WordPress comments are the main source of interaction between your blog visitors and you. A visitor can share his/her opinion on a specific post, ask questions, and can provide feedback. This can help you better understand what your visitors think of your blog, what they are more interested in reading and what improvements you can make. In this beginner’s guide, every basic aspect related to comments moderation will be discussed.
When someone visits your blog, they can add their input on your post through a comment box usually given below – depending on theme – on your blog. Visitors would need to enter their name and email before they can submit a comment. These comments then require your approval. Therefore, you can either accept them or delete them through the comments menu.
Pending comments can be approved from comments menu, in case it seems like a spam, then you can mark it as said and prevent it from popping up for approval repeatedly. Identifying spam comments is easy; just see if it is similar to something as follows:
To help you control spams, Akismet is a plugin which comes pre-installed with WordPress. It needs to be activated by signing up on it to make the feature functional. Once you do so, all your marked comments will never bother you again, this way you can save yourself from having to repeatedly remove spam comments.
There are several options given for you to customize comment settings according to your needs. These options are accessible from Settings > Discussion. There you have a number of options, as you can see in the screenshot, to customize discussions as desired.
On every article you write, you have the option to allow or disable comments on it through the screen options menu on top. On pages such as “contact us” or “about us”, there is no any need of a comment box. Therefore, you can disable the option on such posts/pages.
WordPress support different types of plugins to improve your blogging experience. Among these, there are plugins to make an improved and better comment management system. Therefore, if you are facing a hard time managing comments on your blog, then you can use these plugins.
Having to go through annoying captchas in order to make a comment can actually make your visitors feel reluctant to comment. Therefore, GASP can help to make the process easier for visitors while making it impossible for bots to spam by asking visitors to check a given box. This will not help to prevent human spammers.
This is a plugin that allows administrators to edit users’ comments and also allows users to edit their own comments. Sometimes one makes a comment and then notices a typing error in it. Not much can be done about it afterwards. With this plugin, mistakes can be edited for 15 seconds after posting a comment. Thereafter, it cannot be edited.
Disqus is one of the most popular comment management system, which you can use as your default comment system. The benefit of using Disqus is that Disqus users can comment on your blog without needing to make an account. It also provides your users with RSS option, notification and emails. That is not all; Disqus also manages spam for you. A disadvantage of it could be that visitors who are not Disqus users cannot comment.
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