WPBeginner » Editorial Staff http://www.wpbeginner.com Beginner's Guide for WordPress Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 How to Improve WordPress Comments with De:comments http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-improve-wordpress-comments-with-decomments/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-improve-wordpress-comments-with-decomments/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=26929 Have you seen websites that offer voting, badges, social sharing, social logins along with other cool features in their comments area? Want to revamp your WordPress comments to do the same? In this article, we will show you how to improve WordPress comments with De:comments… Read More »

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Have you seen websites that offer voting, badges, social sharing, social logins along with other cool features in their comments area? Want to revamp your WordPress comments to do the same? In this article, we will show you how to improve WordPress comments with De:comments and make them more interactive.

WordPress comments using De:comments

What is De:comments? Why You Need it?

De:comments is a premium WordPress plugin that offers a range of tools to increase engagement on your site. Here are some things that your users can do with de:comments:

  • Users can use social login feature and sign in with their existing social accounts.
  • Users can vote on comments to like or dislike them.
  • Each single comment can be shared on social networks.
  • Users can add images, GIFs, videos, Tweets, and status updates in their comments.
  • You can encourage returning users with badges that they can earn by participating on your site.

Many of these features can be added by using a combination of other plugins, however that comes with it’s own complexities. De:comments provides the complete package that’s easy to use and simple to setup.

How to Setup De:Comments in WordPress

First you need to get the De:comments plugin. It costs $50 for a single site license with one year of support and updates.

Next, you need to install and activate the De:comments plugin. Upon activation, simply visit Comments » de:comments page to configure the plugin.

General settings for De:comments

In the comments section of De:comments settings, the first option is to show or hide De:comments logo below the comment form. You can check this box to remove de:comments logo and link from your comment form.

The next option is to allow users to quote specific comments in their replies which can be a useful feature for conversations.

After that there is ‘time to edit / delete comments’ options. This is a really useful option as it allows users to edit or even delete their comment with in a given time period. Sometimes people comment in a rush and want to edit or take back what they said. There are other ways to add the same feature in WordPress, see our tutorial on how to allow users to edit their comments in WordPress.

By default WordPress comment form usually appears after the comments at the bottom of a page. De:comments settings allows you to put the comment box at top, just like Disqus and Livefyre.

The next option is really important and requires your special attention. This option allows you to add or remove nofollow from links added by commenters on your WordPress site. By default WordPress adds nofollow to all links in a comment. We strongly recommend you to click on the nofollow button to keep spam comments low.

Add nofollow to all commenters links

In the next option, you will be able to select the number of comments to display per page or use infinite scroll for loading comments.

Add Social Logins in WordPress Comments with De:comments

Comments with social login enabled

The next section in the De:comments settings is labeled social. Here you will configure the social features of the plugin.

To enable social login, you will need to install and setup WordPress Social Login plugin.

You can select the social networks you want to display in the share dialog. De:comments supports Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Vkontakte, and Odnoklassniki social networks.

Enabling social features for your WordPress comments

Enable Comment Voting in WordPress with De:comments

The voting section in the De:comments allows you to enable a comment voting system. You can set a minimum number of likes required for a comment to be displayed on top. This allows you to display comments with higher votes to appear on top and disliked comments at the bottom.

If you don’t like this, then you can turn off the dislike feature.

Comment voting settings

Adding Comment Subscriptions in WordPress with De:comments

A great way to keep users coming back is by allowing them to subscribe to comments. De:comments allow users to subscribe to comments for a post or for replies to selected comments.

Allow users to subscribe to comments in WordPress

Adding Badges for WordPress Comments

De:comments allows you to add badges for user achievements. Currently there are three kind of achievements that you can assign a badge. For getting a pre-defined number of likes, getting a pre-defined number of dislikes, and for posting a certain number of comments. Hopefully there will be more achievements added in the future versions of the plugin. For example, users with X number of social shares or users giving away most likes or dislikes and so on.

Adding badges for WordPress comments

Customizing Comment Subscription Email Notifications

The last section in the De:comments settings is notifications. This is where you can customize the emails sent out by the plugin for comment subscriptions. The default comment notifications work fine, but feel free to customize it to your liking.

Customizing comment subscription notification emails

If your users are not receiving comment notifications in their inbox, then check out our guide on how to fix WordPress not sending emails issue.

That’s all we hope this article helped you improve WordPress comments with De:comments. You may also want to check out our guide on how to export email addresses from WordPress comments.

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What’s New in WordPress 4.2 http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-new-in-wordpress-4-2/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/news/whats-new-in-wordpress-4-2/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:17:41 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=27489 WordPress 4.2 was released just a few minutes ago. This is the first major WordPress release of 2015. It fixes many issues and adds some great new features to WordPress. Sadly, some really cool features were dropped because they were not yet ready to be… Read More »

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WordPress 4.2 was released just a few minutes ago. This is the first major WordPress release of 2015. It fixes many issues and adds some great new features to WordPress. Sadly, some really cool features were dropped because they were not yet ready to be shipped. In this article, we will show you what’s new in WordPress 4.2 and which features you should try after updating your sites.

WordPress 4.2 Features

This is a major WordPress release, which means your site will not get automatically updated unless you are using managed WordPress hosting. You will have to initiate the update from your WordPress dashboard. As always, don’t forget to backup your WordPress site before updating.

New and Improved Press This Tool

WordPress 4.2 comes with the new and improved Press This tool.

Installing Press This tool for WordPress

It is a simple bookmarklet that you can drag and drop to your browser’s bookmarks bar or add to your mobile homescreen. This allows you to easily share any content from anywhere on the web to your WordPress site with a simple click or tap.

