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Better Comments Manager WordPress Plugin

written by John Chow on August 25, 2007

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This blog gets tons of comments everyday. Managing them can be a lot of work. A few months ago, Keith Dsouza from Techie Buzz emailed me saying he created a WordPress plugin that will allow me to better managed my comments.

The plugin allows you to reply to comments from within the WordPress admin panel. There was only one problem – it didn’t work with Brian’s threaded comments. I told Keith to give me a shout once he gets the plugin working with threaded comments.

Not only did Keith did as I requested but he added a bunch of other features to the new Better Comments Manager. Among the new features of Better Comments Manager are:

  • Removed scrolling effect on adding a new comment
  • Compatible to store threaded replies
  • Added functionality to edit comments from within the same page
  • You can either add a threaded reply or create a new reply
  • Accessible from the WordPress main menu


Installation of the plugin is a simple download, unzip, upload and activate. The plugin works really well and is a pleasure to use. The ability to quickly reply to comments from within the WordPress admin panel is a real time saver. I highly recommend this plugin for any WordPress blog that gets even a handful of comments.

Download Better Comments Manager

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John Cow August 25, 2007 at 12:07 am

Looks like something we can use!

Lance August 25, 2007 at 2:23 am

Only for WP user :cry:

KingJacob August 25, 2007 at 6:54 am

why not move to wordpress?

DeboHobo August 25, 2007 at 10:39 am

I did an I totally love it. :razz:

Simon's Money Notes August 25, 2007 at 10:11 pm

I will as soon as my friend sorts out my hosting. cool comment picture John :mrgreen:

Wahlau.NET August 26, 2007 at 12:36 am

don’t have so much comments.

Rick Yuen August 25, 2007 at 12:27 am

Yep, something to use if you get many comments.

Sean August 25, 2007 at 12:38 am

Please someone answer this question:

How do you get the Brian’s Threaded Comment Plug-in to function :?:
I only brought this up because john mentioned it in his post and I remember I never was able to get it to work.

About the Comment Manager… It’s very good if you have a lot of post and lot of comments, but if you have a couple of posts, then it’s useless o waste of time if you ask me.

I will be installing it though! :lol:

Please answer my question John! I did search the Internet but nothing!

John Chow August 25, 2007 at 8:55 am

I had no trouble getting it to work and you never said what problems you experience. Need more details.

DeboHobo August 25, 2007 at 10:56 am

I’ve made replies to both ‘Reply’ and ‘Threaded’ and all I’m getting is a blank white screen once I hit ‘reply’. I hit refresh nothing. I arrow back and there is not reply.

Does this really work John?

John Chow August 25, 2007 at 4:38 pm

What browser are you using? I had no problems with Firefox.

Johan Cyprich August 25, 2007 at 6:52 pm

Firefox has problems displaying all of the comments when there are many posted. I’m not sure at what point it fails. IE7 works perfectly for any number of comments.

Swiss_Mouse August 25, 2007 at 5:51 pm

I had huge problems with Brian’s Threaded comments on my specific theme and had to remove it. It just did NOT function with IE7, but did with IE6. For Firefox it did some wacky overlay thing.
I haven’t seen the issue anywhere else…so I guess it’s the theme.
But I might try it again and look at Better Comments Manager. Looks interesting.

shaun August 25, 2007 at 12:40 am

Looks like a good plugin for blogs who get a lot of comments like this site.

karim August 25, 2007 at 1:16 am

yes its a great plugin :lol:

devil August 25, 2007 at 12:43 am

nice work

Shaun Carter August 25, 2007 at 12:56 am

Hey pretty cool plugin. I certainly don’t get enough comments to utilize it though.

DeboHobo August 25, 2007 at 10:59 am

John wrote in his e-book that not replying to the comments that you do get will kill a blog. You have to build relationships with your readers no matter how many or how few.

will August 26, 2007 at 8:16 am

yea i sorta felt the same way as well. sometimes replying to the same and only person that replys to my blog gets old though… :cry:

Hawaii SEO August 25, 2007 at 1:08 am

WordPress Gets better every day. I just wish a lot of this would get integrated into the core program already. Every time WordPress updates the software, plugin developers need to fix bugs and blog owners need to spend money to repair the systems.

KingJacob August 26, 2007 at 4:05 pm

“Spend money to repair the system”
Wordpress and 98% of plugins are free. To update you usually just replace the old with the new, very easy.

Geedos August 26, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Plus you get the added advantage of the plugins being thoroughly tested by all the other gazillions of Wordpress users before you install / update them which makes it pretty bulletproof and even easier to upgrade.

Ken August 25, 2007 at 1:10 am

I opened a new blog last night and spent quite some time trying to decide if Word Press was for me. Yahoo offer their customers Yahoo 360, Word Press and Movable Type. The first was too simple, but Word Press is way above the level that I need at the moment.

Eventually I went along to Blogger and found that I could use their tools and still host the site on my own domain – so I did that.

Geedos August 25, 2007 at 1:22 am

I’m curious as to how Wordpress was above the level you need? I use it and personally I find the way it scales is fantastic.

