wpDiscuz Private Comments

wpDiscuz Private Comments addon is an easy tool to allow commenters create private comment threads. These threads will be available for website administrators, moderators and for the thread owners. Addon adds a small button next to the comment submit button to set it as private, also it adds [Private] button to parent comments to make it as private after the comment is submitted. The buttons to set comments as private can be displayed / hidden for certain user roles in dashboard. Also, it allows setting certain user role to moderate private comments. This feature can be enabled / disabled for certain Comment Form in case you have many custom comment forms for custom post types.

Official wpDiscuz Addon

Please note: this is an add-on for wpDiscuz plugin. This addon requires at least wpDiscuz 7.3.0 version. Please do not install this addon on lower wpDiscuz versions. wpDiscuz is a free, AJAX controlled, real time, flexible and responsive commenting plugin. It's available for free download on WordPress.org Extensions directory. The official wpDiscuz addons are only available here at gVectors.com Premium plugins store.

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wpDiscuz Private Comments addon Features

  • Allows to create private comment threads
  • Adds new icon button next to the comment submit button to set the comment as private
  • Adds [private] button to parent comments to set the whole thread as private
  • The private comment thread is only available for website moderators and for the comment author.
  • Option to set certain user roles who are able to set comments as private.
  • Option to set moderators for private comments based on user roles.
  • Option to allow private comments feature for certain comment form and post types
  • Sends email notification to moderators when a new private comment is created.
  • Options to customize email notification subject and body
  • Fully responsive on all devices and RTL ready.


Installation and Configuration

  • This addon installs like any other plugin for WordPress.
    Access to wpDiscuz Private Comments is provided immediately after you’ve paid for your order. Upon completing registration/checkout, you may log in at gVectors.com. We will also email you after registration/checkout, with a link to the login page. Then download the installation package.
  • Navigate to Dashboard > Plugins > Add New admin page and upload addon ZIP file, then activate it.
  • Once the plugin is active, go to Dashboard > wpDiscuz > Settings > Addons Tab > Private Comments subTab to begin configuration…
  • It’ll ask you to activate with license key you got via email or in your account page, just insert the key and activate it.

If for some reason you cannot install this plugin using WordPress plugin upload system please do that with this alternative way. Unzip, and then upload the /wpdiscuz-private-comment/ folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory using an FTP application like FileZilla; or any other FTP program is fine also. Make sure you have not double /wpdiscuz-private-comment/wpdiscuz-private-comment/ directories nested inside each other, please correct this before you continue. Then in WordPress, go to WordPress Dashboard > Plugins, and then activate the wpDiscuz Private Comments addon.

wpDiscuz Private Comments – Frontend

wpDiscuz Private Comments – Dashboard Settings


Compatible with wpDiscuz 7.3.0


Compatible with WordPress 5.7


Fixed bug: issue with double email notification to post author


Added: Allowing to disconnect license


Compatible with WordPress 5.5


Fixed bug: issue with making private comments in dashboard


Fixed bug: issue with “Initiate AJAX loading after page” button and Private Comment compatibility for post author user role


Compatible with wpDiscuz 7 version


Fixed bug: issue with insensitive keys in MySQL


Improved: Some functionalities of the addon


Optimized: Addon update checking system


Added: Option that allows post authors to moderate private comments


Fixed Bug : show private icon for child comments when threaded comments are disabled
Fixed Bug : pagination issue
Changed : refresh after setting comment to private/public
Changed : wpDiscuz v5.3.0 compability


Fixed Bug: Conflict with the user’s following emails


Changed: Show the notice “requires wpDiscuz to be installed!” only for admins
Added: Option to set all new comments private on the frontend
Added: Filter comments by private status on the Dashboard
Added: Set comments private or public from the Dashboard
Fixed Bug : Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to a member function getTreeByParentId() on null


Fixed bug: Private message icon


Adapted: Compatibility with wpDiscuz 5.1.0


Added : Font-Awesome lib is updated to version 5


Initial Version

Pre Sale Support

7 months 13 days ago

I have a question about the admin panel option “Set new comments to private”. Does this make all private comments private regardless? I would like to use this add-on to always make comments private with no option for user to make it public. Is this possible?

7 months 13 days ago

Hi superdorx,

Yes, if the option is enabled, all comments made by registered users will be made private by default.

Aaron Bruski
1 year 3 months ago

Do you recommend using the private comments addons for both wpdiscuz and wpforo together at the same time?

