Managing Comments on Your WordPress Blog

One thing that separates a blog from just another Web site is that blogs have a commenting capability that engages your readers to talk back. Allowing readers to leave comments on your blog will can start a conversation of sorts. Web sites that aren’t in a blogging format must rely on forms and email for communication with the webmaster.

Blogs – remember that blog stands for Web log – typically report information through time. Posts are created and stamped with the time and date when they’re posted. Anyone reading a blog post may be able to comment on the post, depending on the settings of that particular blog or post.

WordPress blogs allow for comments, too. Whenever someone leaves a comment on your blog, WordPress alerts you with a little flag at the top of your WordPress Dashboard. Check it out:

wordpress comments screen

Click on the Comments menu item or on See All in the ‘Recent Comments’ section of the Dashboard to get to the manage comments screen.

wordpress comments manage

The text of each comment is presented with information about the commenter, such as their website address, email and IP, which is just a numerical address of their computer on the Internet. Under the actual comment you’ll see the post or page where the comment was left and when your blog visitor left their comment.

To the right of each comment are three links that you can use to manage them. You can choose to accept the comment, mark it as spam, or delete it. If you have lots of comments to manage, use the bulk approval/mark as spam/delete buttons at the top of the comment list. Click on the little box next to Comment to select all the comments, then click on your selection to moderate the comments. Each little box to the left of a comment lets you select or unselect comments for moderation.

Further down the manage comments page you see the background color is different for comments that have already been approved.

wordpress comments approval

Once comments have been approved you still have a chance to unapprove them. See that the top right link has changed from Approve to Unapprove for a comment that has already been accepted.

Before you accept a questionable comment, visit the commenter’s website to get a better idea of their intentions. If it’s not related to your blog topic, then you might not want to accept the comment. Many people sprinkle comments in blogs everywhere so they can have links pointing back to their site in hopes that the search engines will rank their site higher.

You don’t have to approve any comments if you don’t want to, after all it’s your blog!

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