15 WordPress Plugins To Enhance Your Comment Section

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The main medium for allowing readers to interact with authors and other visitors is a blogs comment section. While typically just a simple form with a couple of fields for including your name, website and a piece of your mind, there are a few ways in which you can give it a quick face-lift.

Thanks to some free WordPress plugins, enhancing this section of your site couldn’t be easier. Whether you’re looking for a little more spam protection or needing a way to encourage more of your visitors to interact, there’s surely a plugin that can help you out.

01. CommentLuv | @commentluv

This plugin will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve a selection of their last blog posts, tweets or digg submissions which they can choose one from to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.

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02. Comment Rating | Bob King

Comment Rating makes “user moderated content” possible. This plugin automatically embeds clickable images in comments using simple AJAX javascript (no heavy jQuery) to allow visitors rate comments in Like vs. Dislike fashion.

comment rating

03. SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam | Mike Challis

Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress on the comment form, registration form, login, or all. In order to post comments or register, users will have to type in the phrase shown on the image. This prevents spam from automated bots.

si captcha

04. Subscribe to Comments | Mark Jaquith

Subscribe to Comments 2.1 is a plugin that allows commenters on your blog to check a box before commenting and get e-mail notification of further comments.

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05. @Reply | Yus

This plugin allows you to add Twitter-like @reply links to comments. When clicked, those links insert the author name and a link to the comment you are replying to in the text area.

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06. CommentTwitter | Jon Bishop

Commentwitter is a WordPress plugin that gives commenters the option of Tweeting their comment with a link to your post.

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07. Greg’s Comment Length Limiter | Greg Mulhouser

This plugin provides a configurable limit on the length of comments left in the comment form, with a character countdown displayed for the user and dynamically updated with each key press.

comment limiter

08. Highlight Author Comments | Rob Marsh

Highlight Author Comments automatically displays comments made by a post’s author in a distinctive style with no need to edit your template files, etc. All you do is provide a snippet of CSS styling to be applied to author posts.

highlight author

09. WP Ajax Edit Comments | Ajay, ronalfy

Users can edit their own comments for a limited time, while admins can edit all comments.

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10. TwitterLink Comments | @commentluv

This plugin will add an extra field to your comment form so a user can add their Twitter username. A user configured ‘follow me’ link is then displayed along with their details on all their comments.

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11. Comment Form Quicktags | Regen

This plugin inserts quicktags of the admin page to the upper part of text area of the comment form.

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12. jQuery Comment Preview | Dimox

Live comment preview without page reboot. Works on jQuery.

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13. Comment Validation | Jörn Zaefferer

This plugin aims to help by adding validation to the comment form. When a user submits the form and something is missing, an appropriate message is displayed and individual fields are highlighted. When the email or URL is in an incorrect format, a message is displayed accordingly.

comment validation

14. Gravatar Signup Encouragement | Milan Dinić

This plugin shows a message with a link to the signup page of Gravatar (pre-filled with e-mail address) to commenters and/or users who don’t have gravatar.

gravatar encouragement

15. Comment Autogrow | Scribu

A WordPress plugin that makes the comment text area expand in height automatically.

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Their must be a dozen more that I missed. If you know of some good ones, let others know by commenting below.

Written by Shawn Ramsey

When I’m not brewing my own beer or hiking through the local National Forest, I’m busy building a more beautiful web.

@shawnramz → / bitdrips.com →


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6 Comments

  1. Design Informer December 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    Very helpful. Just installed a couple of these now. Tweeted and stumbled it!

  2. Karl Foxley December 5, 2009 at 3:49 am #

    You’ve selected some must-have plugins here, CommentLuv is certainly one of the best for encouraging comments.

    Subscribe to comments is another personal favourite. Great round-up!

    Karl

  3. Roger Duck December 5, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    There are some great ideas here. I love TwitterLink Comments and Greg’s Comment Length Limiter. Always amazed but the proliferation of WordPress plug-ins.

  4. Zugvogel December 7, 2009 at 6:03 am #

    A great list of Plugin. Not all of them meet my need, but there a some really useful plugins i will definitively use in the future.

  5. Joe February 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    I was hunting for a list like this. Thanks! I like the AJAX comment system.

  6. Best Content Management System March 31, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    What type of comment moderation are you using on this blog? I can tell its linked to Gravatar, its very clean and easy.

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