Most of the times there may be posts on your website that can start a community discussion or even an argument among the visitors in the comments section. In this case, there may be people who would want to get alerts whenever there are new comments or replies to their comments that would appear on a particular blog post.
Of course, getting notifications about new comments or replies will help them keep the discussing going.
Sure, WordPress has comments feed but it is not that intuitive and not many users might not know about the comment feed. So, to make things easier and encourage discussions, you can allow users to subscribe to the comments in WordPress. This allows them to get alerts as soon as a new comment publishes on their favorite or subscribed article.
Without ado, let us see how to allow users to subscribers to comments in WordPress.
Allow Users to Subscribe to Comments
After installing and activating the plugin, open the plugin settings page by navigating to “StCR” (or “Settings > Subscribe to Comments” in older versions) in your WordPress dashboard.
Here, to adjust the preferences, navigate to the “Comment Form” tab.
The default settings here would be suitable for most types of websites. You can change the settings to suit your needs if you so wish.
To help you out, there’s a detailed description of what each setting does. After you have changed the settings, click on the save changes button.
You should now be able to see an option that allows users to subscribe to comments in WordPress on the front end.
In case you are wondering, you can easily customize the message that appears to your visitors from the “Message for your visitors” section under the Comments Form tab.
Manage Comment Subscriptions
As site Admin, visit the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded setting page as shown previously, and then go to the “Manage Subscriptions” tab. Here, you can see all the subscribers and can manage their subscriptions.
Also, the Management tab in the plugin’s settings page controls the content of the subscription page like the default slug, default body content, etc.
From the Notifications tab you can edit or manage the notifications sent your comment subscribers.
The plugin also allows your visitors/users to select and control various options in terms of managing the subscriptions.
By visiting a certain link that is sent via the email to subscribed users, they too can decide whether they would like to be subscribed or unsubscribed.
By default, the link would look like this.
Note: don’t forget to replace
www.example.com with your own domain name.
That’s all there is to do and it is that easy to allow users to subscribe to comments in WordPress. Since the plugin is highly customizable, make sure that you play with different settings and see what fits your needs.
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