Comment Email Responder


The Comment Email Responder v2 is based on the work of Andrew Flusche who can up with the original concept and wrote the first iteration of this plugin. It’s purpose is to provide an easy mechanism for a blog administrator to email a response to one of the comments placed on the website. The response becomes a comment in the normal way, but also fires off an email to the commentor with the content of the response and his original comment.


1. Download the plugin file, unzip and place it in your plugin folder.
This makes the plugin available to WordPress and it should now appear in your Plugin folder. The zip file also includes an icon for the plugin which should also be placed in the plugin folder.

2. Activate the plugin
This “starts up” the plugin. At this point, the plugin is active, but won’t work correctly till it is configured

3. Configure the plugin
The plugin can be configured both from a new panel in the Options menu called Comment Email Responder. Please go to this panel and supply the required information.


Once the plugin has been activated you’ll notice a new icon appearing next to commenter names on your posts. Click on this icon to respond to the comment. When you save the comment, a copy will be emailed to the person who left the comment.




  • The plugin behaves well with the Subscribe-to-comments plugin and won’t email someone who’s already subscribed to the comment thread.
  • The plugin assumes the existence of the “comment_form” action which is optional for template creators. If this is missing in your template, please add it accordingly.
  • The plugin assumes that your admin user is set to wp_user_level 10. While this is true in most cases, some WordPress installations mess this up. If the plugin doesn’t seem to work, check out the fix on Cynthia’s blog.


Here’s the plugin in action:


v1.0: Base release. Implementation by Andrew Flusche

v2.0: New version. Admin interface added and automatic insertion into template on activation

v2.1: Minor bug fixes

v2.21: Another couple of minor bug fixes

v2.3: Email now contains link to post together with a specified footer

v2.4: Fixes by Steven Ross from Bustspammers, a site about fighting spam.

Websites using this plugin

I love it when people use my work, so if you do, drop me a comment. I’d love to pop around and have a look at your blog.


  1. hi,

    I have two 2.7 wp and the plugin works for one but it does not work for the other. I think if i find the source for the error I would have solved all this thread’s problems.

    On one hand, I have also solved the problem of threading and informing via email at the same time. You just need to use my coming plugin 🙂 (for those needing this email me at

    On the other hand I hope you have used the plugin for this so I get informed on my email about further discussion.

    Many thanks and more news coming very soon,


  2. @luis: It could be you’re missing something on the theme. Does the plugin work with a different theme on that blog?

  3. @Scott, not ignoring you, just was hoping to get back to you with a positive answer. I’ve added it to my pile of things to do and will pick it up when I have some spare time.

  4. Hi Owen. Is it possible to get this working from the edit comments page rather than the dashboard? I want to get it going for my Mom’s blog and I’m trying to make it as simple as possible for her. The icon appears on the dashboard under recent comments for a couple of comments but then when you click view all you go to the edit comments page and the envelope is gone. Thanks.

  5. UGH! Ignore my previous comment, that applies to my blog. Mom’s is something different. I installed it and don’t see the envelope anywhere.

  6. Hi there, Am trying out a new theme and your plugin doesn’t work on it (I get the envelope icon but nothing happens when I click on it).

    I’ve checked through the above comments and I gather it’s the theme itself. I’ve got the bits that are mentioned above in my template. Any other thoughts on what could be missing?


  7. does this work with the new wordpress? I see that you can REPLY right from the comments admin page, but does your plugin email the commenter if I reply that way? Or do I have to hit the “reply” icon in the blog comments section?

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