WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Commenting Options

This document will discuss the various commenting-related settings available in WordPress.

Comment Notifications

There are two ways in which you can be notified of a comment being added to the site:

Comment Moderation

If preferred, you can require that a comment go into moderation before being posted publicly on the site. This is just a setting in WordPress:
  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Click on Discussion
  3. Locate the area that says "Before comment appears"
  4. Check the box that says "Comment must be manually approved"
  5. Scroll to the bottom and select the blue Save Changes button

Comment Emails

If preferred, you can have an email sent to the site admin(s) anytime a comment is posted:
  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Click on Discussion
  3. Locate the area that says "Email me whenever"
  4. Check the box that says "Anyone posts a comment"
  5. Scroll to the bottom and select the blue Save Changes button

Comment Identification

If preferred, you can require that users be logged in in order to comment. They will need to be users on the site in order to be able to comment and will be identified by the name/email listed on their account:
  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Click on Discussion
  3. Locate the area that says "Other comment settings"
  4. Check the box that says "Users must be registered and logged in to comment"
  5. Scroll to the bottom and select the blue Save Changes button

Name and Email

If preferred, you can require a user to identify themselves through name and email address:
  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Click on Discussion
  3. Locate the area that says "Other comment settings"
  4. Check the box that says "Comment author must fill out name and email"
  5. Scroll to the bottom and select the blue Save Changes button

Anonymity 

If preferred, users can remain anonymous when posting**:
  1. Navigate to Settings
  2. Click on Discussion
  3. Locate the area that says "Other comment settings"
  4. Uncheck the box that says "Comment author must fill out name and email"
  5. Uncheck the box that says "Users must be registered and logged in to comment"
  6. Scroll to the bottom and select the blue Save Changes button
**It is important to note that all users will be prompted for an email address but it will not be shown publicly. The email address is used on the backend of the site to keep track of user commenting data. Also, they are prompted to disclose a name but this can be customized however they want (examples: "I prefer not to disclose" or "Cat Lover")

Tips

  • If commenting is turned on for a site, it is active on both posts and pages. 
  • You can add blacklisted terms to your comment settings to require that those posts be held in moderation. This option is located in the Comment Moderation section of the Discussion Settings in WiscWeb.  
  • Users looking to add a comment will see a field for "Website" - this field is not required and can remain empty. 

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Keywords:comments, commenting, settings, posts, discussion, field, box, reply, engage   Doc ID:100602
Owner:Jenna K.Group:WiscWeb CMS
Created:2020-04-14 20:37 CSTUpdated:2020-04-17 08:32 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, WiscWeb CMS
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