Using Press This tool on your mobile phones

Press This will now automatically find images, excerpt, and title for the content you are sharing and embed it to a post on the fly. This will make sharing content a lot faster and easier for many users.

New Characters & Emoji Support in WordPress 4.2

Emoji are natively available on all modern devices including mobile phones. WordPress didn’t support emoji natively. WordPress 4.2 resolved this by adding the native support for emoji. You can now use emojis anywhere on your WordPress site.

Using Emojis on a WordPress site from a mobile phone

The support for Emoji was made possible by the underlying work done to add native support for Chinese, Japanese, Korean characters. WordPress 4.2 will automatically switch your utf-8 database to utf8mb4. This change will also allow musical and mathematical symbols and even hieroglyphs.

While many users may not be as excited about Emoji support, the support for more language characters is a huge improvement for a very large global WordPress user base.

Faster Plugin Updates

Plugin updates required you to click on the update link and wait for a page to load which showed update progress. Then after the update you were able to move on to do whatever you were doing. This will change in WordPress 4.2 which now comes with a faster one-click plugin updates.

Faster plugin updates in WordPress 4.2

Earlier in our What’s coming in WordPress 4.2 article, we showed you faster plugin install feature. It was similar to the update feature but allowed users to install plugins without reloading page. This feature was dropped during the beta.

More Auto Embeds

Just like YouTube videos, Tweets, and many other services, Tumblr and Kickstarter are now included into oEmbed whitelist in WordPress. You can now paste a link from Tumblr or Kickstarter and see it automatically embedded into the post.

Tumblr auto embed in WordPress

Theme Switching in Customizer

WordPress 4.2 comes with some great improvements in the customizer. You can now switch themes directly from theme customizer and make changes. This will enable users to quickly preview themes and customize themes without even activating them.

Theme Switching in WordPress 4.2

Under The Hood Changes

Messages generated by JavaScript calls to the server will now be readable by screen-readers. Plugin authors and developers can use wp.a11y.speak() to send audible notifications.

Terms shared by multiple taxonomies will now be split when one of them is updated.

Complex ordering support with meta query clauses is now supported by WP_Query, WP_Comment_Query, and WP_User_Query.

There are some minor changes in the default WordPress color scheme.

There are many bug fixes and other under the hood improvements. You can see a full list of changes here.

We hope you liked this overview of what’s new in WordPress 4.2. We are particularly excited about faster plugin update feature. What are you excited about?

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How to Clean Up Your WordPress Database for Improved Performance http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-clean-up-your-wordpress-database-for-improved-performance/ http://www.wpbeginner.com/plugins/how-to-clean-up-your-wordpress-database-for-improved-performance/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:34:21 +0000 http://www.wpbeginner.com/?p=26271 If you have been using WordPress for a while, then there is a good chance that you need to clean up your WordPress site. Doing regular clean ups allow you to reduce your database size which means quicker and smaller backup files. In this article,… Read More »

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If you have been using WordPress for a while, then there is a good chance that you need to clean up your WordPress site. Doing regular clean ups allow you to reduce your database size which means quicker and smaller backup files. In this article, we will show you how to clean up WordPress database.

Cleaning up WordPress Database

As you use WordPress, your database accumulates a lot of extra data such as revisions, spam comments, trashed comments, data from plugins you are no longer using, and more. Removing all this unnecessary data can significantly reduce your database size which speeds up your backup process and can add minor performance improvements as well.

Let’s take a look at how you can clean up your WordPress database.

Before you start, Make a Backup!

Before you do anything else, first create a complete WordPress backup of your site. Changes made by the clean up plugin are irreversible. Even though it does not directly mess with your posts or comments, its always better to be safe than sorry.

Cleaning up your WordPress Database with WP-Sweep

First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP-Sweep plugin. Upon activation, simply go to Tools » Sweep to clean up your WordPress database.

WP-Sweep posts analysis

This plugin will analyze your WordPress database and show you a report of how much clutter you can clean. The sweep report is divided into different sections for your posts, comments, user meta, options, terms, and database optimize.

Cleaning up your comment meta and user meta data

You can go through items and clean them individually, or you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and click sweep all to clean up everything in your WordPress database.

Cleaning up may take some time depending on how big your database is. WP-Sweep will show you the progress by updating the stats on the page.

Why WP-Sweep vs WP-Optimize?

You may be wondering why are we writing about WP-Sweep when there is a very popular WP-Optimize plugin available that does nearly the same thing.

Well that’s because it’s coded by a well-respected WordPress developer, Lester Chan.

Also because the main distinguishing characteristic of WP-Sweep is that it uses proper WordPress delete functions as much as possible instead of running direct delete MySQL queries. Whereas the WP-Optimize plugin uses direct delete SQL queries which can leave orphaned data left behind.

In other words, WP-Sweep is a better coded plugin than WP-Optimize.

What all does WP-Sweep clean?

WP-Sweep uses all the proper WordPress delete functions to clean up the database. At the time of writing this article, it can clean up the following:

  • Revisions
  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Unapproved comments
  • Spammed comments
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphaned post meta
  • Orphaned comment meta
  • Orphaned user meta
  • Orphan term relationships
  • Unused terms
  • Duplicated post meta
  • Duplicated comment meta
  • Duplicated user meta
  • Transient options
  • Optimizes database tables
  • oEmbed caches in post meta

That’s all, we hope this article helped you clean your WordPress site using WP-Sweep. You may also want to check out our guide on the most common WordPress errors and how to fix them.

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