Do you want to allow users to attach images and files in WordPress comments?
Images and comments are both powerful tools for boosting user engagement on your WordPress site. Depending on your site’s niche and target audience, allowing visitors to upload images in comments can significantly increase user engagement on your site.
In this article, we will show you how to allow users to upload images in WordPress comments.
Why allow users to upload images in WordPress comments?
WordPress comments are a great way to communicate with your visitors. People leave comments, ask questions, and offer recommendations that can be helpful in building your brand and improving products.
Allowing users to upload images in comments can further improve the user experience. For example, visitors can share screenshots of their issues in the comments, giving your support team more information to resolve their issues.
Likewise, it can help start engaging discussions where people can share funny pictures and memes. This will help make your comments visually appealing and more fun to read.
Or if you run a travel blog, allowing images in comments can help garner user-generated content. For example, users can share photos of their favorite destinations, places they have visited, etc.
That said, let’s see how to allow image uploads in WordPress comments.
Allow users to upload images in WordPress comments
The first thing to do is to install and activate the Attachment to DCO comment connect. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, the plugin will work immediately and add a file upload option in the WordPress comments area.
You can change its settings by going to Settings » DCO Comment Attachment from your WordPress dashboard.
The plugin lets you set a maximum upload file size, make it a requirement to attach files, embed attachments, select an attachment image size, and more.
You can also allow your users to attach different file types, like document, PDF, PowerPoint presentation, Excel spreadsheet, etc. by checking the file type option.
There is also an option to select all users or allow only logged in users to upload attachments in WordPress comments.
When you’ve made the changes, don’t forget to click the “Save Changes” button.
After that, go to any post page of your WordPress blog and you will see an image upload field in the comments area like the screenshot below:
All images uploaded by users are stored in your WordPress media library. If you want to delete an image uploaded by a user, you must go to Media librarylocate the image, then delete it.
This will remove the comment image without affecting the comment text.
To prevent abuse of this feature, we recommend that you add comment guidelines to your site to inform users of the type of attachments they can upload. You can check WPBeginner’s comment policy page for an example.
You can then add a link to your comment policy text in the WordPress comment form.
Due to the nature of images, you may wish to moderate all comments before they appear on your site. You can do this by enabling comment moderation and notifying users when their comment is approved on your site.
To further enhance the multimedia capabilities of your comments, you can enable oEmbed support for comments in WordPress. This will allow your users to embed YouTube videos, tweets, Flickr photos and more to images they upload.
We hope this article helped you learn how to allow users to upload images in WordPress comments. You can also check out our tips for getting more comments on your WordPress blog posts and how to start an online store.
The post How to Allow Users to Upload Images in WordPress Comments first appeared on WPBeginner.