Would you like your visitors to notify you on errors you might have overlooked on your blog? In this tutorial, you will learn how to allow your users to report any issue on your WordPress site.
There are two methods of reporting that I am going to share here. The first one would be for reporting grammatical errors. The other one would be a generic option for reporting any issues on your blog posts, which is perfect for WordPress blogs with user-driven contents.
Let visitors notify you on errors in Your WordPress Posts.
It is important to keep our blog posts error-free as much as possible. However, when you’re publishing contents on your blog alone, no one is there to help you on proofreading and editing to make sure there are less to no errors. You’re solely responsible for any grammatical errors on your blog posts. It is good to build a good writing workflow or to have a team to work with, but still there are chances that you have errors left unnoticed.
This is another reality for some bloggers who are not native speakers of the Engish language.
Luckily, there are blog visitors who are willing to help you fix or at least report those blog posts errors. It would be a good idea to give them a convenient way to report errors to you.
Poorly written articles can leave a bad impression on your visitors. Let them know you’re open for corrections.
Here’s how to let your visitors report grammatical errors on your WordPress blog.
- Login to your WordPress Dashboard.
- Then go to Plugin>Add New.
- Search for the plugin called Mistape by deco.agency.
- Install and Activate the plugin.
- Go to Settings>Mistape to configure the plugin to fit your needs.
That’s it! Your visitor can now report any grammatical errors on your WordPress blog. They can do so by highlighting the text with errors then pressing CTRL+Enter to open the small pop-up report window.
Here’s a look on Mistape in action.
Mistape has also a good set of options.
- You may choose or specify a recipient for the reports.
- Choose what post types can be reported.
- It allows manual caption insertion via shortcodes
- Customizable caption text, color, and icon.
- Choose what dialog mode to be used when reporting.
Add a Report button on your WordPress Posts
If you’re running a community WordPress blog that has user-driven contents, it’s likely that you cannot catch every violation yourself. You would need your readers’ help. Most users would be glad to know they can help through reporting. Fortunately, there a WordPress plugin that allows your users to report any issues or violations of your set of rules.
Follow these steps to add a report button below or above your WordPress posts:
- On your WordPress Dashboard, go to Plugins>Add New.
- Search for the plugin Report Content by Hassan Akhtar.
- Install then Activate the plugin
- Hover to Report on the left panel of your dashboard then go to Settings to configure the plugin.
Report Content inserts a button on posts (optionally pages) that on click will open a secure Ajax-powered form. It allows your readers to report bugs, spam, and other issues on your blog.
The image below shows how the default report form looks like when clicked.
The good thing about this plugin is that it’s highly customizable. It also integrates with Akismet which is a good plugin for filtering spams.
Other Features of Report Content includes:
- Make certain fields required such as reason, name, email, and details when submitting a report.
- Customizable button text and color.
- Option to manually integrate the button anywhere on your theme files.
- Choose what post types and where to display the report button (below or above post contents).
- Option to allow only registered users to report.
- Choose who will receive email reports (author, administrator or both).
- Set minimum access level required to view the reports.
Tips: There is a plugin that allows users to submit a post on the frontend of a WordPress blog without the need of going to your admin dashboard. The good thing about this plugin is that it has a feature where articles submitted will pass through Copyscape to make sure it’s an original content. It’s called Frontend Publishing Pro. Complementing this plugin with those that I shared above could help you make a better community WordPress blog.
Have you found this article helpful? Were you able to implement any of those plugins mentioned above? How is it going after you allow users to report or notify you on errors on your WordPress posts?