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Web Wednesday – Comments on Comments

December 2nd, 2009

A common question I get is how to control commenting in your ECU Blog, so I’d like to devote this week’s edition of Web Wednesday to WordPress comments. There’s many options, so you should spend some time looking at them to determine what you should enable or disable on your own blog.

To access the comment settings, you can log into your WordPress Dashboard and go to Settings->Discussion.

The first major control is whether to enable commenting for any new posts you make. This is controlled by the Allow people to post comments on new articles setting. You can still override this for each post, so again, this is just a default setting.

Another major feature is Users must be registered and logged in to comment. This requires users to have an ECU PirateID to post comments, and also restricts commenting to users that have been added specifically to your blog via the Dashboard. This is great for group discussion when you don’t want outside viewers to participate.

Lastly I’d like to talk about comment moderation. This is very good to keep on to ensure only appropriate comments are shown on your blog. There’s two options, which are An administrator must always approve the comment and Comment author must have a previously approved comment. The first requires the blog administrator to approve all comments, regardless of the second setting. The other option is to only hold the comment for moderation if the commenter hasn’t had a comment approved before. Once a commenter has been approved one time on your blog, all of their comments will be automatically approved from then on. For blogs that have quite a bit of commenting, or situations where you’re too busy to handle approving comments from some of the same users, this second option will ease your troubles, provided that you have the first option turned OFF.

Those are just a few of the features on the commenting system, and there’s quite a bit of fine tuning that can be done. I encourage you all to get in there and tweak to perfection!

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