What Is The Best WordPress Comment Plugin?

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So, how’s the manuscript coming?  Writer’s Block?  No worries.  Grab a cup of coffee, chat up the cute barista for a bit then take a seat and relax for a moment while I fill you in on what is the best WordPress comment plugin.

It Drove Me Crazy!

what is the best wordpress contact form pluginOkay, this drove me absolutely crazy when I first started putting my site together and nobody could give me a simple solution that just plain old worked.

The theme I chose for this blog, as well as most themes I’m sure, came with an email address and website field in the comment form. The email address is usually required in order to make a comment and the website url is optional. I did not want these two fields to show up because I’m not collecting emails and, in my opinion, may discourage people from leaving a comment.

Ghastly!

wordpress contact form freeAfter investigating the issue, it seems I would have to put some extra coding into my theme in order to get rid of these fields. The downside to this solution is twofold. I don’t know anything about coding and, from what I understand, this extra coding disappears as soon as the theme updates and I would have to do it all over again. I know what you’re thinking. Ghastly, Barb! Isn’t it, though!

Searched

wp contact form pluginI know. I know. Get to the point. The cute barista is winking at you.  Gotcha, upon researching some more, I found that this problem could be corrected by using a WordPress plugin. So, I searched and searched and finally found a simple little plugin. There’s no bells and whistles. It just does what it has to do with one added benefit in that you can add text before and after the comment form.

Woo! Hoo!

Caution

what is the best wordpress contact form pluginNow, first, I must say that I do not know the creator of this plugin nor do I endorse it. I just know that it the best WordPress comment plugin for me because it’s basic and does what it’s supposed to do – no bells and whistles!  Anyway, use it at your own peril.

The plugin is called “Advanced Comment Form” by Thomas Maier. Just follow these steps to install it.

The “How To” Part

  1. best comment plugin wordpressGo to Add Plugins in the left side menu and click “Add New.”
  2. Once there, type “Advanced Comment Form” into the search bar to find it.
  3. Click “Install.”
  4. Click “Activate.”
  5. On the left side menu, point at “Comments” and a drop down menu appears. Click on “Comment Form.”
  6. Check off the boxes of the fields you don’t want.
  7. (Optional) Add personalized text before and after the comment box.
  8. Click “Save Changes”

So, that’s all for now.  I’d love to hear from you.  If you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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  1. JT

    Thanks for the info, I finally found my pesky email field remover. I’m working on a gaming related site and If there’s one thing I know about gamers we like to stay as anonymous as possible when leaving comments, lol.
    I’m definitely gonna give Advanced Comment Form a try. Just out of curiosity, did you only use it for email field removal or did you find some other useful tweaks?
    JT

    • Barb

      Hi, JT! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I’m so glad I could help you out. I removed the website field as well. In my opinion, forcing someone to leave their email address or website just to make a comment would simply discourage them from leaving a comment. I really want to interact with my readers not invade their privacy. Cheers!

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