September 21st, 2006

WordPress Guestbook Generator Plugin

I created a couple of posts that demonstrated how to make a WordPress Guestbook. Some of you might have found it a bit daunting, so here’s a plugin that will do everything for you!

Plugin Name: Guestbook Generator
Description: Generates a guestbook for WordPress blogs. Once activated, click on Options > Guestbook Generator.
Version: 0.8
Author: Andrew dela Serna
Notice: Compatible only with WordPress 2.1. Support for older versions will continue but updates/upgrades will be focused on the newest versions of WordPress. Scroll down to download Version 0.7 which is designed for Wordress 2.0.X.


1. No files to edit. Just upload the plugin, activate it then run the generator.
2. Guestbook template seamlessly integrates with your current theme.
3. When changing themes, simply run the generator to create the necessary files.
4. Like a true-blue guestbook, entries are arranged from newest to oldest.
5. Remember the time when guestbooks were the “in” thing? Hopefully this plugin will bring back the ol’ days. Hehe.


1. Download the plugin from If you don’t want paged comments, download this one instead.
2. Extract and upload the contents of the archive to ‘’
3. Login to your WordPress admin panel and browse to the Plugins section.
4. Activate the Guestbook Generator plugin.
5. Go to Options > Guestbook Generator to create your guestbook.
6. That’s it!

On a side note, if you already followed my instructions from my previous posts, you have to delete your current guestbook page and guestbook template files (guestbook.php, guestcomments.php) for the plugin to work. However, I suggest that you stick to your guestbook if you already have a lot of people who signed it. You may use this plugin if you’re switching themes.

I have tested Guestbook Generator on a lot of themes. Some still required a little tweaking especially on the wording. You might want to check out my reloaded instructions if you decide to edit the files in the Theme Editor.

Lastly, since this is the initial release, I would love to hear your comments, complaints or suggestions. Hope you like it.

Update: There is an issue with the guestbook not being found/viewable right after generating it. I’ll fix this tomorrow. In the meantime, you can edit the guestbook and save it. That should do the trick.

0.2 Update: The above issue has been resolved and so far the plugin works perfectly in all the blogs I tested it on.

0.3 Update: Cleaned up some coding.

0.4 Update: Added better error handling. Reversed the order of comments from newest to oldest (Thanks Ulaan B.)

0.5 Update: Even more error handling. Noted issues with the older Default theme and K2 theme.

0.6 Update: Corrected to avoid errors with K2 theme.

0.7 Update: Fixed some replacement mechanisms that will avoid errors with any theme.

0.8 Update: Solved compatibility issues with WordPress 2.1.

0.9 Update: Added paged comments functionality. Requires the Paged Comments plugin.

Version 0.7 for WordPress 2.0.x
For those experiencing problems with chmoding your theme folder, please download this version (WordPress 2.0.x)

Posted in Announcements, Wordpress, Wordpress Plugins

  1. 328 Comments

  2. Ulaan B said...

    Great plugin, no problem to install it on my website. I would like to knov how is it possible to change the order of the “post” : the older at the end of list, not at the beginning (not a list like : 1-2-3-4, but a list like : 4-3-2-1). Like this, you can read the last comment immediatly.
    Thanks a lot, kinds regards,

    Sep 22, 2006

  3. Andrew said...

    Hi Ulaan, I implemented your idea into the plugin. Please install the latest version, delete guestbook.php and guestcomments.php from your current theme folder and run the generator again. Don’t delete your guestbook page.

    Sep 22, 2006

  4. Ulaan B said...

    Hi Andrew,

    Great ! And thanks a lot for your reactivity. Everything goes fine.
    Best regards

    Sep 24, 2006

  5. Jörn said...

    SUPER, habe bislang noch ein extra Gästebuchplugin benutzt. Das ist jetzt überflüssig. Spitzen Plugin.

    Sep 25, 2006

  6. Sarit said...

    I wish there was a language file for this plugins! I would like to translate it to Hebrew and my only option currently is hard-coding the translations..

    Sep 26, 2006

  7. Andrew said...

    Hi Sarit! Sorry for the inconvenience. I might be able to implement other languages soon, but I’m not familiar with Hebrew.

    Sep 26, 2006

  8. Sarit said...

    I would love it if you add language file in the future, it would be very helpful! :)

    Sep 26, 2006

  9. kristin said...

    Does this use the native wordpress comments system? If not, does it work with akismet?

    Sep 27, 2006

  10. Andrew said...

    @Kristin: Yes it does use the usual comments system and will work with Akismet if you have it installed.

    Sep 27, 2006

  11. FHER said...

    Hasta que por fin se le ocurrió a alguien hacer este plugin. Gracias por la iniciativa!!!!

    Sep 27, 2006

  12. Andrew said...

    @FHER: de nada :)

    Sep 27, 2006

  13. nimue said...

    greatest plugin!!

    only one thing: how can i put another order to the comments? the newest always on the top?

    kind regards


    Sep 30, 2006

  14. Iva said...

    Just what I was looking for, as my old guestbook script was vulnerable and I was always getting spammed. I am going to install it ASAP. I wish I could import those 400-something comments from the old GB, but guess I’ll just make archive pages;) Thank you so much!

    Oct 1, 2006

  15. Evan said...

    I’m getting the following error when I visit my guestbook page:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /home/klinehom/public_html/wp-content/themes/k2/guestcomments.php on line 26

    Any suggestions? Thanks! Evan

    Oct 4, 2006

  16. Andrew said...

    Hi Evan. Can you email me the file so I can take a look at it? — andrew at … I tried it on the K2 template, but didn’t encounter your error.

    Oct 4, 2006

  17. Evan said...

    Great plugin, and Andrew got my problem straightened out within minutes after I posted. Thanks!

    Oct 4, 2006

  18. PIP said...

    I`m using the Misty 101 Theme and got this message: “The required template files were not found in your current theme. Guestbook cannot be generated.” What do i have to do?

    Oct 4, 2006

  19. PIP said...

    oops! There is no single.php in the Misty 101 Theme!?

    Oct 4, 2006

  20. Andrew said...

    You can try copying index.php and saving it as single.php. Run the generator and tell me how it goes.

    Oct 4, 2006

  21. Michael said...

    This is excellent- I have so been needing a guestbook- this is perfect. Thank you.
    I have one problem though. I am using WP2.0 with the 3c-blackletterhead-1.0 theme. The plugin installed with no problem but there is no where for a reader to click to leave their comment. Am I doing something wrong?

    Oct 6, 2006

  22. Michael said...

    Actually, I got it to work, I removed the whole thing and reinstalled. It did not create the guestcomments.php and guestbook.php files. I made those manually via your other guide.

    Oct 6, 2006

  23. Jimisola said...


    Migrating my current webpage and guestbook to WordPress and your plugin helped me a lot.

    However, I was wondering if me migrating screwed something up or if it is not possible to show only a subset of guestbook comments, say 10, and then be able to walk back-and-forth (i.e. previous and next)?

    With 396 comments it takes a while…


    Oct 11, 2006

  24. joe banner said...

    What a beautifully simple idea!

    Is the plugin supposed to change the line:


    Without the help from “How to Create a WordPress Guestbook Reloaded”, I would not have been able to edit the guestbook.

    Oct 13, 2006

  25. joe banner said...

    the above should read:


    From step number ten in “How to Create a WordPress Guestbook Reloaded”

    Oct 13, 2006

  26. jimmy said...

    hi Andrew, great work! thanks for this great plugin.. one thing though, how do I remove the “Posted by… on…” on top of the guestbook page? Also, like other post that has “filed under” a category, the guestbook page also has “filed under” a category. How can I remove those so it really looks like a page, not a post?


    Oct 14, 2006

  27. Bad Leo said...

    Thanks, I setup successfully! Thanks you plugin~!

