WordPress Tutorials – How to Moderate Reader Comments
By default, when you post a blog article on your WordPress site, readers will be able to leave comments. Reader feedback can be very valuable. It helps you in multiple ways, such as by letting you know which of your articles are the most popular. Readers may also provide useful suggestions, words of praise or even start interesting debates which you can also get involved with. However, even if your website still receives only a very few visitors per day, every WordPress blog on the planet which has comments enabled can quickly become inundated with spam.
Spam comments include advertising links and other content which is usually completely irrelevant to the content of the blog post anyway. These spam comments are usually made by “bots,” automated spamming scripts which trawl through the Web looking for places to post trash.
Fortunately, however, WordPress does provide a spam filter which is enabled by default. However, it does not always pick out everything and for this reason, it is often a good idea to modify comments yourself rather than allow anyone to post anything. There may also be the occasional non-spam comment which you want to delete due to containing offensive or otherwise inappropriate material.
When you log in to your WordPress dashboard, you will see a list of published and pending comments if any have been made. To manage all of the comments on your various blog posts, click the “Comments” link in the sidebar. Here you will be able to see any unapproved comments that people have posted. To approve a comment, simply move the mouse pointer over it and click “Approve.”
To get the most out of your blog, it is a great idea to interact with your readers whenever you get the opportunity. When someone asks a question in a comment, it is considered courteous to reply. You can do this by moving the pointer over the comment and clicking “Reply.” The reply you enter will be visible to all viewers of the page or post, just as the comments themselves.
You can modify the comment settings by clicking “Settings” in the sidebar and clicking “Discussion.”
On the other hand, You can Protect your blog from spam by WordPress plugins like Akismet.