Each time I think about WordPress, plugins always takes center stage. This is because WordPress makes life really easy for its users. With plugins you can achieve so more with just a few clicks.
Now, I have been looking at some WordPress comment plugins but these few which I will try to discuss within the scope of my knowledge distinct themself. Plugins are great but too much plugins can be fatal, I always encourage bloggers to confirm within the template, if adding a few codes can achieve what a plugin might offer. That said, you can play with these WordPress plugins to leave your commenter’s thirsty for more.
6 Essential WordPress Comment Plugins
In my review of Disqus, I pointed out fighting spam comments as the dominant factor that made me dump default comment system for third-party comment system. But if you are using WordPress, you may need to worry less as Askiment works like a charm. Askimet is an official plugin from WordPress that helps to combat spam comment in your blog. Goodnews, Akismet is entirely free, all you have to do is download the plugin and get your API key at Aksimet.com
Askimet makes life unfriendly for millions of spammers all over the world. Spammers are smart; Askimet knows this, that’s why we get to have new updates that combats new tricks by spammers. Askimet is the first plugin recommended to have running on your blog.
CommentLuv enable blogs always have lots of comments. This doesn’t happen because visitors love the plugin name unconditionally. Rather, CommentLuv WordPress plugin leaves visitors eager to drop a comment. CommentLuv has been reported to generate backlinks for commenter’s if enabled on a Dofollow blog.
CommentLuv is an outstanding WordPress comment plugin, it is the holy-grail of commenting in the blogosphere. One of the amazing features of CommentLuv is the ability to pull-off latest posts of a commenter on the blog where a comment is submitted.
While this looks exciting, it also has its downside; guiding against irrevant comments. Some bloggers are known for notoriously spamming blogs with CommentLuv with irreverent comments, in other to generate backlinks to their blogs.
3. Absolute Comments
No matter how hard you try, spam comments will always be there, a lot of the spam comments get the hammer from Askiment while a few escape and ends right in your blog’s post comment area. It can be frustrating trying to moderate comments by clicking on every blog post. This is where you need Absolute Comments WordPress plugin.
Absolute Comments allows blog admin to seamlessly and effectively moderate blog comments from WordPress dashboard, the exciting part of this process is that the moderation happens in just a single section of WordPress dashboard, saving you stress and time.
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4. Sticky Comments
Every wished that you could change the order of your blog comments? You may have come across snippets in some comment area where older comments come first and newer comments come last, or you probably want to sticky a few comments? Sticky Comments WordPress plugins is your answer. Everything you will ever need to play with the order of your comments is perfectly handed by Sticky Comments WordPress plugins.
5. Subscribe To Comment
This plugin will automatically insert a little check box on the comment area of your blog. Commenter’s who check the box will be notified via email whenever a new comment is submitted on that same post. This particular Subscribe To Comment WordPress plugin does something better than a few others out there. The point is this; commenter’s who initially subscribe to the blog posts comment can opt out at any time.
I can’t end this article without including this awesome WordPress comment plugin to the list.
UpDownUpDown is absolutely fantastic. Although this plugin hasn’t been updated in 2-years, with just few clicks, your blog comment is “rating” enabled. What this means is that; blog comments would be moderated by readers and they will have the capacity to vote-up or vote-down a comment.
UpDownUpDown WordPress plugin on blog comments will send a reputation signal to your visitors who just drop irreverent comments for the backlinks. No one wants a bad online reputation and this plugin will be there to hide a comment if it gets too many down votes. The WordPress comment plugin has a lot of features, you can play with them once installed and decide which of them best suits your blog
Other WordPress Comment Plugins Worthy Of Mentions.
These Plugins didn’t make the list but they sure deserve attention and you can equally try them out and see if they fit into the philosophy of your blog.
Twitterlink Comments – Additional way for your blog readers to connect with each other
WP Ajax Edit Comments – Enable this on your blog and commenters will have a limited time to edit their comment. It becomes impossible once the time elapses.
Thank Me Later – A “thank-you” email is sent automatically to commenters
Facebook Comments for WordPress – Opens the door for Facebook users to comment on your blog using their profile.
Greg’s Comment Length Limiter – Determies the character lenth of all comments.
These essential comment plugins for WordPress represents my top recommendation for bloggers wishing to improve their blog’s comment area and enhance interaction. What are yours?
Update:The link to UpDownVote appears to have been lost in the internet, it would be updated if it returns.
Last Updated: Jan. 15, 2014