New WordPress Plugin – BM Comment Highlight

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned how to upload plugins to WordPress.org – and now I give to you, my second WordPress plugin – bm-comment-highlight.

BM Comment Highlight screenshotComment Highlight does exactly what it says on the tin. If you look around you will find that there are a lot of plugins that do what bm-comment-highlight does, namely add extra classes to comments so that you can make them look different, but none work in the way bm-comment-highlight does.

The problem I had was that I wanted to automate the process, I wanted it to work well when you have multiple authors, and I wanted to have more control over the styling. Since there was nothing that worked the way I wanted I wrote my own.

Most current plugins simply give you a single class to style your comments with. This means that all the comments will either be yours, or your readers – there is no scope for doing interesting things. With bm-comment-highlight, you can see if the commenter is the post author, or a reader. You can see if they are registered or not, and if they are registered you can see their user id, which means that if you want you can style each registered users comments differently (with a photo or avatar perhaps?).

I am currently running bm-comment-highlight on Binary Joy (the Zelda review has a nice example), and you can see it in action on many of the posts on the site. Currently I style the post author and the registered users differently from the average commenter.

You can download the plugin from WordPress.org

Posted in: Web Design, WordPress

6 thoughts on “New WordPress Plugin – BM Comment Highlight Leave a comment

  1. Wow. Great Idea!
    Works very well too. Thanks!

    And also, on your comment form, the white highlighting for “Notify me of followup comments” isn’t high enough. Just thought you should know!

  2. Cool plugin. I’ll definitely have to try it out, especially now that I’ve integrated bbPress. I’m getting a lot more registered users now, so it would be nice to highlight their comments too.

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  4. Sounds good. Right now, I’m using code in my comments.php file to style the comments but this sounds like something I may switch to instead. However, does this plugin also do general alternating comments styles?

  5. Stephanie – currently it doesn’t do the alternating comments thing, but it’s something I will be adding soon as I think it’s a worthwhile addition.

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