September 17, 2014

One of the most important things you’ll need to do on your WordPress site is manage comments received from your visitors. It is very important to login and approve or trash comments at least weekly, if not more (I do it a couple times daily!).

In this lesson, you will learn how to manage your comments including enabling and managing. This video tutorial shows you how to:

  • Use the comments module in the WordPress dashboard.
  • Manage comments awaiting moderation.
  • Edit comments to correct typos and more.
  • Reply to comments from within the dashboard module.
  • View your live comments on the public-facing site via hashtag.
  • Use the comments sub-panel.
  • Bulk-edit comments including unapprove, approve, mark as spam, and move to trash.
  • Filter comments by comments or pings.
  • Filter comments to auto-detect comment spam via the WordPress Settings area.
  • Set the settings you want for the comment system in WordPress > Discussion area.
  • Work with avatars.

Setup Your Gravatar for WordPress Comments

Ever wonder how people who post comments on Web Hosting Choose have their photo displayed? All you need to do is register a Gravatar for your email address you use to make comments with and your image will be displayed on other people’s sites when you make a comment. Pretty cool, huh?

Managing Comment Spam with Akismet

Although this is not part of the video, you can setup Akismet to help you manage comment spam. Head over to the WordPress Dashboard then go under Plugins on the left. In the main content area, you should see Akismet listed there. Simply activate it, register for an Akismet API key, and then enter that key in your Akismet plugin settings.

With Akismet enabled, your blog will automatically detect most comment spam and you won’t need to enter in keywords and phrases in the WordPress discussion settings.

In the next lesson, we will show you how to create links in your posts and pages.

Have a question about comment management? Leave a comment below.

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