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Top Tips For Hot Comments

Your blog comment section doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, all the action happens down there, and the more discussion going on, the better.

Make that section a fun place for readers to hang out and kick back. Trick out your comment section with these easy plugins and cool comment styling tips for some color, a little interior design and a touch of flair.

Go on. We dare you.

Comment section plugins

Let’s start with the easy stuff. If you don’t want to touch the theme coding but you’re happy to upload a few handy plugins, these two popular plugins are the best choices for you:

Highlight Author Comments lets you stylize the author’s comments so they become easily distinguishable to readers when he or she comes down to hang out in the comment section.

Gravatars are personalized avatars that show up next to each comment, letting commentators feel special and have a unique look. They also let people scan the discussion quickly to see who is participating.

Stylizing your theme coding

If you’re feeling brave (come on, it’s not that bad), you can delve into changing a little bit of the theme coding for some extra bling.

Note: It’s a good idea to backup your original code before you change anything – you never know when you might need it.

Get the beginner’s A to Z with Nettuts. They unravel the secrets of the comment.php file to show you everything you ever wanted to know about comment sections. You’ll be a comment-coding whiz by the time you’re done reading!

Nettuts also covers some of the most popular code tricks for comment sections, including Gravatars, numbered comments and alternate colors.

5ThirtyOne is next on the list, with coding tweaks to identify comments and stylize author comments or author and guest comments. Highlighting more than one author’s comments is perfect for multi-author blogs.

If you want an extra-special comment section, Darren Hoyt gives easy instructions for css styling tricks for three fun looks. Go for Green Gravatars (or choose another color), the Speech Bubble (a fun choice) or pick Alternating Arrows that each point down to the next comment.

Extra plugins for extra comments

Don’t stop there. Give your comment section some tender-loving care with these extra plugins that come in handy:

Threaded Comments helps to keep conversations on track with comment threading. (If your blog has many comments, though, this may get a little messy. Try Comment Remix for easy “@reply” links instead.)

Show some love for your commentators with Comment Luv, a popular plugin that displays a link to the commentator’s last blog post.

Last but not least, don’t forget the Subscribe to Comments plugin, a feature that lets commentators stay updated on new comments to keep them participating in the discussion!

 

3 comments


  • MMF
    March 17, 2009

    Nice Tips ,
    Thanks a lot .

     


  • Steve
    August 25, 2009

    Good tips about comment section of a blog. I’ve been too busy putting together my site to frequent the work of others, but when I do it’s just amazing the amount of information that is out here, and how much fun it can be to participate.

    Keep up the good work.

     


  • Physiotherapy
    September 3, 2009

    Very nice tips.
    It makes commenting more enjoyable.
    Thanks for sharing this information.

     

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