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WordPress Tutorial: How to style author comments

I have seen several wordpress blogs recently that uniquely style the author’s comments. This is a great usability technique, so that you can easily distinguish their posts. This comes in handy when visiting a new blog that perhaps you do not know the author’s name. All you do is simply compare the comment author’s email address with your own. This little snippet of code does just that, and specifies a class of “authorcomment” within the opening list item tag of the comment. You will want to place this code in your comments.php file. The code should go within the foreach comment loop and just before the end of the opening list item tag. If you have the default unmodified WordPress theme this will be on line 29. The finished product should like something like this:

<li <?php echo $oddcomment; ?>id=”comment-<?php comment_ID() ?>”

<?php if($comment->comment_author_email == ‘email@example.com’) : ?>

class=”authorcomment”

<?php endif; ?>>

Now all you have to do is add the look you want for your comments. I currently modified my style to have a light gray background by adding this to my style.css file:

.authorcomment{
background-color:#f5edd6;
}

You can now make your posts stand out from the crowd. To make it even easier to read the comments try moving the trackbacks out of the comments.

Wordpress Beer Theme

Beer Theme for Wordpress

I have just released my Wordpress theme “Beer”. The beer theme uses widgets and is compatible with Wordpress version 2.3 and above. It has not been tested on earlier version, but it should work just fine on Wordpress versions 2.1 and above. If you have any bugs or feature requests please let me know by commenting below. You can view the theme in action over at Team Sea Donkey. You can download the zip file here. Installation is simple. Just unzip the downloaded file and upload the beer folder to your wp-content/themes directory. After you have done this log into your blog and select Presentation then select Themes. Now click on the Beer theme, pretty simple right?