For many bloggers, the comments section of your posts is a huge part of what makes your site worth visiting. So if your comments section isn't performing as well as you would like, here are 20 (free!) plugins that will not only make it easier for users to have their say, but also make comment moderation a breeze on your end.
As your site becomes bigger and more successful, managing comments can become a chore – and even daunting – thanks to spammers and receiving comments so regularly that you can't get any work done because you want to answer them all. Here are our top plugins for effortless comment management.
While Disqus offers many features we've now come to expect from commenting software, its increasing ubiquity across the web coupled with its ease of use go some way to explaining its one billion unique monthly visitors. When it comes to using Disqus with WordPress, however, there are a few downfalls.
AJAX is a very powerful and flexible tool that allows developers to create more streamlined applications. It can be used for a wide range of purposes such as verifying login credentials or loading content. The main benefit of AJAX is that it is asynchronous; the whole page does not need to be reloaded in order for it to receive new data.
WordPress is well-equipped for AJAX, it has a great mechanism for working with it allowing you to implement AJAX functionality with little fuss. In this article I'll take you through the basics of AJAX and create a very simple extension that pulls in search results using AJAX in Twenty Fourteen.
WordPress authors crave comments. They tells us that someone felt strongly enough to take time out to share their thoughts – complimentary or otherwise.
The problem is that a single comment in the wrong place can undermine all your good work. Wouldn’t it be good to be able to put those comments that enhance your post front and center and hide those that don’t?
In this post I’ll show you how to take control of your comment lists so that they work for your WordPress site and not against it and make engagement easier by moving that comment form to the top of the comment list.
Sitting comfortably in the top 50 visited US sites, The New York Times probably knows a thing or two about delivering a decent user experience to its millions of visitors.
Their handling of comments is one example. Removing them from the page flow and placing them in a slideout sidebar is certainly not conventional, but it works. Brilliantly. And solves plenty of comment-related issues.
So, let’s engage in the sincerest form of flattery and bring slideout, New York Times-style commenting to your WordPress site.
There are a number of reasons why you might want to move comments from one post to another.
Suppose you are writing a new version of a post and plan on redirecting the old one. That’s fine and easy to do, but of course the comments don’t get transferred when the post is redirected.
Unless a site is massively popular with lots of comments on nearly every post, leaving a comment on a post can feel a little lonely.
Single posts tend to feel a little walled off from everything else. Once you leave a comment on a post, you may feel like browsing around and finding another post to read, but you don’t typically get the impression that you’re in the middle of thriving discussion.
That’s where forums can excel.
Although a forum thread is also walled off to degree, you’re always only one click away from lots more discussion.
If you get a lot of comments on your posts, then you may want to think about paginating them – i.e. breaking them up into different pages after a certain number.
Paginating comments is super easy. In fact, it’s built into the admin area.
Just go to Settings > Discussion > Other comment settings, and you will find the settings.
Your theme will determine the style of the links.
* Don’t stop here. Make sure you read below to see the problem this may cause and how to fix it.
Advantages of Paginating Comments
Paragraph commenting, or annotations is not exactly new. Readers have been scribbling in the margins of books, magazines and uni assignments for years.
The online world has been slow to adopt this approach which is perhaps why Medium caused a stir and no shortage of admiring looks when it went the annotation route.
Well, admire forlornly no more because I’m going to show you how to add paragraph commenting to your WordPress site.
There are existing annotation solutions for WordPress but they are generally theme dependent, or in the case of CommentPress actually provide a theme.