Wordpress blog comments managementCommenting is an important feature of a WordPress blog. Every time you publish a new blog post, you can expect visitors or readers to share their thoughts or opinions in the form of comments.

A blog that receives a good number of comments on a regular basis is said to have an active readership.

However, it’s also important to manage blog comments in an effective way so that you can make your site look good and keep it safe from any kind of spammy or malicious activities.

Comment Settings Modification

Follow these steps –

  1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
  2. In the left navigation, go to Settings and click on Discussion.
  3. On the next page, make changes as required.

Under the ‘Default article settings’ section, you’ll see three options. The last one is this – Allow people to post comments on new articles. This is option that you need to check or uncheck to either allow or disallow readers to post comments or new blog posts or articles.

Next, you have the ‘Other comment settings’ section which features six options for you to choose from and check or uncheck.

Do you want the reader to fill out there name and email before they are allowed to leave a comment?

Do you want them to register or log in before leaving a comment?

You have all these options in this section, and more for easy management. Choose the options according to your specific requirements.

Under the ‘Email me whenever’ section, you can choose to be notified every time a comment is posted to your blog or a comment requires moderation.

To manage blog comments effectively, you can also check out the ‘Before a comment appears’ section for more options.

In this section, you can choose whether you want every comment to be manually approved before it goes live on your blog and allow instant approval to those authors who have one comment previously approved.

The ‘Comment Moderation’ section takes your comment management in WordPress to the next level while helping you prevent spam.

In this section, you can add filters to for moderating those comments that contain links or spammy words. Likewise, you can use the ‘Comment Blacklist’ section to identify spam comments.

Under the Avatars section, you can choose whether you’d like to allow the avatar of the commenter to be displayed.

Once you have made all the changes you wanted, click the ‘Save Changes’ button to apply the settings instantly.

Comments Review Section

All the comments that your blog has received can be found in one place – the Comments section. In the left navigation, click on Comments and you’ll be taken to the page where you’ll see all comments.

There you can review and manage all the comments – approve them, respond to them, edit them as required, mark them as spam or delete them.

If you’re struggling with lots of comment spam you can install specific plugins to stop it like  Akismet and WP-SpamShield.

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