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WordPress – Discussion Setting

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

Following are the steps to access the Discussion setting −

Click on Settings → Discussion option in WordPress.

Following fields are seen in Discussion settings.

  • Default article settings − These settings are default to the new pages you create or new posts. This contains three more settings. They are −
    • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article − When you publish articles then it sends a notification (sends pings and trackback) to other blogs.
    • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) − Accepts pings from other blogs.
    • Allow people to post comments on new articles − You can allow or disallow other people to comment on your article using this setting.

    You can change the settings as per your will for individual articles.

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

Click on Save Changes button to save the changes.

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