How To Stop Comment Spam On Your WordPress Media Attachment Pages

Learn how to prevent spammers posting comments on your WordPress media file attachment pages …

How To Stop Comment Spam On Your WordPress Media Attachment Pages

How To Stop Comment Spam On Your WordPress Media Attachment PagesAre you getting comment spam on your WordPress media attachment pages?

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to delete comment spam from your media attachments and how to prevent this from happening in the future.

Spammers can be quite devious when it comes to finding new ways to spam your site. Recently, while doing some administration work, I received an automated email notification message from one of my sites that a spam comment had been posted on a media file attachment page …

WordPress comment notification email

(WordPress comment notification email)

My first thought was “How did spammers get to my media files?”

After logging into the site, clicking on the ‘Comments’ menu and verifying that the spam comment had indeed been posted on a media file attachment page, my second thought was … “Oh no! I’ve uploaded a bunch of media files to this site, so I need to shut down hundreds of pages that spammers can target!”

WordPress Comments section

(WordPress Comments section)

I then checked some of the media file attachments pages on the site and saw that the “comments” section was enabled …

Media file attachment page - Comments enabled

(Media file attachment page – Comments enabled)

This was a new site that I had quickly set up and hadn’t finished fully configuring. To prevent further comment spam from being posted on the site through its media attachment pages, I now had to disable the ‘Discussions’ feature for all existing media items.

The tutorial below will show you how to delete comment spam posted to existing media file attachment pages and how to prevent new comment spam from being posted to these pages in the future

How To Delete Comment Spam On Existing Media File Attachment Pages

Useful Tip

Normally, the best way to prevent comment spam is to configure your discussion settings as shown in the tutorial below:

Also, unless certain plugins or features installed on your site require you to upload and use images from the WordPress Media Library, we recommend storing and serving all media used on your website from a media storage and delivery service like Amazon S3.

How To Delete Comment Spam On Existing Media File Attachment Pages Manually

To delete comment spam from existing media file attachment pages, log into your WordPress admin, go to the main menu in your dashboard and select Media > Library …

WordPress Menu: Media > Library

(WordPress Menu: Media > Library)

This brings you to the Media Library screen.

Media Library Grid View

The screenshot below shows items uploaded to your media library displayed as a grid.

To disable comments on media files in the grid view, click on a media element …

WordPress Media Library - Grid Layout

(WordPress Media Library – Grid Layout)

This brings you to the Attachment Details screen.  Click on the ‘View attachment page’ link …

Attachment Details - View attachment page

(Attachment Details – View attachment page)

We need to turn comments off on this page. To do this, click on ‘Edit Media’ in your WordPress admin toolbar

WordPress admin toolbar - Edit Media

(WordPress admin toolbar – Edit Media)

In the Edit Media screen, scroll down to the ‘Discussion’ section and untick the ‘Allow comments’ checkbox to disable comments for that media element’s page …

Edit Media - Discussions

(Edit Media – Discussions)

If you can’t see the Discussion section, scroll to the top of your page and click on the Screen Options tab …

Screen Options tab

(Screen Options tab)

Make sure that the ‘Discussion’ checkbox is enabled in the ‘Boxes’ section …

Screen Options - Boxes > Discussion

(Screen Options – Boxes > Discussion)

After disabling the ‘Allow comments’ checkbox, click Update to save your new settings …

Comments disabled. Update to save your settings

(Comments disabled. Update to save your settings)

Make sure that your media file has been updated. Comments are now disabled for your media attachment page.