    Oct 17, 2006

  28. Lili said...

    Hi, I ran into the same problem as Evan said above:
    “Parse error: parse error, unexpected T_STRING in /home/conniesl/public_html/blog/wp-content/themes/k2/guestcomments.php on line 26″
    It looks like you have solved Evan’s problem, but how could I make it? Thanks! ^_^

    Oct 19, 2006

  29. Roman said...

    Hi, I noticed the following error:

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_STRING in /home/www/dae6f20f31415ca73b20394922f2ef9e/web/blog/wp-content/themes/gluedideas_subtle/guestcomments.php on line 25

    What can I do ??

    Oct 22, 2006

  30. tom said...

    very cool. Be sure to “chmod 777″ your theme directory (ie: themes/water), or else it will claim to have succeeded but files won’t be created.

    feel free to check out my custom version at

    Oct 26, 2006

  31. 4ku.papa said...

    Cool plug-in – So easy to install and looks great.

    Oct 28, 2006

  32. Dee Dee Warren said...

    It tells me that the required files are not located in my theme. I am using the WordPress Classic theme.

    Oct 30, 2006

  33. Andrew said...

    @Dee Dee: The plugin looks for the single.php file inside your theme folder. If it doesn’t exist, the plugin won’t work.

    Oct 30, 2006

  34. Dee Dee Warren said...

    Hi Andrew, I never deleted any files – how would you recommend me getting that .php file back? I only modified my CSS in the classic theme….

    Oct 30, 2006

  35. Andrew said...

    @Dee Dee: You’re probably using an old version. Go to this URL to download the latest one:

    Oct 30, 2006

  36. Dee Dee Warren said...

    Hi Andrew, I am sorry if this sounds ignorant, but if I upload the new one, will it overwrite my customizations?

    Oct 31, 2006

  37. Chris said...

    I get the follow error & wondering if you have any suggestions:
    Warning: fopen(/home/joben/public_html/barnes/wp-content/themes/default/guestbook.php) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: Permission denied in /home/joben/public_html/barnes/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 27

    along with a page of subsequent warnings…

    Oct 31, 2006

  38. Dee Dee Warren said...

    Andrew, I figured out how to preserve my code, but that link is for the default theme. I am using the classic theme, and it doesn’t appear to have a new one. I tried another theme and it too doesn’t have the “single.php” code. So I guess I can’t use this unless I change my theme…

    Nov 1, 2006

  39. Dee Dee Warren said...

    Hehe, I copied the single.php file from the default theme and shoved it into my classic theme and now it works.

    Nov 1, 2006

  40. Andrew said...

    @Chris: Sorry, but you would have to contact your webhost about enabling fopen.

    @Dee Dee: I apologize for the lateness, but yes, you did the right thing by copying the single.php file to your theme folder.

    Nov 1, 2006

  41. Mikael said...

    Hi! Guestbook generator works great on k2. Now i just wonder how to get my rumwall guestbook greetings into this guestbook?

    Nov 3, 2006

  42. Chris said...

    regards Comment 49, the webhost said to set the dir permissions to 777. I did but still not work. What directories are the files written to?

    Nov 4, 2006

  43. Andrew said...

    @Mikael, I’m not familiar with the way the Rumwall plugin works. :( Sorry.

    @Chris: Yes, you might have to chmod the theme folder to 777. The files are written to the active theme folder. So in your case, /barnes/wp-content/themes/default/. Tell me how it goes.

    Nov 4, 2006

  44. adhisimon said...

    Great. Simple plugin that I will recommend to all of my friends as a replacement for friendster testimony \o/

    Nov 7, 2006

  45. amituo said...

    Hi andrew,
    l have upload only the guestbook_generator.php & guestbook_utility.php file to the plugins folder. But l can’t see the plug-in in the Plugin Management? why?

    Nov 9, 2006

  46. zahid said...

    amituo: you have to upload the folder too or you can create a folder named “guestbook-generator” in your plugins directory and then upload the files you extracted to the folder.

    It is a great plugin, KUDOS!

    Nov 13, 2006

  47. amituo said...

    Thanks for reply zahid, anyone can help me out, l have sucessful upload the plug-in. l have activate the plug-in, then when l go to Options ,it apear General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Permalinks, Miscellaneous , then what? how to run, that’s no guest book appear. (

    Nov 14, 2006

  48. amituo said...

    l mean when l go to Go to Options > that’s no such a word call Guestbook Generator to create my guestbook.

    Nov 14, 2006

  49. Andrew said...

    @amituo: What version of WordPress are you using? The link should appear under Options. Hmmm. This puzzles me.

    Nov 14, 2006

  50. amituo said...

    hi andrew, l am using WordPress (Version 2.0.5), l can see Guestbook Generator plug-in in Plugin Management, but l have activated it , and go to click on Options > no such word Guestbook Generator appear. it only appear the word listed
    General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Permalinks, Miscellaneous. thanks

    Nov 16, 2006

  51. Michelle said...

    Is there anyway to make the guestbook work so that the comments do not require moderation?

    Nov 20, 2006

  52. ron said...

    Hi Andrew,

    Am getting such error:

    Guestbook Generator

    Warning: chmod(): Operation not permitted in /home/seminary/public_html/hass/wpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 26

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/seminary/public_html/hass/wpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 44

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/seminary/public_html/hass/wpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Can you help?

    Nov 21, 2006

  53. C said...

    ‘Theme folder was not chmoded to 777!’

    I am able to activate the plugins however this still occurs and i cant get it to run. The problem with the installer guide here is the CHMODing intructions. CHMODing instructions should be provided otherwise, the process can be very annoying.

    Nov 22, 2006

  54. Andrew said...

    @ron & C: Sorry about the chmod problems. Please download the non-chmod version of this plugin.

    Nov 22, 2006

  55. C said...

    Ok, the non-chmod version did produce the problems like @ron. It was unable to create the guestbook.php and guestcomments.php. I am using the default theme btw. By default when installing wordpress (2.0.5), folders was 755 and files are 644. In anycase, to solve the problem , i had to manually create by doing as follows (copy and rename, NOT RENAMING ONLY):

    single.php > guestbook.php
    comments.php > guestcomments.php

    Only after that i was able to add a few tips for configuration in your demonstration posts like adding the ‘template’ function, etc… inside the guestbook.php

    This solves the problem :)

    You tried your best explaining them. Thank you so much. This guestbook works fine. Thanks also for the super-quick reply.

    Nov 22, 2006

  56. iaedyene said...

    Hi I tried using your plugin to create a guest book for my wedding site. I’m using the Daisy Rae Gemni theme but when I went to generate the guestbook I got an error of “The required template files were not found in your current theme. Guestbook cannot be generated.” Do you happen to have any what could be causing the confliction? I’m not savy on this kinda stuff. Thank you.

    Dec 3, 2006

  57. Andrew said...

    @C: I’m glad that it worked out for you even though the plugin didn’t work on your server. Some servers set restrictions with regards to file access and permissions, which may cause problems for my plugin since it requires both.

    @iaedyene: I checked your theme. It doesn’t have the required single.php file. Try copying index.php and renaming it as single.php then upload it to the theme folder. Run the plugin and see if a guestbook is created.

    Dec 3, 2006

  58. ovizii said...


    I would like to use this plugin with wpmu instead of wp but here, it does not publish what it creates, leaves like drafts and does not create guestpage but guestpost :-)

    wpmu is based upon wordpress 2.1

    could you have a look at this?

    Dec 13, 2006

  59. Andrew said...

    @Ovizii: Please take a look at the WordPress 2.1 version found above and tell me how it goes. I *hope* that will solve your problem.

    Dec 13, 2006

  60. ovizii said...

    looks good now :-) thx. couldn’t find any problems so far…

    Dec 15, 2006

  61. Martin said...

    Tanks for this greate plug-in!!
    The RSS-feed for the guestbook page does not seem to work in my case. Any idea on how to fix this?

    My guestbook:

    My guestbook feed:

    The page is in norwegian…

    Dec 18, 2006

  62. Mem said...

    I added it to my site and activated etc but this is all I get

    Dec 22, 2006

  63. Mem said...

    Never mind I figured out what it was. Thanks for the plugin but I could have just made a post and named it guestbook to have the same thing. Will keep searching for something different. (Unless it was just the way my theme is set out).

