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How to Allow Your Users to Subscribe to Comments in WordPress

Do you want to allow your users to subscribe to comments in WordPress?

By subscribing to comments, users will get email alerts about any new replies. This can encourage discussion or even heated debates, and get more engagement on your website.

In this article, we will show you how to allow users to subscribe to comments on your WordPress website.

Let users subscribe to comments on your WordPress site

Why Let Users Subscribe to Comments?

Allowing people to comment on your WordPress blog is a great way to get feedback and learn about your audience’s problems.

However, most of the time your users will visit your website, leave a comment, and never return. That is because they forgot about their comment.

By allowing users to subscribe to comments, they’ll get email alerts whenever someone comments on the blog post. This will remind them about their comment, bring them back to your website and increase engagement.

Comment subscription also allows people to follow comment threads that generate a lot of discussions or heated debates.

Sadly, WordPress doesn’t allow visitors to subscribe to comments by default. However, you can easily add this missing feature using a WordPress plugin.

That said, let’s look at how to allow users to subscribe to comments in a WordPress website.

Allow Users to Subscribe to Comments in WordPress

The easiest way to set up a subscription to comments is by using the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin.

It’s a free WordPress plugin that allows your users to sign up for email notifications for a particular comment thread. It also gives you full control over managing your subscribers and disabling comment subscriptions for specific articles.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin. If you need help, please refer to our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to StCR » Comment Form.

You’ll now see a list of options. To start, make sure the ‘Enable default checkbox’ option is set to ‘Yes’.

Enable default checkbox

With this option enabled, visitors will see a text box that allows them to subscribe to comments on your WordPress blog post.

By default, the plugin will show the following message to visitors: Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

Allowing users to subscribe to comment threads

To change this message, simply type some new text into the ‘Default label’ box.

Just make sure not to change the ‘subscribe’ link as this gives visitors the option to subscribe without commenting.

Edit the text for messages for your visitors

In this section, you can also change the text that visitors will see when they subscribe to comments in a blog post and when their subscription still needs to be confirmed. You can also change the text that will be shown to WordPress adminsitrators.

When you’re happy with how the plugin is setup, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the ‘Save Changes’ button.

Changing the comment subscription label

Now if you visit your website, you’ll see the comment subscription checkbox below the comment form.

If you click on the ‘subscribe’ link, then you can get email alerts without posting a comment.

Subscribe without comment

Additional Comment Subscription Options

The Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin offers more settings that you can use to customize your comment subscriptions.

There are options to safely remove the plugin without losing your subscribers. You can also change the date format and enable the double-check option to send an email to confirm the comment subscription.

Enable checkbox for comment subscription

Besides that, you can edit more settings under the ‘Options’ tab.

For example, you can track users who subscribe without commenting, enable subscriptions for blog posts only, or even for only logged-in users. This is useful if you run a WordPress membership website.

More comment subscription settings

If you scroll down, the plugin also offers a few security options that can help combat comment spam.

You can set up a challenge question on the subscription form and also enable reCAPTCHA.

Security settings in options tab

Managing Comment Subscriptions

Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin comes with tools that can help you and your users manage subscriptions.

As the admin you can visit StCR » Manage subscriptions to manage your subscribers.

Managing the email notification subscriptions

Here you can add new subscribers manually by entering the post ID and the email address where you’ll send the alert.

Then, open the ‘Status’ dropdown and choose ‘Active.’

Adding an email subscription manually

Users can manage their own subscriptions by going to:

http://www.example.com/comment-subscriptions/

They simply need to replace example.com with your own domain name. This URL is also included in all of the subscription email alerts, so they can easily manage their subscriptions and cancel them at any time.

To change the email notifications, simply click on the ‘Notifications’ tab. You can now edit the sender email address, the subject line, and even the email wording.

Notification settings

After setting up the plugin, it’s a good idea to subscribe to a comment thread to check that WordPress is sending the emails correctly.

If you don’t get any email notifications, then check out our guide on how to fix WordPress not sending email issue.

We hope this article helped you allow your users to subscribe to comments in WordPress. You may also want to check out our guide on how to allow user registration on your WordPress site and our expert pick of the best email marketing services for small businesses.

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39 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. My God…!! your blog is just a magic, I put any query regarding wordpress in google, your blog comes up…!

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  2. Hi,

    I was so excited to try this plugin, however I am having trouble whereas the little box and the line “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.” is not showing up. Do you have a suggestion or a link that might help?

    Thank you in advance

  3. Hey EDITORIAL STAFF,

    Thank you for taking the time to share this and to review the plugin.

    I am release two wonderful features (one click unsubscribe and a WYSIWYG editor) on the next update so stay tune.

  4. Do you have a translation of the plugin in Dutch? And i tried to translate it .po .mo but i did not work when i uploaded it. I use not a standard theme. Where should ik put the .mo .po? Best Regards, Tosty

  5. How can i get this option “Subscribe to WPBeginner Updates (Weekly Email)” with check box like yours.

    Any plugin available or any related link you can paste here.

  6. Hi. I run a blog that has lots of authors. I want them to be able to get notified when someone comments on their post and replies to their comments. How can I do that?

  7. Anyway to delete the “Subscribe to comments feed” rss icon that appears above the “Notify me of followup comments via email” checkbox?

    This appears on my site and I’ve seen it on many others.

    Thanks so much!
    Mark

    • That’s part of your theme. You’d have to edit the theme file for that. Look in your comments.php file. Another thing you can do is use display: none in css to hide that link.

      Admin

      • No, unfortunately it didn’t. I was hoping you solved the problem that Twitter doesn’t provide the user’s email address. Twitter doesn’t seem to understand that it’s technically necessary to have a valid email address to send the followup comments to.
        What’s the use of signing in with Twitter in order to comment on a blog post if you can’t subscribe to followup comments via email? Well, you can subscribe, but you won’t ever get an email.
        The fake-email which is generated (by the API?) would be fine if Twitter forwarded the email to the real email address. I.e. I’m not interested in the real email-address, I just want to offer subscribing to comments not only for people who signed in with Facebook or their name and email address but also if they signed in with Twitter.

  8. Thank you fro sharing this plugins but it doesn’t have menu where you can use to edit it…how about this?

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