Better Comments Manager – WordPress Plugin release

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 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.


WordPress 2.x and above


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.


  • Version 1.0 released Sunday, May 13th 2007


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


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


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 [email protected]

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Keith Dsouza

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  • Matt

    Love the AJAX update ! Thank you.

  • keith

    Hey Matt, My pleasure :)

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  • Rolando

    It installed without any problem, but when I went to the Better Comment option page, it did not load for some reason. Weird.

    I’m on WP 2.2 using a custom theme.

  • keith

    Hi Rolando,

    Thanks for letting me know. Can you let me know a little more about the error, does it have show just the blank screen?

    Could you also tell me the Browser version and OS you are using.


  • Lanooz

    Since I had updated my wordpress to 2.2 this plugin is out of order. Most people got a problem with it in wordpress 2.2. will be great, if you update this awesome plugin :)

  • keith

    Hi Lanooz,

    Can you tell me the problems you are facing with WP2.2 I will definitely try and fix them.


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  • Lanooz

    Instead of showing me a comment that I posted via this plugin it’s breaking up this whole page. And the error 404 appearing in the part of admin panel.
    Here’s the screenshot
    Yes, this page that is appearing that’s the error 404.

    (and in default: click)

    And of course, it doesn’t post any comment.


  • Lanooz

    Ouch. Ignore that first paragraph in this comment above, sorry :)

  • keith

    Hi Lanooz,

    Thanks for letting me know about the problem.

    I can see that you are using a customized theme for the admin, I haven’t tested it with customized themes yet. But will do it now.

    Can you please give me more details about which wordpress version you are using, the customized theme etc.


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  • Lanooz

    Newest wordpress version – 2.2
    And SpotMilk theme for admin panel.
    I think that’s all..?
    If there are other things that you would like to know, just tell.

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  • Jaypee

    I’m running WP 2.2 and using the Spotmilk Admin theme and I have no problem with this plugin. There could another plugin that’s causing a conflict.

    Btw, great job with the plugin Keith! I like this plugin so much and I just did a review for it here :D

  • keith

    Hi Jaypee,

    Thanks for the review, I am glad you liked it.
    Have a few more features I want to add hope to do it soon, just caught up with work so could not implement it yet.


  • lilian

    Hi Keith
    Awesome plugin! I use it for two of my sites. One is working but the other is not. I get this message:

    Your comment is rejected as your browser’s agent string has changed since you viewed this post.

    Hmmm…I can’t figure out why. I am using a modified theme though.

    Lilian aka 5xmom

  • keith

    Hi Lilian,

    Glad you liked it. I will have a look at the problem you are facing so that I would be able to help you out.

    I will definitely fix this in the next version if I can find out the problem


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  • Jaypee

    @Keith – You’re welcome! Looking forward to the upcoming features for this great plugin. More power! :)

  • Lanooz

    That’s strange. Maybe Japee is right, i could be some plugin fault.
    So i will check soon.