Comments are indispensable part in any WordPress website. It is vital to have your comments spam free. It make more fabulous if it appears under the pages or posts because it is a measurement to findout how the post was gone actually into the readers mind. So it is important to learn how to moderate and secure the comments you received, how to manage them per post or page, how to use external comment service and more.
First of all you must clarify the difference between pingbacks and comments. Because most of you confused when a pingback appears on your comments section.
Comments and Pingbacks
What are Comments?
If comments are enabled(which they are by default) your visitors can share their thoughts on your content under your post. These are called comments. Comments are great for your website because they show you which of your content is becoming popular and what is your visitors opinion on what you write. The way your comments are shown on your site depend on your WordPress comments settings and on the theme you’re currently using.
What are Pingbacks?
When people cite or use your entire blog post linking to you, WordPress automatically sends a pingback to the content author. This way you can keep track on who is linking to you. In addition that’s a way of acknowledging someone’s authorship on certain content. You will see your pingbacks in the Comments section of your WordPress admin area. They will be listed amongst the regular comments. You can distinguish pingbacks from regular comments because the anchor text of the link to your site is automatically placed in square brackets by WordPress.
The available settings for your comments are listed under Settings -> Discussion tab in your WordPress admin panel.
On this page, there are several important settings that you should change depending on your needs:
- Allow people to post comments on new articles – this setting handles whether the comments under your new posts are enabled or disabled by default. Note that enabling or disabling comments under a particular post or page will overwrite this setting.
- An administrator must always approve the comment – if you want to moderate each comment that enters your site before it goes live, enable this option. If you do so, you’ll have to activate new comments form the Comments page.
- Show Avatars – by default, WordPress will link the commenter’s email address to his/hers avatar in Gravatar if such is present. With this option, you can either hide or show avatars next to your comments.
Disable Comments on Specific Pages or Posts
At times, you may hope to disable the comments for certain page or post. For example, your Contact Us page shouldn’t have comments under it. In such cases, you can disable the comments for a particular post or page. To do this, open the post/page editor and scroll down until you reach the Discussion tab. In it, uncheck the ‘Allow comments’ and ‘Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page.
Protect Comments from Spam
Spam is a global problem and often WordPress comments are the place when bots try to enter bogus content full of links to their sites. There are lot of plugins to make you protect from spams. Most popular one is called Akismet. Akismet is an external service for battling spam.