WordPress started off as a blogging platform and comments being as one of the essential features. Today comments still support interaction with your audience and there are some excellent plugins that help improve that comment engagement.
With over 200,000 active plugins this is probably the most used WordPress comment plugin. You need to create a Disqus account to use this plugin (for free). Essentially, it takes over management of your comments and replaces your comments with their own system. For your users, they can comment with different social media accounts, upload media and also see other posts that are active in engagement.
Here is what Disqus looks like in action on your site:
I want to also mention that you won’t loose your comments. If you deactivate the plugin, your plugins are still intact!
CommentLuv gives some “love” back to your commenter but automatically posting a link to their latest blog post after they comment on your site.
Here’s is an example of CommentLuv in action on Ginger & Co
Want your comments to gain more exposure? Facebook Comments Plugin is one of the most popular comment plugins used with WordPress website owners. The benefit to your visitors is giving them a fast way to comment using their facbook profile info and then allowing them to share it on their feed so your post gains more exposure.
Encourage comments when people can connect comments to their social media profile. Options are Google+, Facebook, Disqus and WordPress. Not only does it make it faster to comment with account information but your commenter has the option of sharing the comment and allowing more exposure.
By default, when you leave a comment on a WordPress site you don’t have any way of tracking the ongoing discussion.With Subscribe to Comments reloaded, commenters have the option of being emailed updates to the comment section to promote ongoing discussion and engagement. JetPack also has a subscriber to comments feature but what I like about this plugin is the ability to customize the emails send to your comments subscribers.
Another WordPress plugin for comment subscription with the unique feature of allowing your comment subscribers to reply to the comment by hitting reply to the email!
As the tagline says, this plugin is supposed to “surpercharge” your comments and it does that by adding a tun of features to your comments. Many of the added features are similar to the plugins already mentioned (comment with social media and be be notified of comment updates) but there are two other features that are kinda neat: vote up comments and do an automatic refresh (ajax) so you see your comments appear immediately after submission.
PS. Since we are on the topic of comments. I’d like to also make note that enabling the Akismet Plugin will help greatly with Spammed Comments. If you still find you are getting Spam then the Anti-Spam by Clean Talk plugin might work for you!