This WordPress plugin/widget will display top commenters of your blog in the form of gravatar images. The images can be stacked up or listed in a sidebar box, linked to the commenter’s website. You can also change its behavior to display the current post commenters in a single post, also in the form of gravatar images. If your blog is powered by self-hosted WordPress version 2.8 or above, you can use this widget and place it anywhere within the sidebar of your WordPress blog. This widget should encourage your blog readers to put comments into your posts.
This widget is configurable. You can specify the number of top commenters to be displayed in the list. You also can specify the gravatar width. And if you ever want to exclude someone (or yourself) from the list, just put the email addresses into the exclude list. Even more, you can specify the time frame of comments whose commenters are included in the list.
The following image shows the appearance of Top Commenters Gravatar widget, captured from my Indonesian blog (suhanto.com):
And the following image shows the widget has changed to ‘single mode’ in post page, displaying the commenters of current post:
And here is the screen capture of widget administration settings:
The Top Commenters Gravatar is a WordPress widget. It requires WordPress version 2.8 or above to function properly. Here is step by step on how to install it:
- Download the widget from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/top-commenters-gravatar/.
- Extract the directory
top-commenters-gravatarfrom the downloaded file, and then upload it to your WordPress plugins directory (
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
- Go to Appearance > Widgets > Top Commenters Gravatar, drag and drop it to sidebar area, and start entering your info.
This section covers the description of parameters used by this widget.
This is the title of widget, in plain text. You can put any value here. For example: Top Commenters, Top Commenters (Trailing 1 Year), Most Valuable Commenters, etc.
- Num of Commenters to Display
This parameter can be used to specify how many top commenters to display in the widget. Default value of this parameter is 10. You can specify any ‘reasonable’ number of value here.
- Gravatar Width
This parameter specifies the width of commenter’s gravatar. Default value is 46px, but of course you are free to change it to suit your preferences.
- Include All Commenters within …
You can limit the timeframe of comments whose commenters are included in the top commenters list. For example you could choose 1 year to include only comments from the past 1 year data.
- Excluded Emails
You can put all the excluded commenter’s emails here. All commenters whose emails included here won’t show up on the widget display.
- Single Mode
Turn this ON if you want the widget to change mode in a single post. The single mode will display current commenters for the post, instead of top commenters.
- Title in Single Mode
As the mode change to single mode, the title should be changed to reflect the state of the widget. You can specify the proper title here.
- Text in Single Mode
You can encourage your readers to put comments by putting some text message here.
- Use Custom Style
By default, the Top Commenters Gravatar widget uses its own style.css file. If you don’t want use the default css file, you can uncheck this checkbox, and put the style formatting in the style.css of your theme.