Media file updated

(Media file updated)

Useful Tip

Note: If you have sharing features enabled for your media files through a plugin, you may also want to consider disabling sharing options on you media attachments pages (unless you need to leave these turned on) …

Consider disabling sharing features on media attachment pages

(Consider disabling sharing features on media attachment pages)

If using a plugin like Jetpack, for example, you can configure your sharing options to make sure that buttons don’t appear in places where they are not useful or required …

Jetpack Sharing Options

(Jetpack Sharing Options)

Media Library List View

A quicker way to edit your media files attachment pages is to display your media library in ‘List’ view. This way, you can go to the Edit Media screen directly by clicking on the ‘Edit’ link in the Quick Edit menu …

Media Library - Quick Edit > Edit

(Media Library – Quick Edit > Edit)

In the Edit Media screen, disable the ‘Allow comments’ checkbox in the Discussion section to disable comments, then resave the page to update your settings …

Edit Media screen - Disable comments in Discussion section

(Edit Media screen – Disable comments in Discussion section)

What If You Have Too Many Media Elements In Your Media Library … ?

If you have too many media elements uploaded to the WordPress Media Library, then disabling comments for each item manually can become a long and painful task …

What if you have too many media elements to update manually?

(What if you have too many media elements to update manually?)

In this case, we recommend using a plugin.

There are a number of plugins available for WordPress that allow you to disable comments on your site. Let’s take a look at one of these …

Disable Comments

WordPress plugin - Disable Comments

(WordPress plugin – Disable Comments)

Disable Comments is a free WordPress plugin that allows site administrators to disable comments globally on any post type (posts, pages, media attachments, etc.)

It also removes all comment-related fields from edit and quick-edit screens, the WordPress Dashboard, Widgets, the Admin Menu, and the Admin Bar. On multisite installations, it can be used to disable comments on your entire network.

Note: Don’t use this plugin if you want to selectively disable comments on individual posts. This plugin should be used if you don’t want comments at all on your site (or on certain post types), as the plugin settings cannot be overridden for individual posts.

To install the plugin, go to Plugins > Add Plugins and type in “disable comments” in the ‘Keyword’ field …

Plugins > Add Plugins

(Plugins > Add Plugins)

To use the ‘Disable Comments’ plugin, locate the item and click on the ‘Install Now’ button …

Add Plugins > Install Now

(Add Plugins > Install Now)

Click on ‘Activate’ …

Add Plugins > Activate

(Add Plugins > Activate)

After the plugin has been installed and activated, visit the configuration page to configure the plugin’s settings …

Plugin activated

(Plugin activated)

You can also access the plugin settings screen by going to Settings > Disable Comments.

Select the option that best suits your needs (e.g. disable comments throughout your site or only on selected post types – in this case ‘Media’) and click ‘Save Changes’ to update your settings …

Disable Comments screen

(Disable Comments screen)

After configuring and saving your settings, it’s time to check that everything is working as it should.

Go back to your Media Library section by selecting Media > Library from the main menu …

WordPress Menu - Media > Library

(WordPress Menu – Media > Library)

Select a media element that has not been updated yet, and right-click on ‘Edit’ to open the attachment page in a new browser tab …

Media Library - Edit

(Media Library – Edit)

The ‘Discussion’ and ‘Comments’ features should be disabled on the page …

Discussion feature disabled in media attachment page

(Discussion feature disabled in media attachment page)

These features should also have been disabled in the Screen Options tab …

Discussion feature disabled in Screen Options tab

(Discussion feature disabled in Screen Options tab)

And if you visit the media attachment page itself, you should not see the Comments field displayed (No Comments field = No Comment Spam!)

No Comments field = No Comment Spam!

(No Comment!)

Hopefully, this tutorial has helped you with stopping or preventing comment spam from being posted on your WordPress media attachment pages.

How To Stop Comment Spam On Your WordPress Media Attachment Pages

WordPress Content Management

Learn how to manage and delete unwanted content in WordPress like comment spam, plugins, posts and page revisions, fix broken links, and more!

WordPress Content ManagementThis tutorial was created using an earlier version of WordPress and may contain outdated information. Please bookmark this page as we will be updating this tutorial soon! To be notified of updates to our content, subscribe to our updates list (see sidebar), or Like our Facebook page.