    Dec 22, 2006

  64. Peter said...

    Great instructions, but have you any advice for paging the guestbook / comments / entries ????
    I have in excess of 200 entries, and it makes the page a bit large !!!

    Jan 1, 2007

  65. Chris said...

    I tried installing your plugin and i got a bunch of run errors when i went to generate the guest book. It ended up creating a guest book, but then there was no way to “Sign” it. Could you help?

    Jan 5, 2007

  66. Mikael said...

    As Peter said, with a lot of entries, paging possibility would be highly appreciated.

    Jan 7, 2007

  67. Michiel said...

    It also said that I was missing the “single.php” file, but Y’s solution worked just fine (copying the index.php file.). I was just wondering if it’s possible to remove the numbering of the comments/entries. Or to turn them around, so that the latest entry get’s the highest entry-number.

    Jan 15, 2007

  68. Mike said...

    I would like to use this plugin with wpmu instead of wp but here, it does not publish what it creates, leaves like drafts and does not create guestpage but guestpost

    Jan 16, 2007

  69. Andrew said...

    @Mikael: I’ll work on the paging feature soon.

    @Michiel: I’ll see what I can do.

    @Mike: Hmm. I thought I solved this already.

    Btw… What’s with your names? They’re all so similar!

    Jan 16, 2007

  70. Kai said...

    Can this plug-in split the comments into pages, like 10 or 20 entries per page.

    Jan 19, 2007

  71. Kai said...

    Hi Andrew, thanks for this plug-in, I got my Guestbook running now. But I have a question, which file should I edit to get the guestbook looks nicer such like yours? Thanks!

    Jan 19, 2007

  72. Stéphane said...

    Merci pour ce plugin!
    Thank you for this nice plugin.

    Jan 23, 2007

  73. MaryMcMichaels said...

    Just wanted to say Hi and let you know that I really like your site.

    It’s way way waycool!! Keep up the great work

    Mary M.

    Jan 24, 2007

  74. Lumpy said...

    Simply will not work. I’m running WP 2.1 and K2 0.9.5 RC1 no matter what this will not work. I’ve tried all the versions. Regular, 2.1 beta, and non-chmod. Simply fails and I get that error on line 26.

    Any thoughts?

    Jan 28, 2007

  75. Andrew said...

    @All: The paging feature is surely on my to-do list. Guestbook Generator is now compatible with WordPress 2.1. Check above for some details. If you plan on totally upgrading to 2.1, PLEASE check all your plugins for compatibility, or else you’ll end up with a lot of frustration.

    Jan 29, 2007

  76. Lumpy said...

    Well, seems to work now, but I still get the following error when generating the guestbook:
    public_html/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 26
    Theme folder was not chmoded to 777!

    Jan 29, 2007

  77. Normen said...

    Hi Andrew,
    My sidebar does not appear while using the automatically generated (v0.7) guestbook template. For an example take a look at

    any ideas? thanks in advance for your time and keep up the good work!

    Jan 30, 2007

  78. Andrew said...

    Hi Normen, thanks for using my plugin! Anyway, I checked your site and the plugin looks to have done its job. The reason why the sidebar doesn’t appear is because the guestbook template is based on your single.php file. I’m guessing you wanted it to be like your About page, right? Well, here’s the problem. The plugin used to be based on the page.php template, however, many theme creators remove the ability to leave comments on it, so many people complained since it is a guestbook and no one can sign it. So I switched it to the single.php file instead. You may want to edit guestbook.php and insert the sidebar from there. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    Jan 30, 2007

  79. Normen said...

    Cheers for your fast response. I’ve managed to hack the sidebar into my guestbook.php file. Thanks for helping me out :)

    Jan 30, 2007

  80. zahid said...

    I would appreciate if you could help me figure how to stop the spam that i get daily with this guestbook. Is there some kind of a hack?

    Jan 31, 2007

  81. Mey said...


    I have installed your plugin but I can only get it to partially work.

    I had removed the

    from my template as I didn’t want the website to work as a blog but more like a CMS.

    Obviously your plugin is based on the wordpress comments system so I decided to put that code back in. However not to disrupt the rest of the site i have put it directly into “guestbook.php”.

    However the guestbook is only half working because
    1. The comments appear straight away even though an email is sent to the admin to moderate the comment.
    2. Until a comment has been moderated it is not included in the comments count at the top of the page.
    3. When a comment is approved it sends out an email to the admin saying that their is a new comment on the guestbook.
    4. The date for each comment is incomplete

    I am using Guestbook Generator 0.7 and WordPress 2.0.4

    I have been going round in circles for the last couple of days, so I was wondering if you could be so kind as to point me in the right direction. To test my guestbook click on my name above this post.

    Thanks :)

    Feb 6, 2007

  82. Mey said...

    the code I added (automatically removed on your blog so i have simply added it below with PHP rather than the php tags) was

    comments_template(); // Get wp-comments.php template PHP

    Feb 6, 2007

  83. Mey said...

    I have upgraded to WordPress 2.1 and the guestbook Generator V0.8

    Their have been some improvements i.e. the order of appearance is correct, but the full dates are still not showing and the comments are appearing before being moderated.

    Feb 6, 2007

  84. Andrew said...

    Hi Mey, sorry about your troubles. I’ll investigate your problem tomorrow (it’s 230am — zZzZz). And if possible, email me your active theme folder (andrew [@] I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

    Feb 6, 2007

  85. Tracy said...

    This is a great plug in…it was so easy to install. I can’t wait til you get the paging system in place though. Maybe 10 posts per page or something?
    As it is now, if someone wants to sign mine they have to scroll down past over 100 posts to get to the entry box. Maybe even put the entrie box above the posts? I don’t know if that is even possible.
    Thanks for your great work!

    Feb 7, 2007

  86. Jesse said...

    I look forward to using this. I’m just checking to see if its moderated?

    Feb 9, 2007

  87. Wayne said...

    I want to know how to remove the plugin totally? I deactive it but the guestbook link( still appear. how to remove the link

    Feb 19, 2007

  88. Andrew said...

    Go to Admin Panel > Manage > Pages and delete the page called Guestbook.

    Feb 19, 2007

  89. fish said...

    sorry to bother. but after i have installed the GB, the whole comment system (including the GB comment system of course) doesn’t work anymore. when i submit new post, the following message appears:
    The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
    Please contact the server administrator, and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.

    More information about this error may be available in the server error log.

    Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.


    Apache/1.3.36 Server at Port 80


    Mar 3, 2007

  90. Dee Dee Warren said...

    Hi, it is necessary to change this from the older version – it is no problem for me to do so, I have no guest comments yet as I have been dormant for a while, but wanted to know if it was recommended to change it.

    Mar 17, 2007

  91. Rasmus Thrane said...

    I’m about to open my wordpress site. And i want to add your guestbook.
    But when i go to options/guestbook generator i cannot generate the guestbook.

    These lines appears:
    Warning: chmod() [function.chmod]: Operation not permitted in /www/ on line 26

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /www/ on line 44

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /www/ on line 48

    What am i doing wrong?

    Best regards

    Mar 19, 2007

  92. Andrew said...

    @Rasmus: You’re not doing anything wrong. It’s a problem with your webhost. Ask them about fopen() if they allow it.

    Mar 19, 2007

  93. Rasmus Thrane said...


    Do do they check if they allow foben()?

    Mar 20, 2007

  94. peter said...


    i have problems with the theme, to you have any infos how i could fix it?


    Mar 20, 2007

  95. peter said...

    i fixed it, the problem, i was logged in as admin, after logging out, everything works well!

    thank you for your good work!


    Mar 20, 2007

  96. Peter said...


    how can i move the sign my guestbook just befor the guestbook starts, not on the end of the entrys?


