Comments

Manage Comments

At WordPress.com, you have full control over what comments appear on site’s your posts and pages: you can approve, delete, or edit any comments left on your site. (There are separate support documents with instructions on enabling and disabling comments and controlling who can comment.)

To see and manage comments on your site, log in to WordPress.com, then go to My Site → Comments:

Viewing Your Comments

There are several ways to view and sort your comments. Use the tabs for pending, approved, spam, and trashed comments to filter them:

Each list will show you previews of the comments, to make it easy to scan them quickly. Pending comments — comments that have been submitted, but don’t currently appear on your site — are highlighted in yellow, to make them easy to spot.

A pending comment preview

An approved comment preview

Clicking anywhere on a preview will expand it to display the full comment.

If your site has lots of comments, the list will be split into pages. You’ll find links to move between pages at the bottom of the list.

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Parts of a Comment

Here’s an illustration of an expanded comment, followed by an explanation of its parts from top to bottom.

  • Comment actions: Like, Approve, Edit, Spam, Trash.
  • Collapse comment details button: the little arrow in the upper right will close the comment back down to the preview.
  • A link: a link to the blog post or, if the comment is a reply to another comment, an excerpt of the original comment, so you have context for the conversation.
  • Comment author’s name and website.
  • Date and time the comment was left.
  • The pending label, if the comment is waiting to be approved.
  • Additional user information button (see below for detail).
  • The comment text itself.
  • The reply form.

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Additional User Information

Clicking on the user info button will open a new section containing additional information about the comment author.

The Block User button will add the comment author to the site blacklist, blocking them from writing new comments on the site.

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Comment Actions

You’ll find all the actions you can take on a comment at the top of the expanded comment. Use these buttons to like/unlike, approve/unapprove, edit, mark as spam, move to trash, or permanently delete comments. (Clicking Like or Approve once will perform those actions; clicking a second time will un-do the action.)

These actions are contextual and change depending on the comment status:

  • Pending comments: Like, Approve, Edit, Mark as Spam, Move to Trash
  • Approved comments: Like, Unapprove, Edit, Mark as Spam, Move to Trash
  • Spam comments: Approve, Delete Permanently
  • Trash comments: Approve, Mark as Spam, Delete Permanently

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Editing a Comment

This is a view of a comment from the Edit screen. The Edit screen will let you edit the comment in place on the Comments page:

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Bulk Edit Mode

Clicking on the Bulk Edit button in the top right corner will enable the Bulk Edit mode.

Click anywhere on a comment to select it, and then perform actions on all selected comments at once.

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