How to Get Started with Thrive Comments – First Steps
Welcome to Thrive Comments! In this article you will be able to see how the plugin works on your website and how it interacts with the default WordPress comments.
Install & Activate the Plugin
If you are not a Thrive member, and you have acquired the Thrive Comments plugin individually, you'll need to install and activate the plugin on your website.
This is a simple step - If you're not familiar with this process, follow this tutorial: How to Install a Thrive Plugin on Your Website (It is based on Thrive Leads, but it applies to any Thrive product).
Start Using Thrive Comments
Now that the plugin is installed, you can go ahead and access it: In your WordPress Admin Dashboard, go to Thrive Dashboard > Thrive Comments:
This will open up the plugin, and you can start using it!
To enable Thrive Comments on your website, simply go to General Settings > Activate Thrive Comments sitewide:
Then, you must also take into account this message, if you use a caching plugin on your website:
How Does the Plugin Work
Basically, the Thrive Comments plugin replaces the standard WordPress comments from your website. Same as the WordPress comments, Thrive Comments will be available on all of your blog posts.
Make Sure that your Blog Posts allow Comments
First of all, you need to "enable" the display of comments on blog posts. In your WP Admin Dashboard, go to Posts > All Posts:
Click on "Edit":
In the top right corner, click on "Screen Options":
On the layout that shows up, make sure that the "Discussion" checkbox is selected:
The last you need to do here: Make sure that comments are allowed:
Display Comments on Your Pages
If you are using a Thrive theme - You can display your comments on your pages, not just your blog posts! For this, go to the Thrive Dashboard > Theme Options:
Then select Comments > Show Comments on Pages:
Moving on, when you start working on the plugin, and you bring changes to the settings, you won't have to go back and forth on your blog post to see how the comments look.
You can just keep an eye on the "Comments Preview" from the Thrive Comments Dashboard and see what has changed on the comments interface:
In this way, with this feature you will be able to see how your comments look both on a desktop and on a mobile interface.
"What Will Happen with the WordPress Comments?"
That is a fair question. Here's what's going to happen: The changes you bring to the WordPress comments (available in the WP Admin Dashboard > Settings > Disscusion) will be inherited by Thrive Comments.
And also, if you bring changes to the Thrive Comments options, and some of these options are found in the WP comments settings as well - The Thrive Comments options will overwrite the WP comments options.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it useful - Don't forget to rate it, below. Also, check out the other Thrive Comments in-depth tutorials as well!
If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact us on the forum, by leaving a message!