How to Allow Users to Like or Dislike Comments in WordPress

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… Read More »

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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.

We hope this article helped you disable auto linking of URLs in WordPress comments. You may also want to see our list of 16 best plugins to improve WordPress comments.

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How to Show Recent Comments in WordPress Sidebar

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… Read More »

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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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16 Best Plugins to Improve WordPress Comments

Comments are an integral part of many WordPress blogs as an effective way to engage users and build community. The default WordPress commenting system is good but it is quite plain and basic. However, you can extend the this basic commenting system into a powerful… Read More »

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Comments are an integral part of many WordPress blogs as an effective way to engage users and build community. The default WordPress commenting system is good but it is quite plain and basic. However, you can extend the this basic commenting system into a powerful user engagement platform for your website. In this article, we will show the best plugins to improve WordPress comments and take them to the next level.

1. De:comments

Preview of De:comments enabled comments in WordPress

De:comments is an all in one plugin to totally transform your WordPress commenting system. It allows users to vote and downvote comments, share invidiual comments, login with existing social accounts, embed images, Gifs, videos, tweets, and more. Take a look at our detailed guide on how to improve WordPress comments with De:comments.

2. Yoast Comment Hacks

Yoast Comment Hacks

Yoast Comment Hacks is a suite of tools that helps make comment management easier. It allows you to email comment authors from WordPress, email all users who commented on a specific post, provide cleaner comment notification email, redirect first time commenter to a thank you page, assign comments to a specific thread, and more. Take a look at our guide on how to install and setup Yoast Comment Hacks for WordPress.

3. Basic Comment Quicktags

Basic comment quicktags in a comment form

This plugin simply adds quicktag buttons in WordPress comment form’s textarea. This allows users to quickly add links, make text bold or emphasized, and add blockquotes by pressing the buttons. See out tutorial on how to add quicktags in WordPress comment form.

4. Subscribe to Comments Reloaded

Subscribe to Comments

Comments are a powerful way to build communities. But how would people know if there is a new comment after they read your post? Subscribe to Comments Reloaded allows users to subscribe to comments and receive instant email notifications whenever there is a new comment on the article. Users can unsubscribe at any time and manage their own subscriptions on your site. We have detailed tutorial on how to allow users to subscribe to comments in WordPress with more details.

5. Simple Comment Editing

Simple comment editing

Sometimes when a user submits a comment, they immediately realize they have made a spelling mistake or some other error. Simple Comment Editing provides a users a flexible time during which they can edit their own comments on your site. For more details, take a look at our tutorial on how to allow users to edit comments in WordPress.

6. No Page Comment

Disable comments on pages and media attachments

By default, WordPress would show a comment box on your pages and even media attachments. You can edit a page and turn off comments. But if you have many pages, then it becomes a chore. No Page Comment plugin allows you to easily switch off comments for your pages and media attachments in WordPress. For more instructions, check out our tutorial on how to turn off or disable comments in WordPress pages.

7. oEmbed in Comments

oEmbed in WordPress comments

WordPress allows you to easily embed videos, tweets, and much more by simply pasting the URL in the post editor. However, if a user posted a YouTube video URL, Flickr photo, or a tweet URL in the comments it would appear just as text. oEmbed in Comments plugin enabled the oEmbed functionality for WordPress comments as well. This allows your users to easily embed videos, gifs, photos, tweets, status updates, from a large variety of oEmbed supported providers. Take a look at our guide on how to add videos and more in WordPress comments with oEmbed.

8. Moderator Role

Adding a moderator user role in WordPress

Comment moderation can become very time consuming for large and busy websites. Moderator Role plugin allows you to assign the moderator role to your community members, staff or loyal users. This will give them access to comment moderation area in WordPress and they will be able to approve comments on your site. Take a look at our guide on how to allow blog users to moderate comments in WordPress for more details.

9. Tako Movable Comments

Sometimes you may want to create a new version of an older post on your site. While you can easily copy paste content from old post to new, there is no easier way to move the comments. Tako Movable comments allows you to move comments from one post to another. See our tutorial on how to move comments between WordPress posts for more detailed instructions.

10. Comments Since Last Visit

A new comment highlighted in WordPress

This plugin is available from GitHub see our guide on how to install WordPress plugins from GitHub. Comments Since Last Visit simply adds a class to the new comments since a users last visit to the post. It sets a cookie when the user visits a post for the first time. On next visits it compares the dates and adds the CSS class to new comments. See our step by step tutorial on how to highlight new comments for returning visitors in WordPress.

11. Featured Comments

Feature or bury comments

Not all comments on your website are equal. Some comments add value to the discussion and some derail the conversation. Featured Comments allow you to feature high quality comments and bury irrelevant comments. See our tutorial on how to feature/bury comments in WordPress for more details.

12. Comment Approved

Comment Approved notification settings

Comment moderation is the most reliable way to deal with comment spam. However, when a user leaves comment, they don’t get notified when their comment is published. Comment Approved plugin sends email notification when you approve a new comment. We have more detailed instructions in our guide how to notify users when their comments is approved in WordPress.

13. DX Unanswered Comments

Unanswered Comments

Comments are good for user engagement but you need to communicate with users by answering their comments. Unanswered Comments plugin allows you to easily filter unanswered comments. You can sort comments and then reply to all comments. See our article how to filter unanswered comments in WordPress for more details.

14. WordPress Comments Fields

Comment Form Custom Fields

By default, the comment area shows 4 fields (name, email, website address, and message). Comment Form Custom Fields allows you to add more fields to your WordPress comment form. The plugin will display the data submitted through custom fields as comment meta. See our step by step tutorial on how to add custom fields to comments form in WordPress.

15. Send email only on Reply to My Comment

Subscribe to comment replies

This plugin allows users to subscribe to comments and receive notifications when someone replies to their comments. This is helpful for users who just want to receive notifications for just their own comments. See this tutorial on how to notify users only on replies to their WordPress comments.

16. Control Comment Length

Control Comment Length

By default WordPress comments have no limit. Users can leave very small comments which make no sense at all, or spammers can leave very long comments. Recently, it was discovered that some hackers tried to hide their malicious code in extremely lengthy comments which executed when the comments were viewed on the admin screen. Control Comment Length allows you to set minimum and maxium character limits for comments in WordPress. See our tutorial on how to limit comment length in WordPress for more details.

We hope this article helped you find the best plugins to improve WordPress comments. You may also want to take a look at our guide on 12 vital tips and tools 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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