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WordPress Content Management

This tutorial is part of our WordPress Management tutorial series. In this tutorial, you will learn how to delete unwanted content (like comment SPAM) and unnecessary data from your site before performing your file backups and installation upgrades.

Depending on the way your WordPress site has been configured, you may find that comment spam is regularly being posted to your posts or pages. Even with anti-spam filters installed, it’s hard to stop spam altogether. You may also find that there are inactive plugins or old posts or pages with obsolete information that you don’t need on your site anymore.

Every time you perform regular maintenance of your WordPress site, it’s a good idea to go through and delete all comment spam and get rid of unnecessary data from your site before you back up your database. Deleting these from your site before backing up your MySQL database not only helps to reduce your backup file size but more importantly, if you have to restore your data, you won’t be reimporting things like spam and unnecessary things into your site.

Deleting SPAM & Unwanted Data – Step By Step Tutorial

Preventative Measures

One of the best ways to reduce unnecessary data like comment SPAM from your WordPress site is to install plugins like Akismet that effectively prevent many of the more common Spam methods from getting through to your site in the first place.

To learn more about installing and using plugins like Akismet to help prevent comment spam, see the tutorial below:

Deleting Comment Spam

Log into your WordPress site administration area and go to your dashboard section. The summary section of your dashboard shows if there is any comment spam on your site.

To delete spam, either click on “Spam” in the summary view box of your dashboard …

WordPress Content Management

Or click on “Comments” in your site’s admin navigation menu …

WordPress Content Management

You will be taken to the Comments section …

WordPress Content Management

You have a number of options to delete Spam in the comments section:

1 – To let WordPress decide what is and isn’t spam, click on “Empty Spam” …

WordPress Content Management

This will delete all entries in the Comments > Spam section …

WordPress Content Management

2 – If you want to delete most, but not all of the entries in this section, first select all entries, then uncheck any individual items that you do not want to delete.

To manually select and delete all entries, click the checkbox next to “Author” in the column heading, then select “Move To Trash” from the drop down menu and click on “Apply”.

WordPress Content Management

3 – To manually select and delete individual entries, click the checkbox next to the entry or entries you want deleted. Select Move To Trash from the drop-down menu and click on “Apply”.

If you have moved any entries to the Trash, you will have the option to either restore your entries to the “Comments” section or delete them permanently …

WordPress Content Management

Deleting Plugins

To delete or remove a plugin from your site, make sure that the plugin is inactive (deactivated).

Go to the plugins section of your site by clicking on the Plugins section of your WordPress administration menu …

WordPress Content Management

Find the plugin you want to remove from your site and make sure it’s deactivated …

WordPress Content Management

You now a number of options for deleting the unwanted plugin from your site:

Deleting Plugins Inside WordPress

If your hosting/server configuration allows you to delete WordPress plugins directly from within your WordPress administration area, then simply click on the Delete link below the plugin name in the “Plugins” section …

WordPress Content Management

If you cannot delete a plugin from inside your WordPress admin area, then delete the plugin using either the FTP or cPanel procedures as shown below:

Deleting Plugins Using FTP

To delete an inactive plugin from your WordPress site using FTP (File Transfer Protocol), launch your FTP application …

WordPress Content Management

(image above shows FireFTP add-on for Firefox browser)

Navigate to the “plugins” folder in your server (located inside the “wp-content” folder), and locate the plugin you want to delete …

WordPress Content Management

Delete the plugin from the server (in the example shown below, this was done by right-clicking with the mouse on the plugin folder and selecting “Delete” from the menu – this may work differently for you depending on your FTP application) …

WordPress Content Management

The plugin will be removed from your site.

