From a site owner and an avid bloggers perspective, if you create a blog and take the time to formulate useful content for your visitors to read, then you’d like them to share their insight and contribute to your collection of hard-pressed articles. Correct? Therefore, if by creating quality content this means that one will receive useful and valuable feedback, then why not bring creativity and uniqueness to that aspect of your blog?
One of the greatest rewards a blogger can receive is the feedback given by their readers; this is why leaving comments should be fun, easy, and entertaining. Below you will find 10 of the top creative WordPress tips and tricks for your comment page that will surely make your blogging life not only simpler, but fun for your readers.
Popular blogs have a knack for proudly displaying the total number of subscribers and followers through twitter and feedburner, it’s a ritual. In addition to displaying the number of people that read your articles through feedburner, you can also showcase the entire number of comments ever published on your blog. All that’s required of you to do is place this simple code anywhere you’d like within your blog.
Reading through comments can be somewhat daunting for the “faint at heart”, especially if the blog has numerous feedback posted. You can make it easier for your readers to scan through your comments by placing them in a row of alternating colors. This makes it a painless process to distinguish the difference between comments as the separations become clearer.
If you’re looking for something creative to do to your WordPress theme, then you can start by customizing your comment boxes. With this trick you can manage to steer away from the realm of mediocre commenting that sometimes draw your readers away instead of catching their eyes. Once you catch a commenter’s eyes through the use of graphics, you’ll grab their attention as well. The more attention you’re able to get a hold of, the more comments will start to trickle down your pages.
When another blog links your post to theirs a comment in the form of a trackback will appear. If trackbacks are active within your blog you shouldn’t mix them with regular comments because readers can easily confuse them with comments posted by other visitors.
This tip will help differentiate and make the authors comments stand-out from the rest. This allows readers to quickly identify an authors response without having to constantly search for them.
If your posts contain ample amount of comments, it can be beneficial to your readers and possibly yourself if you display a corresponding number next to it.
It can also come of great use to disable commenting on older posts. This allows your comments to always be on the latest and up-to-date content on your site. In WordPress 2.7 this is a feature, however, in older versions you have to add a similar “hack” like this one.
By removing the comment section on your blog it may seem as though you’re compromising a vital part of your community, and you may be. However, there are times that as a blog author you wish to publish certain posts that will not leave a trail of responses behind it.
There are those whose obsession with Twitter is a bit unhealthy. However, if you wish to diversify your comment page then you can integrate Twittastic graphics on your comments.
Multiple commenting can become hectic, and as things may get hectic they may also get a little reckless. Ergo, a reader (or an author) can easily make a mistake when creating a comment. This nifty trick allows a reader to edit their comments within an alloted time, while blog owners can edit any comment at any time. This is only available for WordPress versions 2.5 and after.