click on the save settings button to store your changes.

The plugin also allows you to choose button styles and colors. Switch to the ‘Design’ tab on the plugin’s settings page to choose a template.

Button styles

By default, it comes with thumbs up, heart, happy face, and right or wrong buttons.

If you don’t like any icons, then you can choose custom template to upload your own icons for like and dislike buttons.

Don’t forget to click on the save settings button to store your changes.

You can now visit any post with comments on your site to see the plugin in action.

WordPress comment with like and dislike buttons

We hope this article helped you learn how to allow users to like or dislike comments in WordPress. You may also want to check out these 11 ways to get more comments on your WordPress blog posts

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How to Change the “Reply” Text in WordPress Comments

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… Read More »

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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 Show Parent Comment in WordPress Comments

WordPress comments allow you to reply to others in a form of nested-replies also known as threaded comments. The problem is that moderation of replies is not very intuitive. Recently one of our readers asked us if there was a way to add parent comments… Read More »

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WordPress comments allow you to reply to others in a form of nested-replies also known as threaded comments. The problem is that moderation of replies is not very intuitive. Recently one of our readers asked us if there was a way to add parent comments to the comments on the moderation screen. In this article, we will show you how to easily show parent comment in WordPress comments.

The Comment Moderation Problem

WordPress allows users to reply to comments by clicking on the reply button below a comment. See our guide on how to style WordPress comments layout.

Comment reply button below a comment in a WordPress post

When a user replies to a comment, it appears with a link to the parent comment in the admin area.

Parent comment link with a child comment

During comment moderation, you may want to see the parent comment to understand the context of a reply.

When you click on the link to the parent comment, it opens the post in a new tab and takes you to the parent comment. This is a little distracting and takes more time than necessary.

Having said that, let’s see how you can see a parent comment with a child comment in WordPress admin area.

Show Parent Comment With Child Comment in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Show Parent Comment plugin. It works out of the box, and there are no settings for you to configure.

Simply go to the comments page in the admin area. You will notice parent comment highlighted and quoted above child comments.

Parent comment displayed above the child comment on WordPress comment moderation screen

This allows you to quickly understand the context of a comment. You can then add your own reply or simply approve or delete a comment.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you show parent comment in WordPress comments page. You may also want to see our guide on 11 ways to get more comments on your WordPress blog.

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How to Move Comment Text Field to Bottom in WordPress 4.4

Did you notice that there was a slight change in the comment form fields in WordPress 4.4? The comment textarea is moved to the top whereas the Name, Email, and Website field is moved to the bottom. One of our readers asked if there was… Read More »

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Did you notice that there was a slight change in the comment form fields in WordPress 4.4? The comment textarea is moved to the top whereas the Name, Email, and Website field is moved to the bottom. One of our readers asked if there was a way move back the comment text field to the bottom. Yes, there is because we did it on our site. In this article, we will show you how to move comment text field to the bottom in WordPress 4.4 and later versions.

Move comment field to bottom in WordPress 4.4

Why Comment Form Text Layout Was Changed?

The decision to move the comment form text field to the bottom was made to fix a bug in WordPress comment form layout.

Previously when users clicked on reply button they were taken to the comment text area. If a user was on desktop, then they can clearly see that they need to fill in the name and email fields first.

But on mobile, users may not even see the comment name and email fields. They may write and submit a comment only to return back with an error that they forgot to enter name and email fields.

This was bad from usability and accessibility point of view and WordPress 4.4 addressed that issue.

This is how the default comment form looks like now.

New comment form layout after WordPress 4.4

While this change improves usability, some site owners believe that their users are used to the old layout and want to switch back. Here is how you can do that.

Moving the Comment Text Field to Bottom

Simply add this code snippet in your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.

function wpb_move_comment_field_to_bottom( $fields ) {
$comment_field = $fields['comment'];
unset( $fields['comment'] );
$fields['comment'] = $comment_field;
return $fields;
}

add_filter( 'comment_form_fields', 'wpb_move_comment_field_to_bottom' );

That’s all, you can now visit a post on your website as a logged out user and see the change in action.

Comparing comment forms before and after moving comment text field to bottom

We hope this article helped you move comment text field to the bottom in WordPress 4.4. You may also want to see our guide on how to improve WordPress comments with De:comments.

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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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11 Ways to Get More Comments on Your WordPress Blog Posts

Do you want to get more comments on your blog posts? We often get asked about tips on increasing comments on WordPress blog posts. In this article, we will share 11 ways to get more comments on your WordPress blog posts. 1. Get a Better… Read More »

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Do you want to get more comments on your blog posts? We often get asked about tips on increasing comments on WordPress blog posts. In this article, we will share 11 ways to get more comments on your WordPress blog posts.

