33 WordPress Plugins To Power Up Your Comment Section

title-wordpress-commentsAs always I am trying to mix up topics I cover and this can be considered as continue to previous article. Last time we got inspired and examined many good blog comment form examples, but this time I went further and found 33 WordPress plugins, which can be used effectively to power up and evolve comment form possibilities and security. If programming is not your strongest side, then such automatized plugins will be irreplaceable for your blog! If you know some more effective comment form plugins, feel free to add them in our comment section! For the next time I am thinking about WordPress comment section hack roundup article, so stay with us!

1. Disqus

Disqus (dis·cuss • di(-sku(s’) is all about changing the way people think about discussion on the web. We’re big believers in the conversations and communities that form on blogs and other sites.

disqus-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

2. Akismet

Automattic Kismet (Akismet for short) is a collaborative effort to make comment and trackback spam a non-issue and restore innocence to blogging, so you never have to worry about spam again.

akismet-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

3. WP Ajax Edit Comments

WP Ajax Edit Comments (for WP 2.5+) allows users and admins to edit comments on a post. Users can edit their own comments for a limited time, while admins can edit all comments.

ajax-edit-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

4. OpenID

OpenID is an open standard that allows users to authenticate to websites without having to create a new password. This plugin allows users to login to their local WordPress account using an OpenID, as well as enabling commenters to leave authenticated comments with OpenID. The plugin also includes an OpenID provider, enabling users to login to OpenID-enabled sites using their own personal WordPress account. XRDS-Simple is required for the OpenID Provider and some features of the OpenID Consumer.

openid-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

5. GD Star Rating

GD Star Rating plugin allows you to set up rating and review system for posts, pages and comments in your blog. I featured this plugin some time ago already, but this is totally related to comments.

gdrating-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

6. Comment Rating

Allows visitors to rate comments in Like vs. Dislike fashion with clickable images. Poorly-rated & highly-rated comments are displayed differently.

rating-comment-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

7. Twitter Avatars In Comments

Self explaining comment title, plug-in that uses Twitter to show avatars in comments in WordPress blogs.

twittar-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

8. SI CAPTCHA for WordPress

Adds CAPTCHA anti-spam methods to WordPress on the comment form, registration form, login, or all. In order to post comments or regiser, users will have to type in the phrase shown on the image. This prevents spam from automated bots. Adds security. Works great with Akismet. Also is fully WPMU and BuddyPress compatible.

captcha-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

9. TinyMCEComments

This plugin turns the comment field from a primitive into a WYSIWYG editor, using the internal TinyMCE library bundled with WordPress 2.0 or up, without the need of another separate installation. Functions that only available to writers like adding images were removed and will not show up in the toolbar.

tiny-mce-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

10. CommentLuv

This plugin will visit the site of the comment author while they type their comment and retrieve a selection of their last blog posts, tweets or digg submissions which they can choose one from to include at the bottom of their comment when they click submit.

commentluv-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

11. SEO Smart Links

SEO Smart Links can automatically link keywords and phrases in your posts and comments with corresponding posts, pages, categories and tags on your blog.

Further SEO Smart links allows you to set up your own keywords and set of matching URLs. Finally SEO Smart links allows you to set nofollow attribute and open links in new window.

seo-smartlinks-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

12. Theme Options

This plugin manages theme customization. Everything is managed in the WordPress Backend. Code snippets can be activated, copied, created, deactivated, deleted, edited, and uploaded. For comments you can highlight different comments based who wrote them and where they are, also nice feature to automatically add “about author” section.

theme-options-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

13. WP-Paginate

WP-Paginate is a simple and flexible pagination plugin which provides users with better navigation on your WordPress site. Starting in version 1.1, WP-Paginate can also be used to paginate post comments!

wp-paginate-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

14. @ Reply

This plugin allows you to add Twitter-like @reply links to comments. When clicked, those links insert the author name and a link to the comment you are replying to in the textarea.

@reply-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

15. Gravatar Signup

This plugin inserts a checkbox into the comment form for users who don’t have a Gravatar (based on the e-mail they typed in). If they check the box and submit their comment, it will initiate the first step of signing up for Gravatar, on their behalf. They’ll receive an e-mail directly from Gravatar and will have to follow the instructions there to complete the process.

