Managing Comments in WordPress

January 16, 2013
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You have set up your business’ WordPress blog, and you are gaining a large reader fanbase.  These readers love the fact that WordPress is interactive, and when the like, love, or disagree with something that you have to say, these readers will leave comments below your blog.  These comments can help to bring your blog to life.  As time goes on, however, you may notice that it is difficult to respond to every comment, manage the comments, and try to eliminate the spam.  (Yep, it doesn’t just go to your inbox anymore.)  However, there are great options for managing your comments in WordPress and for making the comments more interactive.

One of the best parts about WordPress is that everything you need is normally already built in.  There is a comment management system built into WordPress, you simply need to know which plug-ins to install in order to create your Comment Management System.  Some of the better plugins for your comment management are: Akismet, which fights the spam spoken of earlier; CommentLuv, which will add a link from each commenter back to their most recent blog posting; Threaded Comments, which allows replies to be made to each comment in a threaded fashion that makes it easy to follow the conversation.

Another option is to use Disqus (pronounced Discuss) Comments.  This is not only a comment management system, and it not only helps block spam commenting, but this has many community building features, as well.  For instance, commenters can log in via various different social media accounts and comment on blogs of their choice in real time, offering threaded commenting, as well.  Disqus even allows for the commenter to leave a video comment instead of the average written comment if they so desire.

Another final option you have for managing the comments in your WordPress blog is called Intense Debate.  This comment management system offers threaded commenting, email notifications of new comments and replies, as well as the option to reply to comments via your email.  Much the same as Disqus, users that are registered have the opportunity to create a profile and create a reputation for themselves based on the commenting that they do.  Intense Debate also filters spam comments, allows you to moderate comments, and even offers you the ability to blacklist certain commenters if you feel the need.  This option is also in connection with social media sites, so you can sign in with your Facebook or Twitter account if you like.

What Comment Management System is right for you and your blog?  It actually will depend a lot on your persona needs.  For instance, what features are most important to you, and how many comments do you obtain on a daily basis?  Visit other blogs that use each different type of system and take some notes about which you like and do not like, not only as the blogger but also as the commenter.

You have set up your business’ WordPress blog, and you are gaining a large reader fanbase.  These readers love the fact that WordPress is interactive, and when the like, love, or disagree with something that you have to say, these readers will leave comments below your blog.  These comments can help to bring your blog to life.  As time goes on, however, you may notice that it is difficult to respond to every comment, manage the comments, and try to eliminate the spam.  (Yep, it doesn’t just go to your inbox anymore.)  However, there are great options for managing your comments in WordPress and for making the comments more interactive.

One of the best parts about WordPress is that everything you need is normally already built in.  There is a comment management system built into WordPress, you simply need to know which plug-ins to install in order to create your Comment Management System.  Some of the better plugins for your comment management are: Akismet, which fights the spam spoken of earlier; CommentLuv, which will add a link from each commenter back to their most recent blog posting; Threaded Comments, which allows replies to be made to each comment in a threaded fashion that makes it easy to follow the conversation.

Another option is to use Disqus (pronounced Discuss) Comments.  This is not only a comment management system, and it not only helps block spam commenting, but this has many community building features, as well.  For instance, commenters can log in via various different social media accounts and comment on blogs of their choice in real time, offering threaded commenting, as well.  Disqus even allows for the commenter to leave a video comment instead of the average written comment if they so desire.

Another final option you have for managing the comments in your WordPress blog is called Intense Debate.  This comment management system offers threaded commenting, email notifications of new comments and replies, as well as the option to reply to comments via your email.  Much the same as Disqus, users that are registered have the opportunity to create a profile and create a reputation for themselves based on the commenting that they do.  Intense Debate also filters spam comments, allows you to moderate comments, and even offers you the ability to blacklist certain commenters if you feel the need.  This option is also in connection with social media sites, so you can sign in with your Facebook or Twitter account if you like.
What Comment Management System is right for you and your blog?  It actually will depend a lot on your persona needs.  For instance, what features are most important to you, and how many comments do you obtain on a daily basis?  Visit other blogs that use each different type of system and take some notes about which you like and do not like, not only as the blogger but also as the commenter.

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