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New WordPress Plugin – Comment Email Responder



When I started blogging, I pondered the best method to respond to reader comments. I use the Subscribe to Comments plugin, but I know that not every commenter subscribes.

Perhaps you’ve used this method: respond on your blog AND via email to the commenter. This ensures that everyone gets a response to every comment posted. Yep, it’s anal. But it also creates conversations and shows readers that you care.

The problem is that it takes time to respond via email, then copy and paste the response to the blog’s comment form, so everyone can see the response. Now there’s a better way!

New WordPress plugin

When I couldn’t find a ready-made solution, I decided that I’d have to make one myself. So I did!

Comment Email Responder is my first ever WordPress plugin. It has a brand new page here at Legal Andrew that explains how it works, simple installation instructions, and usage info.

The plugin doesn’t alter your database, and there’s only 5 simple installation steps. You basically edit the plugin file to include your email address, and drop a couple PHP statements into your comments.php file. I’m happy to help you get it installed.

The coolest feature (in my opinion) is that the plugin doesn’t send duplicate emails to commenters. If Bob comments on this page, and I use Comment Email Responder to reply, he will get a short email, showing my reply. But if Bob used Subscribe to Comments to subscribe to all comments on this post, he will receive that email, like everyone else. Cool, right?

Download and install

Download Comment Email Responder on its project page.

Installation instructions are also on the project page, as well as a change log and comment form for bugs, etc.

Finally, if you find this plugin useful, I appreciate your support, via link love or a small donation.

Update – Apr. 21, 12 PM – The plugin is now at version 2.22. Owen is now the primary developer, so download it over at the new plugin page.

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17 Responses to “New WordPress Plugin – Comment Email Responder”

  1. hem acharya
    April 17th, 2007

    oh i have already seen the effect of this plugin .. i got an email from u… i like this plugin … will intall… when i m free

  2. Andrew Flusche
    April 17th, 2007

    Hem,

    I’m glad you like the plugin. :)

  3. Lise
    April 18th, 2007

    Sweet, now if only I wasn’t using blogspot.

  4. Owen
    April 18th, 2007

    *grin* .. switch to WordPress ;)

  5. Andrew Flusche
    April 19th, 2007

    Lise,

    I’ve got to agree with Owen on this one: WordPress is much better than Blogger. But if you’ve been blogging for a while, switching is not a very simple task. It can be done, though.

    Take care,
    Andrew

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  8. [...] Comment Email Responder WordPress plugin: If you’re using WordPress this plugin will send an automated “thank you� email to readers as they place comments on your blog. This is a great way to let readers know that you appreciate their participation (and it will encourage repeat visitors) without spending any time. [...]

  9. Excellent plugin, been looking for this for a while…!

    Thank You

  10. FacingTheSharks
    July 25th, 2007

    Hey! I don’t have that plug-in for my WP. Should I fire my blog manager?

  11. Andrew Flusche
    July 26th, 2007

    FTS – I can install this plugin for you, but it’s not compatible with the plugin for users to edit comments. You’ll need to pick which one you’d rather have. Just let me know. :)

  12. jameswillisisthebest
    September 8th, 2007

    This is my first post
    just saying HI

  13. PWS - Manchester
    November 1st, 2007

    Just wanted to say nice plug-in. I like the live comment preview too – pretty cool!

  14. Idetrorce
    December 15th, 2007

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

  15. Phoenix
    August 11th, 2008

    Just like Andrew said, it need time to switch from Blogger to WordPress. I learning WP for almost 1 week, and still not finished yet :( . I’m also searching for this plugin. Thanks for the information :) .

  16. Zura
    November 3rd, 2008

    I’ve been using the plugin for a while. I just changed my theme, though, and it’s not working. I checked the database to make sure the user login thing is set to 10. What else can I check?

  17. Andrew Flusche
    November 3rd, 2008

    @Zura – If you need help with the plugin, contact Owen who now manages the plugin here.

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