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Comment Editing

Comment Editing Options in Comment Edit Pro
Comment editing is enabled by installing Comment Edit Lite alongside Comment Edit Pro.
Please see the links below for the various comment editing features that Comment Edit Pro enables.

Enable or Disable Comment Editing

Enable or Disable Comment Editing
Enabling comment editing is a great way for users to fix their own mistakes when leaving a comment.
Comment Editing on the Frontend
Interface When Editing a Comment
Comment Editing Requires Comment Edit Lite. Comment Edit Lite is a free plugin on the WordPress Plugin Directory.
As of Comment Edit Pro 3.0, there is no longer a requirement to have Comment Edit Lite installed. However, if you want comment editing, Comment Edit Lite must be activated.

Enabling Frontend Editing

Frontend Editing is by far the most favorite feature of Comment Edit Pro.
It's easy to enable. Just toggle the frontend editing option in the admin settings, save, and you're good to go.
Edit Button Link
Most themes display an "Edit" link when you are logged in and viewing a comment on the frontend.
The default behavior is to take you to the backend comments section.
Comment Edit Pro overrides this behavior and launches a modal where you can edit the comment without having to visit the admin.
If you are logged in and the author of the post or an Editor/Admin, you can simple click the "Edit" link for the individual comment.
Frontend editing depends on having an "Edit" button in the individual comment. If your theme does not provide this button, frontend editing will not work.
Clicking the Edit Button Will Pop Up a Editing Modal

Frontend Editing Demo

Here's a quick demo of frontend editing in action.
Frontend Editing Demo
When the modal launches, you can edit just about every aspect of the comment.
The following features are available in the popup modal:
  • Edit the commenters name, email address, and URL
  • Edit the comment
  • Change the comment status (approved, pending, spam)
  • Delete the comment
  • A shortcut to the comment in the admin

Enabling the Frontend Moderation Menu

Frontend Moderation Menu Options
The frontend moderation menu is a small meatball icon on the frontend of a comment.
Meatball Icon on Top Right of Comments
It expands to reveal editing options:
  • Editing a comment
  • Approving a comment
  • Marking a comment as pending (moderated)
  • Marking a comment as spam
  • Deleting a comment
Comment Expand Options When Opening the Meatball Menu
The moderation menu is designed for quick actions, but hidden in a way that isn't so obtrusive.
There are three themes available:
Dark Theme
Default Theme
Light Theme

Editing the Timer Length

By default, users have 5 minutes to edit their comment. You can adjust this value to make the timer shorter or longer.
Timer Adjusted for Twenty Minutes
Be careful of long edit times. Comment editing is cookie based, so having a reasonable time is recommended.

The Timer on the Frontend

When you adjust the timer, new comments will be able to edit for the number of minutes you have set.
Timer on the Frontend
Unlimited Editing and Anonymous Users: Unlimited editing is not possible for anonymous (non-logged-in users). Since anonymous users do not have an account, comment editing is cookie based, which limits the editing experience to the user's current session.

Unlimited Editing on the Frontend

Another popular feature is you can enable unlimited editing for logged-in users.
With Unlimited Editing enabled, users are shown a "Click to Edit" button with no timer present.
Unlimited Editing on the Frontend
Users will be able to edit their comment as long as unlimited editing is enabled.
Enable email notifications and comment logging to keep track of edits.

Cancel the Timer

Timer Cancellation Feature
One requested feature was for allowing the timer to be canceled when a user is done editing.
If the timer is available, a "Cancel Timer" button will be shown.
Cancelling the Timer
Clicking "Cancel Timer" will stop editing for the comment.

Comment Logging and Stats

Comment Logging Option

Enabling Comment Logging

Comment Logging is taking an extra precaution when users edit their comments. If you have a long timer or unlimited editing enabled, logging will store all edits of a comment.
The edited comment is stored on the individual comment in the admin, and you can easily revert back to the original comment.
Comment Logging Example on the Edit Comment Screen

Restoring a Comment

With Comment Logging and Stats enabled, when a user leaves a comment, it is stored for reference so you can keep track of edits for a particular comment.
You can check out the edits for the comment, and even restore a previous edit.
Here's a quick demo of reverting a comment.
Demo of Restoring a Comment

Comment Deletion

Comment Deletion Options
Sometimes comments are left in haste or in the moment, and the user would simply like to remove the comment rather than edit it. Allowing users to delete their comments is a nice way of self-policing their comments.

Enabling Comment Deletion

Allow Comment Deletion Option
Comment deletion is enabled by default
When a user edits a comment, they will see a button allowing them to delete their own comment.
Comment with Delete Button
When a user chooses to delete their own comment, a confirmation is shown.
Prompt to Delete a Comment

Delete Only Option

Allow "Delete Only" Option
The "Delete Only" option is designed to only show the Delete option when editing a comment. The Edit button isn't visible, but a Delete option instead.
Delete Comment Button on the Frontend

Removing the Confirmation

Hide the Delete Button Confirmation Option
When editing their comment, the Delete button is shown.
By default, a confirmation is shown to the user to prevent accidental clicks.
Delete This Comment Confirmation
You can disable or enable this confirmation by toggling the setting.

Delete Comments Demo

Here is the behavior of a user deleting a comment.
Animated GIF of a User Deleting a Comment
As you can see, when a user deletes a comment, a status update shows and the comment is removed from view.

Email Notifications

Email Notification Option
If you enable email notifications, you will receive an email with a before and after of the comment edit.
Email Notification Options
Within this section you can:
  • Enable email notifications
  • Set an email address to send the comments to
  • Set an email address for the "From" field in the email.
  • Set the subject of the email
Recommended SMTP (Email) Plugin: WP Mail SMTP.
Sending Emails: Comment Edit Pro is not an email or SMTP plugin. If you have set up email successfully on your site, Comment Edit Pro will use that mechanism.
Here is a sample of the emails you will receive.
Sample Email
As you can see, the email contains the original comment and the edited one.
With logs enabled, you can also see a history of all the edits a commenter makes.
Logging Example

Appearance Settings

You can modify how Comment Edit Pro looks on the frontend through the appearance settings.
Appearance Settings
Within the Appearance tab, you can:
  • Show or hide the timer
  • Set the timer to Words or Compact
  • Change the button theme
  • Change the loading image

Showing or Hiding the Timer

Show or Hide the Timer Option
By default, the timer is shown. However, if you don't want to display a timer at all, you can uncheck this option.
Edit Interface Without a Timer

Timer Appearance

Timer Appearance Options
By default, the timer is shown as words.
Words-based Timer
You can also choose compact to appear more like a countdown.
Edit Timer in Compact Form

Button Themes

Button Theme Options
By default, there are no frontend styles applied to the editing buttons. You can change this by selecting a button theme.
Three Button Themes are Available
If you select any of the button themes, you'll be asked if you'd like to enable icons.
Show Icons on Buttons Option
Enabling icons is recommended to give your buttons a nice boost in appearance with contextual icons.
By default, the editing interface and buttons has no styles.
However, there are three themes you can take advantage of to spruce up the editing interface.
Regular Button Theme
Dark Button Theme
Light Button Theme
Turning on Icons: If you choose a button theme, it is highly recommended to enable icons.


You can modify any text string that is shown to the end user in the translations section.
The Translations Section Allows You to Modify Any Output