Discussion Settings

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Are you the admin? Do you want to have control over posts and pages that come from the user side? If yes, then you need to make necessary changes in the Discussion Settings in WordPress.

It is all about the interaction between visitors and bloggers. Important steps for accessing the Discussion Settings are:

Selecting the Discussion option from the Settings tab in WordPress


Step (2) − The Discussion Settings page will get displayed as shown below:




Fields that appear in the Discussion Settings include:

  • Default article settings – As clear from the name, they comprise of settings that have been made to the new pages by default. It comprises of the following options for settings that include:
  • Attempt to notify any blog linked to from the article – At the time of publishing articles, enabling this option will send a notification to blogs.
  • Allow link notifications from other blogs – This option will open the doorway to accept ping from other blogs
  • Allow people to post comments on new articles – Through this particular option, you will be able to allow or prevent others from commenting on the articles published by you.

Settings can be changed as per individual articles.

  • Avatar display – Checking this option will enable easy displaying of your avatar along with your name.Maximum rating – There are four different options of avatars that can be used. They are none other than G, PG, R and X. It is also known as the age section that will let you select the type of audience you want to display for your posts.
  • Comments should be displayed with comments at top of every page – This option will let you arrange comments in an ascending or descending order.
  • Break comments into pages with top-level comments per page and page displayed by default – In case your pages are getting flooded with numerous comments, then this option will let easy splitting them into different pages.
  • Enable threaded(nested) comments – Checking this option will let visitors reply, participate in the discussion and get desired responses.
  • Other Comment Settings – This particular option is inclusive of the following choices
  • Comment author must fill out name and email – Checking this box will make it necessary for visitors to provide their names and email addresses in the required space.
  • Users must be registered and logged in to comment – It will permit only registered users to comment on the posts. If this option is not checked, then the commenting section will be open to all.
  • Automatically close comments in articles older than days – It will permit you to accept comments for articles that belong to a certain period.
  • Email me whenever – This particular set comprises of two different options, that include:
  • A comment is held for moderation – It is helpful in the case you do not want your comment to get updated before it has been moderated by the respective admin.
  • Before a comment appears – This setting will let you have control over your post. Two more settings available include:
  • A comment must be approved manually – Checking this box will display approved comments on the post by the admin.
  • Comment author must have a previously approved comment – If you want to approve a comment of an author, then this option must be checked. Else, it will be sent for moderation.
  • Comment Moderation – This option contains a specific number of links that are permitted in a comment.
  • Comment Blacklist – This particular option will let you input spam words that you do not want your visitors to enter in the comment section. Later it will help in filtering the comments.
  • Avatars – Avatar refers to a small-sized image that gets displayed at the top right-hand corner of the dashboard screen beside your name. In simple words, it is similar to a display picture. Options that will help in setting your avatar for WordPress site include the following:
  • Anyone post a comment – Checking this box will prompt the author against every comment done. The notification will be received in the form of an email.


Step (3) − Clicking on the “Save Changes” button will preserve the changes that you have made.

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