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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About WordPress DISCUSSION SETTINGS

Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About WORDPRESS DISCUSSION SETTINGS

Do you want to understand WordPress Discussion Settings? In this post, we have explained everything which is there in WordPress Discussion settings.

WordPress Discussion Settings

Default post settings

WordPress dashboard >> Settings >> Discussion Settings>> Default post settings

How to Enable or Disable Pingbacks and Trackbacks in WordPress?

Do you want to disable pingbacks and trackbacks on WordPress? Let us first find out what are these terms?

What is Pingback and Trackback?

Pingback and Trackback are used together most of the time but they have differences between them.

What is Trackback?

A Trackback is a notification that your website sends to another website or blog when you linked their website or any post into your post or page.

What is a Pingback?

On the other hand, pingback is an automated comment, that will be created in the comment section of the other blog post, to which you have linked in Your post.

Both Trackback and pingback work when the other website enables Pingbacks and Trackbacks.

Pingback vs Trackback

By the Definitions of pingback and Trackback, you understood that trackback is just a notification in the notification panel of the website, whereas pingbacks appear in the comment section of the website when you linked their post.

How to send out a ping to other websites?

Now the question is how can My website send out a ping to other websites?

Attempt to notify any blogs linked to the post:

The answer is very simple, go to the Discussion settings of Your WordPress and in the Default Post settings Check “Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the post

WordPress dashboard >> Settings >> Discussion Settings>> Default Post Settings

How to Disable Trackbacks and Pingbacks?

Do you want to disable pingbacks and trackbacks? Then just go to WordPress Discussion settings, and in the Default Post settings Uncheck “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new posts

WordPress dashboard >> Settings >> Discussion Settings>> Default Post Settings

If you uncheck this, WordPress will disable both trackbacks and pingbacks to your website. As many experts say, we should disable the pingbacks and trackbacks as the spammers used these as a tool to send spam.

For any reason, if you want to Enable pingbacks and trackbacks then you can check the box.

How to disable Comments from the posts?

Do you want to disable comments from your posts? If you are reading this, then you want to disable the comments from your WordPress posts.

To Disable comments from the WordPress posts, you have to go to Discussion Settings in Your WordPress dashboard, then in Default Post Settings, you will see Allow People to Submit Comments on New Posts. Uncheck the checkbox before this, then you have successfully disabled comments from new posts.

Yes, you can enable comments to the posts you want while writing or editing that post.

On the other hand, if you want to enable comments on the new posts, then check that box.

WordPress dashboard >> Settings >> Discussion Settings>> Default Post Settings

Note: In WordPress, by default, these boxes are checked.

Other Comment Settings in WordPress Discussion Settings

WordPress dashboard >> Settings >> Discussion Settings>> Other Comment Settings

Here we will discuss each and every Comment setting in WordPress so that you have an idea about them. By the way, these all are self-explaining but for beginners, this might confusing

Comment author must fill out name and e-mail: The First one is Comment author must fill our name and email. If you want that the person who is commenting on your post should fill in his name and email address then Check this box. In Practice, the name and email address won’t be verified before the comment is submitted. But Spammers can comment more easily if this field is not mandatory. If we make this field mandatory, then Spammer has to spend some time.

How to Accept Comments only from Registered Users?

Do you want, only registered users must comment on your WordPress post. Then WordPress has this option for you.

Users must be registered and logged in to comment: If you check this box, then only registered or logged-in users can comment on your WordPress posts.

How to turned off comments on old posts automatically?

Do you want to turn off comments on your old posts automatically? Then you have this feature form WordPress.

Automatically close comments on articles older than [___] days: By default, 14 days are written in the brackets, if you want to change the days you can select days after which you don’t want comments on your post.

So, if you don’t want comments on your older posts, then check this box.

How to Add Opt-in Checkbox in Comments?

Do you want to add Opt-in Checkbox in your Comments?

Do you want to add a checkbox asking the user “save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment”? Then WordPress has this feature for you in its Discussion Settings.

Show comments cookies opt-in checkbox, allowing comment author cookies to be set:

In the Other Comment Settings of discussion settings, check this box, if you want to have saved my name, email, check the box in your Comment sections.

