Need more interaction and participating from your blog readers? Want to go beyond Akismet and Disqus? Here are some highly recommended customizable WordPress comment plugins that will help blog comment SEO, change your blog comment design, and encourage visitors to leave comments in exchange for a (potential) backlink to their own site.
Let your visitors and readers moderate comments on your blog with a simple Like/Dislike rating system. Comments that have a lot of dislikes or are heavily debatable can be hidden in a “click to see” manner. Both a Basic and Pro version are available, with the Pro version giving you more control over styling and disabling voting restrictions (such as only allowing one vote per IP address to discourage abuse of the system).
A highly popular plugin that greatly encourages the number of comments left on your blog. As they leave a comment, the CommentLuv plugin visits their site behind the scenes and retrieves their latest blog post, twitter tweet or Digg submission with a link to it at the bottom of their comment. A great way to encourage backlinks and enhance the amount of participation on your blog.
Originally written to give your blog a page by page navigation for recent and previous posts, WP Paginate can now also handle comments by separating them into separate pages. If you’ve got a particularly intense blog post that’s getting a stream of comments, you’ll want to have this handy comment plugin on hand for easier reading!
If you’re tired of having to go to each and every post in order to moderate comments, the Absolute Comments plugin is a great solution. This way, you can moderate blog comments seamlessly from a single area within your WordPress admin dashboard, saving you a heap of time in the process!
Have you ever seen a blog where a person commented just in reply to someone else? All those comment posts can quickly add up and create a stack of comments that leave your visitors confused. The Quote Comments plugin helps keep things organized by including a Quote button at the end of every comment. If a reader wants to say something in response to another person’s comment, they can do it without disrupting the overall flow of other people’s comments to your post.
If you have several administrators of a single blog, or you’re the administrator of several blogs, you can imagine the amount of comment notifications you get on a daily basis. Use this helpful, lightweight plugin to filter out which admins shouldn’t receive comment notifications. This way, each blog administrator can selectively decide whether or not they wish to receive an email when new comments are added to their blog(s).
WP Comment Remix
A whole host of comment management features that you can customize and turn on or off, including replies to individual posters, most active discussions, most active commenters, remove trackback spam and more.
Live Comment Preview
Let your visitors see how their comment will appear as they type it. Very helpful for coding related or how-to sites, where certain formatted comments can look jumbled and disorganized.
Subscribe to Comments – Reloaded
A fully-featured subscription manager for WordPress. Let visitors selectively subscribe and unsubscribe from comments on different posts. As an administrator, you can also choose not to let visitors subscribe to comments on specific posts if you wish. To help prevent spam, you can also require visitors to double opt-in, much in the same way as you would with an email list.
Highlight fresh ideas and new perspectives from your blog commenters. This plugin lets you make comments “sticky” and changes the order to have the sticky comments appear at the top. You can also change the order of your comments to newest or oldest first, and denote the “sticky” ones with an icon or image.
Bonus Comment Plugin
NextGen Gallery Comments
Selectively display visitor comments on your photo gallery or portfolio.
What Would You Add?
Got a favorite comment plugin that I’ve missed? Tell me about it below in the comments.