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  • The plugin out of the box may not be exactly what is wanted, but it is highly customizable. The instructions on the plugin page are not fool-proof (in particular: the instruction for how to use the short code on the widget page is missing: place the short code in a widget text), but support on the WP forum was very good and very prompt.

    Control freaks will also want to play with the css a bit, but that is to be expected. It would be nice to see the tags listed on the Plugin Page for easier css manipulation.

    Note that while “format” is the most important point on “Options available with the shortcode”, it is listed second rather than first in the options. Also, there are no coding examples on how to use the short code to modify the output.

    The default format is: [better_recent_comments format="{author} on {post}: “{comment}” {date}"

    Because I wanted to display a different date format, the shortcode that I chose to enter into the widget text is: [better_recent_comments format="{author} on {post}, {date}" date_format="l, j F Y"] )

    If it weren’t for the slightly confusing instructions, I’d give this plugin 5 stars. If half stars were available, I’d give it 4.5….

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