Screencast #2 – Creating a Comment Preview in WP

So it's been a while since I've done a screencast, but here it is, number 2! In this screencast I'll show you how to create a comment preview section in WordPress which dynamically loads user information and updates as you type! For it I use the trusty jQuery library and a little bit of PHP code to spice things up. See below the video for the code used, and enjoy!



The comments.php code:

<div id="preview-comment">
<br />
<h4>Comment Preview:</h4>

<div></div>

<li>

<div id="div-comment-12">

<div>

<?php if(is_user_logged_in()){ global $current_user; get_currentuserinfo(); } ?>

<img id="avatar-preview" width="64" height="64" src="<?php if(!is_user_logged_in()){ ?>http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/<?php }else { echo "http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/" . md5($current_user->user_email); } ?>" alt="Avatar">

<cite><a rel="external nofollow" href="#"><?php if(!is_user_logged_in()){ ?>Mr Nobody<?php }else{ echo $current_user->user_firstname; } ?> </a></cite><span>says:</span>

</div>

<div>
<a><?php wp_reset_query(); echo gmdate("F j, Y \\a\\t g:i a ") ?></a>
</div>

<p>This is an example comment.</p>

<div>

<a>Reply</a>

</div>
</div>

</li>

<br />

</div>

And the Javascript:

<script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[
$(document).ready(function(){

$("#commentform input, #commentform textarea").focus(function(){
$("#preview-comment").slideDown();
});

$("#commentform input, #commentform textarea").blur(function(){
if($("#commentform #author").val()=="" && $("#commentform #email").val()=="" && $("#commentform #url").val()=="" && $("#commentform #comment").val()==""){
$("#preview-comment").slideUp();
}
});

$("#commentform #author").keyup(function(){
$("#preview-comment a.url").text($("#commentform #author").val() + " ")
});

$("#commentform #author").blur(function(){
$("#preview-comment a.url").text($("#commentform #author").val() + " ")
});

$("#commentform #email").blur(function(){
$("img#avatar-preview").load('/scripts/md5.php?m=' + $("#commentform #email").val());
});

$("#commentform #url").keyup(function(){
$("#preview-comment a.url").attr('href', $("#commentform #url").val());
});

$("#commentform #url").blur(function(){
$("#preview-comment a.url").attr('href', $("#commentform #url").val());
});

$("#commentform #comment").keyup(function(){
$("#preview-comment p").text($("#commentform #comment").val())
});

$("#commentform #comment").blur(function(){
$("#preview-comment p").text($("#commentform #comment").val())
});

});
// ]]></script>

And the md5.php file:


<script type="text/javascript">

<?php $hash = md5($_GET['m']); ?>

$("img#avatar-preview").attr('src','http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/<?php echo $hash ?>');

</script>

Note: Bear in mind that changing the comments form will involve changing the code above.

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Tom

http://fulltimeninja.com/tom

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