Doc Style Commenting for Gutenberg

Doc Style Commenting for Gutenberg

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As a coder, you probably use commenting in your code. But how about in your website content? The new Gutenberg editor has a few ways to add comments to your posts, but nothing that looks like a traditional comment. With this new plugin, you can add comment-style commenting to your Gutenberg posts. And the best part is that it works with all the existing comment types and most of the comment plugins.

Comments are a lot easier to read and understand when the text is aligned to the left. But, this is not how wordpress comments are displayed. So, by default, the text is aligned to the right. This plugin allows you to display comments in the style WordPress used to display them before they introduced Gravity Forms.

The latest iteration of WordPress, called Gutenberg, introduces a new way to display content. It’s not as intuitive as the classic editor, but it has more capabilities and will allow for more flexibility. With the release of Gutenberg, the community has been demanding a way to comment on posts. The developers have heard the requests and are working to make this a reality. In this article, I’ll go over the basics of how to comment on a post with the new system.

Have you ever found yourself in the situation of wanting to collaborate on a blog post project on a WordPress site, but ending up having to copy the entire post into Google Docs due to technical limitations? As a writer, I often face this dilemma and, to your surprise, I even end up copying the blog post to a temporary Google Docs file so everyone can easily collaborate. While this problem has been around for years, there is no solution on the market yet that brings the collaboration capabilities of Google Docs to WordPress. But today we have a robust plugin that allows administrators and editors to easily collaborate without wasting time navigating content. The plugin I’m thinking of is Multicollab. In this article, I’m going to do a detailed review of Multidots’ Multicollab plugin and go into more detail about its features. Let’s get going! The Multicollab plugin is designed to add Google Docs-like edits to the WordPress editor. word-image-3491 With the rapid and constant evolution of the Gutenberg editor, even simple blockchain plugins are struggling to keep up. Amidst all this, the Multidots team has developed a free plugin that works with Gutenberg to let site users collaborate on a blog post, Google Docs-style. This means you no longer have to copy entire blog posts into Google Docs just to collaborate. Although I could also just say it: It does what Google Docs does in terms of collaboration. But that’s not enough to properly introduce the plugin, so let’s take a closer look at the features. word-image-3492 Continued from the article below

Multicollab functions

With this plugin, you can add inline comments to any text section of your blog post. You can just highlight the text and click on the comment option to leave a comment on that section. word-image-3493

Answers and solutions

As with new comments, you can also respond to comments online. And when you’re done, just mark the problem as solved. This is very useful if you want to add or reply to a specific comment without creating a new comment. What if you want a specific user to be able to view and edit a comment? You can easily assign it by marking it with the @ sign followed by its name. When you enter a name, users with a user role are listed and you can select the user to whom you want to assign a comment.

Activity centre

Multicollab has an Activity Center panel that allows you to track the activity of users who leave comments on posts/pages. You can visit the Activity Center and see all active comments on your posts or pages in one place. For better organization, active comments are marked with a white background and authorized comments are marked with a gray background. Similarly, a comment selected in the Activity Center will be highlighted with a blue background. word-image-3494

E-mail notifications

As with Google Docs, you will automatically receive an email notification when you are flagged in a comment. This is an indispensable feature, as it allows you to track the content review process.

Made for Gutenberg

The plugin is specifically designed for the Gutenberg editor and only works on WordPress 5.3 or later. You cannot use this plugin with the classic editor.

User roles and access rights

The plugin has different access for different user roles. Super administrators, administrators and editors can view, edit, delete, reply to and allow comments on any post or page. Authors and contributors, on the other hand, can only view, edit, delete, reply to, and allow comments on their own posts. word-image-3495 (Source: Documentation MultiCollab)

Free to use

Yes, it’s true. The plugin is available for free in the repository. You can even install and activate it on your site right from your WordPress dashboard. There may be a Pro version in the future with additional features, but currently priority support is only available in the paid version, priced at $99 per year.

Well documented

Well written documentation is a must for WordPress plugins. MultiCollab has a solid documentation that covers almost all aspects of the plugin. If you need help, you can find an article on the subject in their documentation. word-image-3496 Continued from the article below word-image-3497

Practical work with Multicollab

In this section, I will install and use Multicollab on a standard local WordPress installation.


The installation of the plugin is pretty standard. You can install and activate Multicollab like any other plugin. After activating the plugin, you will be redirected to the Multicollab settings page in the WordPress backend. There is a video tutorial for the plugin on this page, and if you want to test the demo before using it on your website, you can click the live demo button at the bottom of the page.

Use of Multicollab

Because this plugin allows you to add comments in the Gutenberg editor, you must open the article to use it. Open any blog post in the Gutenberg editor and you’ll see the MultiCollab icon in the top right corner of the screen. This icon opens the Activities and settings center.

Commentary and cooperation

To leave a comment, you must highlight text. Then go to the drop-down menu icon in the block settings and click on the Comment option. word-image-3498 (Source: Multicollab) You can now write a comment like in Google Docs and save it by clicking the Save button. If you want to make changes to your comment, you can do so by clicking on the pencil icon in the upper right corner of the comment box. Next to the pencil icon, you will see a trash can icon. Clicking on it will remove the comment. To allow a comment, click on the checkbox at the top of the comment box. word-image-3499 Continued from the article below word-image-3500 It is also very easy to respond to comments. Enter a comment and click the Reply button to send your comment as a reply. If your blog post is suddenly full of comments and you want to view the document without being distracted by not scanning all the comments, you can simply go to the Multicollab > Settings icon and uncheck the Show all comments option. This will temporarily hide the comments. The plugin does its job so well that I feel like I’m explaining Google Docs’ comment feature! There is no doubt that the plugin does what it is supposed to do without any problem.


If you need help with Multicollab or want to submit a support request, you can do so on the plugin’s dashboard page. You will find a video tutorial and instructions on how to install the plugin, and you will see two panels on the right side of the screen. One takes you to the Multidots website and the other to the plugin’s support page. There is a settings page for the plugin, but there is only one option that allows site administrators to be notified of all comments, even if they are not mentioned. Perhaps the team will add more options to the Settings tab in future updates. word-image-3501 One feature that I think is missing from Google Documents is the fact that you can’t see all the open comments on the document in one view. But with Multicollab, you can go to your WordPress admin panel to view pages or posts, and there you’ll see open and shared comments as a list. This is what it looks like: word-image-3502 If you’re a writer or content manager and want to know how many comments are pending for a particular article, this overview is perfect for that. I tried out Multicollab in a local environment and tested the features and functions. Multicollab has proven to be a robust plugin with solid features for the Gutenberg editor. While the plugin does what it claims to do, I think the suggestion mode feature in Google Docs could take this plugin to a whole new level. Sentence editing is an important part of collaboration in Google Docs and makes collaboration much easier. For example, instead of commenting Please add a link to this text, the user can just add the link in sentence mode and another user can approve it. Additionally, the plugin is ideal for those who want to collaborate efficiently by annotating text in the Gutenberg editor. As I mentioned earlier, the plugin is free and you can install it or download it from the WordPress repository. Get Doc Style Editorial Comments Multicollab for WordPress Do you have a different workflow for collaborating with other admins on blog posts? Tell us how you do it in the comments below! word-image-8375

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