Better Comments Manager – WordPress Plugin release
By on May 13th, 2007

Update: TODO list for Better Comments Manager
Add AJAX support to the reply to comments from Better Comments Manager Plugin
. Thanks to Arpit for the suggestion. This will be released in version 1.1 Version 1.2 is now available and it includes support which allows you to reply to the comments without loading a new page. Also shows posts title instead of the view link. You can get it here.

I switched to WordPress about a month ago from Joomla and I absolutely love it. While I was using Joomla I used to create customized mambots, modules and components for my site. Now its turn to give all wordpress users a new plugin.

After the move to WordPress I had started getting quite a few comments and to reply to them I had to always visit the post and reply from the comments form. This started to become more painful as I wanted to reply to all comments but they were across multiple posts and this made my task of replying to comments a bit difficult.

Then it came across to me that why not have a plugin where I could simply reply to the post from within the comment managing screen, that’s when the idea for Better Comments Manager came to my mind.

I am proud to release my first WordPress plugin to all users. Hope you like it and can put it to good use.

What is Better Comments Manager?

Better Comments Manager is an extension of the default WordPress comments manager. I have added two new features to the default WordPress Comments Manager.

  1. Reply to comment from within WordPress Admin Panel.
  2. View All Comments based by posts.

Ok so you don’t notice anything different than the default comment manager, have a look at this image ;)

Now you see in addition to the normal tasks for a comment, there are two new links one which says Reply and another which says View all.

Features Explained

1. Reply to comment from within WordPress Admin Panel.

The title says it all, you can reply to every individual comment from within the WordPress Admin so you do not have to go to individual posts to reply to comments.

Here are few screens which take you through the Reply to comments feature.

Clicking on reply links takes you to a page where you can reply to the comment.

Just enter your reply for the comment and click on Reply to Comment. That’s it the comment will now appear on the post and you didn’t even have to visit the individual post to reply to the user.

Now isn’t this a handy feature. This definitely helps me to interact much better with my readers.

2. View All Comments based by posts.

This is a goodie which I thought should be a part of this plugin, it simply lets you view all the comments based on a particular post. So if you want to see the reactions for a particular post only then you can simply click the View All link in the Better Comments Manager.

This feature helps me track all comments for a particular post and makes organizing comments more better.

Installation

Installation is simple. Just unzip the better-comments-managerfolder into your plugins folder and activate the plugin. From there, you and your users should be able to edit comments you should be able to edit comments and interact better with your users.

Requirements

WordPress 2.x and above

Usage

Once you are logged into the WordPress admin panel, clicking on Comments link will show a sub menu called Better Comments Manager, clicking on that link will allow you to use the features described above.

ChangeLog

  • Version 1.0 released Sunday, May 13th 2007

License

All files and their contents are licensed under the General Public License(GPL).

Support

If you feel this plugin has helped you can leave a small donation towards further plugin development.


Download

Download Better Comments Manager v1.0 downloaded times

Please note this plugin is still in beta state and may have bugs. If you find any bugs or want to report any problems you have faced please feel free to leave your comments or you can send me a email at wpplugins@techie-buzz.com

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  • keith

    Hey Maki,

    Thanks a lot for spreading the news with your readers.

    I hope this saves wordpress admins a lot of time.

    Keith

    • Belinda

      Hi-
      I have installed this plugin with WordPress 2x but when I reply to a comment, it doesn’t show up at all…please advise–thanks!

      • http://debohobo.com Debo Hobo

        I am having the same issue.

        • ilan

          not working for me

        • http://monoros.de monoros

          not working for me

    • kai

      great~

      • http://www.mektube.net cell

        Thanks :)

  • http://www.clazh.com Arpit Jacob

    hey cool plugin man. How about making it Ajax based also the ability to edit the timestamp.

    • bob

      great idea

  • keith

    Hey Arpit,

    Thanks for you suggestion, I would definitely incorporate this in the next release.

    Thanks
    Keith

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  • http://www.nirmaltv.com Nirmal

    Hey nice plug-in, will definitely use it. I was actually searching for a plugin which can comment from the admin panel. Thanks again

  • keith

    Hey Nirmal,

    Glad you liked it, I am using the same plugin to reply to your right now.

    Cheers
    Keith

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  • http://ajaydsouza.com/ Ajay

    Great job on the plugin! This is definitely one must have… just a suggestion, if you can hit the reply button and load the form on the same page instead of a new page, then it will be cooler :)

    • http://www.fotocomedia.com Geeko

      just testing the reply.

  • keith

    Hi Ajay,

    Glad you liked the plugin, Yes I will be releasing a update on this sometime mid week which will allow you to reply from within the page itself.

    Thanks
    Keith

    • Dan

      Nice…

  • http://www.bestairmiledeals.com Best Airmiles Deals

    I’ve been looking for a plugin like this! Thanks so much!

  • keith

    Hey Best Airmiles,

    Glad you like the plugin

    Keith

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  • http://www.jestertunes.com/ jester

    I have been looking for something like this forever! Thanks for building it…

    I do have an error code that generates when I submit a comment from your reply screen. The comment gets saved and appears correctly on the site but the error pops up and does not send me back to the comments screen.

    Here’s the error:

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/jester/public_html/wp-admin/admin-header.php:16) in /home/jester/public_html/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 275

    Any ideas?

  • keith

    Hey Jester,

    Thanks for the bug info, I will look into it and fix it, could you please let me know the version of WP you are using and the browser and OS too. It would help me a lot in solving this.

    Thanks
    Keith

  • http://www.jestertunes.com/ jester

    Hey Keith, I’m running wordpress 2.1.2 on a hosted server that uses cpanel. Browser is firefox 2.0.0.3 on Mac 10.4.9 .

    Thanks for looking into it.

    • http://prettygeeky.com alldoneup

      cool, just testing

  • keith

    Thanks for the information. I will try and fix this issue ASAP, I am releasing a newer version this week, which is much more powerful and integrates with another nifty comments plugin.

    The bugs are my priority though and will fix it before i release the next version.

    Keith

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  • http://shamuswrites.com Jim

    This is a really slick plugin. I like it very much.

    I’m getting the same error jester is. I’m using WP 2.1.3 on the same type of server (Bluehost, if it matters) with PHP 4.4.4. I’m using Firefox 2.0.0.3 on Windows XP.

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  • keith

    HI Technobites,

    Thanks for the link back.

    Keith

  • keith

    Hi Jim,

    Glad you liked the plugin, I am working on fixing the bugs and adding new features, should be released this weekend.

    Thanks
    Keith

  • keith

    Hi planetOzh,

    Thanks for featuring me this as the plugin of the month.

    Keith

  • http://www.techzilo.com Sumesh

    Too many plugins would slow down the blog, ya’ know!

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