February 14, 2011

WordPress plugins for managing comments

Following is a list of comment related WordPress plugins that are highly rated (at least 4 stars ) and are compatible with WordPress version 3.0 or higher

Help Encourage Commenting

Top Commentators Widget – Adds a sidebar widget to show the top commentators in your WP site.

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. First, the user will get an e-mail with a confirmation link, after the user has confirmed the subscription, he or she will be noticed about new comments.

Improve comment appearance

Greg’s Threaded Comment Numbering – Adds numbers to comments.

Easy Gravatars – Add Gravatars to your comments without modifying any template files. Just activate, and you’re done!

Fight Comment Spam

Akismet – Antispam plugin from the creators of WordPress that uses a central database of spam comments to flag spam. Requires a free API key from WordPress.com

Bad Behavior – Prevents spambots from even accessing your site by analyzing their HTTP requests.

Comment E-Mail Verification – Forces commentators to use a real e-mail address when commenting. The process is simple: For first time commenter, the comment is kept in moderation automatically. The commenter gets a confirmation e-mail with a link in it. Clicking that link takes the comment out of moderation and approves it.

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