Getting more comments to build user enagement in a WordPress blog

1. Get a Better WordPress Hosting

Comments are resource intensive. Each time a user submits a comment on your WordPress site, your server runs a PHP script. If multiple users are submitting comments at the same time, this could slow down your site.

You will need to make sure that your WordPress hosting provider can handle it. If you have a larger site, then try a managed WordPress hosting provider like WPEngine for better speed.

2. Use Comment Moderation Instead of Captcha

Adding CAPTCHA to block spam is an effective way to deal with comment spam.

However, CAPTCHA is not user-friendly, and it discourages regular users from commenting.

Instead of using CAPTCHA, you should enable comment moderation on your site and manually approve each and every comment (if you have to).

Comment moderation will not only allow you to block spam, it will also provide you a chance to interact with your users more often.

See our beginner’s guide on how to moderate comments in WordPress for detailed instructions.

3. Allow Users to Subscribe to Comments

By default when a user leaves a comment on your website, they will have to bookmark the link to come back and see if there is a new comment on the article.

If they forget to bookmark or can’t remember the name of your blog, then they will probably never come back again.

You can provide users a chance to subscribe to comments on your WordPress posts. This way they can get immediate notifications when there is a new comment.

This will significantly increase your pageviews and number of comments on your website. Your users will find discussions on your site to be more engaging.

Subscribe to comments

Take a look at our guide on how to allow users to subscribe to comments in WordPress.

4. Notify Users on Replies to Their Own Comments

When a user leaves a comment on your site, there is no way for them to find out if anyone has replied to their comment. They will have to bookmark the page and visit it later. Most users will not do that.

You can easily allow users to subscribe to their own comments. This way they will ONLY receive a notification email when someone replies to their comment.

If you make it a habit to reply to most user comments on your site, then this could develop a highly engaging community around your blog.

For detailed instructions check out our tutorial on how to notify users on replies to their own comments in WordPress.

5. Show Newest Comments First

By default WordPress shows the newest comment at the bottom of the comments list. Now if you have lots of comments on a post, then users will be seeing the oldest comments on top.

This can be easily changed in WordPress.

Simply go to Settings » Discussion and scroll down to other comments settings section. You need to select newer from the drop down menu.

Show newer comments first in WordPress

For more details, take a look at our tutorial on how to rearrange comments in WordPress – Display the most recent one on top.

6. Turn on Comments for Old Posts

Most bloggers turn off comments on older posts to reduce comment spam. However, there will be lots of users who might want to comment on these posts.

Since you are already using comment moderation, you can safely turn on comments on old posts.

Simply go to Settings » Discussion and scroll down to other comments settings section. Uncheck the box next to ‘Automatically close comments on articles older than X days’.

Turn on comments on older posts

7. Showcase Your top Commenters

A good way to encourage and appreciate your most loyal users is by highlighting your top commenters. This shows users that they are part of your blog’s community, and you appreciate their effort to bring life into your comments.

Simply install and activate the Top Commenters Widget plugin. Upon activation, go to Appearance » Widgets page and add Top Commenters Widget to a sidebar.

Top commenters widget settings

For more detailed instructions, please see our guide on how to display your top commenters in WordPress sidebar.

8. Display Recent Comments

When users are looking at your homepage, they have no idea what’s happening in your blog’s comments section. For example, there may be a heated debate going on a new post where a user may want to chime in.

You can provide users a chance to look at current discussions by showing recent comments on your site.

Simply go to Appearance » Widgets and add Recent Comments widget to a sidebar.

Adding recent comments widget in WordPress

9. Allow Users to Rate and Share Comments

The default WordPress commenting system is plain and simple. It does not have the social, gamification, and user engagement elements of a modern discussion platform. However, you can easily add these features in WordPress using plugins.

Simply install and activate the De:comments plugin. Upon activation the plugin will beautifully transform your WordPress commenting system into a highly engaging discussion platform.

De:comments preview

De:comments comes with features like voting, user awards, social sharing, comment subscription, and many more. It will save you from installing some other plugins mentioned in this article.

See our detailed tutorial on how to improve WordPress comments with De:comments.

10. Notify Users When Their Comment is Approved

When a user submits a comment on your blog, WordPress shows them that their comment is awaiting moderation. The users have no idea when you approve their comment or delete it.