16. IntenseDebate Comments

IntenseDebate Comments enhance and encourage conversation on your blog or website. Custom integration with your WordPress admin panel makes moderation a piece of cake. Comment threading, reply-by-email, user accounts and reputations, comment voting, along with Twitter and friendfeed integrations enrich your readers’ experience and make more of the internet aware of your blog and comments which drives traffic to you!

IntenseDebate-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

17. Easy Comment Uploads

This plugin allow your visitors to attach images or other file to their comments as easily as possible.

easy-upload-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

18. Quote Comments

This plugin adds a tiny link that says “Quote” on each comment on your posts. Click it, and the contents of the comment is copied to the comment area, wrapped in blockquote tags. It’s even compatible with MCEComments plugin.

quote-comments-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

19. SEO Super Comments

For each user comment plugin will create a new dynamic page on the blog, holding the actual comment information. This page will not actually exist in WordPress database, but we will create it dynamically using a WordPress plugin.

What we instantly get in this way is big jump in site’s index visible to search engines. This is possible because blog comments are crawl-able, index-able and most importantly rank-able content. Also meaning you will start to get search engine traffic for the context of the comment.

seo-super--helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

20. Tango Smileys Extended

Smileys in comments is also supported, and may be inserted using the standard emotion shorthand or through the CTI interface introduced in TSE 2.0.1b.

tango-smileys-extended-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

21. WP No External Links

Mask all external links to internal! In your own posts, comments pages, authors page… It does not change anything or write to base – just processes output.

22. Greg’s Threaded Comment Numbering

This plugin numbers your comments sequentially and hierarchically, with full support for the new comment features available in WordPress 2.7 and later — including threading, paging, and your choice of ascending or descending date order.

gregs-threaded-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

23. WP-SpamFree Anti-Spam

An extremely powerful WordPress anti-spam plugin that eliminates blog comment spam, including trackback and pingback spam. Finally, you can enjoy a spam-free WordPress blog! Includes spam-free contact form feature as well.

24. Live Comment Preview

Live Comment Preview is the simplest way to get live comment previews on your site. Simply activate the plugin -That’s it! This plugin uses only client-side Javascript to format a preview, it does not make any Ajax requests to the server. This provides a smooth live preview as you type.

live-preview-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

25. AJAXed WordPress

AWP’s basic features include inline paginated posts, inline comments, threaded comments, the ability to submit comments with AJAX, pagination of your homepage, live comment preview and much more, but it does not, however, force you to use any feature, and it also allows all aspects of the plugin to be easily customized through a single Administration panel. It also has special features that will ensure compatibility with many other plugins.

ajaxd-wordpress-wordpress-comment-plugin

26. Ajax Comment Posting

There are many comment-related plugins in WordPress plugin directory. However, if you’d like to find just a simple comment-posting Ajax plugin, you won’t find any. That’s why I developed a simple and small (5kB) yet functional Ajax Comment Posting (ACP) plugin. Not only will it post your comment without refreshing the page, but it will also make sure that you’ve filled all the form fields correctly.

27. Riffly Webcam Video Comments

Riffly is a free service that easily plugs into your site allowing visitors to create video and audio comments.

riffly-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

28. Ozh’ Absolute Comments

Absolute Comments is a comment manager plugin that lets you instantly reply to comments, either from the original Manage Comments administration page, or from the email notification, without the hassle of visiting the post first.

absolute-comments-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

29. NoFollow Free

This WordPress plugin remove the “nofollow” attribute from your wordpress blog’s comments (precisely from the author’s links) and/or from the comments text links and it inserts (if you want) an image band at the top of your pages with the phrase: “NOFOLLOW FRE” to encourage your users to submit comments. The last release includes new options to replace the nofollow only when the author posted X comments before and put back the nofollow when some blacklisted words are matched. The replacement of the nofollow is also based on the users type (registered and visitor users). Every option can be customized by the options page “NOFF”.

no-follow-helpful-wordpress-comment-plugin

30. Subscribe to Comments

Subscribe to Comments is a robust plugin that enables commenters to sign up for e-mail notification of subsequent entries. The plugin includes a full-featured subscription manager that your commenters can use to unsubscribe to certain posts, block all notifications, or even change their notification e-mail address!

31. Subscribe to Double-Opt-In Comments

Allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry, with Double-Opt-In Feature. Based on version 2 of “Subscribe to Comments” from Mark Jaquith

32. WP Comment Remix

WP Comment Remix adds a plethora of new options and features to WordPress. From Reply and Quote links for commenters, to a full upgrade to the edit comments pages in the admin panel, WPCR will save you time and effort when running your blog.

