One of the greatest things about WordPress as a platform is the availability of plugins that can be used to enhance or add functionality to your website. Right now, there is a wide variety of WordPress plugins you can use to modify almost every aspect of your website. If you want to change the look and feel of your website’s comment system, or control it by blocking spam comments, or integrate social media comments etc. there are plenty of useful WordPress comment plugins to help you.
In this article, I am are rounding up the best WordPress comment plugins I have found to help you set up your website’s comment system as you want it to be. Generally to use these plugins, you do not need to dive into the code of your WordPress theme. Most of the plugins in this showcase are free, so you do not necessarily have to spend money in order spice up your website’s comment features. Please feel free to express your comments and suggestions about this post.
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This plugin provides an advanced widget that allows you to display your latest comments in any widgetized sidebar. It includes the abilities to display author gravatars, post titles, comment excerpts, human readable time formats, and more.
If a comment is held for moderation an email message is sent to the comment author with a link to verify the comment author’s email address.
This Facebook Plugins for WordPress is the ultimate and most advanced plugin to integrate Facebook Plugins, Dialogs and Facebook comments into your blog or website. It’s using WordPress shortcodes to make it very simple to add a Facebook plugin or dialog into any blog post or page. The plugins also comes with 4 widgets ready to be customized + a way to automatically add a Like button and/or the Facebook comment system into all your posts and pages.
TwitterLink Comments – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Allow your commentators to include their Twitter username along with their comment so a follow-me link can be displayed with their details on the list.
Thinkbox is a simple way to show comments or information from people, staffs, team and clients. Best suited for show client testimonials and show team member information.
No one commenting on your blog posts? Get the conversation started with the Auto Comment plugin. Auto Comment automatically posts a comment on every new blog like: “Did anyone else see this?”, “Who has experience with this?”, “Has anyone tried this?”, etc.
Disqus – MORE INFO / DEMO
With a few quick steps, you can turn your old comment system into a new way to engage your visitors. From small blogs to massive websites, Disqus is the easiest way to build active communities. It’s free to use and works with virtually any type of website.
OpenID – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
OpenID is an open standard that allows users to authenticate to websites without having to create a new password. This plugin allows users to login to their local WordPress account using an OpenID, as well as enabling commenters to leave authenticated comments with OpenID. The plugin also includes an OpenID provider, enabling users to login to OpenID-enabled sites using their own personal WordPress account. XRDS-Simple is required for the OpenID Provider and some features of the OpenID Consumer.
CommentLuv – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Reward your readers by automatically placing a link to their last blog post at the end of their comment. Encourage a community and discover new posts.
Sticky Comments – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
This plugin is used to have sticky comments on your blog.
Decent Comments – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Decent Comments shows what people say. Provides widgets, shortcodes and API to display comments including author avatars, links, comment excerpts.
Greg’s Threaded Comment Numbering – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Numbers comments sequentially and hierarchically; handles comments which are threaded, paged and/or reversed. Coders can call the function directly.
Provides a configurable limit on the length of comments left in the comment form, with a dynamically updated character count displayed for the user.
WP-Ajaxify-Comments – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
WP-Ajaxify-Comments hooks into your comment form and adds AJAX functionality – no more page reloads required when validating and posting comments.
Minimum Comment Length – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Don’t you find it annoying when someone comments with just a smiley? Or a “thanks”? On quite a few forums you have to leave a comment with a minimum of 15 characters to be able to comment, but WordPress doesn’t allow you to set such a threshold. The minimum comment length plugins does exactly that.
Top Commentators Widget – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
The Top Commentators Widget a sidebar widget to show the top commentators in your WP site. Adapted from Show Top Commentators plugin at Personal Financial Advice, this widget is easier to manage via the control form (no need to edit the PHP file); additional options are also available to make it more flexible.
Comment Rating Widget – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Add on to the Comment Rating plugin. Display ratings along with the most recent comments in the sidebar. Built upon Get Recent Comment widget.
WP Ajax Edit Comments – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Users can edit their own comments for a limited time, while admins can edit all comments.
IntenseDebate Comments – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
IntenseDebate comments enhance and encourage conversation on your blog. Build your reader community, increase your comments, & boost pageviews.
WP Anti Spam – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
WP Anti Spam can anti automated spambots or anti spams by”comment”,”ip”,”name”,”email”,”url”.
SEO Super Comments – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
SEO Super Comments turns your comments into new pages.
Conditional CAPTCHA – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Asks commenters to complete a simple CAPTCHA if Akismet thinks their comment is spam. Eliminates false positives.
MSMC – Redirect After Comment – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Redirects commenter’s to a predefined URL after comment submission.
Quote Comments – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Creates a little quote icon in comment boxes which, when clicked, copies that comment to the comment box wrapped in blockquotes.
Hide Comments Feature – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Remove comments functionality and related in your WordPress instance.
Basic Comment Quicktags – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Displays bold, italic, add link and quote buttons on top of the comment form.
One Click Close Comments – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Conveniently close or open comments for a post or page with one click. From the admin listing of posts (‘Edit Posts’) and pages (‘Edit Pages’), a user can close or open comments to any posts to which they have sufficient privileges to make such changes (essentially admins and post authors for their own posts). This is done via an AJAX-powered color-coded indicator. The color-coding gives instant feedback on the current status of the post for comments: green means the post/page is open to comments, red means the post/page is closed to comments. Being AJAX-powered means that the change is submitted in the background without requiring a page reload.
Subscribe To Comments Reloaded – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
Subscribe to Comments Reloaded allows commenter’s to sign up for e-mail notifications of subsequent replies.
Sitewide Comment Control – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
When you run a network, blacklisting commenter’s is handled per-site. That’s normally okay, but sometimes people decide to be trolls and spam your whole network. This plugin allows you to ban, spam or moderate an unregistered commenter network wide.
Live Comment Preview – MORE INFO / DEMO (Free)
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