As you might know it’s very important to have the option to let visitors comment on your website. WordPress offers this function for both posts and pages by itself, but there is a way to do this better, and best of all: it’s free!
By allowing comments you give visitors of your website / blog the possibility to give their opinion on your information, and to ask questions / give more information. Not only is this great to get more commitment with your audience, also it’s a great way to get a better search results position. This is because there’s more information on your website, and your website becomes more present.
The danger of comment settings
First, let’s talk about the danger of comments. With the wrong settings allowing comments could turn out to be a disaster! I’ve had clients that used the wrong settings. Spammers found out about this and put a lot of spam on the website, which was directly visible!
My advice is to always manually aprove comments, and never let them be published automatically! This is very easy to set in the Settings > Discussion menu.
Another way to disable / reduce spam is to use a anti spam plugin. Akismet is often installed in WordPress automatically, but is only free for non commercial websites. Commercial websites need a paid plan. There are however also plugins that are free and work great. I always use Spam Free WordPress for my own and client websites.
Using better comments
The built in WordPress commenting system works fine, but that’s it. It’s not really an engaging way to allow comments. Some time ago I stumbled across a great plugin called Disqus comment system. This is a website working with a free WordPress plugin. You need an account on Disqus, but it’s free.
Disqus is highly customisable, existing comments can easily be imported and it will appear on every post and page where ‘normal’ WordPress comments would show up.
With Disqus you can follow a discussion, make it favourite, sort, share, login and much more.
Apart from the moderation settings it’s also possible to set the standard settings for posts and pages. You can set new articles to automatically allow or disallow comments. Also, you can set this for each individual article. This way you can perfectly set where you want to allow comments and set the general setting for new articles.
Comments in Divi
Divi is the latest and best theme of the WordPress theme developers from Elegant Themes. As mentioned before I really love the theme for it’s great options and the way it works. Divi however doesn’t allow comments on pages by itself, this has to be set in the Divi Theme Options, in Layout options, tab Single page layout.
Some free tips about comments
- Use the right comment settings
- Always reply on a comment of visitors
- Ask for comments in your posts, just like I do 😉
- Can’t you find the settings in the post or page? open the screen options on top at the right, and enable Discussion
- Use Disqus 😉 After all, it’s free!
What’s your opinion?
I’d like to know what your opinion is, so if you have any experience with comments, please comment below! I’m looking forward to your opinion!