It’s incredibly easy to use and you can leave it as simple as you like or alternatively customise it hugely and choose from the hundreds of great plugins that are available to add in.

SEO Optimization August 25, 2007 at 3:03 am

Yeah, i am really curious about that too. WordPress is easier to use than eating a iceCream. All it takes you is chose the permalink you want to use, chose the name/description of your site…and add your categories, there you go. Of course if you want further customization you can do that, but by time, no need to rush.

Cash Quests August 25, 2007 at 2:33 am

Using blogger is a big mistake if you’re hoping to make money. Trust me – I mistakenly used it for six months and my earnings quadrupled once I went to wordpress. It looks more professional and you can do a lot more with it.

If you think that WordPress is above you, you should seriously consider how dedicated you are to making money online. If you’re not prepared to put the time in to learn wordpress, you’re not prepared for the effort required to make money online.

will August 26, 2007 at 8:18 am

very true. blogger is more for people who just want to speak their minds. Wordpress gives way more features in terms of making money online. and oh yea.. it’s way more professional. :cool:

Rhys August 25, 2007 at 5:10 am

Why are you not on Wordpress? Don’t you want to get to the level where you need wordpress?

I manage blogs that have 2/3 posts per year, all are on Wordpress. It gives you a level of control that Blogger cannot offer.

John Chow August 25, 2007 at 8:57 am

There are two types of blogger on the Internet: Those who use Wordpress, and those who wish they use Wordpress. :mrgreen:

DeboHobo August 25, 2007 at 10:51 am

Amen brotha! I used blogger for two months. BIG MISTAKE! Switch to wordpress now and save yourself the headache of realizing later and losing readers when you do the swith later. Because you will be swithcing when you see what limitations there really are with bogger.

Simon's Money Notes August 25, 2007 at 10:13 pm

I guess I wish I used WP :sad:

KingJacob August 26, 2007 at 4:08 pm

What platform is simnotes :?:

DeboHobo August 26, 2007 at 6:22 pm

I would get it before you get reviewed by JC. How is that fundraiser going?

karim August 25, 2007 at 1:12 am

its a geat thanks

karim August 25, 2007 at 1:14 am

thanks john :lol:

Wayne Liew August 25, 2007 at 1:16 am

Replying to a comment without starting another comment will be great. I don’t quite like Brian’s threaded comments since it does not match with my blog color scheme and I am not that good with codes.

Will try this out now! :-)

Karim August 25, 2007 at 1:18 am

yes its nice work :lol: :lol:

Geedos August 25, 2007 at 1:26 am

Sounds good John – now you just need that Ajax comment system!

Making The Money August 25, 2007 at 1:28 am

Another one in the “I don’t get enough comments” gang, but if I ever get more than 3 a day I’ll consider it!

Tay - Super Blogging August 25, 2007 at 1:47 am

Thanks for posting about this John. I’m definitely lazy so this’ll be one that comes in handy for me. I’m going to use it on my blog as well. :)

Click Input August 25, 2007 at 2:12 am

If one blog needs it, I suppose it is this one!

timsky August 25, 2007 at 2:42 am

Nice plugin, I’ll give it a try.

BTW, I’m looking for a plugin that will allow to devide post comments into multimple pages.. There are some posts on my blog with 400+ comments, it takes time to load that pages. I thought it would be nice to make it 50 comments on page for example..

John, maybe you know any solutions?

Anraiki August 25, 2007 at 2:51 am

Looks ugly D:

Ramil August 25, 2007 at 2:53 am

I would suggest a plugin that would paginate the comments :mrgreen:

Krillz August 25, 2007 at 3:31 am

that would be great.

SEO Optimization August 25, 2007 at 3:04 am

Sounds as a good plugin, will give it a try even tho the amount of comments on my blog are not much.

Rhys August 25, 2007 at 5:08 am

Looks like an awesome plugin! I may give it a spin in a few weeks (I’m in the crowd that gets quite a lot of comments and have trouble managing them) August 25, 2007 at 5:14 am

Thanks for sharing, John.

Zeeshan August 25, 2007 at 6:50 am

You may want to filter that screenshot, your input form states “E-mail (required – never shown publicly)”, but the screenshot show’s a live user’s email address and IP.

I am well aware this means not shown to crawlers which can easily read it, but it may still be professional to honour the email suppression to the general public unless the user indicated otherwise or was made aware it would be leaked (be it text, in visual or audio form).

John Chow August 25, 2007 at 9:00 am

I can be in such a rush sometimes. Thanks.

Simon's Money Notes August 25, 2007 at 10:15 pm

Not that I mind that much :mrgreen: but thanks anyway

swollenpickles August 25, 2007 at 7:10 am

So does this plugin replace the old threaded comments plugin or would I still need to install that as well?

John Chow August 25, 2007 at 9:01 am

This works with Brian’s Threader Comments. It doesn’t replace it.

DeboHobo August 25, 2007 at 11:04 am

Bingo, now I know the problem I was having. I need to upload the Brian’s Threader Comments. I only have the origianal comments loaded.

