Managing Comments With Ajax Edit Comments

Ronald HuerecaThis is a guest blog post written by Ronald Huereca, author of the blog, Ronalfy.com. He is the founder of the Ajax Edit Comments WordPress Plugin.

Ajax Edit Comments was first released for WordPress in April of 2007 in response to a reader’s frustration in leaving a typo in a comment. For the first time, anonymous users could edit their comments.

While sticking true to its humble roots to help out the anonymous user, Ajax Edit Comments has evolved into the most powerful comment manager for WordPress; for the first time, admin users could edit and moderate comments from a post.

Ajax Edit Comments 3.0 introduces lots of fixes and new features. This post will give a brief overview of what Ajax Edit Comments 3.0 has to offer from an admin user’s perspective. Alternatively, watch this YouTube video for a brief walkthrough.

Can Edit All Comments

Ajax Edit Comments 3.0 introduces a new pop-up box called Colorbox. The previous pop-up box we used was called Thickbox. Since Thickbox is no longer being maintained, I figured it was best to search for alternatives. The result? Colorbox is more elegant and loads way faster.

Edit Comments Screen
Edit Comments Screen

The screenshot above shows the common editing box for Ajax Edit Comments. You can edit the common comment fields, or you can switch to the “Advanced” tab to edit the comment time and the comment approval status.

The Ability to Move Comments

It happens once in a blue moon, but it’s a pain in the rear when it does: someone makes a comment on the wrong post. The old way of dealing with this is to delete the user’s comment, and then re-post it to the correct post. Rather time consuming.

The Move Comments Screen
The Move Comments Screen

With Ajax Edit Comments, select “Move” and you can move the comment by browsing posts, or by searching by post title or ID.

Blacklist Comments

Say you’ve received a spammy comment. This guy’s persistent and somehow he is escaping your spam filter. With Ajax Edit Comments, you can select the “Blacklist” option and add the commenter to your WordPress blacklist (found under Settings->Discussion).

Blacklist Comments Screen
Blacklist Comments Screen

The blacklist option can add the commenters name, e-mail address, URL, and IP address to the blacklist.

In addition, the Advanced tab allows you to mark as spam any comments that match your search criteria. For example, you can spam any comments that match a commenter’s e-mail and IP address. This is useful if your blog is under attack and you need to take some quick action.

One Click De-link

You’ve received a genuine comment. But the link the commenter provides is rather spammy, or isn’t work safe.

De-link Option
De-link Option

The de-link feature allows you to keep the comment, but remove the link the commenter used with just one click.

Hooray for Undo!

Previous versions of Ajax Edit Comments used confirmation boxes when you clicked on any of the approval options (e.g., approve, moderate, delete).

Ajax Edit Comments 3.0 gets rid of the annoying confirmation boxes and instead displays an undo option.

undo

More Icon Choices

Ajax Edit Comments 3.0 introduces icon themes. Ever since 2.0 came out, users have nagged me about the default icon set (which I personally liked of course). With 3.0, I found several icon sets that would fit, and decided to build in a “theme” feature.

Icon Choices
Icon Choices

Within the Ajax Edit Comments admin options, you can select from six different icon sets.

comment_icons

Dropdown Display

I will be the first to say that the Ajax Edit Comments interface is getting cluttered. Up to seven options could be displaying for the admin for each comment.

With Ajax Edit Comments 3.0, I decided a dropdown display would work best to conceal the remaining options. For those that don’t like the dropdown, it can be easily removed in the Ajax Edit Comments admin page.

Dropdown Menu
Dropdown Menu

Conclusion

Ajax Edit Comments 3.0 is a major upgrade over the 2.0 version. The interface has been tweaked, it now includes themes and a dropdown, and there are numerous power tools for admin users.

If you haven’t already, give Ajax Edit Comments 3.0 a try.

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