Next up on the “Five” series is a sampling of 5 comment related plugins from the WordPress Plugin Directory. There are 395 plugins as of today that are tagged with the term comment to choose from.
Comments are the lifeblood of any website. That is where the true interaction happens not only between the creator of the website and visitors but also between the visitors themselves of a website.
So I dug through the WordPress plugin directory and came up with what I believe are five plugins to help increase the interaction on your website:
SI CAPTCHA for WordPress: This plugin gives you an anti-spam measure on your comment form to help reduce the number of SPAM comments your website receives. Now don’t get me wrong – ASKIMET does a terrific job of stopping SPAM comments (according to their website 82% of all comments are SPAM). Well this plugin requires human intervention to answer/type in the CAPTCHA phrase in order to submit the comment. Bots and other automated methods of spamming your blog can not answer that phrase and thus the comment never makes it into your site – not even into the ASKIMET SPAM queue. This one is very popular – 28,130 downloads all time and 3,034 in the last week.
WP Comment Auto Responder: Here is a great way to encourage commenter’s to come back to your site after making a comment. This plugin will send them a customized email that you create in the settings. This automated email is a great opportunity to thank them for their comment and invite them to come back to the website and continue the conversation.
Thank Me Later: This plug in takes the previous plugin and goes one step further. The extra step is to insert a given amount of time in between the original comment and a thank you email for that comment. It can be set to send that follow-up thank you email an hour, day, week or month later. What this does is remind that commenter of the fact they were on your site and hopefully bring them back for a follow-up to that original comment. The email message is very customizable with tags that represent several variables in the comments.
Featuring CountComments: Want a quick snapshot of how active some of your commenters are? This little plugin will insert the total number of comments that an author/user has made on your blog. One catch with this one is that the commenter must be registered and logged in to comment. This will not work with anonymous entries.
Commenttwitter: Here is a little Twitter integration with your comments. Imagine the conversation that could be driven to your website by having someone who takes the time to comment on on of your website postings tweet that comment and a blog post link to their Twitter stream?
So what type of plugins do you use to enhance your website comments? Would love to hear success stories on increasing the discussions and comments at your site.