So you set up a website, and it isn’t showing the comment box at the bottom of your posts or pages. WordPress offers an easy way to add comment box to a website.
Adding a box in WordPress is easy; however, some plugins will also add comment boxes. We will use the WordPress way for this tutorial.
Without further delay, let’s get rolling on our tutorial.
Add Comment Box To A Website The WordPress Way For Beginners
We will give instructions for a couple of ways to add comment box to get more comments. The first one is how to use the “discussion” tab in the “settings” area. The second way is how to add a box to old posts.
Set Up A Box In Settings
First head over to your dashboard and
- First, head over to your dashboard
- Secondly, click on “settings”
- Next click on “discussion”
- Finally, fill out each section (see information below the image.)
These are the settings on my site. You are welcome to set it up as I have it, but consider a few things first.
- Under the “other comment settings,” if your goal is to create backlinks, then the first box, “Comment author must fill out name and email,” is an important box to check. It is this box that will tie the links together.
- Under the “Email me whenever” section, be sure to check both boxes so you will receive an email to notify you of new comments.
- In the section, “Before a comment appears,” always check the “Comment must be manually approved.” Some spam comments will sneak their way under the WordPress radar, so checking this box ensures you can trash all spam comments before they are published.
The bottom half of the image above sets a gravatar for those who do not have one and adds words you will not allow in comments. I do not fill out this part, but you may choose to do so.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom and hit the “save changes” tab to save your selections.
Set Up Comment Box On Old Posts
The images below outline each step we will take to add comment box to an old post. You can do this in bulk to make it go faster.
- First, head over to your dashboard and hover over “posts,” and click “all posts”
- Secondly, find the posts you want to add a box to and click in the square box to the left of the post.
- Thirdly, once you have the posts selected, find the “bulk” tab dropdown and click on “edit”
- Next, click the “apply” tab. Now, this may feel a bit scary, but you are not making any changes at this point, so it’s OK to click “apply.”
- In the second image, you will see the posts you selected
- Find the comment section to the right that says “comments” and click to dropdown, check “allow”
- Finally, click the “update” tab to put a comment box on each post.
With this in mind, you may want to check each post content to make sure the box is at the bottom and has a name and website area. It can be time-consuming, and WordPress doesn’t always make all the changes necessary. However, it is an excellent way to put a comment box on old posts.
When you complete this section go back to the first instructions to double check the discussion settings. Then you are all set to go.