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Lesson 16 – Using WordPress “Comments” for Product Reviews

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Please note that this course has been replaced with the new “Sell Your Digital Products with WP eStore

In this video tutorial we will learn how to use WordPress comments to provide an opportunity for product reviews on your ecommerce website.  We will convert comments on our product posts to product reviews while retaining them as comments for all non product posts.

We’ll start off by identifying the elements that need to change and get an introduction to Thesis Filter Hooks.  Next we’ll use a filter hook to change the comment form title.  Then we’ll use a filter hook to change the comment introduction. Next we’ll employ a WordPress “template tag” to enhance the comment introduction.  After we’ve completed those changes we’ll install a plugin that will display our latest product reviews.  Finally, we’ll modify the appearance of that widget output for our product reviews using CSS.

In this lesson you will:

Understanding Thesis Filters – Watch the Video

  • Identify the comment elements that need to change
  • An introduction to Thesis Filter Hooks
  • Review the example in the User Guide

Use a Thesis Filter to Change the Comment Form Title – Watch the Video

  • Identify the element
  • Write the function
  • Hook the function
  • Make the function conditional for product posts only

Use a Thesis Filter to Change the Comment Intro – Watch the Video

  • Identify the element
  • Write the function
  • Hook the function
  • Make the function conditional for product posts only
  • Check it against plural uses

Use a Template Tag to Enhance the Filter Output – Watch the Video

  • Understanding the logid
  • Understanding the comments_number template tag
  • Include a link to the form
  • Revise the function

Install and Configure Recent Comments Plugin – Watch the Video

  • Install the “Customized Recent Comments” plugin
  • Configure the widget
  • Understanding the widget output template
  • Revise the output template

Customize the Product Review Display with CSS – Watch the Video

  • Identify the HTML structure in Firebug
  • Add styling to the list items
  • Add styling to the comment-body
  • Add styling to the avatar

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