Understanding the Discussion Settings in WordPress – Part 1

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Today we will be talking about Discussion Settings in WordPress. We will discuss how to set each option and the effect that each has on your WordPress site. Part 1 of this video series covers a majority of the settings with Part 2 detailing the comment moderation, comment spam filtering and the avatars.

The Discussion settings page are broken up into two main parts: Discussion Settings and Avatars. We will be focusing on Discussion settings in this tutorial.

To make any Discussion Setting changes:

Login to the Administrator
Click on Settings
Click on Discussion
Make the changes to your Discussion settings
Click on the SAVE CHANGES button at the bottom of the page

Default article settings:

The Default Article Settings allow you to determine feedback and notification from articles and links. They also allow you to set if people can comment on new articles.

Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article – When this option is enabled, there will be at least an attempt to notify other blogs of a link from your website.

Here is an example of the notice that is sent when a link is made and the blog allows pingbacks.

Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles – this allows other blogs to notify you when people links to your site.

This is an example of the notification that is received when a link is made to your article.

Allow people to post comments on new articles – allows comments on new articles

Note: In order for these settings to work, the individual article must also allow comments and discussion settings. These setting can be found within the SCREEN OPTIONS.

The Other Comment Settings

The other comments section allows you to set conditions on how users can make comments, manage how long comments can be made on articles, and manage how comments appear after they are made.

Other comment settings:
Comment author must fill out name and email – this options requires comment author to fill out a name and email address

Users must be registered and logged in to comment – Users must be logged in and registered in order to make comments

Automatically close comments on articles older than xx days – closes comment option after a certain number of days

Enabled threaded (nested) comments xx levels deep – Allows you to set the depth for nested comments

Break comments into pages with xx top level comments per page and the last/first page displayed by default – allows you to set how many comments will appear per page, as well as the order in which pages are displayed

Comments should be displayed with the older/newer comments at the top of each page – sets the order in which comments appear on the page

Email me whenever
Anyone posts a comment – notifies you via email when a comment is made
A comment is held for moderation – notifies you if a comment is being held for moderation

Before a comment appears
Comment must be manually approved – this requires that the comment be approved before being displayed
Comment author must have a previously approved comment – a previously approved comment from another post will be required before the user can make even one comment

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Mazi has nine years of web development experience with the past five years spent honing his skills with WordPress plugins and themes. He's an expert in WooCommerce and is the author of the Simple Sales Tax plugin, a popular sales tax compliance solution for WooCommerce. Brett understands the importance of excellent communication, prides himself on producing high-quality code, and is comfortable working solo or as part of a team.

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