WP Wall is a "Wall" widget that appears in your blog's side bar. Readers can add a quick comment about the blog as a whole, and the comment will appear in the sidebar immediately (without reloading the page).
All comments are internally handled by WordPress so that means you have normal comment moderation, SPAM protection and new comment notification.
WP Wall is fully customizable with a CSS file and included graphics.
WP Wall features:
- Global commenting "Wall"
- Comments are handled entirely by WordPress
- RSS Feed for the Wall
- Instant delete for admin
- Navigation through pages
- Interactive Wall: It can automatically refresh turning into a chat
Installation & Usage
1. Upload the whole plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
2. Go to the Plugins page and activate the plugin.
3. Use the Options page to change your options
4. Add the widget to your sidebar
5. Optionally add WP Wall recent comments to your sidebar. This will filter out wall comments from appearing on recent comments list
WP Wall Admin
How does it work?
It creates a draft page in your blog under which all comments are stored.
What if I don't use widgets, how do I code this to appear in the sidebar?
Just put this code somewhere in your theme template, probably sidebar.php
<?php if (function_exists('WPWall_Widget')) WPWall_Widget(); ?>
How does it combat SPAM ?
The same way your usual blog comments work. You can enable comment moderation. Or you can install one of the spam blocking plugins like Akismet.
How to have fixed height and a scrollbar for multiple comments?
Open up wp-wall.css and look for #wallcomments. You should add something like height:200px;. This will give it fixed height. Then increase the number of comments in the settings to 10-15.
How do I change it into a shoutbox/chat?
Just set the refresh time to 5 seconds in the WP Wall options. The Wall becomes a chat-box :)
Performance issues with hosting/server
Be careful with setting interactive chat option. On busy sites this can cause overload of server resources. Try increase the refresh time above 10 seconds or disable this option by setting 0.
An error occurred, please notify the administrator
If you have this problem, change the file permissions of the files in the wp wall directory to 755.
How can I enable smilies?
WP Wall can show smilies using built in WordPress functionality if you enable it in your administration panel (Settings-> Writing-> Convert emoticons...). You can find more information about using smilies here .
Is it possible to display a “Wall-Archive” Page to show all comments?
Actually you will find WP Wall in your draft pages. Just edit it to your liking and - publish it! All comments will appear at the end of the page as usual.
How do I add a border around the comment wall?
Add this to #wallcomments section of css file:
border: 1px solid #cccccc;
How did you solve the problem with the commenter's email address?
The plugin does not require one to enter their email address.
- Fixed bug with if the blog was not in root directory (thanks Enrico Rossomando)
- Added a special recent comments widget which will not display Wall comments (thanks Enrico Rossomando!)
- Tested in 2.8
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