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Comments – Part 5 | Beginner’s Guide For WordPress

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Comments are made for your users and readers to interact with your blog posts, it allows your users to have a discussion about the certain topic you wrote. Since comments are common in the blogging industry, WordPress offers commenting system by default.

When you write and publish a blog post, your readers can already add a comment in your single blog post.

If you did not configure anything in the “Discussion” settings, whenever your user adds a comment in your article, their comments will not yet publish. You need to moderate or approve the comment in your admin page manually.

To see all the comments available, you need to log in first then go to the Comments page by clicking the “Comments” menu item at the left side of the admin page. You will get redirected to the comments listing page.

The Comments Admin Screen

Approving/Disapproving a comment:

To approve a comment, hover your mouse over the comment you wish to approve, then click the “Approve” link. The new comment is now published, you can see it now in the single blog post page where the comment was submitted.

Approving/unapprove comments

To disapprove a comment, just repeat the process and click the “Unapprove” link.

Replying to a comment:

There are two(2) ways on how you can reply to a comment:

Replying from the Comment admin page – Hover your mouse to the comment you wish to reply, then click the “Reply” link. A form will appear, where you can add your response to a certain comment.

Replying from the single blog post page in the front-end – Go to the blog post page where you have the comment you wish to reply. Most of the time, the comment section is at the bottom of the article, click the “Reply” link to add a comment. Remember that when you are logged-in, WordPress will know that it was you even when you are in the front-end of your website. So when you add a comment, you only have a text editor and not a complete comment form, see comparison below:

Comment view when a user is logged in.
Comment view when a user is not logged in.

Disable Comments:

If you want to disable the comments, you need to go to each single blog post admin page by clicking the “Posts” menu item in the left side of the admin page, then choose the blog post you do not want to have comment forms.

Find the “Discussion” drop-down in the blog post settings page and uncheck the “Allow Comments” checkbox then hit the “Update” or the “Publish” button.