1 year 1 month ago

This addon is only designed for comments. This allows to set a comment thread private.
In the wpForo forum, you can set any topic or post private without any addon. It’s a buitin feature. wpForo Private Messages addon is a private user messenger, so it doesn’t have any relation to private comments either.

1 year 3 months ago

What about email notification? Will other users see notification about someone’s private comment/reply posting?

1 year 3 months ago

Hi Evga,

In the case of private comments, the email notification will receive only the persons, who have permission to view the private comments.

1 year 3 months ago

can we use it here as on your site? in tabs.

1 year 3 months ago

The addon is designed for the wpDiscuz plugin. If the wpDiscuz plugin is used for the discussion board on the tab, then yes you can. If there is another plugin like WooDiscuz, you cannot use the addon.

1 year 5 months ago

If a comment is marked as private, does it show up in any activity feeds that is made public. Specifically, I don’t want posts marked with comments as private to show up in BuddyPress Activity Feed. This is an urgent request. I want to make purchase of this addon today.


1 year 5 months ago

I am interested in purchasing the private comments addon. Can the private comments be made and have other users either request approval to view or be added to a list of users email address, or username/screen name? Also, I want to purchase 3 other addons (2@$25.00 and 1@$11.00-all for 1 site), and I would like to know if I can get a bundle price for the purchases?


1 year 5 months ago

I am interested in purchasing the private comments addon. Can the private comments be made and have other users either request approval to view or be added to a list of users email address, or username/screen name?

We’re really sorry, but the add-on doesn’t have such feature.

Also, I want to purchase 3 other addons (2@$25.00 and 1@$11.00-all for 1 site), and I would like to know if I can get a bundle price for the purchases?

We offer Sale Packs for our customers who are going to purchase more than two products at once. More info here: https://gvectors.com/gvectors-store-discounts-sale-packs/

2 years 5 months ago

if i create a comment private for my moderetor in a public page, the other user cen view that there is a private content, or it is hide for them?

2 years 1 month ago

Hi Giacomo,
Private comment threads only available for website moderators and for the private comment owner. It doesn’t matter the post is public or not. Private comment threads are not available for other guests and user even if the post is public.

2 years 7 months ago

I’m considering the purchase of wpDiscuz Private Comments but I would like to know whether I will have the possibility to enable/ disable the Private Comments function per page?


2 years 7 months ago

Hi DIrk,

Thank you for your interest in wpDiscuz Private Comments add-on!

Yes, it is possible. You just need to create a new comment form and enable private threads for this comment forms. Finally, you should oose the custom comment form location using Display comment form for post IDs option.

More info here: https://wpdiscuz.com/docs/wpdiscuz-documentation/getting-started/custom-comment-form/comment-form-settings/#post-types

2 years 6 months ago

Thanks a lot!

3 years 4 days ago

Would it be possible and easy to extend the plugin with an addon that will deal with the “trolls” in the comment section in a more automatic and community driven way…?

1. Users can hide globally all comments from users by choice with a individual users blacklist. >> achieving hiding all comments from that blacklisted user >> and optionally be not disrupted by the comments on that blacklisted user either

2. If comments from a user is blacklisted by X amount by other users, he blacklisted user ability to post comments are deactivated and must be reviewed by moderator.

3 years 4 days ago

Hi Eirik,

your question has no relation to wpDiscuz Private Comments add-on. This add-on is designed to create private comment threads. This means that if the user creates a private thread, this thread will be available for website administrators, moderators and for the thread owner.

Please check out the wpDiscuz Report and Flagging add-on’s description: https://gvectors.com/product/wpdiscuz-report-flagging/

3 years 27 days ago

Hi. is possible set private messages by default (without select private option button)?

3 years 26 days ago

Hi David,

I’m sorry, but there is no option for this yet. We’re going to add it in next version release.

1 year 5 months ago

Any update on this feature, pls?

1 year 5 months ago

The option is already added. It’is called “Set new comments to private”.

1 year 3 months ago

If the default for all comments is set to private, who can see them?

1 year 3 months ago

Hi BJ,

The private comments will be visible only for the current user (who has written the comment) and high-level users like admins, moderators, etc.

3 years 4 months ago

Hi, when using wpDiscuz Private Comments together with wpForo Cross-posting, will the private status of a comment synchronize with the private status of the correspondent reply (or whole topic) on the forum (and vice-versa) ?

3 years 8 months ago

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