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Administering the Basics of Comment Management in Avoori

Comment management in Avoori is done in a very similar way as its done in WordPress.

Avoori provides you with a robust comment management system. It allows any website visitor to interact with you. The visitors can post their views, opinion, and share feedback through comments from any post or page where comments are enabled.

When a visitor lands at any of your blog post/pages, they read the content and at the end provided with a couple of text boxes. They are generally asked for name, website URL, email and their actual comment to submit a comment.

These comments would first land in your Avoori comments page, for you to approve/moderate for public view. Once approved, everyone around the world will be able to have a look at the comment you approved.

The fields or input boxes, the design of the comment form, just about everything is customizable with Avoori Customizer, that’s another reason that makes it a great blogging platform.

Discussion Settings

The right mix of settings can help to reduce spam and encourage readers to actively participate in commenting in your blog.

Notifications

Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article

It lets you notify other sites that you’ve linked to them if you have. So they can choose to display it to their users via trackbacks or pingbacks if they choose to.

Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)

It lets you accept notifications from other sites that have linked to you. You have the same option to display these notifications via trackbacks and pingbacks.

Commenter Rules

Allow people to post comments on new articles:  If you check this, you are enabling everyone to post comments at your new articles. You can uncheck this, to disable readers to post comments at your future posts.

Comment author must fill out name and e-mail: If you want everyone to fill in their name and email for making a comment, you need to check this. Otherwise, readers will be able to make anonymous comments. Commenters fake their name and email at times but those are relatively rare spam cases.

Users must be registered and logged in to comment:  Checking this will only allow registered users of your site to post comments.

Automatically close comments on articles older than _____ days:  If you want to give everyone an equal opportunity till “X” number of days to post comments. You can fill in the input box for the number of days to activate the option. It’s a good way to limit spam and encourage regular readers to connect with you.

Comment Display

Enable threaded (nested) comments _____ levels deep:  Threaded comments are the responses to one’s comment. It allows users to interact with each other.  You can choose the depth of threaded comments. For example, 3, would allow 3 comment responses to one’s comment.

 Break comments into Pages with _____top level comments per Page and the _____ Page displayed by default:  Let’s you to customize no. of comments that you want to see per page and in either ascending or descending order, allowing you to view oldest or newest comments first.

 Comments should be displayed with the _____ comments at the top of each Page:  You can choose to display older or newer comments first for each comment page.

Comment Administration

Email me whenever … Anyone posts a comment and/or A comment is held for moderation:  If you want to receive an email notification every time someone comments at your site, then you need to check this option. However, this can get annoying if you get comments at your site daily.

The comments must be manually approved:  You must keep it checked, to manually approve each comment. If you do not check this, spammers will target your site because of auto-approve comments.

Comment author must have a previously approved comment: If manually approving comments worry you then don’t worry, this option is a savior! It let you to auto-approve comments from people who have previously approved comments. So first-time commenter’s will go through the moderation process but frequent commenters will skip moderation.

The last 2 options are present in WordPress but are missing on Avoori as we force every comment to be moderated in order to make sure your blog looks as professional as possible.

Comment Spam

Hold a comment in the queue if it contains _____ links: The primary motive of spammers is to get their links traffic and link juice exposure, basically SEO benefits. So they comment with multiple links. With this setting, you can hold comments to queue if it contains X number of links. Generally, 2 is a good option to stop spamming.

Comment Moderation and Comment Blacklist: You are provided with a big text box to fill in words (one per line) that you do not want in any comments.  So if any of these words is detected in any of the comments, those comments will be blacklisted and will be there for you to review.

There are pre-compiled bad words list available online. So you can use these lists as these are maintained to match with comment spamming tactics.

Avatars

You can choose to display a visual identity for all of your comments. These are known as Avatars. There is a Gravatar service, where you can create a free account and use an image to attach to your email identity. So wherever you make comments, the image would be automatically displayed nearby your name.

Enabling Comments on Your Website

You might want to disable comments site-wide but wish to enable comments on select pages or posts. You can do so in numerous ways.

Activating Comments for a Single Post or Page

Navigate to the Discussion box, located under Posts / Pages > Add New Post / Page and check an option namely Allow Comments. If you do not see discussion box, go over to the top right of the Add New Post/Page page and check Discussion box from the Screen Options for the discussion box to appear. You can save your changes by clicking Publish and comments would be activated for the Post or Page.

Activating Comments from the Post or Page Screen

Navigate to the All Pages or Posts screen. Mouse-over any post/page title to view the Quick Edit option. Click Quick Edit and check Allow Comments option; finally, click on update to activate comments for that post/page.

 Activating Comments for Multiple Posts or Pages

Navigate to All Posts / Pages screen; select all the posts/pages you want to active comments for. You can select each post by checking the box provided side-by-side each post/page. Then you can select Edit from Bulk Edit dropdown box and hit Apply. Then choose to Allow, from the Comments dropdown.

Managing Incoming Comments

As soon as you receive new comments for the posts, you can glance over them via the dashboard. When you log in to WordPress, there’s an Activity box to show your comments status. Any new comment would appear there with additional details about the comment. You can approve, reply, edit or mark the comment spam or move it to trash right from the dashboard!

Moderating Comments on Comment Screen

Here is a screenshot explaining each comment component from the Comments screen.

  1. Commenter Gravatar
  2. Commenter Name
  3. Commenter Website URL
  4. Commenter Email Address
  5. Commenter IP Address
  6. Time and Date of Comment Submission
  7. Actual Comment
  8. Comment Moderation Options. You can approve, spam or trash a comment. You can also Reply, Quick Edit or Edit for writing a reply to the commenter or editing the comment.
  9. Post Title
  10. Number of Comments on the Post & Link for Viewing the Post

 

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