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Liz Strauss Comment Counter, a WordPress Widget By Ozh « planetOzh
On: 2008/08/09 Viewed: 68160 times
Shorter URL for this page: http://ozh.in/kn

Liz Strauss Comment Counter is a highly configurable "internet badge" that shows the number of comments your WordPress blog has. Use it either to show off how social your blog is, as an incentive for commenters to be part of it, or just because it's fun :)

Live example: Comment count on planetOzh

This plugin was made in honor of Liz Strauss from Successful Blog and her dedication to building community and fostering interaction between a blog and its audience. Extra credits go to Lorelle for inspiration and networking, and obviously to Feedburner for being so seminal in cool web badges showing off.


Performance: the plugin generates a static image every time a comment is left (or an admin moderates one). The benefit is that, when showing the badge, nothing dynamic is generated on the fly by the webserver.

Failover: if for some reason your server was not able to generate a static image (write permissions or whatever) the plugin falls back to generating the badge on the fly, so you always have something to show.

Minimal overhead: state of the art code that loads only when needed, and the plugin adds a grand total of zero extra database query.

Compatibility: the admin interface either runs as a widget (with no extra "Settings" page created) or as a traditional plugin.

Flexibility: just like your Feedburner badge, except there's more options!

Neat interface: one click color presets, killer Farbtastic color picker, and cute FamFamFam icons

Ready for translation: polyglots, a .pot file is included. If you happen to translate the plugin, be sure to send me your work so I can include it in the archive! (Please send your .mo and .po files to ozh at planetozh dot com). Currently the plugin has flavors in Italian (thanks to Gianni Diurno), Russian (thanks to Fat Cow), Belorussian (thanks to ilyuha) and German (thanks to Design Contest).

Fun: well yes, it's just fun to show how many comments you have :)

Screenshots of the admin interface

General view of the interface:

Super hot color picker :

Color presets if you're not sure what colors to start with:


Download the plugin :
Liz Comment Counter by Ozh
Extract and upload to your blog, preserving directory structure.


If your theme is widget aware, head to "Design / Widgets" and add the widget to your sidebar

If your theme is not widget aware:

  1. edit the beginning of the main plugin file (wp_ozh_lcc.php) and replace define('LCC_AS_PLUGIN_ONLY', false); with: define('LCC_AS_PLUGIN_ONLY', true);
  2. in your theme's sidebar.php, add <?php if (function_exists('wp_ozh_lcc_badge')) wp_ozh_lcc_badge(); ?> where you want the badge to appear
  3. go to "Settings / Liz Comment Counter" and have fun with the options


Why show my comment count?
As you want. Either because it's fun, egoboosting, an incentive for others to participate, an indication of the "socialness" of your blog. And, anyway, because it's fun:)

Where is the static badge saved?
In your uploads directory, typically wp-content/uploads/cmt_badge/cmt_badge.png

How do I manually insert the badge in a document?
Like this:
<?php if (function_exists('wp_ozh_lcc_badge')) wp_ozh_lcc_badge(); ?>

What version of WordPress is this for?
Anything from 2.5 and above will be fine.

Who is Liz Strauss?
I'll let her answer: About Liz Strauss. If you are looking to build connections and conversation or to grow a community of fiercely loyal fans, Liz is the person to see. Check her blog!

Who are you?
I make WordPress Plugins!

I love this plugin, how can I say thanks?
Make my day: blog about the plugin and let your readers know about it. Make Liz' day: read her blog and comment!

Why are comments closed?
Because for some reason this page is attracting a number of idiots. Sorry if you wanted to say thanks :-)

Shorter URL

Want to share or tweet this page? Please use this short URL: http://ozh.in/kn


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  1. 51
    The GTL™ United States »
    commented, on 27/Aug/08 at 4:38 pm # :

    I guess I'm the only one who keeps getting a 404 error page every time I go to download this plugin?

  2. 52
    Summe der Kommentare in WordPress - buel... Germany »
    pingback on 27/Aug/08 at 5:12 pm # :

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  3. 53
    HotForWords United States »
    wrote, on 27/Aug/08 at 5:19 pm # :

    I tried the update and was unable to get my new sizes to show with the update…. was weird. Plus, I'm not sure if I like the fact that you require it to only act as a widget now.. I have the actual code added to my template. I have reverted to the old version for now.

    So two things:
    1: can't adjust the sizes anymore like I did on the older version. (by changing parameters in the inc/badge.php file from lines 160 down)
    2: would prefer it if the settings could be brought back to the settings page and not require that I add a widget to make changes to the settings.


  4. 54
    Ozh France »
    said, on 27/Aug/08 at 5:26 pm # :

    Marina » The update didn't change the way the badge was generated (actually it was a very minor update, see changes)
    You can still use the plugin as a regular plugin and not a widget: as explained here, edit the beginning of the plugin and change LCC_AS_PLUGIN_ONLY to true.