Deleting Plugins Using cPanel

To delete an inactive plugin from your WordPress site using cPanel, log into your cPanel account …

WordPress Content Management

Double-click on the “File Manager” folder inside your cPanel administration to open it …

WordPress Content Management

Navigate to the “plugins” folder in your server (located inside the “wp-content” folder) and locate the plugin you want to delete. Click once on the filename to select it …

WordPress Content Management

Delete the plugin from the server by clicking on the “Delete” button, then clicking the Delete File(s) button when a confirmation pop-up window appears …

WordPress Content Management

The plugin will be removed from your site.

To learn more about deleting plugins, see the tutorial below:

Deleting Posts And Pages

Deleting posts and pages that you no longer want or need is a straightforward operation.

To delete a post, log into your WordPress administration area and click on Posts in the main navigation menu …

WordPress Content Management

Select the post you want to delete and click on the Trash button to delete the item …

WordPress Content Management

Repeat this process to delete any other unwanted posts from your site.

To delete a page, log into your WordPress administration area and click on Pages in the main navigation menu …

WordPress Content Management

Select the page you want to delete and click on the Trash button to delete the item …

WordPress Content Management

Repeat this process to delete any other unwanted pages from your site.

To learn more about deleting unwanted posts and pages, see the tutorials below:

Managing Your WordPress Content – Additional Steps

As well as performing the maintenance tasks listed above, there are some additional steps you can take to eliminate unwanted or unnecessary content from your site:

Clean Up Your WordPress Installation

If you didn’t clean up your WordPress installation during the WordPress Configuration stage, then do it now.

To learn how to clean up your WordPress installation, see the tutorial below:

Check For Dead Links

Over time, some links on your posts or pages pointing to external sites, pages, and/or resources may become obsolete. This can happen for a number of reasons, e.g. site owners move or delete their pages, terminate their sites, change domain names, etc.

As you have no control over this, it’s a good idea to check for dead or broken links on your site every few months or so. You can also automate this process using plugins.

To learn more about finding and fixing broken links, see the tutorial below:

Delete Post Revisions

WordPress automatically saves your post revisions every time you add a new post or page or edit an existing one. After a while, this can add a lot of unnecessary data to your site. Depending on how often you add content to your site, deleting excess post revisions can help to remove unwanted data and reduce the size of your WordPress database.

To learn more about deleting excess post revisions, see the tutorial below:

Clean Up Your WordPress Database

All data from your WordPress site is stored in a database on your server. Over time, the continuous process of adding, editing, and deleting data, installing and removing plugins, themes, images, etc. to your WordPress database can affect its performance. Cleaning up, backing up, and maintaining your database optimized can help to improve the performance of your website.

Cleaning up your WordPress database and making WordPress database backups is covered in detail in the next section of this tutorial module.

Next Step:

Now that you know how to keep your site free from spam and other unwanted data from your site, the next step is to learn how to clean up your database and perform MySQL data backups.

To learn how to perform MySQL data backups, see the tutorial below:

WordPress Content Management

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How To Configure WordPress Discussion Settings

Learn how to configure WordPress discussion settings to improve your website or blog’s engagement with online users in this step-by-step tutorial.

How To Configure WordPress Discussion Settings - Step-By-Step Tutorial

This tutorial is part of our WordPress configuration tutorial series, where we show you how to set up and configure your WordPress site or blog with no coding skills required.

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After configuring your site’s Reading Settings, the next step is to configure your WordPress Discussion Settings.

One of the many things that make WordPress such a powerful content publishing and management tool is its ability to allow visitors and other users (including other website owners) to easily interact with your site.

The WordPress Discussion Settings allow you to control how visitors and other users interact with your content. You can control settings such as comments, pingbacks (pingbacks notify the author of an article if you link to their article on your site) and trackbacks (trackbacks notify another author that you wrote something related to what they had written on their blog, even if you don’t have an explicit link to their article on your site).

Pingbacks and trackbacks allow WordPress blogs to interconnect. You can think of pingbacks and trackbacks as the equivalents of

According to WordPress,

“You can think of pingbacks and trackbacks as the equivalents of acknowledgements and references at the end of an academic paper, or a chapter in a textbook.”

