Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Guide to WordPress Discussion Settings



Hello guys! Welcome to another section of my tutorial on WordPress. In this tutorial guide, i will be discussing about the WordPress Discussion Settings with you guys.

WordPress discussion settings can be defined as the interaction between the blogger and the site visitors. These settings are done by the site Admin to have control over the posts/pages that come in through the users.

Following below are the steps that can be used for accessing the discussion settings -

Step 1 - Click on Settings → Discussion option in WordPress as shown in the screenshot below.



Step 2 - The discussion settings page is will be displayed as shown in the screenshot below -


The following fields are found in the Discussion settings -

  • Default article settings - These settings are will be default to the new pages or post you create. This contains three more settings. They are -
    • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from this article - When you publish articles, then it sends a notification (pings and trackbacks) to other blogs.
    • Allow link notification from other blogs - This is used to allow pings from other blogs.
    • Allow people to post comments on new articles - You can choose to allow or not allow people to comment on your article using this settings.

You can change the settings based on your will for individual articles.

  • Other Comment Settings - This settings has the following options below -
    • Comment author must fill out name and e-mail - When you check the box, it is compulsory that visitors to fill their name and email address.
    • Users must be registered and logged in to post comments - If you check this box, only visitors that are registered can leave comments. If not checked any one can leave comments.
    • Automatically close comments on article older than days - This option allows you to accept any comments only for a particular time period.
    • Enable threaded (nested) comments - When you check this option, visitors can reply or have discussion with responses.
    • Break comments into pages with top level comments per page and the page displayed by default - If your web pages are getting a lot of comments then you can spot then into different pages by checking this box.
    • Comments should be displayed with the comments at the top of the page - You can arrange the comments at your page in the form of ascending or descending order. 
  • Email me whenever - This settings contains two options, namely -
    • Any one post a comment - When this box is checked, the author will get an email alert for every single comment that is posted.
    • A comment is held for moderation - This is used for the moderation of comments by site's admin before being posted.
  • Before a comment appears - This option allows how your posts are controlled. It has two more options as follows -
    • Comments must be manually approved - If you check this, then only the approved comments can be displayed on the posts or pages.
    • Comment author must have a previously approved comment - This is used when you want to approve the comment of an author who has commented and his/her email matches the email address of previously posted comment. Otherwise the comment is held for moderation.
  • Comment Moderation - Contain only a specific number of links allowed into a comment.
  • Comment Blacklist - You can use this option to input your own spam words which you do not want your visitors to enter into the comment.
  • Avatars - Avatar is a small image that displays at the top right hand corner beside your name at the dashboard screen. Its more like your profile picture. Here you have few more options where you can set your avatar for WordPress site.
    • Avatar Display - It displays your avatar beside your name when it is checked.
    • Maximum rating - You have four other options of avatar you can use. They are G,  PG, R and X. This is the age section where you will select according to which type of audience you want to display your posts.
    • Default Avatar - In this settings, there are few more types of avatars with images;  You can keep these avatars according to your visitors email address.

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Step 3 - Click on Save Changes button to save the changes made.

Alright guys! This is where we are rounding up for this tutorial. In my next tutorial post, i will be discussing about the Media Settings.

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