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Gwolle-GB is the WordPress guestbook you've just been looking for. Beautiful and easy.

Which entries are visible on the Frontend?

Starting with version 1.0, the following entries are listed on the Frontend:

  • Checked
  • Not marked as Spam
  • Not in the Trash

Before that, in 0.9.7, all the 'checked' entries were visible.

I have a lot of unchecked entries. What do I do?

For the entries that you consider spam, but were not caught by Akismet, you can mark them as spam, and they will not be visible anymore. For entries that are not spam, but you still don't want them visible, you can move them to trash. The entries that you want visible, select these to be checked.

What about Spam?

Your first option is to use Akismet. It works like a charm. Fighting spam has never been easier.

If that doesn't work enough, use the Custom Anti-Spam question.

You can also use reCAPTCHA. It might scare off some visitors, though.

I get a warning about another reCAPTCHA library

Apparently you use a theme or other plugin with its own reCAPTCHA library. If you get a warning that it is old and incompatible, please ask the maintainer of that theme or plugin to update their version of reCAPTCHA. If the warning is that another version will be used by Gwolle-GB, and you experience problems when submitting guestbook entries, please tell me on the forums, and also tell me which other plugin you use.

My reCAPTCHA doesn't show up in the form.

If you did enable reCAPTCHA, but didn't get a warning, in most cases it should show your reCAPTCHA. It might be that you have JavaScript errors. You can check this in the Inspector/console of your browser.

After submitting a new entry, I get errors about reCAPTCHA.

If the form gives you errors, even though you filled in everything correctly, there might be something strange happening. On some setups reCAPTCHA doesn't report Succes or Error. If you are able to debug this, and tell me what is happening, I would be happy to hear that.

I don't see the labels in the form.

This plugin doesn't apply any CSS to the label elements. It is possible that your label elements have a white color on a white background. You can check this with the Inspector in your browser. If that is the case, you have a theme or plugin that is applying that CSS to your label elements. Please contact them.

I don't get a notification email.

First check your spambox in your mailaccount.

Second, on the settingspage you can change the From address for the email that is sent. Sometimes there are problems sending it from the default address, so this is a good thing to change to a real address.

If it still doesn't work, request the maillog at your hosting provider, or ask if they can take a look.

I want to show the form and the list on different pages

There are different shortcodes that you can use. Instead of the [gwolle_gb] shortcode, you can use [gwolle_gb_write] for just the form, and [gwolle_gb_read] for the list of entries.

Moderation is enabled, but my entry is marked as checked

If a user with capability of 'moderate_comments' posts an entry, it will be marked as checked by default, because he can mark it as checked anyway.

Moderation is disabled, but some entries are still unchecked

There is validation of the length of words in the content and author name. If the words are too long and it looks abusive, it will be marked as unchecked. A moderator will still be needed to manually edit and check these entries.

What capabilities are needed?

For moderating comments you need the capability 'moderate_comments'.

For managing options you need the capability 'manage_options'.

Should I really not use WordPress comments for a guestbook?

Sure you can if you want to. In my personal opinion however it can be a good thing to keep comments and guestbook entries separated. So if you already have a blog with comments, the guestbook entries might get lost in there, and keeping a separate guestbook can be good. But if you don't use standard comments, you can just as easily use the comment section for a guestbook.

How do I localize a plugin?

A good start to learn about localization and WP plugins is the guide "Localizing a WordPress plugin using poEdit" (http://weblogtoolscollection.com/archives/2007/08/27/localizing-a-wordpress-plugin-using-poedit/) and also the WordPress documentation. When you made a translation, you can send the po-file to marcel at timelord.nl.

Is this plugin actively maintained?

Yes, it is again actively maintained.

Requires: 3.4 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.2
Last Updated: 2015-4-8
Active Installs: 10,000+


4.9 out of 5 stars


19 of 23 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.

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