So after being a passenger on this wordpress train for about a year and a half (counting my old blog and this one) I’ve come to learn some cool and simple things that some of you may or may not know. I’d love to start sharing some of these with you. If they are useful then please pass it on, or share if you would like 🙂
Commenting without using WordPress
Did you know that you don’t need a wordpress account to comment on a wordpress blog? Most people currently following this blog will probably have a wordpress account, but I know some of you don’t. Some know My Peacock Books through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other ways too. If you don’t have a wordpress account, do you really need to get one to comment on this blog (or in fact any wordpress.com and .org blog)?
The simple answer to the above question is: no. As anyone who’s ever visited a wordpress site while not logged in will know, you can usually leave a comment in the comment box by typing it in and then adding your name and email address. But I’ve discovered you can also comment using your own Twitter, Facebook or Google+ account! And it’s really easy to do.
How change the commenting account
When you scroll down to the comments box on any Wordpress blog post (this only works when viewing the proper webpage not the WordPress reader) you type in your comment, but before clicking ‘post comment’ press the little button that says ‘change’:
Now click on the type of account you want to use, the options are WordPress, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. don’t worry about being logged into your social media account, if you are not you’ll be prompted to do so.
Once you’ve selected the account you want to use, a new window will open up asking you to log in. I chose to use Twitter in my example. WordPress may then ask you to authorise it to use your Twitter (or other) account for posting comments, just click ‘Authorize app’.
Now you can see that I am logged into twitter and ready to post a comment using my Twitter account 🙂
Now when I post a comment it shows my Twitter icon as well as my Twitter name 🙂
So commenting with your Twitter, Facebook or Google+ account is really easy and perfect for those who don’t have a WordPress blog 🙂
But should you allow people to comment on your blog if they aren’t WordPress users? I say why not? Although some of you might want only WordPressers to comment, I think it’s a good idea to allow everyone to comment as there are plenty of people who don’t use wordpress. Many of my followers are Blogger (BlogSpot) bloggers and I’d love to see their names and profile pics when they comment on this blog. WordPress has a pretty good spam filter which works most of the time so I really don’t see why you shouldn’t allow everyone to comment on your blog.
Of course it’s up to you and whatever you decide, make sure your blog has the right settings for comments.
How to check your blog’s comment settings
If you want to check what commenting settings you have set on your blog first go into your wordpress admin account. You can go to WordPress.com and click on My Site and then Settings->Discussion and follow the same instructions below or go into WP admin area which I find is much easier to navigate and use for all wordpress blogging.
To go into the WP admin area type your blog’s name into the address bar and add /wp-admin at the end of it. So my blog’s address should be:
Now you’ll be in the WP Admin Dashboard. Scroll down until you see the ‘Settings’ option on the left. Hover over or click on the settings option and then select ‘Discussion’
Once in the discussion settings you can change various things but let’s concentrate on ‘Other Comment Settings’. If you want people to be able to comment using just their email addresses then click the box. Also make sure you don’t tick the ‘Users must be registered and logged in to comment’ box if you want to allow social media commenting, otherwise only WordPress users will be able to comment.
Make sure you scroll down to the bottom and ‘save settings’ before exiting this page. By default WordPress allows users to comment using their email or Twitter, Facebook and Google+ so there’s no need to worry if you’ve never visited the Settings->Discussion section of your site.
I hope some of this post has helped navigating the WordPress world a little easier. If you have Twitter, Facebook or Google+ users following your blog let them know about this feature so they can comment with their names and avatars visible 🙂
Has this post helped you at all? Would you like me to do more of these ‘help’ posts?
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