33. Moderation Notify Author

WordPress doesn’t automatically notify the author of a post about waiting comments. Instead all comment moderation requests go to the admins. This plugin will notify the author of the post as well as the admin. This will allow the author to moderate the comments too.

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Comments

  1. says

    thanks for the information
    I have huge problem about the new wordpress comment system. any idea about how to come back to the old one?

  2. says

    Using this keyword phrase; ‘free wordpress comments plugin’, your site came up number one in Google.

    This was very helpful. I installed the ‘SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam’ plugin. We’ll see how it goes…

    Thanks!

  3. says

    Almost everyday I received spam comments in my blogs and I hate it. Thanks for sharing. I will
    add SI CAPTCHA to my list of my plugins in addition to akismet. Your post is quite helpful..

  4. blanks says

    Thanks a lot! There is also a comment manager plugin for wordpress and windows phone devices. I like it because it notifies me of new comments posted and I can moderate them quickly from my own phone.

  5. says

    This is a great source of WP plugins. I am in the process or refining my my WP blog and adding the right plugins to make my blog function how I want it too.

    Thanks for the info.

    Take care,

    ~Jeremy

  6. Devraj says

    Thanks for really outstanding collection of these plugins. Using many plugins slow down your wordpress,but you gave a lot of choice to your readers,they can select and read about any plugin they like.Thanks.

  7. Akash says

    I was looking for a comment plugin which can block the submit button if any link is posted in the comment box. I need that to prevent spamming.

  8. Quin says

    I am using Ajax Comment Posting for many of my clients websites.
    its the best one, I think. Thank you for great article.

  9. Robert Amezcua says

    Hey that was a pretty cool post. I love browsing around online I’m always finding useful information! I know a whole bunch of stuff that relates to this topic.

  10. todd says

    With all these great comment plugins, why is the standard comment system used on this blog?

  11. Peter says

    Thanks for the article this was just what I was looking for! WordPress sure makes web design so much more fun with its ease of use and all of the great plugins that are available.

  12. says

    Just what I was looking for – info to help spruce up my small blog’s commenting. Now I need to go try a few of these. Thanks!!

  13. says

    Comments are a vital part of interacting with your website visitor, it creates the ability to make friends and talk and discuss important issues, it should be easy, and secure, and most of all free from unwanted advertising.

  14. says

    Great list of plugins you have here! A question: Why don’t you use Commentluv yourself? In my opinion this is a must have for serious bloggers…

    I picked up your tips on the comment rating plugin. I’m not sure if it will help, but I like it…

    Dennis

  15. says

    There are 2 more plugins that I think should be added to this list.

    1) Sweet Captcha – this is by far the cutest and most fun captcha out there and it also makes the bots go away without much hassle for the real users (like reading those distorted 2 words) :)

    2) Jumpple Website Monitor – This plugin monitors your website and makes sure your site is up and other features too, you can also add a seal to your site that says you are securing your website which is always awesome.

    What you think of the new wordpress plugin directory look? I just noticed they changed the entire design

  16. huangnuannuan says

    “Comments” “Post Your Comment” “Comment Title” “Your Website”Very well said!!!!! like

  17. Olivier says

    Very interesting post since I’m looking for a way to encourage my readers to comment more and more often.
    A far as I see, the Subscribe to Comments do the job.
    I need to give those others plugins a try.
    Thanks :)

  18. Norbert says

    Disqus is a very nice plugin. I like it. thank you for sharing this. My website worked fine with it. Best regards

  19. Richard says

    I originally didn’t allow comments but I am going to rethink that now after reading this.

  20. kishore says

    Recently I have installed one plugin for spam protection and installing the plugin my site got hacked. In fact all my sites on my server space got hacked and the plugin is http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/captcha/
    Don’t install that plugin, i think it may contain vulnerability which causes the hacker to get control of our server. He also put his google adsense code in my site which replaced my ads.

  21. Addison Wesely says

    Thank you admin. I really enjoyed this post and all these plugins. Please keep informing us. Good work. Cheers…..

  22. Sam Hanrey says

    Building links through blog commenting is not bad as long as you are picking up something while giving something in return when you post. Doing SEO is just like joining a community of people who are doing marketing either for themselves or for others.

