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.
Why Let Users Subscribe to Comments?
Allowing people to comment on your WordPress blog is a great way to get more engagement. However, most of the time, users will visit your website, leave a comment, and never return.
By allowing users to subscribe to comments, they will get email alerts whenever someone comments on the post. This will remind them about their comment and bring them back to your website.
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 on a WordPress website.
Allow Users to Subscribe to Comments in WordPress
The easiest way to offer comment subscription is by using Subscribe to Comments Reloaded.
This free WordPress plugin allows users to sign up for email notifications for a particular comment thread. You can also manage your subscribers and disable 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 from your WordPress admin sidebar.
You will now see a list of options. To start, make sure the ‘Enable default checkbox’ option is set to ‘Yes’.
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.’
To change this message, simply type some new text into the ‘Default label’ box.
Just make sure not to change the
subscribe_link code, as this gives visitors the option to subscribe without commenting.
In this section, you can 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 admins.
When you are happy with how the plugin is set up, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the ‘Save Changes’ button.
Now if you visit your website, you will 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.
Additional Comment Subscription Options
The Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin has more settings that you can use to fine-tune your site’s comment subscriptions.
To take a look at these settings, head over to StCR » Options in the WordPress dashboard.
Here, you can change the date format and enable the double-check option to send an email to confirm the comment subscription. Although double opt-in isn’t required by GDPR, many countries see it as a best practice that can improve the user experience.
You can also track users who subscribe without commenting, enable subscriptions for blog posts only, or limit subscriptions to logged-in users. This is useful if you run a WordPress membership website.
If you scroll down, the plugin also offers a few security options that can help combat comment spam.
For example, you can add a challenge to the subscription form and enable reCAPTCHA.
Most of these settings are self-explanatory, so it’s worth looking through them to see what changes you need to make. If you want to learn more about any of these settings, then simply hover your mouse over its ‘?’ to see a tooltip with some more information.
Managing Comment Subscriptions
Subscribe to Comments Reloaded comes with tools that can help you and your users manage comment subscriptions.
To manage your subscribers, go to StCR » Manage subscriptions in the WordPress dashboard. Here, click to expand the ‘Add New Subscription’ box.
You can now add new subscribers manually by entering the post ID and the email address where you will send the alert.
Then, open the ‘Status’ dropdown and choose ‘Active.’ Finally, click on ‘Add.’
Users can manage their own subscriptions by going to:
They simply need to replace ‘example.com’ with your domain name. This URL is also included in all the subscription email alerts, so users can easily manage their subscriptions and cancel them at any time.
Subscribe To Comments Reloaded also comes with built-in email notifications. To change these default messages, select the ‘Notifications tab.
You can now edit the sender email address, the subject line, and even the email wording.
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 picks for the best email marketing services for small businesses.