WP Plugin Review: Absolute Comments

Periodically I like to spotlight WordPress plugins here that help in reader appreciation. One such plugin is called Absolute Comments.

Absolute Comments

I’ve reviewed a similar plugin in the past called Better Comments Manager, but Absolute Comments doesn’t add an extra panel. You can access everything through the familiar Comments admin panel.

The Plugin In Use

From within the Comments sub-panel, I look at my recent comments. I see someone has responded to a recent post I wrote.

A Sample Comment
A sample comment

Seeing that the comment needs a reply, I hit the spiffy “Reply” button, which displays a reply box instantaneously. I type in my reply and hit “Reply to Comment.” If I had some threaded comments type plugin, I could have hit “Thread Reply” instead.

Ajax Reply Box
Me replying to a comment

Once I hit “Reply to Comment”, the new comment is moved to the top. It’s as easy as that.

Replied Comment Shows up Via AJAX
My reply

Other Features Worth Mentioning

  1. The plugin is highly customizable. If you are comfortable editing PHP code, you can change the width of the text editor, the reply prefill, and numerous other options.
  2. Support for threaded comments
  3. Ajax Edit Comments is compatible. Okay, so this isn’t an advertised feature, but you can reply to and edit comments all in one place.
  4. Impressive localization. Numerous languages are already supported.
  5. Reply-to in e-mail notifications. If you receive e-mail notifications on e-mails, a reply-to link is included.

Conclusion

I highly recommend Absolute Comments for every WordPress blog (versions 2.2 or higher) to make replying to comments in the admin panel a snap. And replying to comments is an excellent way to show reader appreciation.

About William

William lives in Oakley, California and is an avid tech enthusiast. When he's not writing about online social networking and businesses, he is busy reviewing how social media affects us all.