(Source: WordPress.com)

Additionally, you can also control settings for the way your site sends you email notifications and decide if your site should display Avatars and their ratings.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to configure your WordPress Discussion Settings.

WordPress Discussion Settings – Tutorial

Select Settings > Discussion in your WordPress dashboard menu …

Settings - Discussion Settings

(Settings Menu – Discussion)

The ‘Discussion Settings’ screen will display in your browser …

WordPress Discussion Settings

(WordPress Discussion Settings)

Info

This tutorial uses the default WordPress installation settings to configure your discussion settings. We recommend configuring your discussion settings and options to suit your own needs.

If you would like to encourage interaction on your site and allow visitors and users to post comments and initiate discussions or provide reciprocal acknowledgements to other websites using pingbacks and trackbacks, then enable these settings.

If you want to prevent people from leaving comments or disable notifications being sent from your site to other sites and vice-versa, then configure the settings in this section to suit your own preferences.

Keep in mind the following:

  • You can override the default article settings specified in this section for each individual post published on your site.
  • If you want to encourage visitors commenting on your site, you can configure WordPress anti-spam plugins to help control “comment spam”.

Tip

If you want to set up your WordPress site quickly, then follow these steps:

  1. Complete the tutorial below to learn more about each of the options in the Discussion Settings section.
  2. Leave the default discussion settings as they are for now and continue setting up your site as per the tutorials in this module.
  3. Monitor your site for a while to observe and track what happens as your online presence expands, then come back to this section later and adjust the settings to suit your preferences.

Discussion Settings

The notes below have been adapted from the official WordPress Codex.

The Discussion Settings section allows you to configure settings and options related to comments and discussions on your posts. Site administrators can opt to allow comments to be left on posts, enable pingbacks and trackbacks and decide what constitutes comment spam.

The WordPress Discussion Settings screen also lets you control the criteria for receiving email notifications about certain events taking place on your site.

Default article settings

There are three options available in the ‘Default article settings’ section …

WordPress Discussion Settings - Default article settings

(Default article settings)

These settings allow you to specify the default settings for all new posts or pages and can be overridden for individual articles.

Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article

This setting determines if your site or blog will send out pings and trackbacks to other blogs when you publish new posts. WordPress can send out a ping to another site or article you have linked to in your post. Your mention of their site or article will show up in the comment section of their site if the other site allows pingbacks. This notification occurs when you publish your article to the internet.

Note: An article with many hyperlinks to other sites can slow the posting process as WordPress has to contact all of the sites before the post is published.

Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)

This setting determines if your blog will accept pings and trackbacks from other blogs. WordPress can accept or decline pings from other sites which may reference your site or an article on your site. If this box is checked, pingbacks and trackbacks will appear in the comments section of your posts.

Allow people to post comments on new articles

This option allows you to enable or disable comments by default. Checking this box allows visitors to comment on your posts. This setting can be overridden for individual articles.

Uncheck this setting to prevent visitors from posting comments on your posts.

Useful Tip

You can also control commenting by making a post private and requiring visitors to enter a password before a comment is allowed.

To learn more about making posts private and protecting content in WordPress, see the tutorial below:

Other comment settings

WordPress Discussion Settings - Other comment settings

(Discussion Settings – Other comment settings section)

Comment author must fill out name and e-mail

If you enable this option, anyone leaving a comment will be forced to leave a name and email address. If you uncheck this option, visitors can leave anonymous comments on your site.

This option can help to prevent or reduce comment spam on your site as it forces spammers to take additional steps to post comments on your site. Although WordPress does not verify the commenter’s name and e-mail address prior to the comment being submitted, most legitimate commenters are more than willing to fill out their name and e-mail address.

Users must be registered and logged in to comment

This option prevents unregistered users from posting comments on your site. If this box is checked, only logged in users will be allowed to leave comments. If you leave the box unchecked, any visitor can leave a comment.