Show comments cookies opt-in checkbox

Else, if you uncheck this box then the Save my name, email, and website checkbox won’t be shown below a comment.

Enable threaded (nested) comments [x] levels deep: If You want to have threaded comments in Your WordPress posts. In Brief, if you want a reply option to comments, then it can be achieved by Checking this box Enable threaded (nested) comments [x] levels deep. [x] level deep means the number of maximum replies you want for comment. Put that value here.

If you don’t want the Reply option to comment then uncheck this box.

By default, WordPress has checked this box.

How to add pagination in Comments without plugins?

If you want pagination to your comments and you want only suppose 10 comments should be shown, then user has to click before or next to read the next comments, then WordPress has this option in Discussion settings.

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:

Check this box if you want to add pagination to the WordPress comments and replace X with the number of comments per page.

How to sort comments first to last or last to first in WordPress?

Now, if you want to sort comments from last to first or first to last then select the appropriate option from the above last/first dropdown menu.

Email me whenever in WordPress Discussion Settings

WordPress Dashboard >> Discussion Settings >> Email me whenever

In this section, the Website Administrator or the Post author will have the option to get the notification when someone posted a comment on his post, or comment is there for moderation or when someone likes the post.

How to get Email whenever someone comment on a post?

Anyone posts a comment: Check this box if you want to get notifications whenever someone comments on your post. So, whenever a single comment is posted on your post, then an email to the author of the post will be generated.

A comment is held for moderation: If you have multiple authors on your website, and by enabling the above Anyone posts a comment setting, the authors will be receiving an email whenever someone comments on it. Now, if you as the owner of the website want to check the activity and review the comments then by Checking this box, WordPress will send an email to the owner of the website whose email address is set in General Settings of WordPress Settings.

How to get Email whenever someone like posts?

Someone likes one of my posts: Check this box if you want to receive emails whenever someone likes your posts.

Before a Comment Appears in WordPress Discussion Settings

WordPress dashboard >> Settings >> Discussion Settings>> Before a Comment Appears

This section of WordPress discussion settings provides the website owner a more control over the comments. The owner of the website will have control over the comments and he has the power to approve or reject the comments.

How to make comments manually approved?

A comment must be manually approved: Check this box if you want to manually approve the comments on your website. So before a comment is displayed on your website, it will be there in the admin comment section waiting for the admin or post author to manually approve the comment. By this, you can stop or reduce the activity of spammers.

If you want to automatically comment that should be published on the website then, uncheck this box.

Comment author must have a previously approved comment: Check this box if you want to automatically approve the comments of the comment authors whose comments are approved before by the administrator. So, if the email address of the comment author matches with the email address of the approved comment author, then it will automatically approve. Otherwise, the comments are held for moderation.

On the other hand, comments from blocked email addresses will be held for moderation.

Comment Moderation

WordPress dashboard >> Settings >> Discussion Settings>> Comment Moderation

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 common characteristic of spam comments is a large number of hyperlinks. In place of x write the minimum number of hyperlinks when you want to keep the comment in a queue. By default, it is 2.

When a comment contains any of these words in its content, author name, URL, email, IP address, or browser’s user agent string, it will be held in the moderation queue. One word or IP address per line. It will match inside words, so “press” will match “WordPress”.

In the box provided write the content type, or author name, or URL or email address or IP address or other things . Be careful while writing the names or Ip addresses.


WordPress dashboard >> Settings >> Discussion Settings>> Avatar

These are self-explaining so we are just keeping what WordPress will have written on their settings. If you want the details do comment.

An avatar is an image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on avatar-enabled sites. Here you can enable the display of avatars for people who comment on your site.

Avatar Display: Check this box if you want to Show Avatars. Else, Avatars won’t be shown.

Maximum Rating

WordPress dashboard >> Settings >> Discussion Settings>> Maximum Rating

This setting controls (or limits) the ‘highest’ level or rating of gravatar you allow to be displayed

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

Default Avatar

WordPress dashboard >> Settings >> Discussion Settings>> Default Avatar

For users without a custom avatar of their own, you can either display a generic logo or a generated one based on their email address.

