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A Guide to WordPress Discussion Settings

Hello dear readers! Welcome back to another edition of our tutorial on WordPress. In this tutorial post, we are going to be discussing about the WordPress discussion settings with you guys.

A 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 the Settings → Discussion option in WordPress as shown in the screenshot below.

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

The following fields are found in the Discussion settings -

  • Default article settings - This are the default setting to the new pages or posts that 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 will send 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 the new articles - Here you can either choose to allow or not allow people to post comment on your article via this settings.

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

  • Other Comment Settings - This category of settings has the following options below -
    • Comment author must fill out name and e-mail - When you check this box, it becomes compulsory for visitors to fill their name and email address.
    • Users must be fully registered and logged in to post comments - If you check this box, only registered users can leave comments. If not checked any one can leave comments.
    • Automatically close comments on article older than days - This option lets you accept any comments only for a specific time frame.
    • Enable threaded (nested) comments - If you check this option, then 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, you can split 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 web page in the form of an ascending or descending order.
  • Email me whenever - This settings holds two options, namely -
    • Any one post a comment - When you check this box then the author will get an email alert for all comments posted.
    • A comment is held for moderation - This is used to moderate the comments by the site's admin before 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 box only the approved comment are displayed on the posts or pages.
    • Comment author must have a previously approved comment - Used when you want to approve the comment of an author who has commented and his or her email matches the email of comment that was previously posted. Else the comment is held for moderation.
  • Comment Moderation - This holds only a specific number of links that are 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. It is more like your profile picture. Here you have few more options where you can set your avatar for the WordPress site.
    • Avatar Display - If this is checked, it displays your avatar beside your name.
    • Maximum rating - You have four other options of avatar you can use. They are G, PG, R and the X. This is the age section where you will select according to the type of audience which you want to show your posts.
    • Default Avatar - In this settings, there are few more types of avatars with various images on them. You can keep these avatars based on your site 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 our next tutorial guide, we are going to be discussing about the Media Settings.

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