Better Comments Manager WordPress Plugin

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

82 thoughts on “Better Comments Manager WordPress Plugin”

  1. John Cow says:

    Looks like something we can use!

    1. Lance says:

      Only for WP user πŸ˜₯

      1. KingJacob says:

        why not move to wordpress?

        1. DeboHobo says:

          I did an I totally love it. πŸ˜›

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

    2. Wahlau.NET says:

      don’t have so much comments.

  2. Rick Yuen says:

    Yep, something to use if you get many comments.

  3. Sean says:

    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! πŸ˜†

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

    1. John Chow says:

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

      1. DeboHobo says:

        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?

        1. John Chow says:

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

          1. 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.

          2. John Chow says:

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

    2. Swiss_Mouse says:

      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.

  4. shaun says:

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

    1. karim says:

      yes its a great plugin πŸ˜†

  5. Shaun Carter says:

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

    1. DeboHobo says:

      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.

      1. will says:

        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… πŸ˜₯

  6. Hawaii SEO says:

    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.

    1. KingJacob says:

      “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.

      1. Geedos says:

        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.

  7. Ken says:

    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.

    1. Geedos says:

      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.

      1. 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.

    2. Cash Quests says:

      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.

      1. will says:

        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. 😎

    3. Rhys says:

      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.

    4. John Chow says:

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

      1. DeboHobo says:

        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.

      2. I guess I wish I used WP πŸ™

        1. KingJacob says:

          What platform is simnotes ❓

        2. DeboHobo says:

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

  8. karim says:

    its a geat thanks

  9. karim says:

    thanks john πŸ˜†

  10. Wayne Liew says:

    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! πŸ™‚

  11. Karim says:

    yes its nice work πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  12. Geedos says:

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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. πŸ™‚

  15. Click Input says:

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

  16. timsky says:

    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?

  17. Ramil says:

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

    1. Krillz says:

      that would be great.

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

  19. Rhys says:

    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)

  20. Thanks for sharing, John.

  21. Zeeshan says:

    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).

    1. John Chow says:

      I can be in such a rush sometimes. Thanks.

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

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

    1. John Chow says:

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

      1. DeboHobo says:

        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.

        1. 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.

          1. DeboHobo says:

            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.

  23. Max says:

    This is an awesome plugin John! πŸ™‚

  24. Eric says:

    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?

  25. Matt Robison says:

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

  26. ThomasUkm says:

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

  27. Bozdemir says:

    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 πŸ˜‰

  28. israel says:

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

  29. Keep those excellent WordPress Plugin coming! I’m busy tinkering and installing them on my finance/money blog. Great stuff!
    πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

  30. Nice plugin. Will link to it from my WordPress plugin blog πŸ™‚

  31. glblguy says:

    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!

  32. Ken says:

    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 Β£25 to Β£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?

    1. Geedos says:

      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.

  33. Ken says:

    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.

    1. Cash Quests says:

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

      1. KingJacob says:

        If thats not a plug what is πŸ˜‰
        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

  34. Ken says:

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

    Seriously, what do folk think?

  35. Cash Quests says:

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

  36. will says:

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

  37. max says:

    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…

  38. ashxx says:

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

  39. Are there such solutions for bogger blogs??

  40. 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?

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