WordPress Discussion Settings (Complete Guide)

Discussion settings in WordPress allows you to manage default post settings, comment settings, email notify, comment moderation and avatars settings.

WordPress discussion settings

To open Discussion Settings in WordPress, click Settings → Discussion option in WordPress.

Default post settings

Set default settings for new posts or pages, you can override these settings from individual posts. This section includes, pingbacks, trackbacks and allow comment settings.

  • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the post
  • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new posts
  • Allow people to submit comments on new posts

Note: Individual posts may override these settings. Changes here will only be applied to new posts.

Other comment settings

This section includes comment settings, where you can set mandatory things, comment close days, comment display pattern and hide/show cookies opt-in checkbox. Settings are,

  • Comment author must fill out name and email
  • Users must be registered and logged in to comment
  • Automatically close comments on posts older than [ ] days
  • Show comments cookies opt-in checkbox, allowing comment author cookies to be set
  • Enable threaded (nested) comments [ ] levels deep
  • Break comments into pages with [ ] 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

Email me whenever

This is comment notify settings, where you get email whenever a comment is posted or held for moderation. Make a checkbox checked when you want email.

  • Anyone posts a comment
  • A comment is held for moderation

Before a comment appears

Setting to manage rules, which are applicable for comments before they appear in post.

  • Comment must be manually approved
  • Comment author must have a previously approved comment

Comment Moderation

You can hold a comment in the queue by setting comment moderation rules. Here, you can hold comments based on links they contain and words in its content.

This section has two moderation settings, one for defining the number of links count and second list of possible spam words.

Disallowed Comment Keys

Here, you can add spam words to trash spam comments. When a comment contains any of the given words in its content, it will be put in the Trash.


An avatar is an image that can be associated with a user across multiple websites. In this area, you can choose to display avatars of users who interact with the site.

  • Avatar Display – Displays your avatar besides your name, if “Show Avatars” is checked.
  • Maximum Rating – G, PG, R and X are four more avatar options, you can use. This is the age section, where you select the age option based on your posts audience.
  • Default Avatar – These are some more avatars with images. 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.

How to save WordPress – Discussion Settings?

To save your Discussion Settings in WordPress, click the “Save” button after making changes for settings.

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