The life of a site, particularly a blog is not necessarily limited to the action of one person (in your case). It also requires the involvement of visitors who can bring their thoughts to your articles, and other writers who can invest in enriching your content.

comments

If your site is successful, there is a good chance that visitors will want to leave comments on some articles that inspires them, and even on some pages.

Comments: activate or deactivate

First, let’s see how to enable (or disable) comments on the pages and articles of the site.

In the administration interface, go to “Settings> Discussion.” At the top of the page, a box asking if you want to “Allow visitors to post comments on the latest Articles.” If this box is checked, all articles and pages you create will receive feedback, and vice versa if you uncheck it. However, this option doesn’t allow you to enable or disable comments on the content already created. To do this, go to the “Articles” menu and select “Quick edit” under the article you want to change the status (see below).

post edit

You can then, as in the following figure, Change comments via the checkbox “Allow comments”.

To make this change on all of your Articles, you must select “Edit” from the list of grouped actions select all items you want to disable comments and click “Apply”. A similar form to the previous will be displayed and allows among others to enable (or disable) the comments for all articles (see below).

posts group comments

 The actions described here are also valid for the pages through the menu listing the pages.

options

Back to the “Settings> Discussion” page. Many parameters are available here to help you manage comments, it’s, for example, possible that  an administrator validate or disable comments for old items. At the bottom of the page you can choose if comments can have an avatar next to the user’s name who posted. If so, you must choose a type of avatar:

  • Mystery person: an anonymous user logo is displayed;
  • Blank: a blank image is displayed;
  • Gravatar: the image is retrieved from Gravatar, a service for associating an image to an email address;
  • Etc.

If you choose Gravatar, then you need to select a maximum level for the censorship of the image, i.e ; an image for adults will, for example, not be displayed if you choose a level from G, PG or R. If you do not know which one to choose, let ‘G – Visible to all “, which is used by default.

Moderate comments

the statutes

Once a comment is created, it can be in several different statutes:

  • Approved: the comment is visible on the site;
  • Pending: the comment is awaiting validation, only you or another site administrator can see;
  • Spam: the comment is hidden because it has been disapproved by an administrator.

Finally, it’s possible to have a comment in the trash if you decide to delete it. Let us see how these changes status.

Edit and delete

You can access to the list of comments on the site via “Comments” of the administration panel.  Fly over a comment and click “Edit” , this takes you to the edit page.

 When you are logged in as administrator, it is also possible to directly access the edit form of a comment with “Edit” link that appears on the front office when viewing a comment.

 In the center you can change the comment content and the name of the user who posted it. A history of actions on this comment (e.g a change of status) is also displayed at the bottom of the page.

 It’s not recommended to edit content of a comment because the user may think that you are looking to change his statement in your favor. Use this functionality to remove an insulting sentence for example, although in most cases the simple deletion of the comment is preferable.!

On the right we find the status list presented above, as well as the comment creation date and a link for moving into trash.

If we choose to place a comment as “Pending”, you will see it immediately removed from public display in the article. On the other hand, a small “1” appeared in the administration menu to indicate that a comment is awaiting approval by an administrator :

comment waiting moderation

If the comment is marked as “Junk” or placed in the trash, it no longer appears in the list of comments, we must choose the filter “spam” (or bin) at the top to access it (see figure below).

comments

You can then choose to cancel this status and restore the comment for it to appear again, which is useful in case of error, for example (see below).comment not spam

Settings

It’s also possible to filter out certain texts in the comments to prevent them from being published without your approval. In the “comments Moderation”, you can choose a set of words that will trigger up waiting the comment with these expressions. It’s not obligatory to complete words; i.e “Press” block comments containing “#” “Pressure” or “Press”.

 Be careful to only put one blocking word per line in the text box.

 You can do the same in the “Black List for comments”, but in this case, comments corresponding to one of the chosen words are immediately marked as “spam”, without moderation.

Users

Users management

Any user management is done by the “Users” menu of the administration that allows you to manage all existing users, to create new or edit your own profile. You can list all the users of your site (see below):

wp users management

roles

Each user is associated with a role defining all the rights granted to him, in other words the list of actions that can be performed in the site administration interface:

  • Administrator: This is the role that grants all the rights and you have by default as a creator of the site;
  • Editor: allows to publish and edit all the articles on the site, even those that do not belong to him;
  • Contributor: he can create or edit articles and pages belonging to him, but can’t publish them (he must ask an editor or administrator to do it for him);
  • Author: the author can publish and edit their own content;
  • Subscriber: he can only access the home administration panel and manage their profile.

To change a user role , check the name in the list of users. You can then make your choice with a scrollable list. Note that you can not change your own role (see figure below):

assign-user-role-wordpress

 Rights management is an important issue for the security of your site. Always be careful, grant the minimum necessary rights to a user. So do not create an administrator profile if the person who will use it only needs to write articles.

User creation

You can create a new user by going to the submenu “Add”. This interface allows to define the name of new user, role, and some optional personal information.

It’s also possible to allow the creation of user accounts for any visitor. To do this, in the “Settings> General” menu, simply check the box “Anyone can register” and set the default role of these users.

 You won’t probably need this option, but it’s good to know that it exists. However, if you use it, make sure that the default user role is as small as possible (subscriber), otherwise you risk to have changes in the content of your site by anyone !

 So, remember that:

  • Comments allow visitors to express on publications.
  • The administrator can moderate comments before and after publication.
  • Several people can contribute to the site, possibly with different rights.

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