It is strange to see how Wordpress hasn’t adopted Ajax comments for blog posts. Obviously the system should be built to handle typical PHP requests, and you can always add the Ajax functionality on the frontend. But it does make the process of writing your own custom functions a lot more difficult. Thankfully there are a number of open source choices which you may quickly install and get working on any Wordpress-based website.
For this article I would like to focus on ajax comments pages when displaying many discussion posts. Wordpress will automatically paginate comments listings beyond a certain number. You can adjust this value in the WP admin area, but the comments pages will always load a new permalink. Google and other crawlers will like this structure but the user experience leaves room for improvement. I hope to share a few resources for helping developers come to terms with Ajax paginated comments.
I want to offer some tips for customizing your own Wordpress comments area. This includes both the comment form and displaying comments. There are a surprising number of features to consider just for a small bit of user discussion. But as the Internet grows to be more dynamic you can expect to see these features as commonplace in most websites.
There was a recent discussion on Wordpress about the latest MP6 admin plugin. This is currently released as free open source code for your Wordpress site, and it allows webmasters to use a newer updated backend stylesheet. It is still a case study and not recommended for large productions websites as there may still be a lot of bugs not touched upon.
However if there are other forward-thinking WP users then you will likely want to try this out. I just recently installed the MP6 plugin on my own website and I’d like to offer some thoughts on my own opinion. You can download the MP6 plugin right off the Wordpress repository or simply search for it by name in your Wordpress plugins panel.