Automatically close comments on articles older than [X] days

This setting gives you the option to close comments on posts that are “X” days old. For example, if you want to accept comments on new posts for 30 days only, then check the box and type “30” into the text field. After the number of days you have entered in this field has passed (e.g. 30 days), WordPress will automatically flag posts so that no more comments are accepted.

Enable threaded (nested) comments [X] levels deep

Checking this option allows visitors to reply to other inline/nested comments. Enabling this option can allow for better discussions and responses.

To enable threaded comments, check this box, then select the number of levels deep (maximum of 10 levels) that you will allow for nested comments from the drop down menu. We recommend using a maximum of 3 levels deep only, as choosing more levels than this may cause issues with your theme layouts.

Notes:

  1. Enabling this setting only applies to new comments since existing comments don’t have any threading dates. However, disabling this setting applies to all comments.
  2. Themes need to be specially coded to display threaded comments correctly.
Break comments into pages with [X] top level comments per page and the [last/first] page displayed by default. Comments should be displayed with the [older/newer] comments at the top of each page

This option allows you to display comments in a paginated format with the specified number of comments per page. You can also order pages to display from “first to last” or “last to first”, and to specify whether the oldest or newest comment displays first within each page.

If your posts or pages attract a lot of comments, you may want to split the comments into multiple pages. You can choose how many top level comments (nested comments are not counted and will not be split between two pages) to show for each page. You can also choose which page to show by default when a visitor first views the comments.

Email me whenever

Email me whenever

(WordPress Discussion Settings – Email me whenever settings)

These settings control when authors and administrators receive notification that either a new comment has been made on your site or that a comment has been held for moderation.

Anyone posts a comment

If this box is checked, every comment posted on your site will generate an email to the author of that post. If your posts attract frequent comments, you may want to disable this option to avoid receiving too many notification emails.

A comment is held for moderation

If this box is checked, WordPress will hold comments for moderation and send you a notification email. The notification is sent to the e-mail address specified in the Administration > Settings > General Screen. This option is useful if your site has multiple authors and each author is given the authorization to allow or decline comments, as it allows the owner of the site to review what comments are being allowed or denied.

Before a comment appears

Before a comment appears

(Before a comment appears)

These settings provide a tighter degree of control over when and how comments are posted.

An administrator must always approve the comment

Selecting this option forces comments to be approved by an administrator or user with the proper authorization to approve comments, even if the comments appear to be spam. If this option is enabled, all comments will go into moderation and they will need to be approved by an administrator before appearing on the site.

Comment author must have a previously approved comment

If this box is checked, comments will only be posted if the email address of the author of the comment matches the address of a previously approved comment. If email addresses do not match, then the new comment will be held for moderation. If this option is enabled visitors that have had a past comment approved on your site will have their comments approved automatically and only comments from new visitors will go into moderation.

Note: You can blacklist comments from specific email addresses using the Local Spam Words Text Box to force comments to be held for moderation regardless of whitelist status (see below).

Comment Moderation

Discussion Settings - Comment Moderationsettings section

(WordPress Discussion Settings – Comment Moderationsettings section)

The Comment Moderation section lets you specify options to help you deal with Comment Spam.

Hold a comment in the queue if it contains [X] or more links (A common characteristic of comment spam is a large number of hyperlinks.)

A lot of spam comments include a large number of hyperlinks. Enter a number in this box to tell WordPress how many links you will allow to be posted in a comment before the comment is held for moderation. The default setting is “2” but you can make this higher or lower. If you set this to “0”, all comments will be held in moderation, which would be the same as checking An administrator must always approve the comment in the previous option settings.

When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be held in the moderation queue. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress”

The large text box in this section lets you enter your own list of “spam” words and characters to be filtered in any comments posted on your site. Type in one series of characters, word, or phrase per line. If one of those lines match something anywhere in the comment’s content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, the comment will be held in the moderation queue. For example, adding the work “go” into a line in this box will hold any comments containing words like “Google”, “God” and “go” in the moderation queue. Essentially, if the letter “g” is followed by the letter “o” anywhere in the comment, it will be flagged as a match.

