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Discussion Settings. The Discussion Settings are used to control how visitors and other blogs interact with your site.

Discussion Settings

Default Article Settings In the Default article settings, there are three options. These settings are defaults for new posts or pages, which can always be changed individually on each article. This first two options deal with pingbacks and trackbacks. The first determines if your blog will send out pings and trackbacks to other blogs when you publish articles. . ↑ Table of Contents ↑

Comment Embeds. allows you and your readers to embed YouTube videos and tweets from Twitter directly into blog comments by simply adding a single URL into the comment text.

Comment Embeds

Of course, if a reader embeds an inappropriate video or tweet on your blog, you are free to remove the link or delete the entire comment, just as you are with other comments. We may expand this functionality in the future to include embeds from other services. YouTube To embed a YouTube video into a comment, simply grab the URL/permalink of any YouTube video and paste it directly into your comment text: Once your comment is posted/approved, you will be able to watch the video directly from the comment area. ↑ Table of Contents ↑

Who Can Comment. Unwanted Comments and Comment Spam. Trackbacks. Trackbacks are a way to notify legacy blog systems that you’ve linked to them.


If you link other WordPress blogs they’ll be notified automatically using pingbacks, no other action necessary. Think of trackbacks as the equivalent of acknowledgements and references at the end of an academic paper or chapter in a text book. To send a trackback, add the trackback URI from the other blog post to the Send Trackbacks module in your blog post before you publish it.

A trackback URI from a WordPress blog will end with /trackback/. How do I send a Trackback Go to the post on the other person’s blog and look for the ‘Trackback URI’ or similar. Once you have that link you need to copy the URL of the link. In Firefox, Right-click on the link and Copy Link Location. Pingbacks. A pingback is a type of comment that’s created when you link to another blog post where pingbacks are enabled.


The best way to think about pingbacks is as remote comments: Person A posts something on his blog.Person B posts on her own blog, linking to Person A’s post. This automatically sends a pingback to Person A when both have pingback enabled blogs.Person A’s blog receives the pingback, then automatically goes to Person B’s post to confirm that the pingback did, in fact, originate there. My Comments. Comments are a way for visitors to add feedback to your posts and pages.

My Comments

If you choose to enable comments for your posts, then a comment form will appear at the bottom of the posts and people can respond to what you have written. Manage Comments. blog owners have full control to approve, delete, or edit the comments left on their blog.

Manage Comments

There are separate help pages showing how to enable and disable comments and how to control who can comment. To manage comments, go to the Comments link in the left menu of your blog dashboard. There are several ways to view comments. There are filter links for all, pending, approved, spam, or trash comments. Facebook and Twitter Comments. Here at you and your visitors can use your Facebook, Google+, Twitter or account to leave comments.

Facebook and Twitter Comments

This unified comment form including Facebook, Google+, and Twitter login is active on all blogs. Logging in When your readers click on the icon for Facebook, Google+, or Twitter, a new window will appear from that service asking them to log in and approve giving their information to your blog. This window is controlled by Facebook, Google+, or Twitter for security reasons. It is possible to be logged in to different services at the same time, in which case visitors to your blog will be able to choose which identity to use when posting a comment by simply clicking the appropriate icon in the comment area. The comments area will detect the theme you are using and switch between a light or dark version automatically to better blend in. ↑ Table of Contents ↑ Enable and Disable Comments. Comments are enabled on new posts and pages by default.

Enable and Disable Comments

You can change the default for new posts or pages, as well as enable/disable comments on posts or pages you’ve already published. You can change the defaults for new posts or pages on theSettings -> Discussion screen. Please see this support doc for more information. Email Notifications. The email address you used when registering your account is listed on your Account Settings page, and under Users → Personal Settings in your dashboard.

Email Notifications

That is the email address where you will receive notifications from Account notifications are sent to this address, for purposes including: Forgotten passwordUpdates from blogs you followNew blog activationPaid upgrades You will also receive notifications about activity on your blog, for example: Comments. Comment Reply via Email. Comment Notification Email. If comment notifications are enabled, the post author will receive an email when a new comment is left on a post they wrote.

Comment Notification Email

Comment notification emails are sent to the post author at their account’s email address. You can choose to receive an email for every comment or just for comments that are held for moderation. You can change these options from the Settings → Discussion page: E-mail me whenever: Anyone posts a commentA comment is held for moderation The comment notification email has all of the information about the comment including the title, author, email, URL, IP address, comment contents, and links to approve, delete, or mark the comment as spam.

Comment Display Options. You can control comment threading, paging, and comment order settings from the Settings -> Discussion page in your blog dashboard. With the threaded comments option, comment replies will appear directly below the relevant comment instead of in strict chronological order. That means you can reply to a comment that was left a month or even a year ago, and your comment will appear in just the right spot. You control the conversation by setting the number of levels allowed in your comment threads, from 1 to 10. We suggest setting threaded comments to about three levels deep, to keep the conversation focused.

Here’s how that looks with the Contempt theme.