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These are the best WordPress plugins I personally use and feel really enhance my comments page not only for me but for those who comment as well!

CommentLuv
The support is very quick, especially if you contact them via twitter. I love this plugin because it enables the commenter to quickly link to and display their OWN recent blog entry at the bottom of their comment. It brings them more traffic, gives you something new to read (and comment on!)

DoFollow
Basically this allows you to remove that pesky “nofollow” attribute from links. What that does is, again, bring more traffic and page rank to those who comment on your site! You can read more about the “nofollow” at SiteSketch101.

Subscribe to Comments
Just as the title suggests, this lets the commenter “subscribe” to the comments. This is great because I know if I leave a comment on a blog, I like to keep in the loop so to speak, return, etc.

WP Twitip
This easily adds a field for people to input their twitter id. I’ve found that my commenters tend to get new followers this way!

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TheFeministBreeder
posted on January 28th 2010 at 11:21PM CDT

The BackType one sounds really cool. I’m so mad at commentluv right now though. It will NOT let my feed show up on anybody’s pages. See below? NO LINK. And I cannot get it fixed. (insert many expletives here.)

posted on January 28th 2010 at 11:34PM CDT

I sent a tweet to commentluv so I hope we can figure this out!

Ado
posted on May 28th 2011 at 6:02AM CDT

Hi from Twitter – Thanks for these tips – v. helpful! I like this blog, oh yes I do!

Keeshia
posted on January 29th 2010 at 10:19AM CDT

Thanks for this. Working on tweaking my comments section and these will be loads of help in making it.. I dunno.. worth while? Nobody wants to comment if the commenting area looks all ugly (which mine does).

Melodie
posted on January 30th 2010 at 2:27PM CDT

Hey Sara, Question for you – also about commentluv. It has been displaying a post I posted days ago (see below) instead of the ones (or most recent one) I’ve posted since then. Any idea why? I’ve never had a problem with them before.

posted on February 1st 2010 at 8:41AM CDT

@Keeshia I do feel that when you work hard on your comment page design it does encourage readers to comment. Things like CAPTCHA just annoy the heck out of me and takes forever to write a simple comment!

@Melodie hmm the only reason it would do that is if something was weird with your RSS feed as that’s where CLUV is pulling the data from. It probably is working fine now I hope!

Melodie
posted on February 1st 2010 at 11:41AM CDT

Thanks Sara, It’s working today!

Krystal
posted on February 8th 2010 at 3:17PM CDT

Those are great plugins! I’m going to try out “BackType Connect” “CommentLuv” and “WP Twitip”. thanks for

Naked Girl in a Dress
posted on August 4th 2010 at 6:57AM CDT

This is a great post! I just activated two new plugins from the list. Thanks! Following you on Twitter now too.

posted on August 4th 2010 at 4:27PM CDT

Awesome! Which two plugins did you decide to install?

Naked Girl in a Dress
posted on August 4th 2010 at 4:29PM CDT

Twitter ID and subscribe to comments. Thanks again!

posted on August 12th 2010 at 1:26PM CDT

Thank you for this specific post about plugins for the comments section! I’ve added 3 of your 5 recommendations and I already had one installed – they’re great!

I’m wondering if you can help me with something. I’d like to find a way to make my comment section more organized. I’d really like to see my individual replies to people falling directly under their comments. Do you know how to do this? I installed one plugin but didn’t like it because my name wasn’t a link, like it would normally be when I post a response.

Also, I’m wondering what you are using below where it says “checkmark to get a response to YOUR comment…” Will I only receive a response to MY comment if I check this box… or will I receive an email each time someone comments on this post after me?

I installed a plugin whose concept I really like but I haven’t got it work properly yet. It’s called “comment reply notification” and I can set it up to automatically send MY reply to the commenter. I don’t see how this can work without being able to specify within wordpress WHO you are responding to though so I haven’t got it working yet.

Sorry for the long winded comment. Just thought you might have some advice/insights for me :)

Thanks for all your informative posts!

posted on August 12th 2010 at 4:01PM CDT

I created a custom function for my own threaded comments however the wordpress thread comment plugin works well and you can customize the display/design.

posted on August 12th 2010 at 4:05PM CDT

Thanks! I think I’ve got it all figured out now! :)

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