  • Mystery Person
  • Blank
  • Gravatar Logo
  • Identicon (Generated)
  • Wavatar (Generated)
  • MonsterID (Generated)
  • Retro (Generated)

Save Changes:

Make sure to click the save changes buttons to save the changes you have made to your website database. Once you clicked the button you will get a confirmation text that your settings saved successfully.

You can have a look at the discussion settings article at WordPress.Org

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How to create Widget in WordPress?
How to create Widget in WordPress?
How to create Widget in WordPress?

How to create Widget in WordPress?

We Hope, You are following WordPress tutorials for beginners, and you have created a free website, and installed a theme and Plugin. Now the question is how to create Widget in WordPress? But before that:

What is a Widget?

Linguistically a widget is nothing but a small gadget or mechanical device.

In WordPress, a widget is a small block of content that we can add to the sidebars, Footers, and other places of our WordPress website.

The exact location of Widgets depends on the Theme we are using, but mostly we have a widget in the sidebar and footers of the WordPress website.

You will see this written on Your WordPress Widgets

Widget Areas are global parts in your site’s layout that can accept blocks. These vary by theme, but are typically parts like your Sidebar or Footer.” more

How to add Widget in WordPress?

To add a Widget in WordPress is as easy as installing the theme and Plugin that you have learned in our previous posts. Similarly, You can add a Widget in WordPress.

Steps to add Widgets in WordPress

Step 1: Log in to WordPress Admin Dashboard

Step 2: Go to Appearance >> Widgets

Step 3: Add Widgets to Sidebar or Footer

First, You should log in to your WordPress Admin Dashboard.

Then in Appearance go to Widgets.

Now you are in the Widgets area. Basically, you have Sidebar Widget and Footer Widget as shown in the screenshot. There is also an Inactive widget. We will discuss them in detail now.

Note: If you are adding Widget for the first time, then you will see the pop-up by WordPress Welcoming you to WordPress Widgets. You can go through it by clicking next, it may help you in understanding widgets.

How to Add Widget in WordPress Sidebar?

To add a Widget to the sidebar of your WordPress Blog. Go to Widgets as discussed above. Now you will see Sidebar Widget Area written on your screen as shown in the image.

You will see a Big + block below the sidebar Widget area. Click that plus + sign to add the widget to that place.

You will also see a block inserter + mark on the left-hand side as shown in the figure. Click that + to add Block in Your Widget area. Scroll down to add your favorite Widget there.

Hurray, You have successfully added a Widget in Sidebar.

How to Add Widget in WordPress Footer?

To add a Widget in the footer of our WordPress Website, follow the procedure of adding a Widget in the Sidebar, just you have to go to the Footer Widget area instead of Sidebar Widget Area.

Hope you follow the above steps. Congrats, You have added Widget to your WordPress Footer successfully.

What are inactive Widgets?

Inactive widgets, as the name they are the widgets that are not used in your website. So, the blocks inside inactive widgets will not be displayed in WordPress Blog or Website.

How to Add Archives to Sidebar Widgets?

To add Archives to sidebar Widgets, follow the same procedure of adding widgets. When you click block inserter scroll down to Archives or just type archives in the search box of Block inserter. Click on Archives. Yay! You have added archives successfully to your sidebar widget.

After adding, Archives to WordPress Widgets you will see Archive settings on the right-hand side of your screen. You can adjust those settings as per your taste and requirements. You can display the archive as a drop-down or list. If you want to display archive as a drop-down, activate the drop-down setting. And if you also want to show post counts, active the post counts setting there.

Same Procedure again you have to follow to add Categories, latest posts, Top Posts and Pages, popular posts etc. to the WordPress widgets.

Note: Just like the header and footer in MS Word, Widgets are also seen on each and every post and page of your WordPress blog.

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WordPress Settings Part 1

WordPress Basic Settings

Hope You are following the basic WordPress posts written by us.

We have successfully discussed How to Create Free WordPress Account then we have completed the installation of the Theme and Customizing the WordPress website in our previous posts.

Now one of the most important things is setting up our WordPress website.

Like before, Go to Your WordPress Dashboard and You will find Settings on the Left-hand side.


WordPress General Settings

WordPress Dashboard — > Settings — > General

General settings are the first and basic settings in WordPress Website. Here you can change the site title, URL, Time zone, Language, date format, etc.

