WordPress Plugin #10: Subscribe to Comments

Note: In this series I’ll delve into some of the better plugins available for WordPress that I am already using, or about to start using. I’m aiming to highlight 30 of the better plugins.

If you’ve gone to all the effort to read a blog post and then type your comment in to the blog, waited to have it checked and moderated by the blog owner, wouldn’t you want to know when someone else replied or commented to either the original blog post or your own comment? I do.

By using the ‘Subscribe To “Double-Opt-In” Comments‘ plugin you give your WordPress readers this ability. The plugin

“allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry, with double-opt-in feature. First, the user will get an e-mail with a confirmation link, after the user has confirmed the subscription, he or she will be noticed about new comments.”

The plugin comes with plenty of settings you can edit including the ability to improve  and personalise the standard text that is sent to the user when they subscribe. You can also query the plugin to see who is subscribing to what, and which of your posts are the most popular for email alerts on comments.

I have used this many times on other blogs, it is a very useful way to keep the conversation going. Otherwise you leave a comment then forget what you said, in response to what, and where you left it! For me that defeats the purpose of engaging in the first place?

So, when it comes to leaving a comment on a blog, do you like or use this feature, or do you leave the comment and forget about it?