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Gwolle Guestbook

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

How do I get people to post messages in my guestbook?

You could start by writing the first entry yourself, and invite people to leave a message.

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 automatically marked as spam, you can manually 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, set them to checked.

What about Spam?

By default this plugin uses a Honeypot feature and a Nonce. If spambots try to post guestbook entries this should work sufficiently.

If you still have problems there are more options:

  • Honeypot feature: Hidden input field that only spambots would fill in.
  • Nonce: Will verify if you really loaded the page with the form first, before posting an entry. Spambots will just submit the form without having a Nonce.
  • Akismet: Third party spamfilter by Automattic. Works really well, but not everybody likes to use a thirdparty service.
  • Custom Anti-Spam question: Use a simple quiz question to test if you are human.
  • CAPTCHA: Fill in numbers and letters from an image. This should be your last resort, since it has bad usability and will scare off some visitors.

I enabled the CAPTCHA, but I don't see it in the form.

The CAPTCHA uses the one provided by the Really Simple Captcha plugin. Please install and activate that plugin.

If it still doesn't show, it could be that the plugin has no write permission in the '/tmp' folder of the Really Simple Captcha plugin. Please fix this in your install.

How can I use Multiple Guestbooks?

You can add a parameter to the shortcode, like:

[gwolle_gb book_id="2"]

This will make that page show all the entries in Book ID 2.

If you use the template function, you can use it like this:

show_gwolle_gb( array('book_id'=>2) );

With multiple guestbooks, how do I keep track?

There is no need to use id's that are incrementing. If you have a lot of guestbooks on lots of pages, you can just use the id of the post as the id of the guestbook. That way you won't have double id's. You can set the book_id automatically to the post_id with this shortcode:

[gwolle_gb book_id="post_id"]

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.

I want to show the form immediately, without the button

The shortcodes '[gwolle_gb]' and '[gwolle_gb_write]' have a parameter for the button. You can use them as '[gwolle_gb button="false"]' or '[gwolle_gb_write button="true"]', to deviate from the default.

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.

When opening the RSS Feed, I get a Error 404

You can refresh your rewrite rules, by going to Settings / Permalinks, and save your permalinks again. This will most likely add the rewrite rule for the RSS Feed.

I use a caching plugin, and my entries are not visible after posting

When you have moderation disabled, Gwolle Guestbook will try to refresh the cache. If it doesn't on your setup, please let me know which caching plugin you use, and support for it might be added.

You can also refresh or delete your cache manually. Most caching plugins offer support for that.

I use a Multi-Lingual plugin

There are 2 settings that you need to pay attention to. If you saved the settings for the form tab, you should save an empty header and notice text. It will fill in the default there after saving, but that is okay. As long as you saved an empty option, or it is still not-saved, then it will show the translated text from your MO file.

What capabilities are needed?

For moderating comments you need the capability 'moderate_comments'.

For managing options you need the capability 'manage_options'.

Can I override a template?

You can look at 'frontend/gwolle_gb-entry.php', and copy it to your theme folder. Then it will be loaded by the plugin. Make sure you keep track of changes in the default templatefile though.

What hooks are available?

On the Installation page for this plugin you can see a list of the available filters and actions. There are examples available.

If you need additional hooks, please leave some feedback on the support forum. This plugin has some hooks available, but it is in need of more feedback on providing better hooks for real world usecases.

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.

Requires: 3.7 or higher
Compatible up to: 4.5.1
Last Updated: 4 days ago
Active Installs: 20,000+

Ratings

4.8 out of 5 stars

Support

33 of 37 support threads in the last two months have been marked resolved.

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