  23. Larry says

    Great post about WordPress plugins to improve your WordPress comments. I was using the free commentluv plugin, and almost bought the premium version during their product launch, but the commenluv plugin only increased the amount of spam I received. I am looking for a way to get some more peeps to comment on my blog. Your post helped me with some ideas. Thanks.

  24. Arafin says

    1st of all @ Graveris tnx a ton man. This is the best informative article on wordpress comment plugin i have ever found on internet. This article helped me to choose best comment plugins for my blog.

  25. Giles Wells says

    I found a lot of useful comment plugins. Thanks for making this post Dainis. What comment system is used on this site if you don’t mind me asking? :)

  26. Adam says

    Hey, You’ve done a fantastic job. I should absolutely reddit it and I’ll recommend to my friends. I am sure they are going to be benefited from this website.

  27. Craig says

    I sort of discovered your blog site by mistake, but your web site caught my attention and i also thought that I’d post to show you that I like it.

  28. Jean Luc says

    I’m using commentluv and it’s great
    but i can’t find a plugin with the checkbox to opt in your aweber list
    anyone knows?

  29. Alice Marsden says

    Hey. Love the list.. you can forget some important stuff if you’re not paying attention. Can I make another suggestion? Sticky Comments. The plugin basically allows the admin to set comments as sticky from the comment edit page.

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  31. Aaron says

    Thank you for such a fantastic blog. Where else could anyone get that kind of info written in such a perfect way? I have a presentation that I am presently working on, and I have been on the look out for such information

    Regards

  32. Sabin says

    Yes !! Great list, I am going to have to get some of these added to my website and see how they work thanks for the article
    Thank Admin

  33. Aaron says

    Hello my friend! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include approximately all significant infos. I would like to see more posts like this .

  34. says

    Great list, I am going to have to get some of these added to my website and see how they work thanks for the article

  35. Gavin says

    Great resource. This will really help me to decide the best WordPress plugins to use when designing websites. Good descriptions

  36. Cate says

    Hey Dainis, you forgot to mention the pop-up plugin you have here on your site. What is it called?

  37. Christian says

    I am so glad this internet thing works and your article really helped me. Might take you up on that home advice you.

  38. Jonas says

    I am not too fond of the SI Captcha System, since it doesn’t work properly on my website for some reason. It is probably just me doing something wrong though..

  39. says

    Disqus is one of my favorites, particularly because:
    1) It has social network integration (twitter, facebook)
    2) It’s easy to install

    Feature rich comments plug ins may be nice, but generally 90% of your commenters and 99% of your readers won’t be using anything other than the simple comments. Social network plugins allow users login without having to enter too much stuff, and it allows you as a blogger to track your demographics :).

    Disqus rocks!

  40. Ahmed says

    The last release includes new options to replace the nofollow only when the author posted X comments before and put back the nofollow when some blacklisted words are matched. The replacement of the nofollow is also based on the users type (registered and visitor users).

  41. Ann Courtney says

    Please could I have a link to your blog which explains about “good blog comment form examples” as mentioned in this postI’m looking for the plainest, simplest one around..

  42. bee says

    Thanks for this great list! I found some new plugins (most of them don’t work with my theme…), but some are just what I was looking for!

  43. helen says

    Great article. Is there a way to save commenters name and email (maybe by cookie) so as he doesn’t have to write it every time?

  44. says

    I need a plug-in so that guests of my website can post pictures within there comments. I saw video, did I accidentally skip over noticing pictures? any suggestions for plug-ins? thanks

  45. says

    I’m looking for something that will allow users to leave comments by signing in through pre-existing accounts (openID, facebook, etc). I’ve looked at disqus and JanRain… anything else?

  46. Tiki says

    SEO super comments is just what I’ve been looking for….many thanks for your complete rundown.

  47. M says

    And still no post showing how to add a “Tweet This” or “Share this on Facebook” button on every comment…. (though there are already a lot of questions about that on the web)

    Is it possible at all? Why aren’t no post about 10 best plugins for wordpress, 35 best plugins, etc mentioning about it?

    Thanks!

    • Yoram Zara says

      I really need such a plugin. If you find one please share the knowledge!

  48. Marca says

    So much plugins – to my favorites! I miss one regarding the avoid of spamming in blogs, is there any in wordpress? Or maybe some article. Please tell.

    Ania

  49. Salza says

    I always use the Akismet plugin on my blog. Akismet is a plugin that is required to be installed.

