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How to Allow Users to Like or Dislike Comments in WordPress

updated on Mar 27, 2017
How to Allow Users to Like or Dislike Comments in WordPress It is common for you to take advantage of comments to engage with your readers, but you may ignore that you are able to improve the engagement by adding the like or dislike features into your comment section. There are some situations where your users are not willing to make many efforts to leave comments. However, it is an easy job for them to show their like or dislike towards the comments.

In other words, you can keep your users staying longer on your WordPress site by allowing them to like or dislike comments. Considering that some of our readers are newbies, we will show how to achieve that without lines of code.

Why Allow Users to Like or Dislike Comments

If you run a WordPress site, you naturally attach a great importance to the interaction with your visitors so as to make an active and a popular site. That's the reason why you engage your users with your posts via the comment area which encourages them to spend more time on your WordPress site and pay a frequent visit to check the comments.

However, you may be looking for a simpler method to deal with the situations we mentioned before. The like or dislike features enable your users to be more likely to leave their footprints on your site by simply allowing them to upvote or downvote comments. Indeed, many popular social media like Facebook have applied the method into their comment system and have benefited a lot from that.

How to Allow Users to Like or Dislike Comments

Since we have given up manual coding which is complicated for most common users, we have to think about a workaround to manage our goal. After our in-depth exploration, we think highly of a plugin called Comment Like Dislike owing to the ease of use and the rich features.

Comment Like Dislike

With the help of this free plugin, you will increase the interaction with your users because it provides you with the ability to add the like and dislike icons to extend WordPress native comments. The plugin is featured with four available icon templates, like dislike restriction, and many more. If you have no idea about how to install a plugin, you can have a reference to our easy guide on the installation.


Having activated the plugin, you are able to make your own configuration by navigating to the Comments Like Dislike page inside the Comments menu item. In the Basic Settings section, you are allowed to made decisions on many aspects. To make things simpler and more obvious, we have listed out the five options as below.
  1. Check "Status" to enable the Comment Like Dislike plugin.
  2. Select the position for the like or dislike icon: after comment or before comment.
  3. Decide whether like, dislike or both of them should be shown.
  4. Set Cookie or IP restriction for users so that they cannot make the same liking or disliking comments through Cookie or IP.
  5. Choose the display order of the like and dislike icons.

Basic Settings

When you switch to the page of Design Settings, there are four most commonly used icon templates available for you including heart & heart beat, right & wrong, thumbs up & thumbs down, and smiley & frown. Alternatively, you can make custom templates by uploading your own like and dislike icons from your local computer if no templates satisfy your need.

Design Settings

In addition, it is possible for you to select the icon color and count color to override the original one provided by your active theme. Anyway, you should remember to click on the Save settings button as long as you have finished the desired settings. Then your users can show their attitude towards available comments in any post according to your configuration.

Certainly, you can also make no changes to the default setting except for the 1st step of the basic settings. If so, you will see that thumbs up following thumbs down is positioned after comments. On the condition that the icons are not being displayed, you just need to check whether the comment_text filter has been used to display your comment text in your theme's comment template.


Final Thought

In this post, we have discussed how to allow users to like or dislike comments in a WordPress site. Indeed, we advise you not to display dislike icon which will damage users' motivation to leave more comments. It is easy to understand because we also prefer to hear praise from others.

We sincerely hope that you have learned how to achieve the goal from our tutorial. In order to improve the engagement, you may also have the desire to explore more ways to get more comments on your blog.