WordPress tip: How do I allow Likes on comments?

14 Apr

I noticed that lots of other people’s blogs allow you to “Like” comments on a post (as well as Liking the post itself). Because I had to have a little look for it, I thought it would be a useful thing to blog about. So, how do you allow Likes on comments in WordPress?

Note, this applies to blogs, self-hosted blogs may need all or part of a widget to do this.

Why enable “likes” on blog comments?

We’re all used to Liking posts on Facebook and now Twitter. It’s a good way to let the poster know that you’ve seen and approved of what they’ve said, even if you don’t comment.

We can also allow Likes on our WordPress blog posts (for info on how to do that, see this article).

Being able to Like a comment on a blog post means that you can acknowledge it without continuing the conversation infinitely. Other people can also show their appreciation of a particular comment. It adds another thread to the links between you and your commenter.

How do I enable liking on blog comments?

Go to the WordPress dashboard (the original one) and locate the Settings area.

Go to the Sharing menu.

Scroll down until you see the Comment Likes are … section at the very bottom:

Turn on likes on comments in WordPress

Click on On for all comments and Likes will now be available on all comments.

What does Liking look like on blog comments?

Here’s a screenshot from a blog post on my book review blog, showing various nested comments. People can click on the little star to Like the comment:

Likes on blog comments visible

If you’ve enjoyed this post and found it useful, do please comment and/or use the sharing buttons below this post to share it with other potential readers who might find it useful. Thank you!

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Posted by on April 14, 2016 in Blogging, WordPress


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8 responses to “WordPress tip: How do I allow Likes on comments?

  1. Isolated_girl

    April 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I m rather curious abt one other thing!

    Is there anyway! to disable to comments and likes!
    I know the comment part
    But likes don’t disappear!

    How to make a post like option free

    w8n n curious



    • Liz Dexter

      April 14, 2016 at 9:40 am

      If you disable comments, there won’t be any option to like comments. Do you mean disabling Likes on your actual blog posts? If you go to Settings – Sharing you can choose Likes are … Turned on per post and then you will have the option to have them on or off for each post.

      I hope that helps!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. dgkaye

    April 14, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Great post again LIz. I guess you aren’t self hosted because of the ‘press this’ share button you have on your blog. I’m self hosted on WordPress and I can’t find a forum or a link anywhere to let me know how to find that plugin to add to my blog for those who like to reblog my posts and aren’t familiar with copying a blog with their own wordpress marklet that allows you to copy articles from the web.


    • Liz Dexter

      April 14, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      As I say in the article, I’m talking about here, not self-hosted. I’m sure you can get the Press This button though – have you tried tweeting using the hashtag #WordPress? Looks like it’s not available in Jetpack, though,

      Liked by 1 person

      • dgkaye

        April 15, 2016 at 2:51 pm

        Thanks Liz, good idea to tweet. And yes, I know Jetpack doesn’t offer it. I’ve scoured the net. It’s funny how some techy hasn’t created a button for this already. 🙂



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