  50. says

    I’m trying to get the links on my users comments to open up in a new window – do you know how to do that? I couldn’t tell if any of these plugins do that.

  51. says

    Hi,

    thx for this great List of Plugins!

    I use SEO Super Comments and this Plugin is ok BUT what I really miss is – Own titles and meta descriptions.

    What I now have are some news sites in index, but all with same title and descriptions….

  52. Cheshmehregi says

    Thanks for the list ,
    are there any other plugins for comment rating ? the one you listed doesn’t look really professional
    looking forward to hear from you ,

  53. Carol says

    Much thanks for yet another first-rate post. I am always trying to find good WordPress tricks to recommend to my own readers. Thank you for taking the time to write this tutorial . It’s just what I was looking for. Truly awesome post.

  54. says

    I like Disqus more over IntenseDebate. I don’t know. The thought of just signing in to comment turns me off. It’s too much work for just a simple comment.

  55. Carol says

    I want to thank you for yet another terrific article. I am always searching for original WordPress tips to recommend to my readers. Thanks for creating this post. It’s just what I was trying to find. Truly great post.

  56. Tudor says

    Great post!

    I own a photoblog and I’d like to have separate comments for every image in my blog posts. Is it possible?

  57. Kevin Irvin says

    Those boat look great, I love to go to the sea in a boat thanks for the article.

  58. Sprike says

    Excellent collection here, I particular like some of the SEO plugins you mentioned.

    many thanks

  59. says

    wow , bunch of information at same place , even though i know most of them , when i saw all in one place , just bookmarked it

    Appreciations to the contributor

  60. says

    What a Workdpresse Plugins collection! of wordpress plugins. Thank you very much for sharing, this an absolute link to bookmark :)

  61. shoaib says

    whooooaaa,m gonna go nuts-Now i got something to play with this weekend(gonna love it)
    thnx a lot for such a nice listof plugins.
    Niffy wordpress webcam site is on the other tab.

  62. Perth SEO says

    Just when I thought I had enough Plugins, here are 33 more. Actually I already had a few of them installed. Nice work.

  63. says

    Some of my readers said that the captha plugin discouage them from leaving comments on my blog, so I had to remove that plugin.

  64. Alex says

    Thanks for the links to the plugins, very useful, I have just started my new blog and find this a bit too exciting and new.

  65. Teresa Johnson says

    I am looking for a plugin where comments can have a title displayed not just a person’s name and the date comment was displayed.

    I am also looking for a plugin that allows users to apply a tag to their comment just as one can apply tag/category to a Post.

  66. says

    Thanks for the post, i enjoyed reading it. blogging is not as easy as many think it is, it’s hardwork. any how thanks.

  67. Jam says

    Hi, what´s the name a the comment service for wordpress almost like disqus that just opened recently and has lots of impressing features? The name was kind of like “heat” or “Shine” or so – I can´t find the site any more…

  68. BunnygotBlog says

    This is totally awesome and so helpful.
    Thanks for taking the time to put this all together.

  69. says

    Thanks, that was a very useful collection of plugins. I do use CommentLuv, and that has proved to be very useful. There are a few others here that I will be investigating.

  70. Silencio says

    I’ve been using Disqus on my blog and for some reason, I think that people automatically don’t trust it, because I find it exceptionally hard to get any comments :P

    I wish it could use some of the features of these other plugins and still use diqus itself.

  71. says

    Nice collection, Dainis. I especially like the look of Quote Comments and SEO Super Comments. It’s hard to keep up with new plugins being made available so posts like this are very handy.

  72. says

    Oh, thank you soooooo much for this collection of plugins :-) Just that I was looking for at this moment, wonderful!

  73. Josh Straub says

    I thought I had seen every wordpress plugin that existed. Nope! This is a fantastic list and I was very surprised at how many useful plugins I wasn’t aware of. Thanks for collecting these.

    BTW I found this on the front page of Delicious.com!

    • says

      Yeah, the same happens with me all the time ;D I just find new and new sources and it’s never-ending process, but good thing is -there is always something new to learn!

      Great to see you passing by here!:)

  74. Titus says

    Thank you very much for the amazing list.
    I was wondering if it would be possible, in your next post, (“I am thinking about WordPress comment section hack roundup article”), to show ways of combining the functionality of some of the plugins presented here. (Is that possible at all???)

    Thank you,
    Titus.