How to Display Your Top Commenters in WordPress Sidebar


Have you seen some blogs displaying their top commenters? Recently one of our users asked us how they could show their top commenters in the sidebar? Comments allow users to engage with the content on your website. This is why website owners use different methods to encourage comments. Showcasing your most active users in the sidebar of your site can be an effective strategy to motivate other users. In this article, we will show you how to display your top commenters in WordPress sidebar.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the Top Commenters Widget. Upon activation, visit Appearance » Widgets and simply drag and drop Top Commenters Widget to your sidebar.

Configuring top commenters widget settings

The widget comes with powerful settings that you can configure to meet your needs. First you can provide a title for the widget, the default title is ‘Top Commentators’.

After that you can add an optional text to thank users or simply leave it blank. The widget also allows you to exclude users from top commenters list. You may want to exclude yourself or other authors of your site.

By default the widget will reset the top commenter data every month however you can change that into week, month, year, or list all time top commenters as well.

More settings for top commenters widget

Among other options, you can choose whether you would like the usernames to be linked. You can also add nofollow attribute to the links.

Lastly, you can show an award image next to your top commenters or set a benchmark for the award. There is even an option to enter the URL of your own custom award image.

Once done, simply save the changes and your widget will be displayed in your sidebar.

We hope this article helped you display your top commenters in WordPress sidebar. You may also want to take a look at these 25 most useful WordPress widgets for your site.

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