Support » Plugin: Livefyre Sidenotes » Does this require the Livefyre commenting system?

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  • Plugin Author Livefyre


    Hi! I’m part of the Livefyre team. Happy to try and clarify Livefyre’s plugin situation for you:

    • Livefyre currently offers two plugins for WordPress: Livefyre Comments (the comments section you typically see at the bottom of blogs/websites) and Livefyre Sidenotes (a new, annotation-style comment offering allowing readers to interact with your posts in the side margins).

    • Livefyre Comments uses the Livefyre network to manage and moderate your comments, but it also syncs with the WordPress comment database, meaning you can import old comments to Livefyre when you first install Comments or sync comments back to WordPress should you ever disable Livefyre Comments in the future.

    • Livefyre Sidenotes is entirely on the Livefyre network. This is a unique setup allowing annotation-style interactions with content, so Sidenotes do not sync with or use the WordPress comments database. If Sidenotes are disabled after installing this plugin, the Sidenotes will disappear from your posts. (Likewise, if Sidenotes are reactivated in the future, old Sidenotes will appear on your posts again.)

    We hope this helps clarify some of the differences between Livefyre Comments and Livefyre Sidenotes! If needing some specific information regarding setup with your specific WordPress theme or needing assistance doing this, feel free to reach out to the Support email provided in either plugin’s description.


    Plugin Author Livefyre


    Ah! And just to clarify, our two plugins (Comments and Sidenote) are completely independent of one another — a blog can use Comments alone, Sidenotes alone or both together.

    Again, hope this helps, and just let us know if we can assist with anything else.

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