Subscribe to Copyblogger Theme Comments

One thing I have forgotten to mention thus far is the fact that the Copyblogger Theme supports the amazing Subscribe to Comments plugin from Mark Jaquith. If you want to use it on your own site (and I highly recommend that you do), all you have to do is activate the pluginβ€”it’s literally plug and play with this theme.

I’ve also activated the plugin on this site, and this means that instead of being forced to check back here every fifteen minutes to see if I’ve responded, you’ll simply receive an email whenever new comments are posted on those posts to which you’ve subscribed.

Oh, and while you’re at it, go ahead and subscribe to the main feed, too. I’ll be cranking out articles over the next couple of weeks that detail everything you need to know about working with the theme, and you’ll definitely want to stay up to date!

Update: The Subscribe to Comments plugin is not yet fully compatible with WordPress 2.2, which is currently running this site. If you’re still running WordPress 2.1.x, then the plugin will work for you, and it’s still plug and play with this theme.

I’ll give everyone the heads-up when a new version of the plugin is released.


#1 Joe on 05.30.07 at 11:38 pm

Chris, this is a great free theme, thank you! How do I add pages to the above next to ‘archive’ and ‘about’? Sorry I’m such a newbie.

#2 Tanguillo on 06.02.07 at 8:23 pm

First of all: Wow! Amazing theme. So nice and clean…
I only have a SEO question. I read in some articles, that is better use the h1, h2… etc tags in key elements in the page. I understand why you use h1 for the post title, and h3 for subtitles… but how good is to use the h2 tag for the titles in the sidebar? I think there are more important elements in the page, but you probably have a good reason to do it, so please let me know.

#3 Chris P. on 06.03.07 at 12:10 pm

Tanguillo β€” Unfortunately, WordPress sidebar “convention” dictates that I must use <h2> tags in the headings. I am on record as saying that I’m not a fan of this structure, but accommodating it is certainly easier than trying to get thousands of WordPress users to tweak their core WP architectures.

Joe β€” I need to do a post on that topic; it’ll hit sometime this week.

#4 Lawton on 06.15.07 at 5:21 pm

Chris- any luck in finding out why my blogroll will not appear in copyblogger or your other themes? I’ve left comments in a few areas.



#5 How do you make very long names in the comments keep from bleeding over into the sidebar? on 06.16.07 at 5:35 am

How do you make very long names in the comments keep from bleeding over into the sidebar?

#6 Chris P. on 06.16.07 at 6:03 am

Nice try, but that didn’t bleed over into the sidebar πŸ˜‰

#7 RobbD3 on 06.16.07 at 11:55 am

I think that if I would have created a very long name with no spaces like those often found in trackbacks and pingbacks it would have.

At least that is what is happening on my blog…

#8 RobbD3 on 06.16.07 at 11:59 am

by the way, I am not trying to be a vandal. I am just trying to see the differences in the style.

#9 Chris P. on 06.17.07 at 8:31 pm

Robb β€” If that were happening on my site, I would edit the specific comments and change the names used in the comments to add spaces or make them fit.

My primary site, Pearsonified, has over 3,000 comments, and I can only recall two specific instances of people leaving ridiculously long URLs in the comment name fields (which is a poor practice anyway). So really, even if you do have to hand-edit every occurrence of a poorly-constructed commenter name, you shouldn’t have very many cases where this actually happens.

#10 Maricar on 06.19.07 at 4:10 pm

Thanks for this wonderful theme, Chris! I’m now using it a my blog.

I have a simple question about the sidebar. I have TLA on my blog, and the links have the arrow buttons on them. I don’t mind the buttons, except that they overlap with the text. Would I be able to format the TLA links? If not, how do I remove the buttons?

Thanks again for your generosity in sharing this great theme.

#11 Andreas on 06.21.07 at 6:14 am

Is it possible to add a left sidebar like on That would be really cool!

#12 Chris P. on 06.21.07 at 11:17 pm

Maricar β€” Your TextLinkAds contain inline styles that are overriding the CSS that controls the appearance of the sidebar. I’m not all that familiar with the back-end setup of the TLAs themselves, but perhaps you can log into TLA and check to see if you can disable all styling associated with your links.

If you’re able to do that, then they’ll appear just fine. If not, then you may be forced to write your own styles to make those appear a little less unsightly.

Again, though, my first instinct is to check the TLA Web site and see if you can disable the styles that are currently along for the ride with that plugin.

