Comments add valuable discussion and are an important part of every blog. Here are 10 useful comment oriented WordPress plugins to help you fight spam, improve appearance and add functionality to your blog.
1. Better Comments Manager
Better Comments Manager is an extension of the default Wordpress comments manager which adds the ability to “View All Comments based by posts” and “Reply to comment from within Wordpress Admin Panel”.
2. Comment Relish
Comment Relish is a Wordpress plugin developed to send an e-mail message to users who comment on your website who have never commented before. The message dispatched to the user is defined within the plugin’s preferences. Numerous tags have been integrated to allow for information to be included in the message easily (I.E.: timestamp, author name, comment, ETC.).
3. Subscribe to Comments
Subscribe to Comments allows commenter’s on your blog to check a box before commenting and get e-mail notification of further comments. It is one of the most popular WordPress plugins out there for the simple reason that it helps foster a community around your blog by encouraging commenter’s to come back and stay engaged in the dialog.
4. WP Comment Moderation Notifier
WordPress Comment Moderation Notifier is a portable windows application that runs in the system tray and notifies you when new comments come in to the moderation queue. When there are new comments in the moderation queue a message will popup with the number of comments. Then you can launch your comment moderation page via the right-click menu.
5. Yet Another Threaded Comments Plugin
Using standard Wordpress your comments are linear, despite the fact that Wordpress provides the technical ability to thread comments. That way longer discussion Threads tend to get confusing, as the reader has to keep track who is responding to whom. YATCP (Yet another threaded comments plugin) tries to solve that problem by leveraging the possibilities provided by Wordpress.
Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. Akismet comes with WordPress by default but needs a WordPress.com API key to use it.
The MyAvatars plugin allows you to add MyBlogLog.com avatars to Wordpress comments.
8. Show Top Commentators
Show Top Commentators encourage more feedback and discussion from readers, by rewarding them every time they post a comment! Readers with the most comments are displayed on your Wordpress blog, with their names (linked to their website if they provided one).
9. Comment Timeout
Comment Timeout automatically closes comments on blog entries after a user-configurable period of time. It has options which allow you to keep the discussion open for longer on older posts which have had recent comments accepted, or to place a fixed limit on the total number of comments in the discussion.
10. Edit Comments Plugin
The Edit Comments Plugin allows users to edit comments for a configurable amount of time after they have posted their comment.