Hack: Better Comment Notification Text and Removing Email Address Data

Like a lot of people, I freaked out a bit over GDPR right around the time it started. Even though I am in the United States and don’t have any business location in Europe, there were lawyers blogging and scaring people into thinking that the EU was gonna start sending stormtroopers into the USA to detain bloggers who so much as kept a simple server log.

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Hack: Use Time Ago Instead of Dates and Times For Comments

Having the date and time next to each comment on your site works fine. But social media networks have conditioned everyone to look at “time ago” indicators instead, like “3 minutes ago” and “2 days ago” and such. You can get these in your WordPress comments easily with an addition to your functions.php file.

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Hack: Moving Comments Manually Without a Plugin

If you rarely need to move comments from one post to another, then it is probably not worth maintaining yet another a plugin just for that purpose. You can use a tool like PHPMyAdmin on your server to edit the comments database directly and simply change the post ID for that comment. It gets a bit trickier if the comment has replies, but it is just a matter of changing all of the reply comments to the same post ID.

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Hack: Remove the Website Field From the Comment Form

I think it depends on the theme, but by default you usually see name, email and website as three additional fields at the bottom of all of your posts under Leave a Reply. I guess back in the early days of blogging, everyone had a website. Now in the era of social media, we are back to only the chosen few, like us, who have actual websites. The inclusion of a website field doesn’t make sense anymore, if it ever did.

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