"Letters to the editor" plugin (5 posts)

  1. KimRawks
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Some may think this is a 'step back' for wordpress but in my quest to make my site more like a magazine, I'm trying to figure out how to make s 'letters to the editor' page.

    I'll explain. You know how in magazines there is always a section up front where people have written in to comment on a prior month's article or to compliment or complain? That's what I want.

    The functionality I'm going for would be when people leave a comment is not only goes on the specific post but also on a special comments page. Additionally, people can leave a letter at a form on that page itself.

    Almost like a guest book that would also import comments from posts and embed seamlessly on the page.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks! :)

  2. dylan
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I think that with minimal effort you should be able to modify one of the many "comment form" plugins to create a page where users can send a letter to the editor.

    If you wanted to collect comments from many posts and show them all in one central location, then you should probably be able to use a "recent comments" widget for this.

    I think that by combining those two approaches, you should be able to get at what you're describing here.

  3. vtxyzzy
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The Better WordPress Recent Comments plugin will do at least part of what you want.

    General steps to follow:

    1. Install and activate the plugin.
    2. Create a new Page to show your comments.
    3. Add the shortcode `[bwp-rc]' on the Page.
    4. Publish the Page.
    5. View the Page to see the default layout.

    The layout is highly configurable by going to Admin->BWP RC and clicking 'Template Options'. There you can create your own template to control the appearance of the listing.

  4. KimRawks
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks guys!

    Dylan, if I knew how to do those types of things I wouldn't be here. :)

    vtxyzzy, that plugin works in theory - but it has problems, mainly, it will only show 4 comments no matter how many you set it for in the admin section. Altering the shortcode is an option ([bwp-rc limit=40]) but then it cuts off the comments.

    Back to the drawing board!

  5. vtxyzzy
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Are you using a free theme? If so, post a link here to its download page so I can take a look.

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