Beginner’s Guide on How to Moderate Comments in WordPress




How to Moderate Comments on a WordPress Blog

Steps

  1. Sign into your WordPress account.Click on the specific blog name that has comments you want to moderate, if you have more than 1 blog. Activate WordPress blog moderation in 1 of the following ways:
    • If you are activating a privately hosted WordPress.org blog, have an administrator go to "SiteAdmin." Then, have them click on "Options," go to "Blogs," and look for the "Awaiting Moderation" activation link. Click on the link. When you registered a new blog, your WordPress administrator may have also received an email with this activation link.
    • If you are starting a hosted WordPress.com blog, go through the new blog registration process, and then go to your Dashboard. Click on the "Settings" tab and the "Discussion" option. Look at the options for "Other Comment Settings," and choose if the person commenting is required to fill out a name or email, or if they must be a WordPress member. Also, in the "Before a comment appears" section, click on "An administrator must always approve the comment," unless you want comments to go up without your approval. You can also decide whether WordPress should try to weed out spam comments.
  2. Go directly to your Dashboard to moderate your comments.Click on the "Comments" section in your Dashboard list, and this will take you to the page that holds all your comments awaiting approval. Above the list you can choose to see all comments, pending comments, spam comments or trash.
    • Click on "Pending," to see all the comments that are awaiting moderation. Hover over the comment with your cursor, and you will see options to approve, disapprove, mark as spam, or throw the comment in the trash. Choose the action that best fits the comment.
    • You can also choose to take a bulk action to your comments. You can click the box to the left of the comment. Click on the "Bulk Actions" drop down menu above and choose to approve, disapprove or delete (trash) all the selected comments. This will save time when dealing with many comments at once, especially to weed out spammers or approve comments from frequent readers.
    • If you mark something as spam once, all the comments from the same email will be marked as spam.
  3. Download a desktop moderation application, if you use a privately hosted WordPress.org blog.If you manage many blogs or 1 popular blog, you may not have the time to log into the WordPress Admin section throughout the day. Choose a plugin to download onto your computer so that you can check on comments without using a web browser.
    • Go to WordPress.org and click on the "Plugins" tab. Search for popular moderation plugins, such as DiscussIt Moderator. If you use Windows Live Writer, you can also choose a Windows Live Writer plugin that will create a page for your blog on your Windows Live Writer.
    • Check on the right hand side to make sure your WordPress version and other system requirements are up to date, in order to run this plugin. Download the plugin. Open the zip file on your computer. Choose the "Plugins" section of your Admin Panel to activate the plugin.

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Stop Spam Comments Using Spam Shield Plug-in

  1. Go to your website and log-in to WP dashboard.
  2. Go to Settings Tab > Discussion and uncheck the following:
    • Allow links notification from other blogs
    • Put some negative or unrelated words and phrases in the Comment Moderation Box, a good example is adult niche keyword such as "Viagra, Adult Toys and more" So if software bot or people manually doing comments for to get links that contains those words should be filtered and not be published.
  3. To add more security in spam comments, go to Plug-in Tab, in the search box, type spam comments and find Spam Shield which is a highly recommended plug-in.
  4. Install the plug-in and activate. Done!

Video

  • When you are in your Discussion section of your Settings Panel, check to see if there is a box you can click that says "Comment author must have a previously approved comment." This is a good option if you have regular readers who comment. Once you approve a comment by this user, their comments will always appear automatically in your comments section. You can always "disapprove" later in the Comments section of your dashboard.
  • In order to use some plugins, you will need to install Adobe AIR Runtime. This application will interact with some plugins, allowing you to bring comments up without a browser. It works in a similar way as Windows Live Writer, because it is a separate application that can help you moderate comments on your desktop.
  • To assign another blog administrator who can moderate comments, go to your Dashboard and click on the "Users" section. Click "Invite New" and assign them the role as "Administrator" from the options in the drop down menu. Send them an invitation to be an administrator.




Video: WordPress Comments Tutorial | WP Learning Lab

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