Blogs - Comments
What is a Comment?
In WordPress your visitors have the option to leave comments on your site. This feature creates a dynamic interchange between you and the blogs readers. Comments can be left only on posts and are a handy way for people to leave their opinions on your postings. A comment has to be approved by a moderator before it can appear for viewing.
Creating a Comment
Creating comments is a simple process. First navigate to the post that you wish to comment on, then fill in the required information in the boxes underneath the post and click the submit button, as shown below. The comment will then be marked for review by the moderator and will appear when its contents have been checked and approved.
When you click the submit button you can see your comment that you have posted, although it will not be visible on the site until it has been approved, as shown below.
Before a comment can be viewed it has to be approved by a moderator. The moderator should check the the comment for appropriate content and change it if necessary. To moderate a comment first login to the blog dashboard, as documented here.
If there is a comment or multiple comments awaiting moderation the dashboard will list how many comments are awaiting moderation.
When you click the comment link you will be taken to the Manage Comments section. From here you can select the comment(s) that require moderation, as shown below. Comments that are awaiting approval are coloured yellow while approved comments are coloured white.
Now two options exist:
To approve the comment without moderation simply click the tick box beside the comment and hit the approve link (which does not appear until you scroll over the comment), as shown below.
Edit & Approve
To edit the comment and, if necessary, change the contents of the comment click the 'Edit' link comment (which does not appear until you scroll over the comment), as shown below.
This will open the comment editing form. From here you can change the contents of the comment and select its published status.
When you have finished making any necessary changes to the comment you have to decide on a few things.
- Whether to approve, moderate or mark the comment as spam.
- Whether to change the comment submittal date.
These things are decided and selected from the menu on the right hand side of the page, as shown below.
|Approval Status||Approve Immediately / Later|
Publish Status: To publish the comment immediately click the 'Approved' radio button, as shown above, and click the 'Update Comment' button. The comment will immediately appear on the post the comment was made on.
You could also put it to 'Pending' and click that save button. The comment would be saved but not displayed on the associated post.
Finally you could set it to 'Spam' which will not publish the comment and will delete it from the site.
Change Submittal Date: If you click the edit button the Approval box will expand and allow you to specify the time and date that you wish the comment to be shown to have been submitted at, as shown above.
If / when the comment is finally approved it will show up on the associated post page, as shown below.
Deleting a Comment
Deleting a comment is a very simple process. When you delete a comment it is removed from the associated post main page and permanently deleted.
To delete a comment you must go to the Comment management page. To do this click the 'Comments' menu item from the left hand side menu, as highlighted below.
Then simply select the comment(s) that you wish to delete and hit the the 'Delete' link (which does not appear until you scroll over the comment), as highlighted below. The comment(s) will then be removed from the blog completely.
Controlling Spam Comments
To control computer generated spam comments activate, from the plug-in menu, the plug-in called SI Captcha. It will provide a captcha prompt on blog comments and should hopefully cut down on the amount of bogus comments posted. It requires the user to read and type a word from a distorted image.
A Captcha is a distorted image of letters and numbers used to prevent automated use of websites; Anything that a human must do to prove that they are not a computer. CAPTCHA is actually an acronym that stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.