21 Days to a WordPress Blog: Day 11: Comments & Discussions

Whether you need a simple site for your business, want to start a blog or just want to try building a WordPress website, you’ll learn all the basics in these daily lessons. In three weeks—and about 30 minutes a day—you’ll build your first WordPress blog.

If your site is meant to be a portfolio or business site, you might not want to allow comments on your posts. But if your site (or even just one category of your posts) is meant to be a blog, the more comments you can get on your posts, the better. It promotes discussion and return visitors, and Google uses comments as a way to determine a website’s authority. 

A visitor can add a comment to a post through a form at the bottom any post on the live site. Depending on your settings, the comment with either go live automatically or be put into a queue awaiting your approval. You’ll also likely get an email about the comment.

You can approve the comment in one of two places. Either in the Comments section (you’ll also notice a number next to Comments alerting you to how many are awaiting your approval), or on the Edit Post page of which the comment was left on.

Once you approve the comment, it will be displayed below the post, and you or others can reply to it and start a discussion. 

It’s very common to get spam comments frequently. But there are helpful plugins to help with this—and we’ll talk about those in Day 15. If some spam comments get through, you can mark them as spam or just trash them.

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Tomorrow: Creating pages

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