Making The Money August 26, 2007 at 10:32 am

I could never get the threaded comments plugin to work. gave up on it in the end, luckily I don’t get enough comments for it to be a problem.

DeboHobo August 26, 2007 at 6:25 pm

I thought I had got it to work, but its not. I don’t have a lot of comments either. I average about two per post. But why not get it up and running now so when I do get bigger it is already in place and I am comfortable using it.

Max August 25, 2007 at 7:41 am

This is an awesome plugin John! :)

Eric August 25, 2007 at 7:51 am

Is this a bit overwhelming for a blog? Wouldn’t it be better to re-direct readers to a forum – which is built for this type of communication?

Matt Robison August 25, 2007 at 9:15 am

I was just thinking how great it would be to respond to comments in the admin panel. Thanks for the heads up.

ThomasUkm August 25, 2007 at 9:34 am

That’s a great plugin. A real timesaver for those who receive a lot of comments.

Bozdemir August 25, 2007 at 9:36 am

I do not receive many comments on my blog, so I don’t have a huge pile of comments, I manage them by hand, so maybe in the future I can use such tools. Thank you for your recommendation :wink:

israel August 25, 2007 at 10:12 am

i dont see whats the use of this. why not just respond normally?

Money Blue Book August 25, 2007 at 3:32 pm

Keep those excellent Wordpress Plugin coming! I’m busy tinkering and installing them on my finance/money blog. Great stuff!
:razz: :razz: :razz:
-Raymond August 25, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Nice plugin. Will link to it from my Wordpress plugin blog :smile:

glblguy August 25, 2007 at 7:18 pm

I installed this last week on a recommendation from a friend. It works great. I had a post that generated a higher than usual number of comments, and using this plugin to reply made things much easier.

Thanks for sharing John!

Ken August 25, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for your replies – WordPress does seem to be the flavour of the month around here, so why did I decide not to use it?

Basically because I am a writer, and not a techie. I used to write short stories in those dear, dead, pre-internet days, and now what I am doing is picking up extra money by writing sponsored reviews. I have done 12 in my first week on the old blog, but it is not really a good platform for taking sponsored postings, and I want to keep it as a politics forum.

The aim is to earn about £25 to £50 a week from sponsored postings and adverts. The rest of my income comes from teaching and my shop. Blogger is a perfect, simple platform for my new blog.

Given this, what could WordPress offer me that Blogger doesn’t?

Geedos August 26, 2007 at 7:27 pm

I’m not sure what you’ve heard but you don’t need to be a technie to run WordPress – it’s very simple to use.

In terms of what it could offer you here’s just a couple of points:
1. More control over the layout / colour scheme – and you don’t have to be a code monster to do this
2. The option of getting rid of the “Next Blog” button at the top of your page courtesy of blogger
3. The fact your blog will look more professional (better layout) and is very easily customisable (drag and drop sidebar widgets) moving forward if you decide a spring clean in is order

They’re only my thoughts – ultimately you’ve got to be happy yourself with what you use but WordPress is a very simple to use platform and it’s not just evil money makers who use it.

Ken August 25, 2007 at 8:47 pm

I do have another question for the panel – sorry about this.

I set up a tourist site on As the late Emperor Hirohito of Japan almost said, this has turned out to be not entirely to our advantage. It’s a flop, in other words.

Now my blog is at Do you think that it would be a good idea to switch it over to the main URL, or is it OK where it is?

I am tempted to switch, but am in two minds. Either way the tourist site will stay as a vanity site, because I like it even if nobody else does.

Cash Quests August 25, 2007 at 8:58 pm

Where to start? You should seriously order a site review from as soon as possible!

KingJacob August 26, 2007 at 4:25 pm

If thats not a plug what is :wink:
Ken, Your fine with having your blog at /blog though I would recommend making sure you leave the period off the end when you link to your site

Ken August 25, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Very funny! I can do stand up comedy as well – why not hire me for your next booze up?

Seriously, what do folk think?

Cash Quests August 25, 2007 at 10:44 pm

I’m not joking. The domain is the least of your problems. You need a complete overhaul of everything.

will August 26, 2007 at 8:15 am

thanks for the heads up! now if I only got a lot of comments on my blog lol. :shock:

max August 27, 2007 at 9:48 am

This plugin is da bomb! I gotta use it since I get so many comments lately from our free laser contest at

We also have the free memory foam mattress contest on our blog…

ashxx August 27, 2007 at 4:02 pm

I realllllyy love your comment system. I wish I could get mybloglog thingys to work with blogger

max August 27, 2007 at 4:05 pm
Mukund Lahoty August 28, 2007 at 2:31 am

Are there such solutions for bogger blogs??

Chris Guthrie September 1, 2007 at 4:53 pm

I wonder if this works like a forum system where it will allow you to view when there are responses to your comments on a post?

John Chow August 25, 2007 at 7:53 pm

That problem has been fixed with the new theme. You can now see all posts with both Firefox and IE.