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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


    I’m glad you like the plugin. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Lise
    April 18th, 2007

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

  4. Owen
    April 18th, 2007

    *grin* .. switch to WordPress ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Andrew Flusche
    April 19th, 2007


    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,