Beginner’s Guide on How to Moderate Comments in WordPress

WordPress has a built-in comment system that allows for interaction on your content. Knowing where and how to moderate your comments is important to prevent spam. In this video, we will show you how to moderate comments in WordPress.

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Summary of this Tutorial:

You can check your comments in the comment section of your dashboard and see different actions.

You can approve a comment to have it shown on your site or you can mark a comment as spam or trash it to remove it.

To know if a comment is spam look at the links, keyword, a fake name, and really generic comments.

Activating Akismet can take care of a large amount of spam for you.

Going to the post you can scroll down to view comments on the post and moderate them as you like.

On each post you can disable the comments or disable comments on all future posts under Settings, Discussion.

Under Settings, Discussion you can also set up how you want your comments section to work.

You can require commenters to register, close comments on posts older than two weeks, and allow users to reply to other’s comments.

Comment email settings are under here as well as settings for gravatars.

Related Links:

Akismet guide



  • Dan Dates on October 31, 2014

    Thanks for this comment explanation. I joined WP yesterday and felt overwhelmed by the setting options. Feeling a little less so now

  • Maquiladora Pieles de Calidad on July 10, 2015


  • VALKYRIE on January 16, 2016

    Hi! I still don't understand what "please moderate" comments are 😭 WHY do we get them? Are people actually commenting on our blog post or….? How do they get there? The comments aren't even related to my post..

  • Abdullah Hassaan on October 3, 2017

    I'm new to WP. And your active and useful content helps me a lot doing things in the right way. Thank you!

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