How to Improve Default WordPress Comments with wpDiscuz
In most WordPress themes comments and the comment form section are quite boring. Improving the interface can increase your user engagement. In this article, we will show you how to improve default WordPress comments with wpDiscuz.
Why Use wpDiscuz?
Often users feel that the default WordPress comment system looks outdated which is true. For example, users cannot vote on comments, share them, or subscribe to comment replies.
Comment form layout is also the most ignored part in most WordPress themes. Tiny user interface enhancements can actually make a huge impact on how people comment on your site. A plain looking web form is not appealing and encouraging.
This is why users move away to third party commenting systems like Disqus. We tried Disqus on WPBeginner, but we switched away because it decreased engagement and total comments – see Disqus review.
WPDiscuz provides an alternate to Disqus, JetPack, and the default WordPress comments. WPDicuz allows you to have all the most desired features while still using the native WordPress comment system.
How to Setup wpDiscuz
First thing you need to do is install and activate the wpDiscuz plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Comments » wpDiscuz Settings page to configure plugin settings.
The settings page is divided into different sections. The default options should work for most websites, but you can review and change them if you need.
The plugin can show newer comments just as they appear. However, this setting is turned off by default. If you are using a shared WordPress hosting, then you should keep it that way. The plugin can still automatically look and fetch newer comments on regular time intervals.
Once you are done, simply click on the save changes button to store your settings.
Changing Plugin Messages
WpDiscuz also allows you to change the text displayed for the comments interface. Simply click on Comments » WpDiscuz Phrases to edit them.
This feature is particularly useful if you want to change any default text displayed by the plugin. You can also use it to translate the comment form interface into another language.
That’s all, we hope this article helped you add a better commenting experience to your WordPress site. You may also want to check out our list of 12 vital tips to combat comment spam in WordPress.