Highlight Author Comments


Unfortunately, due to ill-health, this plugin has not been developed or supported properly for some years. It works with the latest versions of WordPress (including on this website) but could possibly conflict with any WordPress features added after 2008 — e.g. custom post types — if you use them.


Highlight Author Comments automatically displays comments made by a post’s author in a distinctive style with no need to edit your template files, etc. All you do is provide a snippet of CSS styling to be applied to author posts.

This is version 1.0.3 download latest version.

Installation Instructions

Highlight Author Comments is installed in 3 easy steps:

  1. Unzip the “Highlight Author Comments” archive and copy the folder to /wp-content/plugins/
  2. Activate the plugin
  3. Use the Options > Highlight Comment admin page to enter the CSS styling you want to apply to author comments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Enter in the Options Page?

The plugin Options page just has one text box where you put the bit of CSS you want to apply to highlighted comments. Don’t include { or }: just the CSS. For example, by default the plugin applies the CSS padding: 1em which ‘indents’ the comment a little all round. If you wanted to also make the text red, for example, you would use color: red; padding: 1em.

CSS Styling… What’s That?

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is too complex a subject to go into here. A good resource is provided by the Web Design Group.

How About Some Examples?

Here’s where some artistry would be a help! In lieu of skill here are some examples to play with:

  1. padding: 1em;
  2. padding-left: 20px;
  3. background-color: #FFFF95;
  4. border-left: 1em solid #DDD; padding: 1em;
  5. background: white url(http://www.yourblog.com/images/fluffy-clouds.gif)
  6. background-color: silver; margin-left: -2em; padding: 1em 1em 1em 2em;
  7. etc.

How Does It Know Which Comments to Highlight?

The plugin simply compares the email of the post author with the email of the commentor. This works fine as long as a post author is logged in when commenting. It will fail if the author is not logged in an uses a different email.


  • 1. Solomon  |  December 29th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    This works perfectly in WordPress 2.7. Thank you for making it available for free. 🙂

  • 2. Richh  |  January 7th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Just so you know, this plug-in won’t be needed if you’re using WP 2.7 or above – at least if you’re using one of the default themes or one that the theme author has updated properly to take into account WP 2.7’s new comment features.

    The latest versions of WorPress automatically add different classes to the comments depending on the role of who posts them – so an author gets class=”bypostauthor” for example. There;s others too, all listed on the WordPress site. This makes it real easy to style author/admin comments and make them stand out from the rest!

  • 3. vladimire  |  February 26th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I’ve been using this plugin for a while now, like a charm.
    I wan to use it now to highlight not just the comment’s posted by the ahthor, but by two or three people, let’s say the admins, i used this code but.. :

    else if(strlower($comment->comment_authot_email)== "XXXXX@hotmail.com" or (strlower($comment->comment_authot_email)=="XXXXX@hotmail.com")) 
    		$options = get_option('hac_highlight_author_comments');
    		return '<div style="'.$options['highlight_style'].'"><p>'.$content.'</div>';

    but it is not working

  • 4. Abe  |  March 5th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I have a question…

    Can be used not only for the post’s autor, but all the autors in the blog??

    Thanks, i’m downloading it..

  • 5. Tom Kenny  |  April 27th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I like the plugin and will be using it on my project that I’m currently developing.

    I do have one suggestion though. I recommend adding a class to the div that you place around the comments. This way I’ll be able to style the div (or anything within it) within my own CSS rather than having to do it through the admin area.

    I’ve edited the plugin file to add class=”authorcomment” but it would be cool if that was included by default just to give us the option.

    Thanks for the plugin!

  • 6. Dawn Pedersen  |  May 5th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    Thanks so much! I saw this comment highlight feature on another blog and had no idea how to do it.

  • 7. Robin Woo  |  June 9th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    very good plugin,thank you ,but i want to translate it to chinese !

  • 8. Steupz  |  June 13th, 2009 at 1:09 am

    Is there anyone using this plugin to highlight both the site owner’s and other readers’ comments?

    I wanna see how it looks

    And what’s the plugin used to give commenters MCE type capability to comment

  • 9. Jane  |  June 30th, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Easiest plugin for this purpose. Don’t even need to worry about the nested comments: This accomplishes close to the same thing and with so much ease. Thanks.

  • 10. Genghis Khent  |  July 9th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    This plug in works if I post a comment. But there is no similar highlight if I reply to another reader’s comment. Or am I missing something? Thanks. Genghis

  • 11. Drew McManus  |  July 10th, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Is there a way to get the styling to apply to the entire comment head instead of just the author link?

  • 12. Rehan Oberoi  |  July 30th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I just installed and started using. it is so handy and useful. Where was this all the while when I was struggling. Anyway thank you so much. This is very helpful for me atleast.

  • 13. Christine Sutherland  |  August 16th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    A plugin where you have to know CSS code? And a support link which is basically a whole CSS training program? When the overwhelming majority of people who use WordPress don’t do code?

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    Even a few simple eg’s of specifically what to key into the two boxes would have been useful. Most people could work it out from there.

  • 14. tariq iqbal  |  September 2nd, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    thanks it is very good plugin. but i don,t know what should i add for Style the author link:

    Please help me give the Style to author link:
    i don’t know about css so need some codes .


  • 15. рецепти  |  September 4th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    How about a threaded reply option, like Better Comment Manager? I love the functionality of Better Comment Manager, but I refuse to use it because it doesn’t integrate with the Manage Comments page