You increase your pageviews as well as user engagement by simply notifying users when their comment is approved.

Simply install and activate the Comment Approved plugin. Upon activation, go to Settings » Comment Approved page to configure the plugin.

Comment Approved Settings

For detailed instructions see our tutorial on how to notify users when their comment is approved in WordPress.

11. Reply to User Comments

This should go without saying, but if you want to get more comments, then you will need to actively take part in discussions on your website.

This means you need to reply to as many user comments as possible.

You can easily take a look at comments that you can reply by installing and activating the DX Unanswered Comments plugin. It will allow you to filter and see comments that are unanswered.

See our tutorial on how to filter unanswered comments by admin in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you get more comments on your WordPress blog. You may also want to see our list of 40 useful tools to manage and grow your WordPress blog.

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How to Disable Auto Linking of URLs in WordPress Comments

Did you know that when a user adds a plain text URL in their comments, WordPress automatically makes it clickable. Recently, one of our readers asked us if it was possible to disable auto-linking of text urls in WordPress comments? The answer is YES. In… Read More »

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Did you know that when a user adds a plain text URL in their comments, WordPress automatically makes it clickable. Recently, one of our readers asked us if it was possible to disable auto-linking of text urls in WordPress comments? The answer is YES. In this article, we will show you how to disable auto-linking of URLs in WordPress comments.

Why WordPress Autolinks Text URLs in Comments?

WordPress automatically converts text URLs into links which makes it easier to visit the link while moderating comments.

This auto-linking is not stored in your database. WordPress makes URLs clickable when displaying them on screen in admin area as well as comments section below your articles.

Auto-linked clickable text URL in WordPress comments

Some of these comments are genuine where commenters didn’t know how to add a link in comments. But many spam comments also contain plain URLs pasted directly in the comment text.

Disabling Auto-Link in WordPress Comments

Simply add this single line of code in your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin.

remove_filter( 'comment_text', 'make_clickable’, 9 );

WordPress does not store plain text URLs as links in the database. Instead it changes them into clickable links on the fly. This code simply disables the filter that makes URLs clickable.

This makes plain text URLs non-clickable in admin area and comments section below your posts. Removing this code will re-enable the auto linking.

If you are adding it to your theme’s functions.php file, then updating your theme will overwrite your functions file.

Also keep in mind that this code only works on plain text URLs. If a user decided to create a link by adding the proper HTML tag, then those links will appear as they should.

If you want to complete turn off any HTML in comments, then take a look at our tutorial on how to disable HTML in WordPress comments.

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How to Show Recent Comments in WordPress Sidebar

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Are you looking to add recent comments in your WordPress sidebar? Recently, one of our readers asked if we could cover how to display recent comments in WordPress. That’s why in this article, we will show you how to easily show recent comments in WordPress sidebar or other widget-ready areas.

Recent Comments in WordPress

Method 1: Default Recent Comments Widget in WordPress

WordPress comes with a built-in ready to use recent comments widget which you can add to your sidebar.

Simply go to Appearance » Widgets and add Recent Comments widget to your sidebar.

The default WordPress recent comments widget

You can provide a widget title and choose the number of comments you want to display. Next click on the save button to store your widget settings.

Now you can visit your website to see the recent comments widget in action.

Preview of default recent comments widget

Method 2: A Better Recent Comments Widget in WordPress

As you can see that the default recent comments widget only shows comment author name and post title. There is not much information about the comment itself which makes it look very plain.

Here is how you can add a better recent comments widget to your WordPress sidebar.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Decent Comments plugin. Upon activation, simply visit Appearance » Widgets page and add Decent Comments widget to a sidebar.

Decent comments widget settings

Decent Comments widget comes with a lot of different options. Among these options, you will find the option to display comment author avatar and comment excerpt.

WordPress uses Gravatar to automatically display a comment author’s avatar image. See our guide on Gravatar and why you should start using it right away.

You can define the size of comment author’s gravatar image as well as the excerpt length. This gives you control on how the recent comments appear in the widget.

Show comment author avatar and excerpt

Don’t forget to click on the save button to store your widget settings.

Now visit your website to see the recent comments with author images in action.

Recent comments widget with author gravatar thumbnails and comment excerpt

You can adjust the appearance of recent comments by editing CSS in your theme or child theme. You can also use CSS Hero plugin which allows you to change appearance of any element on your site without writing any CSS or HTML.

We hope this article helped you show recent comments in sidebar of your WordPress blog. You may also want to see our guide on how to improve WordPress comments with De:comments.

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