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How to let unregistered guests comment on your WordPress blog

Go to Settings then discussions on Left side bar

Commenting is an important part of blogging since it lets the blogger and readers get to know each other, or talk about relevent information on a post like a forum. However, most people who post on blogs are not registered members since many people are too lazy to join or can’t find the link to join your blog. Comments also make your blog more active, so search engines might visit your site more since it has fresh comment content.

Enabling guest commenting is not a good idea if your blog gets a lot of hateful or spammy comments from guests. Akismetis a good plugin for stopping spam from showing up on your blog, but you have to register for a Akismet key at http://wordpress.com

WordPress by default does not let unregistered guests comment, but you can change this.

Tutorial on turning on guest commenting on your WordPress Blog.

1. Click  on Settings then discussions on Left side bar in an admin. account.

Go to Settings then discussions on Left side bar

Go to Settings then discussions on Left side bar

2. Uncheck user must be registered and logged in to comment.

Uncheck user must be logged in and register to comment

Uncheck user must be logged in and register to comment

3.  Modify your moderation settings to allow comments to appear without your approval or with your approval.

Modify your moderation settings

Modify your moderation settings

4.Click Save Changes Button

Click Save changes
Click Save changes
Now your WordPress blog should accept comments from guests. Hope you get plenty of useful comments. Leave me a comment on this post if you have further questions.
10 comments… add one
  • Shennan T. September 8, 2010, 4:07 pm

    You would think it would be that simple to notice but I’m sure you’ve come across people who just simply don’t give any effort in looking for it.

  • Johnson Yip September 8, 2010, 6:09 pm

    Indeed, it is simple to turn on Wordpress comments to unregistered guest, but a lot of people like Wordpress newbies don’t know how to turn on guest commenting for their wordpress blog.

  • Johnson Yip October 28, 2010, 7:31 pm

    Thanks for the nice comment!

  • Angel Rodriguez Oti January 26, 2011, 6:53 pm

    Well, I have all settings as you say above and still my blog not allow to unregistered comments.
    Any idea what is happened?

  • Johnson Yip January 26, 2011, 7:57 pm

    @Angel Rodriguez Oti Could a plug-in you downloaded and installed for WordPress be causing the problem of “not allowing unregistered guest to comment”. Maybe you can ask your web hosting company for help.

  • Single Board Computers February 2, 2011, 4:15 pm

    Good tutorial. Most people may not realize that comments are such a valuable thing if they are trying to be a serious blogger. Most viewers will comment if they feel like the blogger helped them in some way, but, like you said, will not go out of their way (signing up, etc) to do so. As long as a decent spam filter is in place, this type of commenting should be the standard.

  • Frankie Matherson July 14, 2013, 5:08 pm

    There are spam comments in your blog. In addition, your website is simply stimulating issues on my IE 8 web browser.

  • Johnson Yip July 14, 2013, 6:38 pm

    Thanks for the notification, I try to make my site work better in IE8.

    I try my best to clean up spammy comments.

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