How to Change Time Zone in WordPress?

If You want to change the Time Zone of Your Website then You have to go to the General Settings of Your WordPress Website in the Dashboard. Here in WordPress general settings, You can change the Time Zone of Your WordPress website.

How to Change WordPress Website Language?

If Your mother tongue is other than English, or you are familiar with other languages than English, and you want to change your WordPress Dashboard Language for example, if you are an Urdu speaker and you want your complete website in the Urdu Language then You can Change Your WordPress Website Language as well as Your WordPress Dashboard language to Urdu in the General Settings of WordPress.

How to Change Date Format of WordPress Website?

There are different ways by which one writes the date. If you want to change the date format of your WordPress website then you can do it in the General Settings of the WordPress website as shown in the figure.

How to Accept Users as a Subscriber?

If you want to accept users as subscriber to your website by using Plugins then you have check Membership Check box in the WordPress General settings. We will discuss in detail this membership in our other posts.

The other General Settings are Site Title, Tagline, WordPress Address URL, Site Address URL, and Administration Email Address.

WordPress Writing Settings

WordPress Dashboard — > Settings — > Writing

The second setting in Your WordPress website is Writing. There are not many settings in Writing, but two of them are important.

How to Change Uncategorized from Default Category?

Whenever you write a post in WordPress, it will be categorized. If you did not set any category, then by default, it is selected as Uncategorized. We have our own categories and many of us don’t want to keep Uncategorized as the default category. To change Uncategorized from the default category You have to go to Writing in settings and Select Appropriate default Post Category over there. We have selected WordPress here.

How to Change Default Post Format in WordPress?

There are many post Formats available in WordPress. WordPress covers more than 42% of the Web. As per your requirement, if You want to change your Default Post Format from standard to any other, you can do it in the Writing Settings in WordPress.

WordPress Reading Settings

WordPress Dashboard — > Settings — > Reading

After the Writing setting, you have Reading Settings in WordPress settings. Let’s discuss it in detail

How to Change WordPress Website Homepage?

In WordPress Website, basically, we can have our Website homepage in 2 formats. One of them is Static, which means you selected a particular post/page of your WordPress Website, and whenever users visit your Website, that page is shown. On the other hand, we have a Latest Posts page, which means if you want Your Latest posts should be shown on your home page then you have to select the Latest Posts option.

To Change the Homepage, You have to go to WordPress Reading settings. Based on your requirements, you have to select either static or latest posts as your homepage.

How to Change Blog Posts Number in WordPress?

As WordPress is mostly used for Blogging, you want to keep limited posts on a web page and you want users to click on Older Posts or newer posts to visit more posts using Pagination in WordPress.

To change or set the number of Blog posts displayed you have to go to WordPress Reading settings. There you will find Blog Pages shown at most. Here we have set it to 5 posts. You may have 10 or different.

How to Show Posts Summary on Blog Page?

If you are using WordPress as a blog, then on the blog page either you can show the complete post or you can show Excerpt i.e., Summary. You can choose one of them in WordPress reading settings as shown in the figure. Set according to your preference, normally Showing Excerpt and making the user click the most to read completely is good for engaging user, and SEO purpose.

How to discourage search engines from indexing Your WordPress website?

Normally, everyone wants their website should index in Search Engines like Google, Bing, etc., but in some scenarios, we don’t want search engines to index our site. For this purpose, you can check the box of discouraging search engines from indexing this site in WordPress Reading Settings.

How to show Thumbnails in the related posts in WordPress?

After each post, WordPress shows the related posts to the viewer of your post, which increase engaging user with your website. In the Related posts, you can highlight the Heading of the post, with category, date, time, and Thumbnail of the post.

To enable Thumbnails in the related posts in WordPress just check the box in WordPress Reading settings which text “Show a Thumbnail Image where available”. It will show the Thumbnail image if you have an image in that post.

How to Show Category or Tags of Related Posts in WordPress Website?

As discussed above, in showing thumbnails in the related post. You have to just check the box “Show Context (Category or tag”) as shown in the image.

The remaining WordPress settings like discussions, media, permalinks, etc, will discuss it in our upcoming posts. If you find this helpful to you, do share it with others. And if you have some feedback then kindly let us know in the comment sections.