I’ve been wanting to add a comment bubble to my Generate theme for the longest.
I love the way it looks. It looks sexy, it engages people to actually comment, and you simply can’t miss it. It’s looking right at you.
Since adding the comment bubble, I’ve seen an increase in my comments.
Now I can say for sure if it’s the actual bubble cause there’s really no way to track it, but there has been an increase since adding it.
Here’s what my old comment counter looked like:
See how small it is? It’s almost impossible for someone to spot it.
Here’s the new comment bubble counter:
See the difference? You can actually see it now. And I don’t know if you knew this or not, but most people doing research and looking for answers usually scroll down to see what the conversations all about.
If there’s no action, they usually leave cause they think the content is not worth their time. A lot of times by reading the comments alone, you’ll get the gist of what the blog post is all about.
So by having a comment bubble showcase your comments, it can help increase engagement and interactions with your readers as well as get your content read.
The Research Begins
I really wanted to add this comment bubble counter to my blog so I looked, searched, and freaking researched some more. There just wasn’t any good, solid, sound tutorials that could help and teach me how to do this.
I got sick and tired of looking and searching for a way to add a comment bubble to my theme so …I outsourced it. Cost me $100 bucks.
Immediately after I went live with the new comment bubble, I got emails, facebook pm’s, and skypes of people asking how I did it.
So instead of creating a crazy techie tutorial that I couldn’t even understand, I went ahead and created a plugin.
New Genesis Comment Bubble Plugin
Today I introduce my latest wordpress plugin, the Genesis Comment Bubble.
A plugin I created for the end user in mind. This plugin just makes life a hell of a lot easier. No coding, no editing, none of that jazz.
Today I’m going to show you how to add a Comment Bubble to your StudioPress theme using the new Genesis Comment Bubble plugin.
Quick Note: You must have a Studio Press Genesis theme in order for the comment bubble plugin to work properly. This plugin has been tested on the most highly used Studio Press Themes and we continue to test other Studio Press Themes.
Below this video tutorial you’ll see a list of tested Studio Press Genesis themes the comment bubble plugin is currently working on.
(Click here to watch the Comment Bubble tutorial on YouTube)
Right click and Save As to download your Genesis Comment Bubble plugin.
Here’s a list of tested StudioPress Theme:
- Generate (the exact theme I’m using here)
- Going Green
- Appendipity Themes (new)
I will add to this list as we test more genesis themes.
Step 1: Download the Genesis Comment Bubble Plugin
Step 2: Upload, install, and activate the Comment Bubble Plugin
Step 3: Go to your home page or any blog post and see how the Comment Bubble looks like. If it’s perfectly placed, no need to do any further adjustments. If adjustments are needed or you would like to change the bubble color, proceed to the next step.
Step 4: In your WordPress dashboard, on the left hand side hover over the Genesis tab and click on Comment Bubble. This will take you the comment bubble editor.
- Choose the bubble color
- Adjust the placement of the bubble as needed
- Go to your blog post, refresh, and see how the comment bubble looks like
- Repeat this until you’re satisfied with your comment bubble
This is how you add a comment bubble to your blog: Click to tweet this <<
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Will this work on other themes?
Now you maybe asking if this plugin will work on other themes other than studio press themes. The answer unfortunately is no. Sorry.
The reason for this is because not all themes are alike. There are tons of themes out there and not all work the same or are coded the same. I’m a studio press theme user. Have been for many years. It was a lot easier to code for this one framework than to code for all the other themes out there.
We’re dealing with css, styles, functions, and other files and we simply just couldn’t do it. I think it’s only fair that I give you an explanation on why this plugin only works for studio press themes.
I want to be straight up with you so that you won’t go out and try to install this plugin on a theme it’s not compatible with. We are however working on creating a universal comment bubble plugin. It will take a while so for now, it’s just for the Genesis Framework and StudioPress themes.
And that’s pretty much it here. Hope you enjoy this plugin. Had a blast creating it for ya. Please let me know what you think of it by commenting below.
Peace and I love ya for free ;-)