WordPress Discussion Setting


In this lesson, we will discuss how we can configure WordPress Discussion Setting. This option is used define an interaction between the bloggers and the visitors. These settings are done by the admin and basically used to control posts or pages that come in from the users.

Following are the steps to access the Reading settings −

Step1 – Log in to the dashboard. and Click on Settings → Discussion option in WordPress.

wordpress discussion setting

Step 2 − You will see The Discussion Setting page like below screenshot.

wordpress discussion setting

Following are the details of setting page.

Default article settings -This setting will be applied to new post or pages you create. It contains other settings also like:

  • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article – This sends a trackback or pings to other posts whenever you create a new post.
  • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles – It accepts pings or trackbacks from other blogs.
  • Allow people to post comments on new articles – Here you can allow or disallow other peoples to comment on your post or article.

Other comment settings -This setting has other comment options which are as follows:

  • Comment author must fill out name and email – This option allows visitors to fill out their name and e-mail. If you check this box, it is mandatory for visitors to fill their name and e-mail.
  • Users must be registered and logged in to comment – This option allows only the registered users to comment on your blog or article. If not checked any visitors can leave any number of comments without registration.
  • Automatically close comments on articles older than days – You can set a time period for which users can comment. This option allows you to accept comments only for a time period according to our wish.
  • Enable threaded (nested) comments levels deep – This option allows visitors to have a discussion and get responses.
  • Break comments into pages with top level comments per page and the page displayed by default – This option allows you to split your comment into a number of pages if you are getting lots of comments.
  • Comments should be displayed with the comments at the top of each page – With this option, you can arrange comments in ascending or descending order.

Email me whenever -This setting has few options which are as follows:

  • Anyone posts a comment – If you check this box, the author gets an email whenever someone posts a comment.
  • A comment is held for moderation – This option allows you to update comments only when you want to allow comments to update. Basically, the comment is held in moderation and will be updated when you want.

Before a comment appears -This setting has few options which are as follows:

  • Comment must be manually approved – If you check this box, then only approved comments by admin will be visible in the post.
  • Comment author must have a previously approved comment – This option allows you to approve comments from someone who has posted comments before and his comments approved by the admin. Otherwise, the comment will be held in moderation.

Comment Moderation – This allows you to approve comments only if the comment contains specific links.

Avatars – Avatar is a small image that will be visible on the top right side of the dashboard. It is a profile picture of your dashboard. Here are some options related to Avatar:

  • Avatar Display – It displays your Avatar if the box is checked.
  • Maximum rating – This is the age section to which you want to display your posts. They are G, PG, R, and X.
  • Default Avatar – There are some other images of Avatars which you can keep according to your visitor’s e-mail address.
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