Andreas β€” There is an unofficial 3 column version available over at OScandy. You may give that a spin and see if it gets the job done for ya.

Although I’m not entirely sure, I think you actually have to be using widgets to see anything in the left hand sidebar. Alternatively, if you’re comfortable with adding your own sidebar code according to the markup convention established in sidebar.php, you can also add content to the left side that way.

#13 Andreas on 06.22.07 at 2:20 am

Thanks Chris, OScandy does the job, they just put in the left sidebar and everything else stays the same.


#14 adam on 07.12.07 at 11:54 pm

This theme rocks! Thanks

#15 pizzaman on 09.02.07 at 3:24 pm

very nice and clean i wish you had a email this link option

#16 Moshe on 09.09.07 at 5:05 pm

This theme is really really clean – kudos to the thought put into it. In the spirit of “there are no dumb questions” how do I put in a banner for the top – logo etc.
And if possible how do I make it a rotating banner like yours?

#17 Juan on 10.20.07 at 4:38 pm


#18 ney on 12.23.07 at 12:10 pm

I like this CopyBloger theme, nice one

#19 Macleod on 03.07.08 at 4:57 am

Its got to be the best theme out there!

when are you updating the theme to 2.3.3

nice work

#20 Steve Renner on 03.10.08 at 7:27 am

I am using this theme on my Celeb Gossip site and love it so far. I am still learning my way around, but it suits my needs. I like how Clean it is!

Do you have any suggestions for adding advertising widgets to the sidebar? I would also like to have a Tag Cloud, is there a plugin for this?

#21 Steve Renner on 03.10.08 at 7:31 am

By The way, do you need to do anything special to get the tags to show in a post?

Thanks – Steve

#22 Jeff on 04.03.08 at 2:39 pm

Chris – I’m fascinated by the fact you chose a definition list for the comments queue. I go 100% with that decision, I just wonder what YOU have in mind by it?

Re: RobbD3’s long-name point… try ‘overflow:hidden’ (cb distro, style.css, line 264).

Given what a layout wrecker this can be, it’s a point well made. I’d still want to slice any stupid long strings, or truncate if the text is inappropriate.

#23 Chris P. on 04.03.08 at 3:52 pm

Steve β€” In order to display tags, you’ll need to add at least one WordPress tag function to your single.php template file. Theoretically, you can add tag functions to any template file you like; however, I strongly advise against using them on other types of pages due to the adverse effects that additional links have on overall link equity.

Jeff β€” In the W3C specifications for lists, you’ll find the following excerpt regarding the use of definition lists:

Another application of dl, for example, is for marking up dialogues, with each dt naming a speaker, and each dd containing his or her words.

Although the above quote hardly qualifies as a true “standard,” it does make definition lists seem like an appropriate choice when you consider the nature of blog comments.

#24 Jeff on 04.03.08 at 4:34 pm

Absolutely, Chris. I applaud your use of this much-neglected element.

I was just wondering if you had plans to leverage its support for multiple dt’s and dd’s.


#25 Chris P. on 04.03.08 at 9:48 pm

Jeff β€” Definition lists are fully supported within posts; comments are just a little different because their structures are marked up with definition lists.

#26 Scott MB on 04.17.08 at 2:41 am

Hey Chris,

I am implementing your theme for a friends site and have managed to successfully work through most of the modification issues, apart from one. Comments are disabled on all extra pages and I need to enable them. I tried just enabling comments in the WordPress page options but this has no effect, am I missing something simple?

The site is in test mode right now.

Any help would be appreciated, many thanks for your time. I honestly don’t know how you keep up with all these questions!

#27 robmac on 05.19.08 at 7:34 am

I have now used this them on several sites now . its so user friendly and easy to use. nice work chris

#28 Andy on 02.10.09 at 6:12 am

Cool theme and frienly SEO, thanks Chris

#29 Tim on 12.31.09 at 12:01 pm

I like Scott MB above need to enable comments on the extra pages on my copyblogger site. Does anyone know how to do this? I’ve upgraded to the latest version of copyblogger but I still can’t enable comments. Is there a simple piece of code I can copy in?
I’d really appreciate some help with this.

#30 aisha on 01.12.11 at 12:56 pm

this is a great free theme, thank you!

#31 ash on 05.20.11 at 4:39 pm

Wawoo…I should also download this theme. I want good SEO