Does Your WordPress Theme Allow Comments on Pages as Well as Posts?

Today Business Blogging 101 received a really nice comment from a reader who likes the tutorials and took the time to let me know about it. Not only that, but she plans to write a post about Business Blogging 101 on her own blog. Pretty cool!

Something else of note: This is the first time someone has used the comment form on a Page — as opposed to commenting on a Post. It makes sense. Most “Contact Us” pages have “Contact” forms. And anyone who wants to contact me is right to assume that the Contact Us page is the best place to do so. However, this blog’s theme is provided by wordpress.com hosting, and the “form” in this case is the same one that appears on pages for single Posts. (If you are wondering what the difference between a Page and a Post is, you are not alone. See the WordPress tutorial How to Make a Static Page Your Home Page.)

I’m pointing this out mainly because it occurred to me that it might be nice to have an actual Contact form on the Business Blogging 101 Contact Us page. But I’m not sure that’s possible on a wordpress.com-hosted blog — because you can’t add your own plugins. (Incidentally, there is a very good contact form plugin available for WordPress, called the Secure Form Mailer Plugin for WordPress by Dagon Design.)

Most themes do not — or should not, in my opinion — have comment forms on their Pages. They all have comment forms on single Post pages unless comments have been disabled. The purpose of a Page is to present information in a traditional website sense: relatively static material that you want site visitors to be able to access quickly from anywhere on your site, like an About page or a Contact Us page. I don’t really want people commenting on my About page, but the comment form is there by default and I don’t think there’s anything I can do to remove it. That’s one good reason to host your blog/website on third party hosting where you can tweak the theme to your heart’s content.

But, unlike an About page, the Contact Us page is a special case, and until a Contact form widget or plugin or some such is available for wordpress.com blogs, a comment form on that page is certainly better than nothing at all.

What do you think? On the home page, click on the “[#] Comments” link below — kinda hard to see unless you know what you are looking for. Or scroll down until you see the “Leave a Reply” comments box.

Here’s a quick update to the Comments versus Contact Form issue on WordPress.com-hosted blogsites: WordPress.com does provide a way to insert a simple Contact Form into a page.

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4 Responses

  1. Hi Again,

    I now have now published my post that refers to this site.

    Because my comment was about your whole site, I thought that would be the best place to leave a comment.

    This may sound elementary, but a great tutorial for you to do would be to show visitors how to comment. I have a fair amount of other bloggers who do comment, but sometimes I think new bloggers can be a little uncertain as to how the process actually works…I know I was in the beginning.

    What does confuse me on this blog, the comment section does not allow me to insert my blog’s URL. If I click on my “logged in as name”, it takes me to WP.com.

    Thanks again for the great tutorials.

  2. Thanks, Barbara!
    Your Blogging Without a Blog site http://bloggingwithoutablog.com/ is a great resource. I’m really glad that you find Business Blogging 101 helpful.

    I will do a tutorial on “how to comment” — good suggestion!

    And some day I will do a tutorial on “how to pingback” or “what is a pingback?” — as soon as I figure out what a pingback is.

    About the fact that you can’t insert a URL for yourself on Business Blogging 101 when you submit a comment, I think you need to login on wordpress.com and that will take care of it.

    If you don’t have a wordpress.com account, it’s easy and free to create one http://wordpress.com

    If you don’t want to create a free blog on wordpress.com, you can still create an account. Select the “Just give me a username please” option (or words to that effect) when you create your account.

  3. hi, how to allow vistors/posters to insert images in their comment?. Is this possible?.

    cheers,
    jay

  4. Jay,
    There is no way to do this. A moderator on the WordPress.org support forums explains why:

    “There is no feature (that I know of) that would permit uploading images via the comment form: it’s a security risk.”

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/194707

    The WordPress.org support forums are a great searchable resource for this kind of thing. http://wordpress.org/support/

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