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Comment Moderation

If you have allowed comments on any part of your site, then inevitably you will receive some spam. Even without spam you may have users writing abusive or inappropriate material.

Commenting Options

The first step to managing comments is to set up your options.

The WordPress discussion settings sets up behavior for handling comments
The WordPress discussion settings sets up behavior for handling comments

Moderating Comments

To moderate the comments in your site:

Wordpress Comments Screen
The WordPress comments screen with 3 comments awaiting moderation and 1 approved comment
Wordpress single pending comment
This comment is awaiting approval
Wordpress Comments Screen with bulk actions being applied
Applying options to multiple comments at a time
Emptying the spam folder from the WordPress comments screen
Deleting spam from the spam folder permanently

You can read more about moderating comments at the WordPress codex comment moderation page.


Akismet is a WordPress plugin that can save you time by automatically detecting spam. We set it up for many of our WordPress sites. When comments are submitted Akismet automatically checks them against it’s algorithm and a vast database of known spam sources. You do not really have to do anything extra while Akismet is active. Please note the following:

Read more about Akismet and combatting spam at this page.

Pingbacks and Trackbacks

Pingbacks and trackbacks are automatically sent as comments to your site when someone links to your site on their own site. They can be handy for building networks between related sites but they can also be used by spammers. They are similar to comments in that they will appear in your comment moderation feed and can be managed in the same way as comments.

Read more about Pingbacks and Trackbacks at this page.

What Next?

That’s our last tutorial for now. If you need help with something, please let us know – it might make it into another tutorial.

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