    Mar 20, 2007

  97. G said...

    Congratulations on your being a finalist in the web awards! I’ll give this a try. Thanks.

    Mar 20, 2007

  98. Andrew said...

    @Peter: edit guestbook.php and look for “sign my guestbook”. Cut and paste it anywhere you prefer.

    Mar 21, 2007

  99. Sebas said...

    I installed the plug in. After I used the index.php to make the single.php it worked… that’s what I thought.

    Well, the page is created. But if I submit a comment I get a blank page! It’s linked as /wp-comments-post.php, but it doens’t do anything.

    Can anybody tell me what the problem is?

    Mar 23, 2007

  100. Andrew said...

    @Sebas: What version of WordPress are you using? My guess is that it’s your (WordPress) installation that is causing the problem. Try writing a normal post and comment on it to check.

    Mar 23, 2007

  101. J said...

    Paging? I saw above you planned to work on it, any hope for a future release with paging?

    Mar 28, 2007

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  103. Fra said...

    Hi, I have a theme without single.php, I copied this single.php file from the default theme to let the guestbook generator work, but then all my site take the default theme. Could you kindly suggest me how to create a single.php that let me mantain my theme while making guestbook be generated succesfully? Many thanks!

    Mar 30, 2007

  104. Fra said...

    I also tried to copy index.php into single.php but it seems that the guestbook can’t see the css of my theme

    Mar 30, 2007

  105. Marc said...

    Hej thanks a lot, if you add the “paging” would be perfect. Thanks!

    Mar 31, 2007

  106. Jehzeel Laurente said...

    wow nice guestbook! weeeeeeeeeee!!

    Apr 2, 2007

  107. adriaan said...

    Hi there,

    Everything goes fine… until i click on the link ‘view my guestbook’ and then i get:
    Not Found

    Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here.

    any idea what can be wrong?

    Apr 6, 2007

  108. Grey said...

    I’m facing the same problems like #119 with your script. WordPress is saying that the post cannot be found:

    I cannot figure out why it isn’t working, the Guestbook Post #553 exists in the “manage” list – you even can see the page title when browsing ?p=553

    I hope there aren’t that many grammar mistakes in here :)


    Apr 10, 2007

  109. Jennie said...

    Love this script but dying for the “paging” feature… Any idea of when yet?

    Apr 18, 2007

  110. Fred said...

    Lovely. I think I’ll start a ‘three word story’ thing on my blog. Works like a charm, thank you!

    Apr 19, 2007

  111. Twolane said...

    Very nice. Now, how do I delete it all?

    Apr 27, 2007

  112. Twolane said...

    Ah. Never mind. I figured out that I had to delete the actual guestbook page in the Dashboard / Manage / Pages.

    Apr 27, 2007

  113. Erica said...

    I installed the plugin and it seems to work fine except that it is using the template from single.php (my blog entry template) instead of page.php (my pages template). Is there any way to change that? (

    Apr 30, 2007

  114. Erica said...

    Nevermind, I figured it out.

    May 1, 2007

  115. Helmut said...

    Great plugin, i like it! But please add paging, then the plugin will be perfect!

    May 20, 2007

  116. Robin said...

    This plugin worked for a previous theme but when I switched it’s now coming up with errors that look similar to this:

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/roadless/public_html/everlong/wp-content/plugins/guestbook_utility.php

    May 21, 2007

  117. Sergio said...

    I have found this plugin that add the paging feature to all the pages in WordPress based blog.

    I have installed it on my WP blog (2.1.2), but it don’t work only in your guestbook pages.

    May 28, 2007

  118. Helmut said...

    I tried it, but it doesn’t work with the guestbokk. please just add it this function to the guestbook generator.

    Jun 2, 2007

  119. iroel said...

    how to make order post ? so, the older comment at the end of list. I try to read some comment here, and i try to do. but no action, no change. I don’t have current guestbook, i just use your guestbook. can you help me ?

    Jun 12, 2007

  120. chomisek said...

    great GB, cant wait for paiging, thx

    Jun 13, 2007

  121. stevenlichen said...

    Looking forward to the paged comments functionality.^_^

    Jun 18, 2007

  122. Lars Bech Nygard said...

    Hi, I installed the guestbook, via the generator, but I do not see any possibility, for users to leave a comment…
    What am I doing wrong ?
    I added the complete link to my guestbook.

    Jun 22, 2007

  123. Andrew said...

    @Chomisek, Steve: The newest version now supports paging.

    @Iroel: The plugin already does that.

    @Lars: What version of the plugin are you using? And what WordPress version too.

    Jun 22, 2007

  124. Steff said...

    I installed the Guestbook as per the instructions given and everything was ok until I tried to access the Guestbook page. When I click on the page, it loads for a couple of seconds, then nothing happens and I stay on my site’s main page.

    I’m using WordPress 2.2.1

    Jul 5, 2007

  125. Andrew said...

    @Steff: Hey! I’m having trouble viewing all your pages. Could that be the issue? I’ll look into it though.

    Jul 5, 2007

  126. Bram said...

    I installed the guestbook and I looks all fine but at the guestbook page it says:”Please sign my guestbook”. But there’s no option to sign, I tried the standard theme but it won’t work on that either. Anyone knows what this could be?

    Jul 8, 2007

  127. nqduy said...

    i’m using wp 2.2.1 with theme. and the plugin said there’s no required template file something. what should i do?

    Jul 9, 2007

  128. CFD said...

    Hey.. used your previous version on WP 1.5. I upgraded to WP2.2.1. I removed the previous version of guestbook generator and downloaded version0.7. I still have the previous guestbook page which I don’t want to lose. I activated 0.7 and went to options and followed the directions. It says I don’t have the template necessary to create the guestbook page.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to fix this? The guestbook is a favorite of the website owner.


    Jul 10, 2007

  129. finnspapa said...

    When generating a guestbook I get the following error any ideas what I need to do?:

    Warning: chmod() [function.chmod]: Operation not permitted in /home/amazingf/public_html/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 26
    Theme folder was not chmoded to 777!
    Guestbook Template Created!
    Guestbook Comments Template Created!
    Guestbook Page Created!
    Guestbook Template Successfully Assigned!
    View Your New Guestbook!

    Jul 17, 2007

  130. Martino said...

    Very useful plugin. Thanks for it.

    Jul 18, 2007

  131. Kamen said...

    I used your guestbook plugin to generate an RSVP “book” for our wedding site. Nice work!
    Long story short, I want to make another “guestbook”, but for people to leave “a bit o’ wisdom” if you will. My problem is that I can only seem to make one guestbook and I need two. Any ideas?

    Jul 19, 2007

  132. ovidiu said...

    I got this error after activating, and I also activated the paged comments plugin, but when viewing my guestbook I get an error:


    Fatal error: Call to a member function on a non-object in /var/www/web45/web/wp-content/plugins/paged-comments/paged-comments.php(87) : eval()’d code on line 23

    any ideas? the page was created just fine, no errors at all.
    do I have to set certain settigns for paged comments plugin? I just installed and activated.

    Jul 24, 2007

  133. ovidiu said...

    I temporarily fixed the problem by commentig this section from the paged comments plugin:

    //if (strpos($file_contents, ‘paged_comments_template()’) === false) {
    // set_include_path(TEMPLATEPATH);
    //$file_contents = str_replace(‘comments_template()’, ‘paged_comments_template()’, $file_contents);
    //$file_contents = str_replace(”.trim($file_contents));
    // restore_include_path();

    but I have no clue what exactly I did there – could I leave it like that?

    Jul 29, 2007

  134. Chris said...

    Wonderful plugin. However, I wish to sort the entries newest first. Where to insert the DESC into the SQL query? Keep up the excellent work!

    Aug 2, 2007

  135. Illi said...

    how i can do to automoderate the comments? i don’t want moderate.. :S

    Aug 11, 2007

  136. shekar said...

    why does my visitor have to be signed-in to my blog in order to sign the guestbook? Is there a setting I can change?

