All bloggers and SEO experts would definitely love to see user interaction and engagement on their blogs as this is the best way to figure out how many users are actually getting interested into your blog’s niche. Generally readers communicate via comments section of a blog. However it is quite difficult to arrange and manage interaction via comments. So there must be some better way to display the visitors’ feedback queries, interactions etc in an organized and logical sense.
Well if you are on a WordPress platform, then you would be more than happy to know that WordPress already provides a great variety of plug-ins to manage and create social communities on a blog. You can use these plug-ins to make your blog more interactive for your users.
Plug-ins to Encourage Interaction
If you don’t want to set-up a social network type of structure around your blog, wouldn’t it be a good option to help your visitors interact with each other in a better way? For this you can either think of setting up a forum or enhancing your comment section for making the discussions user friendly. Here are some WordPress plug-ins which can help you achieve this:
Threaded Comments plug-in, as the name suggests, makes comment section more manageable from discussions point of you. By installing this plug-in, you can enable your readers to directly reply to a comment and get the response under the same comment rather than appending it as a last comment or newest comment.
A forum gives all readers a more fascinating platform to interact with each other in an easy way. WP-Forum plug-in is going to do the same for you by implementing a simple forum on your blog for users discussions.
This plug-in facilitates you integrate many Social APIs (such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn etc) within your website or blog and allows visitors to get engaged using these social networks. Now visitors on your blog can invite their friends from above mentioned social sites.
Comment Per Paragraph
This is basically a WordPress theme, but there are certain features of this theme which can improve users interactions to a great level. This plug-in allows your readers to comment on individual paragraphs of a post instead of commenting about all post at the end. So, this plug-in enhances interaction by giving opportunity to visitors to comment and discuss things at specific related points.
Plug-ins to develop a Social Network on WordPress Blog
Do you want to set-up a social network on your WordPress websiteinstead of creating a forum or adding more functionality to your comments? Following plug-ins are then the best fit for your needs for setting up a social network like LinkedIn, Twitter etc.
This plug-in combines the power of a number of social networking plug-ins for WordPress. One can install and set-up it within a matter of few minutes. It has user-friendly interface and enable you to specifically enable or disable certain features as per your needs and comfort. Buddypress has been used by many web design companies and big forums.
Mingle is much simpler than BuddyPress and takes considerably very less time in installation and settings. Although it provides somewhat less number of features then BuddyPress, but still can prove of big value for encouraging social interaction within visitors of your WordPress website or blog. This plug-in facilitates users to create and manage profile pages, friend-lists, status posts, notifications, comments etc.
Profiler is very helpful WordPress plug-in that creates profile for each registered member on your WordPress blog or website. It also has feature to include Gravatar images to users’ profiles. Also it can be helpful in forming a users directory and can also be used with UserPhoto plug-in.
There are also a number of other social plug-ins available on WordPress, but these are on my top-list. Please share with us, if you know a great WP plug-in for creating and managing social communities for WordPress users and readers.