WordPress needs no introduction in designing field. It usually known as a synonym for blogging. When working on a WordPress blog, your posts often take the important place. However, the comments on the posts are often just as important as they create quality and valuable discussion. on the other hand if you have default WordPress comment box then there is no fun in commenting for readers as well as writers.
It really helpful for you and your visitors if your blog have well managed comment space. In which a reader can find various details about past and present comments which can improve the appearance of comments, and add more value to your posts.
This article focuses on organized collection of Most Wanted WordPress Comments Page Hacks which helps you to create a user-friendly interchange between you and your readers.
One of the greatest things about blogging is the immediate feedback a blogger can get from his or her readers. Still it’s often possible that your readers don’t give you a wink about their likes and dislikes. Unfortunately, there is no way for you to find out about visitors thinking towards your blog or its design. It always essential to play safe and give others what they like. Out of many solutions the inspirational one is only promising and optimistic way to achieve desired changes. Below we present over 30 excellent WordPress Comments Page Hacks which will definitely make your blogging life easier.
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A fun part of customizing WordPress themes is designing a comments format which complements the rest of the site. Darrenhoyt has shared his three examples from recent projects, including code samples and downloads to the original .PSDs on ‘Styling Your WordPress Comments’. All of them looks stunning, are you ready to customize your comments template now?
You might want to have alternating row colors for your comments, to make a clearer separation. Alternating rows make it easier to distinguish different comments. Doing this is relatively very easy.
An often-used feature in WordPress blogs is the ability to style comments made by the post’s author differently from the others – helping replies to stand out. Here, are few example of editing the default WordPress to add some subtle styling to author comments.
Have you noticed while visiting some of your favorite blogs that many author comments are styled differently to help the authors comments to stand out? This is something that isn’t overly difficult to implement on your WordPress blog. Kyle at wphacks shows a quick how-to explaining how you can easily adjust your WordPress theme to display different styles for each author.
If your blog posts receive lots of comments then it can be really useful for both you and your readers to number it. Jean-Baptiste shows a simple solution to count comments easily and efficiently.
By default, a typical WordPress blog will display the very first comment at the top of the comments template. But if you would like your WordPress blog to display the most recent comment to be right on top instead of the usual at the bottom of a page, Moses of WPThemesPlugin.com suggested a tricky solution to display recent comments on top.
If you have a popular WordPress blog with good number of comments everyday, then wouldn’t it be nice to be able to display the total number of comments published on your WordPress blog since your blog launch? The kind of stuff advertisers totally enjoy.
Would you like to display the total number of trackbacks you received on your blog. Here is the code that can make it happen. It’s fair very simple and easy to implement.
Sometimes, it can be useful to automatically disable commenting on posts older than X days. In WordPress 2.7 it is a feature but older WordPress does not have any built-in function to do that, but if you still like to do it, here is little help.
Removing the comments section on a blog can sound weird at first because comments are an important part of a blog, but sometimes you just want to spread some news without getting any feedback.
Thousands of blogs show avatars next to their user’s comments. The avatars are a great way to make things more personal and create some variety between the different comments. Over at Pro Blog Design, Michael has written a great tutorial explaining exactly how to add your own default Gravatar image, as well as provide some tips on how to make a good Gravatar default image.
Do you enjoy Twitter? Yes, so what about displaying Twitter avatars in your comments, instead of gravatars? It’s fairly easy to integrates Twitter avatars on your comments.
It displays a link to edit the current comment, if the user is logged in and allowed to edit the comment. It must be within The Loop, and within a comment loop.
Paginated Comments is a WordPress Plugin that gives you the ability to break your comments into a number of search engine optimized pages. You can create pages based on size of comments (so that no page of comments is greater than a certain file size) or you can create pages based on number of comments per page (100 for example). Although WordPress 2.7 have built-in function to do that.
WP Ajax Edit Comments allows users and admins to edit comments on a post. Users can edit their own comments for a limited time, while admins can edit all comments. It’s a pretty nice feature for a community website or a blog.
Subscribe to Comments is a plugin that allows commenters on your blog to check a box before commenting and get e-mail notification of further comments. It is one of the most popular WordPress plugins out there for the simple reason that it helps foster a community around your blog by encouraging commenters to come back and stay engaged in the dialog.
Do you want to display a list of the 10 most commented posts of 2008 to your readers? That’s obviously a great way to give a second life to your old posts.
Comment Validation Hack is first step against spam. The system uses what’s known as a Turing number, named after the mathematician Alan Turing. If you have ever signed up for an e-mail account at yahoo or gone to e-gold’s website, you know what I’m talking about. More info here.
comments.php is meant to be included in a post page, not separately. You could consider this a security measure. Inside the statement, you could insert any message you’d want to be displayed to the person viewing the comments.php file, preferably a die statement.
As title says you can use gravatars to identify your authors. Many blogs have a couple of authors and many times the blogs link and present the author of the respective contribution. Now with this feature you can do a lot more.
When it comes to simpler user experience, having your form validation happen instantly on the same page is a lot cleaner than reloading pages and possibly losing some form content. This tutorial at NetTuts, shows how to use jQuery to do some instant checking on an example comment form.
How many times have you typed up a post and published it, only to wish that you could style that post just a little differently than the others. With the help of post IDs and comment IDs you can style any specific post or comment.
Trackbacks are the messages displayed in the comments list whenever another blog links back to one of your posts. If you use trackbacks on your blog, it is best if they are not mixed with the comments. The comments are a conversation between real people. Having machine-generated links in the middle of that will only serve to disrupt the conversations.
This modification to WordPress prevents unregistered comment authors from using the names or email addresses of the registered authors on your site. It does this by first checking to see if the comment author is logged in. If they are not, it compares their name and email address to the registered author data. If there is a match, the comment is blocked and a custom message is displayed.
Add “reply” and “quote” features on each comment list. If you have jQuery installed on you blog, this Plugin add two link in each comments list (on single page). This plugin can auto include jQuery from Google Ajax API repository.
Gilles Maes at NetTut shows how to display the code that visitors are allowed to use in their comments. It takes only one line of code in comments.php and you’ll simply get a list of the tags that are allowed in your comment.
When a post have lots and lots of comment, it can be hard for your readers to stay on the conversation. Most WordPress users don’t know it, but WordPress have a built-in function for providing rss feed for the comments of a specific post.
For those of you who wish to join the I-Follow Movement and have WordPress blogs on your own domains, good news is that the rel=”nofollow” attribute can easily be removed without the need for additional plugins or software. In fact, it only takes about 5 minutes and one line of code but keep in mind that this can result in increased spam attempts.
Collis shows how to built a link feed with just WordPress comments contributed by visitors. This is a cool feature to offer blog users to submit links and to create a public link feed out of it.
Christian shares his fully featured and well commented comments.php file (with some modifications to make it even more flexible). This comment.php have lots of hacks already applied which can save a lot of your time.
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