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Change comment approval settings in WordPress

Enable options for comment approval in WordPress to ensure that only authorized comments appear on your site.

  1. Sign in to WordPress.
  2. On the left-side menu, select Settings > Discussion.
  3. In the Before a comment appears section, select the checkbox next to each of the following options to enable them:
    • Comment must be manually approved.
    • Comment author must have a previously approved comment.
    To disable either option, clear the checkbox for that option.
  4. (Optional) If you want to be notified whenever you need to approve or delete the comment, in the Email me whenever section, select the box next to A comment is held for moderation.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Save Changes.

When enabled, these options will prevent spammers from leaving unauthorized comments on your site.

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