If you are looking for a way to add the up vote and down vote features to your default WordPress comment system, here is an easy way to do it. Adding this feature will also increase the users engagement on your site.
Higher the engagement of users on your site, higher will be the chances of them returning to your site. Moreover, the longer they stay on your site, lesser will be the bounce rate.
To enable this functionality in WordPress, you need to install the Comments Like Dislike plugin by Happy Coders. Once activated, you need to visit Comments –> Comments Like Dislike page to configure the plugin settings.
Step 1: Tick the box next to Status option which says ‘Please check to enable comments like and dislike in front end’.
Step 2: Select the position for the like dislike buttons, whether to display it before or after each comment.
Step 3: Choose whether you want to display the like button, dislike button or both.
Step 4: For the like dislike restriction option, leave it as it is (Cookie Restriction).
Step 5: Choose if you want to display it in the order of like dislike or dislike like.
Step 6: Don’t forget to hit the ‘Save settings’ button.
You can also edit the button styles and colors by navigating to the Design Settings tab.
If you don’t feel any of the built-in templates interesting, you can also set a custom template with your favorite icons.
Thus I hope this article helped you in learning how to add like dislike buttons to the existing WordPress comments system. You may also want to checkout my post on how to keep tabs on broken links in WordPress.