Before we begin this lesson, I’d like to notify you that between the last lesson and this one, I went ahead and added some pages to my hotel website without creating a tutorial for them. This is because you already know how to create pages and it would be a little bit too repetitive. This will happen from time to time, so don’t be alarmed if you see changes to my site to which you weren’t alerted.
Now let’s go on with the next lesson: Adding a Comments Form to Your WordPress Pages.
A website is a great tool. It allows you to talk to your visitors through each webpage. But that’s just half the fun.
A website becomes “interactive” when your visitors can talk back to you. Of course, you’d be amazed to hear people’s response to your stories.
Of course, visitors can always contact you by email, phone and other methods on your contact page. But it’s so much sweeter and easier when they can just type a comment at the bottom of the page.
A beautiful, handy comments form makes this possible. Comments encourage discussion, and many people responding to each other. With comments, visitors become “invested” in your site and are more likely to return.
In addition, comment forms make it possible or users to add to your message, and even enrich with their knowledge of the subject.
There’s a thousand and one reason why your web pages should be outfitted a comments form at the bottom.
But so far, our web pages have no comments form, and that’s something we need to include.
So let’s do this.
This is how our webpages have closing: with no comments for the user to ask a question, add to the message, start a discussion or anything like that.
Thankfully, WordPress has made it easy for us to add a comments for to our websites. By default it ins’t there, but by tweaking a few settings, we can simply add it.
So let’s do this. Let’s log into our Dashboard by typing hotelamazonasgy.com/wp-admin/, typing in our username and password and hitting the Login Button.
Once inside the Dashboard, let’s find the page we want to add a comment form to by clicking the “Pages >> All Pages” button on the left column menu.
Once you click on the “Pages >> All Pages” button, you’ll see a list of the pages you have created for your WordPress site.
I’ll choose to add a comments form to the homepage of my website.
First, I hover my mouse over the link, and an “Edit” button appears. I click the “Edit” button and a new window loads for me to edit this page.
So how do I add a comments form to this page? If you look towards the top right of the screen, you will see a “Screen Options” button.
Click the down arrow next to that button and it will open up.
There you will see some of the screen options offered when creating a WordPress Page. Some of them were ticked by default with the new WordPress Installation.
However, the “comments” and “discussion” options weren’t ticked by default. We need to tick these by clicking the checkbox next to them.
So let’s do this!
There you go! Now collapse these settings options by clicking the up arrow near to the Screen Options Button.
Now let’s scroll and see these new features appearing towards the bottom of our page.
There you go! An option for allowing comments as well as “trackbacks and pingbacks” on your page.
I’ll tick them both!
There you go! So now let’s update our page!
And view our update.
Now let’s scroll to the bottom and see if our comments form appears there.
And what do you know! It did!
Bear in the mind that on a browser where you’re logged into WordPress, the comment form will appear different. If you want to see the form exactly as foreign visitors will see it, load this page from a different browser where you’re not logged in to WordPress. For example, if you’re building your WordPress site on a Firefox Browser, you can view updates on an Internet Explorer browser.
This is how the form looks to visitors other than you when you’re logged in:
Bear in mind that we’ll have to talk about Comments Spam which you will get A LOT on your WordPress website. Also bear in mind that we will have to enhance this form using a plugin called WP Discus.
So now that we have a site, with the basic features and pages, let’s go testing out some WordPress Themes to see if you we can find something better to display our website.
So see you in the next lesson: Testing Out Some WordPress Themes.