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How to Notify Users Only On Replies to Their WordPress Comments

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How to Notify Users Only On Replies to Their WordPress Comments

In the past, we showed you how to allow users to subscribe to comments in WordPress. Subscribe to comments is a fairly standard functionality that you will see on numerous blogs. The biggest complain we hear with that feature is that it emails you every time a new comment is made on that post (which is what the plugin is made to do). Often when users are subscribing to comments, they only want to receive notification for replies to their comment. Recently, one of WPBeginner user asked us how they can provide a subscription option to the commenters which only emails their user when someone replies to user’s comment. In this article, we will show you how to notify users only on replies to their WordPress comments.

Video Tutorial

If you don’t like the video or need more instructions, then continue reading.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Send Email only on Reply to My Comment plugin. The plugin works out of the box. The subscription system will start working immediately upon activation. You can manage subscriptions, check stats and configure email options from the plugin’s configuration page located under Settings » One Email.

Manage comment subscriptions

The plugin adds a tiny subcription checkbox below comment form. Users can check this box to recieve email notification when someone replies to their comment.

Notify when someone replies to my comment checkbox

Users will ONLY receive email notification when some one replies to their comment. The email will also contain a link to unsubscribe from further email notifications. Please note that this plugin does not work with Subscribe to Comments plugin so you will have to choose one or the other.

We hope this article helped you and your users to interact without receiving too many unwanted emails. Let us know what kind of subscription system are you using for your blog comments?


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  • Junior

    Hi,
    I had installed another plugin called “Comment Reply Notification” ( http://wordpress.org/plugins/comment-reply-notification/ ) and today I’ve found out and installed your one that is much, much better ( http://wordpress.org/plugins/subscribe-to-comments-reloaded/ ). I’d like to know how can I add the already existing commenters to StCR?

  • Mary

    I was wondering if it is wise to istall a plugin that is a year and a half outdated. What do you think? I know Wordprees doesnt issue a warning untill 2 years.

    Is “Send Email only on Reply to My Comment” the only free plugin that has this simple bow to click?

    Best wishes , Mary

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      As long as the plugin works, then there is no need to update it. Often plugin developers don’t update it because it doesn’t need an update.

  • Mary

    Thank you for your great articles.
    Send Email only on Reply to My Comment- hasn’t been updated for 493 days. this is June 21.
    It may be abandoned.
    Is there another plugin that will notify a commenter on a reply? I like the easy check box.

    I think this is really important, but I am not finding any that are simple and updated.

    Also, do you think a captcha is a good idea for comments?
    Best wishes and Thanks alot, Mary

  • mark

    nice, I was just looking for this.

    What is the plugin you use for the “Subscribe to WPBeginner Updates” checkbox just below?

  • Gautam Doddamani

    a very good plugin…i was about to ask the same thing to u guys…but is there any way i can import the subscribers list from subscribe to comments reloaded plugin…i really dont want to make the move and lose all the existing subscribers…

  • Jeremy Myers

    Just the info I was looking for. I emailed a blog owner about it just last week, and they told me it was “Subscribe to Comment reloaded” but I have used that plugin, and I knew they were using something else… also, the emails I received looked different.

    I bet this is what they were using instead (or something like it) and they were just confused…. Thanks!

    • Yaw Ansong

      Hey Jeremy,
      Glad to see you here, this is Yaw Ansong. Just saying hi, Just installed this plugin on my site. See you later.

  • Pamela

    Does this work with Disqus or Jetpack?
    I’m using Jetpack at the moment for the comment section but I’m planning to use Disqus instead. Does it work with any of them?

    Also, I have a problem with the comments in my blog that it’s not related to this post… is there a place where I could ask you guys about it?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Not sure if it works with third party commenting system. Our guest would be no it doesn’t work. Use the contact form to send in questions.