Note: A better option than entering an extensive list of spam words and phrases, is to use an AntiSpam plugin.

Comment Blacklist

WordPress Discussion Settings - Comment Blacklist settings section

(Comment Blacklist)

When a comment contains any of these words in its content, name, URL, e-mail, or IP, it will be marked as spam. One word or IP per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress”.

This text box behaves in the same way as the “When a comment contains any of these words…” option above, the difference being that any comments containing the words you enter in the Comment Blacklist area will be deleted without warning. Exercise caution with this option, as genuine comments could end up being deleted.

Avatars

Avatars settings

(WordPress Discussion Settings – Avatars settings)

This section allows you to enable the display of avatars for visitors who post comments on your blog. An avatar is an image (usually a picture of you) that follows you from blog to blog and displays next to your name when you comment on avatar-enabled sites. An avatar is an important part of your online representation of yourself, and can show up in places where you leave comments or forum posts.

Info

WordPress uses Gravatars — short for Globally Recognized Avatars — as the default for pictures that show up next to comments. Some plugins may override this …

WordPress Gravatar

(WordPress Gravatar)

To learn more about setting up and using Gravatars in WordPress, see the tutorial below:

Avatar display

This section lets you turn avatars on or off for your site …

Discussion Settings - Avatar Display settings

(Avatar Display)

Show Avatars

Leaving the checkbox enabled displays comment author avatars along with the comments. Unchecking the box suppresses avatar display in comments.

Maximum Rating

The Maximum Rating setting is only used when a comment author’s Gravatar is displayed. To limit the maturity level of an avatar, specify the ‘highest’ level or rating of gravatar that you will allow to display on your site …

WordPress Discussion Settings - Maximum Rating settings

(WordPress Discussion Settings – Maximum Rating settings)

  • G — Suitable for all audiences
  • PG — Possibly offensive, usually for audiences 13 and above
  • R — Intended for adult audiences above 17
  • X — Even more mature than above

Note: Gravatar ratings are set by users on their gravatar.com account.

To learn more about setting up and using Gravatars in WordPress, see the tutorial below:

Default Avatar

This option allows you to specify a generic or generated avatar for users without their own custom avatar …

(Discussion Settings – Default Avatar settings section)

You can pick a generic logo or a computer generated Avatar for users that don’t have their own custom avatar. If a user comments on your site but they don’t have an avatar or an email address associated with a Gravatar, then this is the avatar that will be displayed for the user’s interactions with your site.

Remember to click Save Changes when finished to save your settings …

Save changes to update your settings

(Save changes to update your settings)

Discussion Settings – Additional Notes

As mentioned earlier in this tutorial, some Discussion Settings options can be overwritten on an individual post. The Discussion meta box is used to turn the discussion options on/off for the post …

Post Discussion Settings

(Post Discussion Settings)

The Discussion meta box includes checkboxes for the following options:

  • Allow comments on this post
  • Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this post

You can set the defaults for these checkboxes in the Discussion Settings area.

If you can’t see the Discussion meta box displayed in your posts screen, then click on the ‘Screen Options’ tab at the top of your Post editor screen and make sure that the checkbox next to the “Discussion” item is enabled …

Turn on/off Discussion settings on your Post editor

(Turn on/off Discussion settings on your Post editor)

Note: If you are editing a previously published post, any comments made on the post will display below the Discussion meta box …

How To Configure Your WordPress Site - Discussion Settings

To learn how to edit your posts in WordPress, see the tutorial below:

To learn how to manage comments on your WordPress site, see the tutorial below:

Congratulations! Now you know how to configure your WordPress Discussion Settings. The next step is to configure your WordPress Media Settings.

Next Step: Configure Your WordPress Site: Media Settings

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