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How to Allow Users to Edit Their Comments in WordPress

Do you want to allow users to edit their comments in WordPress?

By default, WordPress doesn’t allow users to edit their comments. This can be frustrating if the visitor spots a spelling or grammar mistake after posting their comment.

In this article, we will show you how to allow users to easily edit their comments in WordPress for a short period of time.

How to allow users to edit their comments in WordPress

Why Allow Users to Edit or Delete Their Comments?

Allowing users to comment on your posts is a great way to get more engagement and keep people coming back to your WordPress website. However, users can’t edit or delete their comments by default.

This can be a problem if a visitor wants to fix a simple mistake like a spelling or a grammatical error. Some users may also want to modify their comments to add or remove something.

With that said, you may want to allow people to edit their comments for a short period of time after posting, such as within the first 5 or 10 minutes.

This time limit is important, as it stops link builders and spammers from abusing the comment section by going back and adding links to comments you have already approved. A time limit also stops people from changing parts of the comment thread so that it no longer makes sense to other readers.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily allow users to edit their comments.

Allowing Users to Edit Comments in WordPress

The easiest way to allow users to edit comments in WordPress is by using the Comment Edit Lite plugin. This simple plugin works out of the box and lets you set your own time limit.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the Comment Edit Lite plugin. You can see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin for detailed instructions.

Upon activation, users can edit their comments for the first 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, users can no longer change their comments.

To change this time limit, go to Settings » Comment Edit Lite in your WordPress admin area.

The Comment Edit Lite WordPress plugin

You can use any time limit you like by typing a number into the ‘Edit Timer in Minutes’ field. However, we recommended setting the limit to under 30 minutes since we want to allow users to fix errors right away.

If you change the time limit, then make sure you click on the ‘Save Options’ button to store the changes.

How to allow users to edit comments in WordPress

With that done, we recommend testing the plugin by posting a comment on any of your WordPress blog posts.

After submitting the comment, you will see a ‘Click to Edit’ link and a countdown timer below the comment text. The timer shows how much time you have left to edit the comment.

Editing a comment on a WordPress website

Simply select the ‘Click to Edit’ link and then make your changes.

Just be aware that the plugin doesn’t let you change the name, email address, or website URL you originally entered when posting the comment.

Editing a comment on a WordPress website or blog

When you are done, click on the ‘Save’ button to update the comment.

If you want to delete your comment instead, then go ahead and click on the ‘Delete’ button. This will open a popup asking you to confirm that you want to delete your comment.

Deleting comments in WordPress

Go ahead to click on ‘OK’ to remove the comment.

We hope that this article helped you to learn how to allow users to edit their own comments in WordPress for a short period of time. You may also want to see our proven ways to make money online blogging and our expert picks for the best social media plugins for WordPress.

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15 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. When I click on the link to “Comment Edit Lite” I go to “Comment Edit Core” plugin. Likewise when I search for the plugin I have been using (Simple Comment Editing) I also go to “Comment Edit Core”.

    What is happening? Are both those former plugins rolled into Comment Edit Core? If so, it might be helpful to change the name in your post.

    • Thank you for letting us know, this may have been a recent change in the naming of their plugin.


  2. Does this work with or any other WPComment-Plugin besides the built-in WP functionality?

    • You would need to reach out to the plugin’s support for what other plugins it currently integrates with.


  3. A good article indeed. But in the sentence:
    “There can also be some rare cases where a user may think about deleting their comment because what they wrote was is completely out of context”.
    There are two mistakes.
    A user should not be followed by their comments rather his or her comments.
    Secondly “was” and “is” should not have been used together.

  4. The article says, “If your site has registered users, then you can easily leverage the built-in user roles and capabilities to allow some users the ability to edit their own comments.”

    Our site does require registration, so this is the solution I’m looking for. I’m using Pods to manage user roles and capabilities, but I couldn’t find the name of the capability to modify in order to allow this.

    Any tips?


  5. Great idea to allow people a few minutes to edit their comments. :)

    Thanks for sharing.

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