    This said, if you're happy with the old version… Just edit the plugin header and change its version number to something like 9.99 and you won't be nagged anymore with an update :)

  5. 55
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    pingback on 27/Aug/08 at 7:16 pm # :

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  6. 56
    Smartr.cn United States »
    trackback on 28/Aug/08 at 2:05 am # :



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    Comment Counter for WordPress Bulgaria »
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  9. 59
    pingback on 28/Aug/08 at 4:34 pm # :

    […] Liz Strauss met à la disposition des utilisateurs WordPress un Plugin leur permettant d'afficher le nombre total de commentaires déposés sur leur Blog et ce sous la forme d'un compteur reprenant le design du Chicklet Feedburner. […]

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  12. 62
    aRAY China »
    replied, on 31/Aug/08 at 6:07 am # :

    Thanks, i got your no-Widget solution.;-)

  13. 63
    James Korea (South) »
    said, on 01/Sep/08 at 2:58 am # :

    Two questions.

    How would I go about changing the 'comments' to something else like 'replies'?

    Also, not pertaining to this plugin, what plugin are you using to get the country flag beside the timestamp for each comments?


  14. 64
    Ozh France »
    commented, on 01/Sep/08 at 10:42 am # :

    James » see my plugin IP to Nation. And just give a look at the screenshot for your first question……

  15. 65
    Widget contador de comentários para Wor... Portugal »
    pingback on 02/Sep/08 at 2:59 pm # :

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  17. 67
    Abu Fathimah Indonesia »
    thought, on 03/Sep/08 at 10:32 am # :

    Hi Lizz …
    thanks for the plugins .. but i don't know .. why the badges it's not shown up ..??

    can u give me a clue .. why it is happen ??
    or maybe you can check my site ..??

    thanks before:)

  18. 68
    duan Singapore »
    thought, on 03/Sep/08 at 4:31 pm # :

    Thanks for making such a wonderful plugin
    now i can showoff to the world my comments

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  20. 70
    Kathy United States »
    thought, on 04/Sep/08 at 2:27 am # :

    Excellent plug-in! Is there any way to center the badge on the widget? Thanks!

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  22. 72
    aw China »
    wrote, on 04/Sep/08 at 8:17 am # :

    blogging for 4 years and got 23,421 comments. I don't know whether this plugin can show as 23k (just like Feedburner do)

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  31. 81
    Schnappi Germany »
    commented, on 26/Sep/08 at 2:33 am # :

    Hello liz,
    first i have to say thanks for the plugin, but i have a problem.
    The Plugin shows a comment count of 51.000 but actually im close to 90.000 comments. Do you have an idea where to problem is?

  32. 82
    WordCast » Blog Archive » Wo... United States »
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  33. 83
    Ozh France »
    commented, on 26/Sep/08 at 8:31 am # :

    Schnappi » The plugin uses the same function as in the Dashboard so the comment count should be right. Otherwise, no, no idea.

  34. 84
    Schnappi Germany »
    replied, on 28/Sep/08 at 4:39 pm # :

    Ah WordPress might bei numbering Spam/Deleted comments but those wont show up in Ozh right?

  35. 85
    Garry Conn United States »
    thought, on 29/Sep/08 at 9:15 am # :

    Excellent plugin. I really enjoy it. One of the best features offered is the ability to use this outside from the widget ready environment. A lot of developers don't think about people who choose not to use the widget ready feature of WordPress, I am glad you put a lot of detail into this. Thanks again.

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  39. 89
    Dom Australia »
    commented, on 06/Oct/08 at 2:52 am # :

    Very nice plugin!
    Definately the number one comment counter that I am aware of.
    Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work.

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  42. 92
    Veresh Jain United States »
    wrote, on 26/Oct/08 at 6:31 am # :

    Thanks for this great plugin this is what i was looking for .

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    Jeremy United States »
    said, on 28/Oct/08 at 3:18 am # :

    I've been looking into wordpress as a newbie and this looks like a very nice feature to add. Thank you.

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  47. 97
    Schlaunews.de - News, Test, Tipps Germany »
    commented, on 15/Nov/08 at 2:30 am # :

    Nice idea such a counter, but i am not sure if it is helpful to show this…

  48. 98
    titan Malaysia »
    said, on 21/Nov/08 at 3:48 am # :

    wow. this is nice tools. I like to use it for my blog.

  49. 99
    Perfu Romania »
    wrote, on 29/Nov/08 at 6:55 am # :

    Very Nice Plugin :)

  50. 100
    Rishabh Jain India »
    thought, on 09/Dec/08 at 10:03 am # :

    First Thanx to plugins no doubt plugin offering nice tools.

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