Comments 101

Moderating Comments

In this WordPress video tutorial we learn how to use WordPress to moderate comments and manage spam, a key component of most WordPress powered websites, particularly WordPress powered blogs.

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Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video, we’ll talk about moderating comments. When you’re logged in, comments awaiting approval will be displayed at the top of your screen in the Admin bar. Clicking this brings you to the Comments page which lists all pending comments.

You can also access the comments if you’re already on the dashboard. The most recent comments will be displayed in a module which you can approve right away, or you can click on “Comments” in the sidebar.

There’s a few ways to approve comments. First, you can hover over the row, and click “Approve”, or if you want to do multiple at a time, you can check the box next to the comment, select the Bulk Actions drop down, “Approve”, and “Apply”.

You can reply to comments from within the WordPress dashboard by clicking “Reply”. This will reply to the comment with the account you are currently logged in with.

If you need to edit a comment before or after approving it, click “Quick Edit”. This lets you edit the name, email, or body of the comment. You can delete a comment by clicking “Trash” or you can click “Spam” if you wish to remove this message as well as mark the commenter as spam which will automatically remove comments by the same commenter in the future.

You can use the Bulk Actions to perform a number of actions on comments. Applying “Unapprove” to the selected messages will remove them from being displayed on the website. This will store them in your dashboard, however visitors will not see them until you re-approve them. You can also “Approve”, “Mark as Spam”, or “Move to Trash”. This will perform the same action on all of the selected comments.

The search box at the top right of the screen lets you search all of the stored comments. You can search for a keyword, or the name of a commenter.