Over the last month, I released a successor to Ajax Edit Comments. I got sick of the bug reports, support requests, and the bloat. It’s one of the reasons I’m actively looking for some poor soul (aka, an uber-awesome developer) to take over the project.
What is the name of this new plugin, you ask? It’s called Simple Comment Editing. The goal of the plugin was to be light on code, less server intensive, less buggy, and absolutely (zilch) no options. I wanted the user to install the plugin and have it just work magically.
To make the plugin light, I stripped out most of Ajax Edit Comment’s functionality and just added in simple comment editing. That’s it. It allows users to edit comments. Nothing else. And it works fantastic (seriously).
To be honest, it’s had a lukewarm start despite receiving rave reviews from WP Realm and WP Tavern (two well known sites). It’s even, despite having only 400 downloads at this point, received 5 (that’s five!) 5-star reviews.
So what’s preventing people from downloading this plugin more? Perhaps they like the bloatware called Ajax Edit Comments. Perhaps nobody likes using traditional WordPress comments anymore and choose something like Disqus. Perhaps more word-of-mouth is needed (help?).
I say, who cares. It’s a plugin that works and works beautifully. And I’m proud of every last line of code in the plugin (even the Easter Egg I added). Even the snarky code comments.
So if you’ve made it this far and have WordPress, give it a try. You’ll make your commenters happy.
Don’t count on any more features being added in, aside from translations. The plan is to keep it simple. Cheers!
(BTW, you can leave a test comment here to try it out until WordPress auto-magically disables comments for this post).