The comments section of a blog is important to gauge the ability of your content to engage an audience. While the usual way of commenting involves typing text in a field, there are now other forms of media that can be included in comments, including image files.
For whatever purpose, you may want to allow your blog or website visitors to include images with their comments. Images on comments can help users express their thoughts or convey their message with more than just words. It’s also necessary when you want your commenters to include a screenshot with their comment.
Thankfully, you don’t have to mess with your website’s CSS to add this function. This is can be done quite simply by installing a certain plugin to your WordPress blog. I’ve found two plugins for this, and although both of them gets the job done, they have different features that you may need to compare before deciding which one to install.
2 Free WordPress Plugins to let Readers Upload Image in Comment section:
This first plugin is a simple one that allows uploading JPG, PNG or GIF images to the comments section. There is little set-up to do after installation, and you don’t even have to change anything if you see that it works fine on your blog.
You can also edit the image field label and the size of the image thumbnail (in pixels).
Don’t forget to hit Save when done.
You should now see the image upload option in any posts or page with comments enabled.
While this plugin is very simple to set-up, it’s also limited as to how the Browse/Upload button appears on the comments section. Its default position (after the “Post comment” button) makes it easy for a user to miss the image upload option.
Comment Attachments not only allows image attachments but a dozen other file types including PDF, DOC, WAV, MP3 and even video files.
The settings for this plugin is found in Settings>Discussion>Comment Attachment. As you can see from the screenshot below, it has more options than the first plugin mentioned.
You can customize where the upload function appears, the text in the attachment button, file size limit (in megabytes) and whether or not an attachment is required for the comment.
There is also a check box to include deletion of an image when a comment is deleted.
What’s even more impressive is a number of other file types you can allow users to upload.
You would need to check the boxes to enable each file type for upload.
Note that all file types you check under settings will be listed as seen below.
With the same set-up above, here’s how the comment would look when an image is attached:
Should you use these plugins?
Personally I love WordPress default comment feature but it certainly lacks features which other 3rd party commenting system offers. By adding functionality to let your users upload images, you will make your comment section more rich & usable. Comment image is one plugin that I suggest you to use. The comment attachments plugin, on the other hand, is subjective to specific blog type, as it may lead to few issues like users uploading scrapped .pdf or similar files. In anyways, you need to proactively moderate all comments on your blog, as it’s your responsibility. If you have not much experience with blog comment moderation, you should read these two amazing posts to clear your understanding:
- How should every blogger moderate blog comments?
- How a single blog comment made $650 for me & takeaway for you
- Know the difference: When blog comments are useful & when it’s harmful
With these plugins, the image in comments can be easily implemented for your blog. If you only require images, then you can go with Comment Image, but if you’re looking for more file type options and other design settings, go with Common Attachment.
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