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How to Set Up Email Subscriptions to WordPress Comments

How to Set Up Email Subscriptions to WordPress Comments

Last week one of our customers asked how to enable their WordPress site visitors to subscribe to comments.

By default, WordPress doesn't offer such configuration. In this tutorial, you will learn how to do the job with the "Subscribe to Comments Reloaded" plugin.

In the out of the box WordPress, the comments area on a front end post page has no subscription options:

Comments out of the box

This is where the "Subscribe to Comments Reloaded" plugin comes into play. It allows your blog visitors to subscribe to post comments even without having to submit a comment or subscribing to the post.

  • In your WordPress dashboard, go to Plugins > Add new.
  • You will see the Add Plugins page. Type subscribe to comments reloaded into the search box. You will see the "Subscribe to Comments Reloaded" plugin.
  • Click Install Now and then click Activate.

Type in subscribe to comments reloaded

  • Go back to your WordPress front end. If you look at the comments area of a post, you will see the Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting checkbox:

Subscribe without commenting link

  • Once the post page visitor clicks the subscribe word, they will see the "Manage Subscriptions" page to subscribe to the comments of this particular post:

Subscribe without commenting form

  • That's it. They are all set. Now, when somebody posts a new comment for this post, those subscribed to follow up the post's comments will get notified by email:

Email notification

  • By clicking on the "Manage your subscriptions" link in the email body, they will see the "Manage Subscriptions" page once again.
  • Now they can delete or suspend some or all of their subscriptions if they wish:

Manage subscriptions page

About the author

Born from Ukrainian mother and Russian father, Alex migrated to the United Kingdom in 1999. He is a self-taught Microsoft Certified Professional. He enjoys learning content management systems and helping web site developers make the most of them.