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How to Notify Users Only on Replies to Their WordPress Comments

Do you want to notify users only on replies to their WordPress comments?

By default, users won’t know that someone has replied to their comment unless they come back to the comment section and see the response. This makes it hard to generate in-depth discussions and debates on your website. 

In this article, we will show you how to easily notify users every time someone replies to their WordPress comment.

Notify users only on replies to their WordPress comments

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Why Notify Users on Replies to Their WordPress Comments?

Comments are a great way to build user engagement, create a community, and increase your pageviews in WordPress. A long and interesting comment section can even keep people on your website longer, as they will want to read through all the comments.

However, by default, WordPress doesn’t notify people when their comment gets a reply. Instead, the commenter will need to revisit the WordPress post and check whether anyone has responded.

By notifying users when their comment gets a reply, you can often get them to come back to your site. It’s also a great way to get more comments on your WordPress posts and spark in-depth and interesting discussions.

With that being said, let’s see how you can notify users when someone replies to their comment in WordPress.

How to Notify Users Only on Replies to Their WordPress Comments

The best way to notify users about replies to their WordPress comments is by using Subscribe to Comments Reloaded. This plugin allows users to sign up for email notifications every time someone responds to a comment. 

You can also manage your subscribers and disable comment subscriptions for specific posts.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you can configure the plugin’s settings by going to STCR » Comment Form.

The Subscribe Comments Reloaded WordPress plugin

Here, find the ‘Advanced subscription’ section and click on the toggle so it shows ‘Yes.’

Then, open the ‘Subscription type’ dropdown and choose ‘Replies to this comment.’

Notifying users when someone responds to their comment

By default, the plugin shows a few different messages to your users, which you can see in the ‘Messages for your visitors’ section.

You can change any of these messages by typing into the small text editors. However, we recommend keeping all the links, as they give visitors access to pages where they can manage their subscriptions.

How to notify users on replies to their WordPress comments

Once you have done that, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Save Changes’ to store your settings.

Now, if you visit your WordPress website, then you will see a subscription option beneath the comment section.

By default, this is set to ‘Don’t subscribe’, but visitors can change this to ‘Replies to my comments’ to get a notification every time someone responds.

Notify on replies to comment

Visitors can also subscribe without leaving a comment. In this way, they can follow interesting discussions or debates on your WordPress blog.

To do this, they simply need to click on the ‘Subscribe’ link.

Allowing users to manage their own subscriptions

This takes them to the ‘Manage Subscription’ page, where they can type in their email address and create their subscription.

For more details, please see our step-by-step guide on how to allow users to subscribe to comments in WordPress.

The Subscribe to Comments Reloaded plugin has more settings that you can use to customize your comment subscriptions. These include a few security options to help combat comment spam and enable reCAPTCHA.

After setting up these comment notification emails, you will want to make sure they arrive safely in the user’s inbox and not in the spam folder. With that in mind, we also recommend using an SMTP service provider to improve your email deliverability rates.

We hope this article helped you learn how to notify users only on replies to their comments in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to track user engagement in WordPress with Google Analytics and the best email marketing services for small businesses.

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  1. I followed the installation procedure and did what was said. I sent a reply to a comment to a girl but despite having done everything correctly, no notification was received by email to the girl (I know for sure having contacted her personally). How can I solve? Thanks in advance.

  2. I have installed the Subscribe To Comments Reloaded plugin, then it keeps sending email to my subscriber and to an [email protected] email address, even if I delete the email and delete all the record in my database. Could you give me some advice to fix this problem? Thank you.

    • Have you checked the plugin’s notification section to ensure that is not where you’ve set that email?


  3. Idk why they don’t receive emails? I just tried to comment and reply to myself as another user, but apparently there’s nothing on my email that says there’s a new reply? Plus, is there any way to modify the text “Replies to my comment”?

    Please reply asap, I really need help with this.

  4. How do I remove this “Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.” from the comment section after installing StCr

  5. I installed the Send Email only on Reply to My Comment plugin. Immediately my featured image functionality broke in WordPress. By “broke,” I mean, when I select an image in the Featured Image pane of my edit post view, the image doesn’t display, just the caption. Also, when I publish the post, the image doesn’t display, just the caption. Here’s an example:

    Here’s an example of a post where I’d already published the post with a featured image. In this case, the Featured Image pane in my edit post view also doesn’t show the image, just the caption. But the published post still successfully shows the featured image:

    I’ve uninstalled the plugin but the issue isn’t resolved. Help!!! I’m on WordPress 4.8.2 running the Twenty Seventeen theme.

  6. What I think would work great is a popup or some type of indicator and link in menu (not WPs) that someone has replied to their comment as soon as they login. Otherwise they login and have no idea someone has replied or they don’t on my sites because WP stuff is hidden. :)

  7. hello dear developer

    the new theme – that comes shipped with the wp 4.7 is called 2017

    seen here
    background here:

    question: can you provide some tutorials & manuals for this upcoming theme?

    that would be fantastic.

    love to hear from you

    greetings martin

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. Hello!
    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.

    • 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.


  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. nice, I was just looking for this.

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

  14. 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…

  15. 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!

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

  16. 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?

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