I really wanted to thank people for commenting on a post. After some searching I found the perfect and very easy to use WordPress comment thank you plugin: Comment Redirect. The plugin is written by the same gentleman that writes the WordPress SEO plugin Joost de Valk. that I love. Joost seems to have a knack for creating powerful yet easy-to-use WordPress plugins that make websites better. Basically, what the plug-in does is take a user to any page you configure after the user submits a plug-in. In my case, I made a thank-you page that users will see after submitting a comment.
Installing the plug-in
Installing the plug-in was easy; I simply went to the “Plugins | Add New” menu item:
Then typed in the name of the plug-in: “Comment Redirect”:
Then followed the prompts to install and activate the plug-in.
Configuring the WordPress comment thank you plugin
The settings are under the plug-in menu, which you can see here:
So then I wrote a thank-you page, and choose that page from the Comment Redirect setting page.
Tweaking the thank-you page
The only trick was that I didn’t want comments on the comment thank you page! So on the “Pages | All Pages” screen in WordPress I hovered over the thank-you page, and then clicked on “Quick edit”. Then I turned OFF “Allow Comments”:
Now when people post to my blog, the WordPress comment thank you plugin automatically takes users to a special thank-you page. I really enjoy getting comments (even negative ones) because it’s feedback for the hard work of writing a post, and a reminder that people are actually reading (and sometimes appreciating) my content. So thanking them makes sense!
I hope that helps!