Setting Comments in WordPress

Here is how to set your comments to moderated and closed by default. You may override them individually per blog post.
  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Choose My Dashboard from the top navigation.
  3. Choose Options from the light blue navigation bar along the top. Next, you will see further options in a dark blue navigation bar.
  4. Choose Discussion. The Discussion Options page appears.
  5. You will see Before a Comment Appears with a list of three choices. Select the appropriate check boxes to change your default comment settings.
    • An Administrator Must Always Approve the Comment.
    • Comment Author Must Fill Out Name and E-Mail.
    • Comment Author Must Have a Previously Approved Comment.
    If you truly want to let any visitors comment, without entering their name or their email address, completely free to leave anonymous links or hideous comments, by all means leave all the boxes unchecked. However, it is not recommended.

Some software has antispam measures built in but you will need to do a little housekeeping, at least a quick scan of your moderated comments before deleting the spam. A spam comment will occasionally present itself as legitimate and make its way past your antispam filter. These filters are not 100% foolproof, but they are definitely better.

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