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How to Improve WordPress Comment System

updated on Aug 31, 2016
How to Improve WordPress Comment System WordPress comes with a built-in comment system which is good-to-use for many blogs. However, the system includes limited features, which makes it quite a basic choice.

As a result, the developers have worked out a large number of solutions for improving the comment system and adding additional features that you may need. So nowadays, you can either integrate your WordPress site with a rich-featured third-party comment system, or improve the original WordPress comment system with a plugin.

The latter method is what we will discuss in this tutorial, and the plugin used here is De:comments.

About De:comments

As a premium WordPress comments plugin, De:comments offers a wide set of easy-to-use features. Individually, these features can be added by installing different plugins, but De:comments has put them together in order to provide a good user experience.

By using De:comments on your WordPress site, you are able to provide your users with the following capabilities.
  • Sign into your site with their social media accounts in order to leave a comment.
  • Vote on others' comments by liking or disliking them.
  • Add images, videos and tweets in comments.
  • Share comments on social networks.
  • Obtain badges by making achievements on your WordPress site.
Almost all these features are good for engaging your users and building a community on your site.

De:comments

Improve WordPress Comment System with the Plugin

De:comments is priced at $50 for the use on 1 site, $100 on 3 sites and $300 on 10 sites. After placing an order on the official site, you need to install the plugin as soon as possible. And upon the activation, go to Comments > de:comments to access the plugin's settings.

Set up WordPress comments

If you have followed the steps above, you will now be faced with the following page on which there are a lot of options. The first option is whether to display the De:comments logo in your comment system. If you want to remove the logo and link, simply check the option. The next option enables you to allow users to quote comments. This feature is useful for conversions.

Set up Comments

By default, the comment form is placed at the end of the comment list. However, if you usually receive a large number of comments for the popular content, you can choose to display the comment box on the top of the comment list.

Besides, the plugin gives you the freedom to add dofollow or nofollow to the links in comments. For this option, we highly suggest you nofollow all the links so as to reduce spam comments.

Nofollow Links

In addition to these options, you can also change the following settings on the page.
  • Specify the time during which the comment authors can edit or delete their comments submitted on your WordPress site.
  • Select a special color for the comments submitted by the post author.
  • Display or hide the number of total comments.
  • Add a "Website" field to the comment form.
  • Specify the maximum size of the uploaded images.
  • Set up comment pagination.

Add social logins to your WordPress comment system

Below "Comments", there is a "Social" section on the settings page of De:comments. In this section, you can configure the plugin's social features – social login and social sharing.

Here you have to pay attention that De:comments relies on the WordPress Social Login plugin for the social features, so you must install this plugin first.

For social sharing, De:comments supports Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.

Add Social Logins

Enable voting for comments

In the "Voting" section, you can specify the minimum number of likes that a comment has to receive in order to appear at the top of the comment list. Besides, the plugin comes with a feature of allowing dislikes. You can enable or disable the feature as you like.

Enable Comment Voting

Add the comment subscription capability

The "subscribe to comments" feature is great for increasing your website traffic and user engagement as this encourages your users to come back to check new comments. De:comments offers two subscription options – subscribing to the comments of a post, and subscribing to the replies of a certain comment.

Enable Comment Subscription

Add badges for the commenters

With De:comments, you can add your own badges for users' achievements. Depending on your choices, your users may be able to earn a badge by getting a certain number of likes or dislikes, or by submitting a pre-defined amount of comments on your WordPress site.

Creating a badge is easy. You only need to upload a badge image, specify the number of the badge, select an achievement, and then define the number.

Add a Badge

You can create multiple badges if you want. And those badges will be assigned to the qualified users automatically.

Comment Badges

Customize the email notifications

The plugin sends email notifications to the website admin and comment subscribers when new comments and replies are submitted. There are pre-made templates for those emails, but you can still make your own customizations by using the shortcodes supported by the plugin.

Customize Email Notifications

To make sure the email notifications are all delivered to the destinations successfully, we'd suggest you send WordPress emails via SMTP server instead of the default mail function.

After the De:comments plugin is set up properly, you can see the WordPress comment system working in the following way.

WordPress Comment System with De:comments