Comments are enabled on posts and pages by default and you can approve, delete or edit any comments left on your blog.
You can change your default comment settings at any time and have full control over whether comments appear immediately or comments are moderated and need to be approved by an administrator before appearing on your blog.
The three choices are:
- First time commenter moderated
- All comments moderated
- Comments aren’t moderated
Please also refer to moderating comments on student blogs if you are using My Class.
First Time Commenter Moderated
The default comment setting on all newly created blogs is ‘Comment author must have a previously approved comment before a comment appears’.
This means any visitors that have had a comment approved on the blog in the past will have their comment immediately posted and only comments from new visitors are placed in the moderation queue.
All Comments Moderated
If ‘Comment must be manually approved’ before a comment appears is selected this means all comments will go into moderation and they need to be approved by an administrator, teacher or editor before appearing on your blog.
This option is commonly used on class and student blogs to ensure no inappropriate comments are published.
Please note that a comment submitted by the post author is always published immediately; it isn’t sent into moderation. For example, if your student publishes a post on your class blog and then submits a comment on their own post their comment is published immediately.
Comments Aren’t Moderated
When this comment setting is used comments can be posted by anyone and appear immediately on the blog.
This option is occasionally used on educator’s personal blogs to encourage conversations in comments. We don’t recommend this settings as it can increase spam comments. The better option is to use ‘Comment author must have a previously approved comment before a comment appears’.
Changing Your Comment Moderation
You control whether comments appear immediately or comments are moderated as follows:
1. Go to Settings > Discussion inside your dashboard.
2. Choose your preferred ‘Before a comment appears’ setting.
3. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.