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Customizing Comment SectionRecently I’ve made some changes on my blog, which:

  • help me to better integrate my blog with social media,
  • help my readers to increase Twitter followers and
  • hopefully help to discover new valuable Twitter users to follow.

First, I deleted a free WordPress plugin, which I used to use:  1-click-retweetsharelike.

What I liked about that plugin was the ability to place several social media sharing buttons under each of my posts, using just one plugin and not being forced to deal with coding. Although it looked good, I noticed that when I wanted to Facebook share any article from my blog, I had to install LinksAlpha application on Facebook, which then published each of my posts to my wall. It occurred also that it published links to my pages whenever I edited any of them.

It wasn’t what I wanted. To make matters worse, when I wanted to disable Facebook Share button it wasn’t possible. Definitely too much hassle.

Fortunately, I found much better solution
Free plugin DiggDigg, not only has all the good options of the 1 click plugin but is also much easier to configure, looks better and has more choices. You can see it in action at the end of each of my blog posts.

Twitterlinks Comments
Another great change on my blog, which you can benefit from, is directly connected with Twitter and increasing valuable Twitter followers, as well as finding out about interesting people you may follow.

When you look at my comments’ fields, you will notice that I added one more input box, described as Twitter.

Thanks to it, when you leave your comment as well as your Twitter username in the box provided, the username will always be displayed whenever you make new comments. This job is done by Twitterlinks Comments, which is another great plugin created by Andy Bailey – the guy behind CommentLuv plugin, which I use as well.

Look at the screenshots below to see how  it all looks like before and after:

Twitterlinks Comments Plugin Customization

Comment section before leaving a comment

 

Twitterlink Plugin and Thesis Customization

Accepted comment with Twitter link

One more important thing
To achieve such display effect, I didn’t use the standard plugin’s options, because, in my opinion, the final effect is not that user friendly.

However, thanks to running my blog on Thesis and coming across a great post by Wayne John from Southern California Web Development on how to customize that plugin with Thesis, I managed to configure it, so that it works and looks just perfectly 🙂

Premium WordPress Theme Thesis

Do you have any favorite Twitter plugins? Please share your thoughts below by leaving a comment and don’t forget to write your Twitter username as well 🙂

23 comments…
  • Keith Davis@Pubic Speaking and Presentation Skills March 2, 2011, 6:41 pm

    Hi Justyna
    John Wayne, is that the same guy as Wayne John? LOL
    I know it is unusual but I think his name is Wayne John.

    Thanks for the info on the plugin and I agree… it does look good.

    Reply
    • Justyna March 3, 2011, 7:03 pm

      Hi Keith,

      yes, the same guy. I had no idea that John is his family name. I’ll ask him 🙂

      Nice you like the plugin.

      Cheers

      Reply
      • Wayne @ Southern California Web Development March 7, 2011, 5:07 pm

        Heh, yup, it’s officially Wayne John, but I also go by the unofficial “John Wayne” as well. I still find it amusing when people get confused or get it wrong. It doesn’t bother me one bit, I know it can be confusing.

        I’m glad you found that article of mine helpful Justyna! I’m back from Vegas now and trying to work through my backlog of stuff, but will be home all day. I should have an answer for you regarding the client site soon.

        I appreciate the shout-out! Thank you much!

        Cheers!

        Reply
        • Justyna March 8, 2011, 11:52 am

          Hey Wayne,

          Thank you for your name explanation 🙂 It is now clear for me.

          It must have been an incredibly exciting trip to Vegas! It is probably hard to come back to reality but if you love what you do then altogether it creates great balance 🙂

          I got your message and I’m glad we will move on with the project!!

          Cheers

          Reply
          • Wayne John @ Southern California Web Development March 8, 2011, 6:47 pm

            Vegas is never dull. lol I go pretty often though, so the initial “wow!” of it all escapes me sometimes. I usually take a day to recover though, because Vegas is literally a 24/7 type of place. No rest for the wicked! hahaha

            I’m looking forward to working with you Justyna! Let’s get these guys set up and rolling!

          • Justyna March 9, 2011, 8:12 pm

            Thanks Wayne 🙂

  • Steven Schmeltzle March 6, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Hi Justyna,
    Great plugin for wordpress. I’ll have to give it a try.

