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Comments are a way for visitors to add feedback and reply to your posts and pages. If you choose to enable comments on your site, then a comment form will appear at the bottom for people to respond to what you have written.

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Enable or Disable Comments

In Settings

You can enable or disable comments on all future posts by going to SettingsDiscussion.

Under “Default Article Settings,” toggle the option Allow people to post comments on new articles on to enable comments, or off to disable comments.

The option to enable comments is the third toggle in the Default Article Settings section.
Default Article Settings
On a Post or Page

You can enable or disable comments on a specific post you’ve already published. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on Posts or Pages in your dashboard.
  2. Click on the title of post or page you want to enable or disable comments on.
  3. In the settings sidebar on the right, find and open the Discussion tab.
  4. Select Allow Comments to enable comments, or deselect the option in order to disable comments:
A blog post is shown, with the Discussion settings highlighted in orange, with the "Allow comments" checkbox checked.

On Pages, comments are disabled by default, but you can enable them using the setting as shown above.

For a Group of Posts or Pages

If you would like to enable or disable comments for a group of posts or pages, go to WP Admin → Posts or WP Admin → Pages and follow the directions for Bulk Editing.

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Who Can Comment

You can allow only registered users to comment, or you can allow anyone to comment. If you allow anyone to comment, you can choose whether the name and email fields are required or not.

These options are available on the Settings → Discussion screen:

  • Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
    Makes the name and email address fields required fields. These fields are only shown to someone who is not logged in to
  • Users must be registered and logged in to comment
    Use this option if you only want to allow comments from people who are logged in. This includes users, and all social network accounts. This prevents people from entering their own arbitrary details.

To learn more about all the available settings at Settings → Discussion, see the Discussion Settings guide.

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How to Post Comments

To post a comment, open the individual post and scroll to the bottom. As long as the site owner has enabled comments, you’ll see a box to write and share your comment.

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Viewing Your Comments

As the site owner, you are in complete control of the comments left on your site. To see and manage comments on your site, click on Comments in your dashboard as shown here:

Comments area in menu

At the top of the Comments screen, you will find tabs for Pending, Approved, Spam, and Trashed, as well as sorting options for Newest and Oldest, and Bulk Edit mode.

Screenshot showing the options at the top of the comments screen: All, Pending, Approved, Spam, Trash, Newest, Oldest, and Bulk Edit.

When viewing your list of comments, you’ll see previews of the comments to make it easy to scan them quickly. Pending comments (comments that have been submitted, but don’t currently appear on your site) are highlighted in yellow, to make them easy to spot:

Screen capture of a pending comment preview.
A pending comment preview
Screen capture of an approved comment preview.
An approved comment preview

Clicking anywhere on a preview will expand it to display the full comment.

Elements of a Comment

Here’s an illustration of an expanded comment, followed by an explanation of its parts from top to bottom.

Screen capture of an expanded pending comment preview.
  • Comment actions: Like, Approve, Edit, Spam, Trash (see below for detail).
  • Collapse comment details button: the little arrow in the upper right will close the comment back down to the preview.
  • A link to the blog post or, if the comment is a reply to another comment, an excerpt of the original comment, so you have context for the conversation.
  • Comment author’s name and website.
  • Date and time the comment was left.
  • The pending label, if the comment is waiting to be approved.
  • Additional user information button (see below for detail).
  • The comment text itself.
  • The reply option.
Additional User Information

Clicking on the user info button will open a new section containing additional information about the comment author.

Additional comment author information.

The Block User button will add the comment author to the site blacklist, blocking them from writing new comments on your site.

Comment Actions

You’ll find all the actions you can take on a comment at the top of the expanded comment. Use these buttons to like/unlike, approve/unapprove, edit, mark as spam, move to trash, or permanently delete comments. Clicking Like or Approve once will perform those actions; clicking a second time will un-do the action.

Controls for comment actions: Like, Approve, Edit, Spam, Trash.

These actions are contextual and change depending on the comment status:

  • Pending comments: Like, Approve, Edit, Mark as Spam, Move to Trash
  • Approved comments: Like, Unapprove, Edit, Mark as Spam, Move to Trash
  • Spam comments: Approve, Delete Permanently
  • Trash comments: Approve, Mark as Spam, Delete Permanently
Editing a Comment

This is a view of a comment after clicking Edit on a comment:

Screen capture of the comment editing screen.
Bulk Edit Mode

Click on the Bulk Edit button in the top right corner of Comments to enable the Bulk Edit mode:

Choosing the bulk edit mode on the right side of the comments page.

Click anywhere on a comment to select it, and then perform actions on all selected comments at once. The actions include approving, unapproving, deleting, and marking comments as spam all at once.

The actions for bulk editing comments: Unapprove, Spam, Trash.

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Search for Comments

If your site has a lot of comments, it can be useful to search through all of your site’s comments to find a specific comment you’re looking for.

These instructions are referring to the WP Admin interface. To view this interface, click the View tab in the upper right corner and select Classic view.

To search through your comments, follow these steps:

  1. Click on Comments in your dashboard.
  2. Using the search box at the top of the screen, you can search by keyword, the commenter’s name, or the commenter’s IP address.

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Unwanted Comments and Comment Spam

From time to time, you may receive unwanted comments on your site. There are many ways to protect your site from unwanted comments:

  • All sites are protected by the Akismet comment spam filter, automatically marking spam comments for you. If you notice that your comments are incorrectly marked as spam, please contact Akismet support and mention that Akismet is catching your comments by mistake.
  • You can control whether comments are automatically approved or if they need to be reviewed before they are published. This makes sure no comment is visible on your site wthout your approval.
  • You can add rules for comment moderation to control which comments get marked as pending approval
  • You can add rules to the disallowed comments section to automatically mark some comments as spam.
  • If you turn on email notifications, then you can watch those messages for spam and delete them quickly if you find any that get through the comment spam filter.

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Edit or Delete a Comment You Made

It is not possible to edit or delete any comments you have left on other blogs. Blog owners are in full control of the comments on their blogs, so you can try contacting the blog owner and ask them to edit or delete a comment for you. If the blog owner has not posted any contact information, you can try leaving a short comment asking how to contact them directly.

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