    Aug 12, 2007

  137. Derek Hughey said...

    Using this plugin, I’ve created a page for readers to recommend places for my wife and I to visit on our around the world trip. See “Recommend Something” at I want to create another page using the plugin for guests to post comments/questions. How do I create another “guestbook” without messing up the first one?


    Aug 18, 2007

  138. ebta said...

    Nice plugins, thanks.
    But how to split the page into sub pages ? or just display 10-15 comment per pages ?

    Aug 19, 2007

  139. Henrik Buchwald said...


    I am running WP 2.05 and I try to install GG version 0.7

    When I try to generate GG I get this error:

    Warning: gg_options_page(): Unable to access guestbook_utility.php in guestbook_generator.php on line 43

    Warning: gg_options_page(guestbook_utility.php): failed to open stream: No such file or directory in guestbook_generator.php on line 43

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function: generate_guestbook() in guestbook_generator.php on line 44

    Can you help me???


    Aug 29, 2007

  140. Milly said...

    This plugin completely messed up my theme (Mandigo) and therefor the whole site.
    Deactivating and deleting the plugin(-files) did not restore things to as they were.
    Which files are changed by the plugin setup?

    Aug 30, 2007

  141. Andrew said...

    @Illi, Shekar: Go to Admin Panel > General Options and uncheck “Users must be registered and logged in to comment”.

    @Henrik: Please be sure that the file guestbook_utility.php is in the same folder as guestbook_generator.php.

    @Milly: The plugin creates two new files, but doesn’t change anything else. It appears that your css file went missing. Try to reupload that, and I’m sure your theme will go back to normal.

    Aug 30, 2007

  142. Milly said...

    Thanks for your prompt reply.
    I don’t know what happened. I only activated the plugin and whoops..!
    As far as I could see, all css files were present. I have now reloaded the entire theme.

    Aug 30, 2007

  143. Alan Bleiweiss said...

    Just installed your Guestbook plugin after installing the comment page plugin like you require. I now have a guestbook bot there’s no way for people to comment! There’s no comment fields! HELP PLEASE – brand new blog and I need this working…

    Sep 4, 2007

  144. Alan Bleiweiss said...

    RESOLVED! It turned out my theme didn’t have the right PHP code in it to activate comments on pages. I found the solution at

    Sep 4, 2007

  145. Ross Johnson said...

    A very usefull plugin thanks!

    Sep 11, 2007

  146. Stéphane said...

    does it work with wpmu 1.2.5 Ive tried but couldn’t.

    Sep 19, 2007

  147. David said...

    This plugin is great. I’m going to instaled this plugin

    Sep 26, 2007

  148. Iva said...


    The plugin doesn’t work with WordPress 2.3. I tried to sign my own guestbook and this happened:

    WordPress database error: [Table ‘johnf_blog.wp_post2cat’ doesn’t exist]
    SELECT cat_ID AS ID, MAX(post_modified) AS last_mod FROM `wp_posts` p LEFT JOIN `wp_post2cat` pc ON p.ID = pc.post_id LEFT JOIN `wp_categories` c ON pc.category_id = c.cat_ID WHERE post_status = ‘publish’ GROUP BY cat_ID

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /mounted-storage/home34b/sub001/sc27969-FHUU/www/wp-includes/wp-db.php:160) in /mounted-storage/home34b/sub001/sc27969-FHUU/www/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 390

    Sep 29, 2007

  149. Helio D said...

    Great plugin, thank you very mutch.



    Oct 7, 2007

  150. Rob said...

    Hi… First, thanks for this plugin!

    I’m running FB 2.3 and GB 1.0 and just have a quick question. I’m trying to clean it up a bit; at the top of my screen where it says “Please sign my guestbook and the link to your page” under that it has:

    This entry was posted on Friday, October 12th, 2007 at 3:10 pm and is filed under Site News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

    I can’t seem to find where that comment is posted to remove it. Can you shed some light?



    Oct 12, 2007

  151. Rob said...

    NM, I located it in the guestbook.php file. Thanks!

    One more for you, anyone can leave a message, but it still comes up in my admin panel to be approved… any way to bypass this?



    Oct 12, 2007

  152. Jerry said...

    I am really looking forward to getting the GuestBook plugin functioning on this website. My WordPress is version 2.3. I have the PagedComments plugin installed and configured properly. I am using version 0.9 of GuestBook Generator. It appears to create the page properly (no error messages). But when I create a guestbook entry the page never refreshes. Going back with the browser and refreshing shows that no guestbook entry has been made. Suggestions?

    Oct 18, 2007

  153. todd said...

    I have been using the guestbook generated by your plugin for a while now. I just noticed today that after the 11th guestbook comment was made by somebody on my blog, it stopped displaying the previous entries. They’re still there in the comments, but stopped being displayed. I did recently upgrade to 2.3.1, but don’t know if that is what broke it. Any suggestions? Thanks for the code, and any suggestions!

    Oct 30, 2007

  154. todd said...

    sorry.. nevermind my question.. figured out it has to do with paged comments..

    Oct 30, 2007

  155. Maarten said...

    Hi Thanks for your great plugin, but is there a way to let everybody post a message on the guestbook, while having the option that only members can comment? (I would like everybody be able to sign the guestbook, but not to comment on everything)

    Nov 25, 2007

  156. Henning said...

    Hi, Great plugin!
    But does Guestbook Generator support any other languages than english? If not, do you have any suggestions where, or how, to begin changing the plugin to support other languages.

    Any ideas when, in the future, the plugin might support other languages?

    Nov 26, 2007

  157. Joakim Westin said...

    I’m using WordPress MU (based on WP 2.x) and when I try to use the guestbook Generator plugin it says:

    Warning: Guestbook Generator v0.8 is compatible with WordPress 2.1 and above. Please visit this page to download v0.7 for older versions of WordPress.

    Has anyone gotten this plugin to work with WordPress MU?


    Dec 12, 2007

  158. Andrew said...

    @Rob: Hi Rob. Go to Options>Discussion and uncheck “An administrator must always approve the comment”

    @Jerry: Try to edit the guestbook by going to Manage>Pages. Under discussion, see if “Allow Comments” is checked.

    @Maarten: Not sure what you want, but try going to Options and check “Users must be registered and logged in to comment”.

    @Henning: Sorry, no support for other languages at the moment. What you can do is generate the guestbook and customize it under Manage>Pages.

    @Joakim: Sorry, the plugin doesn’t support WordPress MU.

    Dec 12, 2007

  159. Jim said...

    I just noticed how you can break up guestbook comments into pages, so I installed the paged-comments plugin but all my guestbook comments are still being displayed on one page. Does this only work with the those themes in the “themes” folder of the plugin? Do I have to regenerate the guestbook? Will thise delete existing comments? So many questions …

    My guestbook is here…


    Dec 12, 2007

  160. Jenn said...

    What a wonderful plugin. It was exactly what I was looking for – something fully integrated. Thank you! :)

    Dec 28, 2007

  161. Jeff said...

    This is truly an outstanding plugin! Thank you!

    I have on question however, is it possible change the message “Please sign my Guestbook. Thanks!” to “Please sign our Guestbook. Thanks!”

    I would really appreciate it, thank you once again!

    Dec 30, 2007

  162. Jeff said...

    Oh and here’s my email address if you wanted to email me:

    >This is truly an outstanding plugin! Thank you!
    >I have on question however, is it possible change the >message “Please sign my Guestbook. Thanks!” to “Please >sign our Guestbook. Thanks!”
    >I would really appreciate it, thank you once again!

    Dec 30, 2007

  163. Pulli said...

    great plugin, wich works real great. but i have one question:

    how can i change words like “sign my guestbook” and “Guestbook Entry”.

    i want to change that in german. i´ve already changes that in the guestbook_utility.php, but nothing happend.


    Jan 4, 2008

  164. Danne said...


    Thanks for simple and swiftly installed plugin! Let’s see how much spam it’ll attract. :-)

    Anyho… I have a sidebar which won’t be included in the guestbook. I tried to add

    at the bottom guestbook_utility.php but that doesn’t seem to fix it…

    Any suggestion?


