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How to Allow Users to Notify You of Errors in WordPress Posts

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How to Allow Users to Notify You of Errors in WordPress Posts

Self publishing your ideas on the web has become extremely easy. However, the biggest downside of self-publishing is that you are entirely responsible for your mistakes. There is no one checking, proof reading and editing what you publish except yourself. You might have built yourself a good editing workflow where you cross-check your facts, spell-check your articles, and polish your thoughts with revisions, but there is always a chance that you might make a mistake. A small typo, a broken link, or another minor error can happen because you are human. Though if not reported on time, your error can stay there for years. In this article, we will show you how to allow your users to notify you of error in WordPress post content using error notifications.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate Error Notification plugin for WordPress. This plugin will show a message at the bottom of your posts and pages, requesting users to report any error by highlighting and pressing Shift+E on their keyboard or using the specific link.

When visitors report an error you get an instant email notification showing you the highlighted error, post or page URL, along with the date/time of reporting. After reporting the error, users will see a thank you message at the bottom of the screen. You have the ability to customize this message and its appearance from the plugins settings page.

Error Notification is a very new plugin, so your feedback and comments will encourage the developer to add more features into the plugin. Up until now most folks just rely on the contact form, but this is a unique way to report a problem. Sometimes users might not take the extra step to find your contact form. Do you think there is value in a solution like this? Or is the contact form enough? Do you have a better suggestion? Feel free to let us know in the comments.


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  • zimbrul

    I’ve installed this on a website with wp-admin protected by a password and every time someone is trying to submit the error is being prompted to type in the username and password for the wp-admin access.

  • Justin

    Looks pretty good. The only thing I can suggest is adding something in for multiple errors. If you talk about a product with 5 features, and 4 of them change, than offering a space where the reader can explain why its a mistake might be useful….But then again, thats what comments are for right?

  • Taras

    Hello,
    Thank you for writing an article about my plugin. I hope this plugin will be useful for WordPress users :)

    I am working on a new version (when I have a free time because I have a full time job + i am developing an ecommerce website for my friend’s startup ) which will have more options for customization. I’ll my best to finish it as soon as possible :)

  • Kenth Hagström

    This is really cool, and useful.

  • Grant Lewis

    This is a great idea. Add the option to send the user’s email address and to respond to the user once the error is fixed. This will help engage with people who taker the time to point out errors.

  • Enk.

    This is really useful !