How to manage WordPress comments
If your visitors are allowed to comment on your WordPress posts you need to manage comments. You are able to set your discussion settings in “Settings” > “Discussion”. This tutorial will not focus on the discussion settings but on how to manage comments.
In the WordPress dashboard click “Comments” in the menu. From there you will see all comments made on your website. You might see a lot of spam comments but we recommend not allowing comments on your site by default. All comments should be monitored and approved manually to avoid massive amount of spam comments on your WordPress website/blog.
When clicking on “Comments” you will see the list of all comments. If you hover above any comment, you will have different options. You can approve/unapproved a comment, reply to a comment, edit a comment, mark it is spam or trash the comment.
1: Approve/unapproved a comment
With this option you can manage the visibility of a comment. Approved comments are visible on your website while unapproved comments won’t be visible. A comment should be unapproved as default. Approve or unapproved a comment by clicking the link.
2: Reply to a WordPress comment
As admin you can reply to a comment on your website. This could be smart if you want to start a discussion. This would generate more activity on your posts. You can also reply to comments directly on your website’s comments form.
3: Edit a comment
Editing a comment gives you the opportunity to chance the comment, the comment author name, the email og the URL. We recommend only changing the URL field if you don’t want the submitted URL on your website. Changing the text of a comment is a bit more shady for obvious reasons. This would be an interference with the authors free speech and the originality of the comment.
4: Mark comment as spam
You can mark a comment as spam. Usually, it is quite easy to identify spam comments. Spam comments will be sent to a separate “folder” and can be deleted later on.
5: Sent a comment to trash
You can delete a comment by sending it to trash. In the trash “folder” you can permanently delete it afterwards. We recommend you delete all spam mails so they don’t take up space in your database.
Written by: Michael from Beginnrtuts.com 29-08-2022 Written in: Wordpress Tutorials