    Jan 26, 2008

  165. kprepaa said...

    hi , i tried the plugin and it ruined my site (probably cuz of some misconfig) is there a way to restore original guestbook for my wp blog , thanks in advance for any reply(s).

    Feb 18, 2008

  166. haiopei said...

    how can i set the postings that shows up from more as two to …e.g. 5 or 10 per page ?
    I only see two posts where more posted.

    Any tipp ?

    Best regards

    Feb 21, 2008

  167. hautenegro said...

    I’m running WordPress 2.3.3 and when I generate the guestbook I get a 404 error. Help?

    Feb 28, 2008

  168. Jon Griffith said...

    I too am having a problem with the redirection page. When I post a comment on the guestbook page, it posts to the database and enters moderation, but the user sees a blank result page.

    This only happens if I am not logged in as a user or admin user. If I am logged in, I am redirected back to the guestbook page. Any ideas?

    Mar 9, 2008

  169. Mixa said...

    Hello! I had a small problem with Guestbook Generator Plugin. All was good at first, but when comments were divided into a few pages, chronology became wrong. It is possible to look at it all right here: . I will be beholden for a help in the removal of this problem. Thank you!

    Mar 10, 2008

  170. Michael said...

    Does anyone know how to paginate comments?

    I wish to select just five to display on my home page, which then links me to the Guestbook.

    Mar 18, 2008

  171. Sue Huss said...

    I created the questbook but when I click on it the comments do not show is that the way it is suppose to be?

    Mar 25, 2008

  172. Shelli said...

    I started a website for my brother-in-law,, who has ALS. I am getting a ton of spam in the guestbook. I am wondering if there is an antispam that works best for it. I have Peter’s Custom Anti-spam for my regular blog and it works great, but I can’t get the antispam word to work in the guestbook. Any suggestions?

    Mar 29, 2008

  173. Justin said...

    I’ve downloaded the plugin, done all the right steps (even deleted and re-uploaded the plugin) and for some reason, after the “Thanks for signing my guestbook” sentence, the actual guestbook does not load – is missing… how would I troubleshoot why it’s not working? thanks!

    Apr 3, 2008

  174. JOE HUANG said...

    What if my theme doesnt have a single.php file?
    Need help on this. Many thanks.

    Apr 6, 2008

  175. JOE HUANG said...

    Can anyone help, if the theme i am going to use without file of single.php? I wish to use guestbook generator with the theme of no single.php…..

    Many thanks in advance.

    Apr 8, 2008

  176. Simon said...

    first of all thanks for this great and simple to use guestbook! Nice work.
    I just encountered one Problem:
    Showing this under FireFox just works perfect. No problems at all. But viewing it with Internet Explorer, the font-size is messed up…
    Do you have a suggestion? I checked the theme code but I couldn’t find a solution..
    Thanks in advance

    Apr 16, 2008

  177. Lisa said...

    I have the latest version of wordpress, 2.5. And i have the page comments plugin are activated and also the guestbook generator. And i run the generator but I can’t se anywhere to write in it. Is it compatible with 2.5? Could you please help me. :-)


    Apr 19, 2008

  178. Guy Bacos said...

    I’m looking for someone to install this guestbook on my new website, not the current one. Funny thing, so far 3 people have failed at it, it’s about the only thing left to do on my website, so can someone please do it, and hopefully you already installed one before ; )


    My email is:

    give me a quote on the price.


    Apr 22, 2008

  179. oxonbalismart said...

    i already try in my url for wp 2.5.1 butt stil erorr ,,,
    any somebody help me ?..

    thank’s before.

    May 24, 2008

  180. LiveStalker said...


    May 26, 2008

  181. Pam Richardson said...

    I was the Artist that gave the picture of Officer
    Simmons. I am doing another police department illustration and I would like to include Officer Simmons badge number for the drawing.

    Jun 2, 2008

  182. Pelalawan said...

    I have the latest version of wordpress, 2.5. And i have the page comments plugin are activated and also the guestbook generator. And i run the generator but I can’t se anywhere to write in it.

    Jun 2, 2008

  183. Kevin said...

    I installed the plugin for wordpress and it was a life saver for a last minute need. Now that I have over 10 respones (12) it only shows the last 2 and there is no change page option that shows. Page 1 |2… Thoughts?

    Jun 13, 2008

  184. John said...

    Great plugin! Is it possible to open the links of the people who write in your guestbook in a new window (target=_blank)?

    It seems that you cannot change that in the guestbook.php and guestcomments.php files.

    Jul 16, 2008

  185. robert hughes said...

    I installed the plug in. After I used the index.php to make the single.php it worked… that’s what I thought.

    Sep 2, 2008

  186. Chris Hutcherson said...

    Does anyone else worry that the Nano 4 feels too light and is so thin that it will easily break ?

    Oct 2, 2008

  187. Henry said...

    HI, I love the plugin. However, is working but the when I go to option panel, it ask to generate the guestbook again and I have not menu what so ever to edit. And one last thing, instead of display a few post like the one showed here, is displaying a loooooooong list with all the post in the same page. How can I fix this please!

    Oct 2, 2008

  188. Rasmus said...

    Does this plugin work with the most recent version of WordPress (2.6.2) ?

    Oct 6, 2008

  189. Jakob said...


    I’ve installed your plugin. Great! Very simple but it looks quite profesional!

    One Problem: I use the PrimePres 1.2.2 Theme. Next to the installation of PageComments and Guestbook Generator, the header-rotation of my theme doesn’t work any more. May I ask you to give me an advice how to handle these problem? Have you planned to publish an update of your plugin during the next weeks?

    Kind regards,


    Oct 22, 2008

  190. 电饼铛 said...

    I installed the plugin for wordpress and it was a life saver for a last minute need. Now that I have over 10 respones (12) it only shows the last 2 and there is no change page option that shows. Page 1 |2… Thoughts?

    Oct 31, 2008

  191. Wordpress Guestbook Generator Plugin said...

    Guestbook Generator by Andrew dela Serna

    Nov 18, 2008

  192. Wordpress Guestbook Generator Plugin said...

    i tried it , and i found it great

    Nov 25, 2008

  193. Saskia said...

    Hello, I am totally new on wordpress and it’s my first time with plugins. I have downloaded the guestbook plugin and then it told me I had to download the page copmments plugin so I did that to. Now I have activated them booth on my admin page but I don’t know what to do next. How do I put the guestbook on one of my pages? (Excuse my spelling, I’m a student from sweden) Thanks alot!

    Dec 3, 2008

  194. catspop said...

    thanks for the plug-in,
    and i’m wondering is there any chance to do not use the moderate functiong? how can i delete it?

    Dec 3, 2008

  195. Rachel said...

    Thanks for the plugin. I’ve been using it for awhile now, but recently encountered a problem. When I upgraded to the latest version of WordPress my old Guestbook page and all of its comments (entries in the guestbook) were missing. Those were years if accummulated entries. Do I just have to start over, or is that page with the comments buried somewhere in my database and retrievable?

    Dec 13, 2008

  196. Liza said...

    Hi! Thanks for the guestbook. Now I wonder how to make the newest post show first on the page? Now the oldest is showing first??

    Jan 6, 2009

  197. Topsi said...

    there i can change the english words?
    I will have it in german

    Jan 21, 2009

  198. Tor said...

    As said in your general guestbook, it works like a charm on WP 2.7.1… but one question: Is there some simple way (I guess you would have to edit the “core” files of WP) to turn the reply function off? As for now, it is possible for anyone to reply to others posts, I guess this is inherited from WP’s general settings… but this isn’t a usual functionality in a guestbook :-)

    Feb 15, 2009

  199. prefabrik said...

    I’m running WordPress 2.6 and when I generate the guestbook I get a 404 error. Help?

