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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?

Editorial Staff at WPBeginner is a team of WordPress experts led by Syed Balkhi. Page maintained by Syed Balkhi.

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  1. Leila Boukarim says:

    Hi, I just recently found out that all those people who left comments on my blog over the years probably never found out I replied! I’m furious…

    Anyway, I got myself this plugin and tried everything to make it work. It’s just not working.

    What could be the problem? Is there another plugin that will do the same?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

  2. Divya Parishe says:

    Hi ,

    We use citrix application and the employees queries are to be replied immediately when an email comes to the Employee Information center in cirtix. there is a lot of delay in replying to those emails as we work on some other chanels as well. Is there a way that we can get these email notifications to outlook ? Please help with the answer.

  3. Irina David says:

    Here’s the problem with my WP comments.
    A reader posts a comment/question on blog post. I reply to their question.
    A reader does not receive a reply to their email or inbox.
    So I just realized one of my posts got 100 comments/questions and I was replying to all but apparently nobody received a reply….!! I just thought the purpose of “reply to comment” button is that the user will receive a reply, no?
    Do you know how to fix this? I’m assuming that I will receive a reply to my comment here. The notification will go to my email I input above, correct? So what must I do in order for my blog readers to receive my replies. Thank you in advance.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Well the reply button lets you reply to the comment but a user will not receive it via email or get any notification. In the article above, we have shown how you can notify users only on replies to their WordPress comments. You can also allow users to subscribe to comments. This way, they can subscribe to comments and receive notifications when there is a new comment.

  4. Thais says:

    That helped me heaps, guys. Cheers

  5. Fernando says:

    Thanks, Very useful information :D

  6. WPBeginner Staff says:

    See our guide on how to fix WordPress not sending email issue.

  7. Tim Bartrum says:

    The plugin isn’t sending emails! Anyone know how to fix this?

  8. rizal says:

    Hello, can the checklist be automatically checked?

  9. Junior says:

    I had installed another plugin called “Comment Reply Notification” ( ) and today I’ve found out and installed your one that is much, much better ( ). I’d like to know how can I add the already existing commenters to StCR?

  10. Mary says:

    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

    • Editorial Staff says:

      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.

  11. Mary says:

    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

  12. mark says:

    nice, I was just looking for this.

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

  13. Gautam Doddamani says:

    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…

  14. Jeremy Myers says:

    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 says:

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

  15. Pamela says:

    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?

    • Editorial Staff says:

      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.

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