    Reply
    • Justyna March 7, 2011, 5:47 pm

      Hi Steven,

      I’m glad you find the plugin useful. Which one of the two?

      Reply
  • Keith Davis@Pubic Speaking and Presentation Skills March 9, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Hi Wayne, Hi Justyna
    You two obviously love your Thesis theme.

    Wayne, any thoughts on Genesis theme framework? They do a great pro offer.
    Framework plus all themes and all future themes for less than $250.00.
    You can use on as many client sites as you want.

    BTW – I actually know a guy whose name is Alan John, he’s Welsh and in Wales John is common as a surname.
    Perhaps the most famous example is the rugby player Barry John – the god of Welsh rugby.

    Sorry to be off topic Justyna but I thought I’d throw that in.

    Reply
    • Justyna March 10, 2011, 9:57 pm

      Hi Keith,

      It seems like a good offer concerning Genesis theme. I had a look at some of the Genesis customizations and they look very professional. It’s not that I would change my Thesis theme 😉 but maybe in the future I might get more interested in their framework to work with. Thesis gives me a lot of flexibility and lets me create really nice websites.

      Changing theme of your website, Keith?

      It seems that John is not that unusual surname 🙂 but famous one 🙂

      Reply
      • Keith Davis@Pubic Speaking and Presentation Skills March 10, 2011, 10:03 pm

        No it’s not uncommon in the UK to have John as a surname, but bit can be confusing.

        The Genesis theme deal struck me as good because it’s a one off payment and you can then use it on as many client sites as you like.
        You also get all the child themes and all future child themes.

        I love my theme, but it’s so slow and Mr Google does not like slow sites – naughty, naughty.

        Reply
  • Kai Druhl March 9, 2011, 10:48 pm

    Hello Justyna, you appear to master one of those rare combinations of marketing and tech. For twitter comments, what is the main benefit you have experienced? I have not yet done much if anything with Twitter. Is it worthwhile, or just one more thing to play with?

    Reply
    • Justyna March 10, 2011, 10:18 pm

      Hi Kai,

      Thanks for visiting my blog.

      Twitter is definitely worth some attention 🙂 As a source of traffic, source of great news and useful resources others share. You can also use Twitter as lead generation tool when done properly.
      I like Twitter because it doesn’t take much time to share whatever you want to share and you just post short sentences.

      On the other hand, there are more valuable internet marketing strategies to get more targeted traffic, such as blog commenting for example or guest blogging.

      You can find a lot of useful free resources about Twitter, many of them can be found on the Social Media Examiner website.

      Greetings

      Reply
  • anuj @ webtricksblog March 10, 2011, 3:34 pm

    Thanks for this Justyna. Will sure come in handy soon….

    Reply
  • anuj@webtricksblog March 25, 2011, 5:45 pm

    Thanks for the info on the plugin and I agree… it does look good.

    Reply
  • Samantha Dermot April 16, 2011, 8:28 pm

    Hi Justyna,
    It always gives me a great pleasure to go through this kind of blogs. Undoubtedly these small easily usable plugins help us a lot. Surely you will miss the benefit of it if you are trying to avoid these plugins to be added in your blog-sites.

    Reply
    • Justyna April 16, 2011, 11:56 pm

      Hi Samantha,

      Thanks for commenting. Yes, you are perfectly right! Well chosen plugins can add so much value to the blog and its readers 🙂

      Reply
  • Martyna Bizdra April 21, 2011, 6:52 pm

    Hey Justyna

    Thanks so much for the plugin that will add Twitter:)
    you know, just something came to my mind. I would like to add the anti-spam option you have below. Is it also a plugin?

    Nice article, I like the design of your blog, very clean and harmonious.

    all the best
    M.

    Reply
    • Justyna April 21, 2011, 11:28 pm

      Hi Martyna,

      You are welcome! The anti-spam option is generated by a clever plugin Growmap Anti Spambot. It works much better than Akismet, I have much less spam comments now, which is a huge relief 🙂

      Reply
  • Email Fundraising April 23, 2011, 11:40 am

    That’s a great plug in for wordpress. Thanks for sharing the idea.

    Reply

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