    Feb 22, 2009

  200. Millionaire Acts said...

    Thanks a lot for this plug in. I recently uploaded it in my blog and it works very fine. :-)

    Mar 1, 2009

  201. Greg McEwan-Marriott said...

    I am trying to impliment your Guest Book for a client who runs a Guest House. Most Guest Books for this type of site is more interested in what country the visitor is from.. I tried substituting the URL field to be the Country (website of visitor is not important)… How do I remove the hyperlink from the URL field (guess it is handled by the comments.PHP page? so the entry reads

    Greg McEwan from South Africa says:

    Terrible Guest House… food was terrible, walls were to green

    Mar 4, 2009

  202. QNON said...

    Thanks for the plugin, it was easy to install on my blog,
    I am a S.Korean man !

    Have a nice day !

    Mar 19, 2009

  203. laofan said...

    thanks for the plug-in

    Mar 22, 2009

  204. Flex said...

    wow, really nice plugin! its so easy, great!

    Mar 25, 2009

  205. patty said...

    I don’t have the possibility OPTIONS in WordPress (version 2.7.1/Dutch) Do you know the (html)code for this guestbook so i can make a sort of a link in my ‘page’? You can contact me on Thanks!!

    Mar 25, 2009

  206. 星际争霸2资料站 said...

    不错不错Alleba Blog » WordPress Guestbook Generator Plugin

    Apr 7, 2009

  207. marc said...


    I got your guestbook generator. Strange, but my comments are sorted from oldest to newest! How can I change that ???


    Apr 14, 2009

  208. marc said...

    4. Like a true-blue guestbook, entries are arranged from newest to oldest.

    This doesn’t work on my page. What could be the problem ?

    Apr 18, 2009

  209. emre said...

    Thanks a lot for this plug in.

    Jun 6, 2009

  210. AJ Harbison said...

    Hi Andrew,
    I would like to use your Guestbook Generator plugin on my website, I would like to modify the fields of the guestbook, and I see where they are in the guestcomments.php file; but on the actual guestbook page, they don’t appear–there’s only one big text box marked “Guestbook Entries:”. The text “submit guestbook entry” also runs far too big for the submit button beneath the guestbook. Can you tell me 1) how to get the fields (name, email, site, etc.) to show up on the guestbook page, and 2) how to expand the button to fit the “submit guestbook entry” text? Thank you!

    AJ Harbison

    Jun 9, 2009

  211. R e a f u said...

    I really like this plugin, do you plan to update it for version 2.8 of wordpress?

    Jun 17, 2009

  212. Sassan said...

    I tried to install your plugin and got the following error message for a few lines (not only line 44)

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /is/htdocs/wp1091547_9PKAFS6X2F/www/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator-nonchmod/guestbook_utility.php on line 44

    I tried both the no chmod and the normal version.
    Any idea why it doesn’t work?

    thanks a lot,

    Jun 22, 2009

  213. Dr Haroon Ashraf said...

    I tested your plugin and found it wonderful.
    But is there any option to moderate entries?
    Sometimes it creates spam..

    Jun 22, 2009

  214. Thibault said...

    how i can incorporate my guessbook in a page already created ???

    Jul 14, 2009

  215. nam said...


    Jul 16, 2009

  216. PicZasso said...

    Hi! Nice plugin dude!

    Sep 2, 2009

  217. Dave said...

    Wish it had capcha type thingy to keep spammers out.

    Sep 3, 2009

  218. Tony Burgess said...

    this thing gets spammed constantly…is that a common problem?

    Sep 11, 2009

  219. dominik said...

    i just uploaded all the files from your guestbook-template. but now it says “The required template files were not found in your current theme. Guestbook cannot be generated.”. I now copied the index.php, like you said some posts before and pasted the single.php in the guestbook plugin folder… but it still does no work.. can you tell me why?

    Oct 14, 2009

  220. Michael said...

    Hi…great plugin, but I can’t get the comments to reverse. I tried the (reverse array) code and it still does not work.

    If you or anyone here can help me with this it would be much appreicated.


    Nov 4, 2009

  221. panda said...

    hey hey
    i had the plugin working but now it doesnt work to write in the guestbook….there are no fields at all…..
    what is wrong????

    Nov 7, 2009

  222. JT said...

    Love the plug-in (ima WP noob tho) how can I mod the form itself to add fields?

    Nov 17, 2009

  223. Mark said...

    I’m getting this when I try to set up my guest book.

    estbook Generator

    Warning: chmod() [function.chmod]: Operation not permitted in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 26

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 44

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/goingsou/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/guestbook-generator/guestbook_utility.php on line 48

    Warning: fputs(): supplied argument is no

    Nov 25, 2009

  224. Levent said...

    How can i delete the Guestbook. If i delete the plugin, the link at home page not be deleted ?

    Dec 4, 2009

  225. Steve said...

    I added the Guestbook but when someone signs the guestbook they get 404 – PAGE NOT FOUND error if you go back to the guestbook page the message was posted but still get error message which will probably cause people to double/triple post same messages…

    Dec 21, 2009

  226. David Bowen said...

    Hello there,

    I believe I installed your Guestbook on my website and accidentally deleted the plugin. The Guestbook was fantastic and did what I wanted, I have tried on numerous occassions to re-install the plugin and start again, but nothing is being displayed on the page and it keeps brining up statements saying things already exist. For example:

    Guestbook Template Already Exists!
    Guestbook Comments Template Already Exists!
    Guestbook Page Already Exists!

    I have deleted the Guestbook page, removed guetbook.php and guestcomments.php from the directory and deleted the plugin from the wp admin panel – then downloaded the plugin again and tried to generate another guestbook – but I keep getting stuck.

    I am relatively new at WP and would appreciate a minute of your time to help me on this matter.

    If you can, please converse with me via my email address at

    Thank you for your time.

    Kind regards,


    Jan 10, 2010

  227. Spencer said...


    This Guestbook seems to be exactly what I’m looking for.

    I need to enter the details from a previous Guestbook, into this one. I’m happy doing this, but then the dates, etc. will be incorrect.

    Is there a way to amend this once it’s been input?


    Feb 9, 2010

  228. Pakistan News said...

    how can I mod the form itself to add fields?

    Mar 2, 2010

  229. vickie said...

    How do I change the automatic category that the guestbook uses? I have changed all general settings to automatically use “guestbook” as the category, but it’s still using “events”.


    Mar 8, 2010

  230. Peter said...

    Is there any way to show the recent entries on the top? Thanks very much for your help in advance. I love your GUESTBOOK and VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT!!! Have a wonerful day.


    Mar 26, 2010

  231. portablebeta said...

    how to change back the order of comments from oldes to newest?
    Thanks in advance.

    Apr 17, 2010

  232. Fredrik said...


    Great plugin!!

    How would one do if one wants to translate the header “Guestbook” to the swedish equivalent “Gästbok” .. ?

    Thanks in advance! :-)

    May 23, 2010

  233. bartcatapult said...

    Hi Alleba, Im trying to download your plugin, but it seems doesn’t exist anymore. could you please help me?


    Jun 9, 2010

  234. admin said...

    @bart – Hi, fixed the link. :) Thanks for the heads up!

    Jun 10, 2010

  235. Borsten said...

    yo Andrew,

    is it because of upgrade wp 3.0 that the comments are back in the order from old to new?

    Pls let me know if there is something to do about it.


    Jun 23, 2010

  236. dede said...

    Great plugin…………..

    Jul 15, 2010

  237. Amanda Frayer said...

    does your guestbook generator work with the recaptcha plugin? i just installed recaptcha and the guestbook doesn’t seem to be working anymore.

    Jul 22, 2010

  238. 笑而不曰 said...


    Jul 31, 2010

  239. Cassandra said...


    I have installed your plug in but it doesn’t show on my page guestbook. What can I do?


    Aug 5, 2010

  240. Friedrich J. said...

    Hello Andrew,

    very nice and usefull Plugin! Big THX from Aachen/Germany!

    It seems that i am not the only one who has the problem of correct order of the comments. I would like to sort newest – oldest. (Newest on Top).

