Comments are the way to add feedback of the visitors on your website pages and posts. Comments are the best way to interact with your visitors by replying to their questions and feedback.
Comments appear at the bottom of the posts/pages and admin can enable/disable the comments by changing the settings.
How Can Visitors add Comments on a Web page?
Visitors can add comments on any webpage when the comments are enabled on that particular page. A visitor must be on any particular page/ post of the website to comment as they can’t comment on the website homepage.
Go to any post and scroll down to the bottom of the post. A comment form will appear at the bottom of the post and people can add their feedback on it. Like and share buttons also will appear at the bottom of the post and people can like and share the post on social networks.
How to Manage the Comments?
Admin of the website has full control of the comments that are left on the website and they only have the rights to manage the comments. They can approve, edit and delete the comments.
All comments that are left on the website will be displayed in comments page in WordPress dashboard. Comments that are awaiting moderation will be highlighted and you can approve, edit or delete by hovering the mouse and clicking on the option on that particular comment. You can view pending, approved, spam and trash comments by switching the view.
Reviewing the comment settings in WordPress dashboard will help you to moderate the comments easier. WordPress comment system comes with many default settings which we can change in under settings >> discussion.
Default Article Settings:
“Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article” option enables your site to automatically notify the websites that you linked in the article. Whenever you added the others website link in your article, this option sends a trackback to the websites. The owner of the website will receive the notification informing that their website link was added in the others post with a link of that article. The website’s owner will decide whether to show or remove that trackback on their post.
Just like above option, “allow link notification from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks on a new article)” enables your WordPress site to accept notifications from other websites whenever your article linked in any others website. These notifications will appear in that particular article comment section which post was added to other website and you can decide to show or remove the pingback. You’ll also receive your own pingbacks whenever you mentioned the post in other articles.
“Allow people to post comment on new articles” option enables the viewer to leave comments on new articles on your website. Unchecking this option will disable the comments on your website and you can re-enable it whenever required.
Other Comment Settings:
“Comment author must fill out the name and email” option prevents leaving anonymous comments from fake persons.
“Users must be registered and logged in to comment” will allow only registered users to comment on your website. To allow registered users to comment first, you must accept registrations on your website. Go to settings >> General click on anyone can register option to allow new user registrations.
“Automatically close comments on articles older than ——– days” option allows your site to close the comments after some particular days from posting. Give some number if you want to close the comment thread after some particular days from posting the article.
You can also decide here to enable the threaded comments deep level, comment top levels and whether to display the older / newer comment on top level by checking/unchecking the options.
Email Me Whenever:
Here you can set the options to receive a notification mail whenever someone leaves a comment on your website or a comment held for moderation. You’ll also receive the notifications whenever you receive a trackback or pingback.
Before A Comment Appears:
Here you can select whether to manually approve or directly publish the comments that are posted by visitors. Comment moderation is the key feature in WordPress which help to reduce the harmful, abusive and spam comments from getting published on your website.
Clicking on “comment must be manually approved” option enables comments to hold for moderation on your WordPress website.
The word avatar used for a user image. Here you can choose whether to display the visitor’s avatars who comment on your website besides their names.
Whenever you enabled to display the avatars, WordPress will search for their Gravatar profiles matching with their email address and display their images. If they don’t have Gravatar profile no image will be displayed. Here you can also select whether to choose a default avatar or Gravatar logo or any other from the settings.
How To Enable / Disable The Comments On Single Post?
You can enable/disable the comments on a single post or page by overriding the settings. Go to post edit screen of any post and click on screen option. By checking/unchecking the comment box you can enable/ disable the comments.
Hope this article helps you to know more about WordPress comments and moderation features. If you’ve any questions, feel free to contact me and share this post with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google +.