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Things You Can Do To Improve Your Comment Issues

April 27th, 2008 · No Comments · How to, WordPress, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Tips



Comments can be annoying if they are targeted by spammers on your blog/website. Without using anti-spam plugin(s), you may not know how to detect them and you may not know how to handle them. In fact spammers can target your blog/website easily if you used WordPress.org software.

Another annoying issue is if you have moderation function on, some commenters may not know that; they may keep sending you the same messages over and over again. How can you avoid all these hassles on you blog/website? The following things listed below can help you improve your comment issues:

  • Use Akismet to protect your blog/website being spammed. Akismet is an anti-spam plugin which came with your WordPress.com blog as default. It requires an API key to work with. As you can see my blog has caught 91 spams so far from Askimet. It continues to grow…
  • Alternatively use Spam Karma to protect your blog/website being spammed. Spam Karma is an anti-spam plugin that you can download it Free from Dave’s Blog. Some people use both to keep spammers away from their blog/website. I am one of them. See Spam Karma at the bottom of my footer on this blog. Both of them work nicely so far.
  • For a full version of WordPress blogs (WordPress.org blogs) only: If you don’t want your commenters to keep sending you the same message again and again, then you need to present a message to inform them that your moderation is on and tell them no need to keep sending the same message more than once:

(1) Open you commenst.php by clicking on Design/Theme Editor/comments.php

(2) Find <input name="submit" (yours may look different than mine) in your comments.php; you can hold Crtl and hit F at the same time to open up a search toolbar on the bottom; copy and paste <input name="submit" in the search box to find it

(3) Insert <h4>Comment moderation is in use. Please do not submit your comment twice</h4>. right before <input name="submit". Here you can change h4 and words inside <h4> to meet your needs.

(4) Make sure you save comments.php file

Now go ahead and click on a single post to see whether those words showing up at the bottom of your post; right before the Submit button. If you’ve done right, you should see them there. Like this article? Then don’t forget to subscribe! Also your comments are welcome!

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