    Maybe you, or someone else, has an Idea.
    I am Using WP 3.0.1 & Guestbook 0.8

    Aug 19, 2010

  241. mch said...

    Where can i go to change the text “please sign my guestbook. Thanks!” >> i want to change this sentence.

    Aug 25, 2010

  242. Andrew said...

    Hi Friedrich,

    Open up guestcomments.php in your theme editor and look for this line:

    foreach ($comments as $comment)

    change it to:

    foreach (array_reverse($comments) as $comment)

    Aug 25, 2010

  243. ScooterSchalk said...

    Hi, I installed this plugin on a previous blog, just fine, thanks!!

    I just installed it on another blog, but i’m missing something, can’t get to add comments / entries?

    The page allows comments, and the all the files, single.php. comments.php guestbook.php and guestcomments.php are present.

    The plugin said that it generated the files successfully, and cmmoded it to 777?

    This is the site:

    Many thanks

    Sep 3, 2010

  244. MadVelvet said...

    Great plugin, I have a couple of issues though:

    1) It is adding a small link that takes people back to one of the filmography pages, I have no idea why it’s picking that up, since it is not hard coded into and phpfiles.

    2) I also have turned off comments on pages but this one is generating that and I want it off.

    Can you help me? Please.


    Sep 6, 2010

  245. Soren said...

    Hi Andrew
    Have a problem with your Guestbook plugin, is shows on the web page in the menu, but the page does not exist in the “pages list” ….. even if I uninstall the plugin the menu item “GUESTBOOK” is still there ….

    help please

    Sep 10, 2010

  246. Andrew said...

    @Soren: You will have to delete the page manually. Go to Admin and click on Pages.

    @Madvelvet: I checked your site and saw no problem. Have you solved it?

    Sep 10, 2010

  247. Soren said...

    @Soren: You will have to delete the page manually. Go to Admin and click on Pages.

    Thats exactly the problem, the page “guestbook” does not exist in the admin pages!! And even if I try creating a page named “guestbook” it aoutmatically gets named “guestbook-2″

    Sep 11, 2010

  248. pixeltod said...

    hey there,

    GREAT PLUGIN! ..but how can I disable the comment moderation (approval of first time comments) for comments posted in the guestbook, while leaving it enabled for the usual wordpress comments?


    Oct 9, 2010

  249. Ruth Maude said...

    Thanks for this great plugin.

    I was just trying to figure out how to change the order of the comments and I found the answer. I thought I would post it here for everyone else who is asking the same question…

    In WP 3 go to Discussion Settings and change Comments should be displayed with the OLDER comments at the top of each page to be NEWER


    Oct 31, 2010

  250. C. said...

    Hi.. does it work with wp 3.0.1?

    Cheers and thanks in case of answer.

    Dec 17, 2010

  251. Daz said...

    I’ve tried several times to install this plugin and I keep getting the following error:

    Warning: require(lib/inc/author-info-panel.php) [function.require]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /mounted-storage/home36a/sub004/sc28894-VVYV/www/forever/wp-content/themes/supermassive/guestbook.php on line 52

    Warning: require(lib/inc/author-info-panel.php) [function.require]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /mounted-storage/home36a/sub004/sc28894-VVYV/www/forever/wp-content/themes/supermassive/guestbook.php on line 52

    Fatal error: require() [function.require]: Failed opening required ‘lib/inc/author-info-panel.php’ (include_path=’.:/usr/share/php5/’) in /mounted-storage/home36a/sub004/sc28894-VVYV/www/forever/wp-content/themes/supermassive/guestbook.php on line 52

    What am I doing wro

    Dec 28, 2010

  252. Martin said...


    I have problem with this plugin, I was installed id, activated it, created it, but when open guestbook page “″ I can´t see nothing :(

    Please, I would happy for all answers,


    Jan 19, 2011

  253. pa dinneen said...

    I have the plugin installed but how do I get it to appear/work on a page?
    I know it says options- guestbook generator but what do I on the the page for it to work?

    Jan 21, 2011

  254. pa dinneen said...

    this is what I get when I click on generate-
    Guestbook Generator
    Theme folder was not chmoded to 777!
    Guestbook Template Created!
    Guestbook Comments Template Created!
    Guestbook Page Created!
    Guestbook Template Successfully Assigned!
    View Your New Guestbook!
    but 404 page not found when I click on the link

    Jan 21, 2011

  255. dario said...

    Hi… I activate the plugin, but nothing appened.
    In the page
    I can’t see nothing….

    Mar 28, 2011

  256. Jackie said...

    Guest books are indeed a blast from the past. I like the fact that it’s a WP and therefore super simple and intuitive to use. Thanks a ton.

    Apr 5, 2011

  257. Bob said...

    I already asked without having an answer.
    Could you please help me?

    I would like that all the comments are visible from the most recent one to the oldest.
    Instead of I have from the oldest to the most recent.

    Having not helps, I tried to modify your source code and in the guestbook.php as well as comments.php something like that, I added an DESC to the SELECT statement but there is not any effect.

    How do I have to do please?

    Apr 28, 2011

  258. Göteborgs historia said...

    Very good plugin. Keep the good work. Thank you very mutch.

    Madeleine E.

    May 1, 2011

  259. rico said...

    i am sorry to bother.. but where is the ‘option’ button?

    i have activate, but can not do step #5. Go to Options > Guestbook Generator to create your guestbook.

    please help.
    thank you

    May 14, 2011

  260. rico said...

    i have found it.. the ‘option’ button is in ‘SETTING’ menu..

    May 14, 2011

  261. sam said...

    My guestbook is not work, I have delete wp-comment from my theme, any idea ?

    May 28, 2011

  262. Madere said...

    Is the plugin compatible with WordPress 3.1.3?

    Jun 6, 2011

  263. Sander said...


    I installed the plugin and it works fine!
    But I have one question: On the top of the page where i placed the guestbook (Gastenboek) there is e line with a link to other pages on my website. Is this a setting in the guestbook plugin? I don’t want that link there. How can I disable this?


    Jun 18, 2011

  264. Pakistan News said...

    Where can i watch the tutorial of the plugin which is “GuestBook”

    Jul 21, 2011

  265. Pakistan News said...

    Is the plugin working on WP 2.3. i got database error.

    “Cannot modify header information”

    Jul 21, 2011

  266. Paola said...

    hallo again, I could create i site called “guestbook” but where can people right something? thanks for your help. paola

    Jul 27, 2011

  267. Lesviashhoish said...

    Positively nice Post. Thanks


    Aug 7, 2011

  268. Jeux de cuisine said...

    @Sander : You’ll just have to edit the source code of the plugin.

    Aug 19, 2011

  269. Kathleen said...

    Hello Andrew,

    I installed your Guestbook generator plugin successfully a couple of years ago on another website. Now I am trying to add it to a new one. For this site I am using a Woo theme which has a stylesheet and a very adjustable Theme Options menu. I see that all the .php needed are in place, but no guestbook form appears on the page. Can you help me make it work?

    Sep 14, 2011

  270. Ramon Rocha said...

    How do I do do show guestbook (comments) entry??? See my page. Show the form of comments, but dont show approved comments… Another question… How do I remove author of post on guestbook page? I’m sorry by my poor english. Thank you!

    Oct 25, 2011

  271. Ramon Rocha said...

    No show comments in my blog because execute this code:

    How do I do to turn = TRUE?

    Oct 26, 2011

  272. Lars said...

    Hi there
    I really love your plugin it’s def. one of the best guestbook plugins for wordpress.

    Still I have a problem and as i saw a few others do also.

    I installed and everything works BUT the comments are not displayed. The form ist there but none of the comments are shown. could you maybe tell me what i have to modify so that it works?

    I use WP 3.2
    Thanks in advance

    Nov 27, 2011

  273. Balıklı Kaplıca said...

    Thanks Greet Plugin! thank you for all.. 😉

    Nov 25, 2012

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