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How to Allow Blog Users to Moderate Comments in WordPress

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Do you want to allow blog users to moderate comments in WordPress?

If your site gets a lot of comments, then it can be difficult to moderate them all. One solution is creating a separate user role so that other people can manage the comments for you.

In this article, we will show you how to allow blog users to easily moderate comments on your WordPress blog.

How to allow blog users to moderate comments in WordPress

Why Allow Blog Users to Moderate Comments in WordPress?

Comment moderation takes time and effort, especially if you get lots of comments. If you are slow to approve comments or delete spam, then visitors may stop interacting with you.

By giving blog users the power to moderate comments, you can combat spam and deliver a better experience for your visitors.

These users might be members of your customer support team, your community manager, or even an active and trusted commenter on your WordPress blog.

By default, you can’t create a WordPress user who only has permission to moderate comments. With that being said, let’s see how you can easily allow blog users to moderate comments using a WordPress plugin.

Simply use the quick links below to jump straight to the method you want to use:

Method 1: Allow Specific Users to Moderate Comments (2 Plugin Options)

In this first method, we will show you how to allow specific user roles to moderate comments using 2 different plugins. This is a great option if you want to let multiple people review your comments.

For example, you might create a comment moderation team or give your Contributors permission to moderate comments. This makes it easy for guest bloggers to interact with their readers.

The first plugin we’ll show you is Thrive Comments, which is an easy-to-use WordPress comment plugin. Besides comment moderation, it can also make your comment section more engaging through features like comment upvotes and downvotes.

The Thrive Comments WordPress plugin

The other plugin is Members, which is a free alternative to Thrive Comments. This membership plugin can also add a comment moderation capability to your WordPress website.

Using Thrive Comments (Recommended)

To start, you can get Thrive Comments as a standalone plugin or buy the complete Thrive Themes Suite.

After completing your payment, you will get a plugin zip file to install on your WordPress site. For more information, read our step-by-step guide on how to install and activate a WordPress plugin.

Once installed and activated, go to Thrive Dashboard » Thrive Comments on your WordPress dashboard. Here, just open the ‘Comment Moderation’ tab.

Selecting user roles to moderate comments using the Thrive Comments Comment Moderation settings

On this page, simply check the box for each user role that should be able to moderate comments. And that’s all you need to do!

If you want, you can even add a new user role for comment moderation in WordPress and then configure their permissions in Thrive Comments. To do that, check out our guide on how to add new users and authors to your WordPress blog.

Just note that Thrive’s ‘Comment Moderation’ settings are the same as the ones on the native Settings » Discussion page. This means any changes you make will also affect the default WordPress comment settings.

To learn more, see our detailed Thrive Themes review.

Using Members (Free)

Another option is to use Members, which is a free user management plugin used by over 200,000 sites.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate Members. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, go to the Members » Roles page to see all the different user roles on your WordPress website.

Now, simply hover over the role that needs comment moderation permission and then click on the ‘Edit’ link when it appears.

Editing a user role using the Members plugin

To allow users to moderate comments, you need to select the ‘General’ tab in the left-hand menu.

Then, find ‘Moderate Comments’ and check its ‘Grant’ box.

Giving moderate comment permissions to a user role in WordPress

With that done, simply click on ‘Update’ to save your changes.

Method 2: Add a Comment Moderator Role in WordPress (Free)

The Comment Moderation Role plugin allows you to quickly and easily give a comment moderator role to specific users.

This plugin creates a new WPB Comment Moderator role that allows users to approve, decline, or edit comments on any post without giving them access to other parts of the WordPress dashboard.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you will have access to a new user role called ‘WPB Comment Moderator’.

To assign this role to an existing user, simply go to Users » All Users. Then, check the box next to that person’s username.

Editing user roles in WordPress

After that, simply open the ‘Change role to…’ dropdown menu and select the ‘WPB Comment Moderator’ role.

You can then go ahead and click on ‘Change’.

Editing the built-in user roles in WordPress

Now, this person will have access to the WordPress comment moderation panel.

You can also create a new user and assign them the comment moderator role. To do this, simply go to Users » Add New and enter the person’s information, such as their email address.

Creating a new comment moderator user role in WordPress

Next, you need to open the ‘Role’ dropdown and select ‘WPB Comment Moderator’.

When you are happy with the information you have entered, just click on the ‘Add New User’ button.

Adding a new comment moderator role in WordPress

Now, this person can log in to their account and see a comment moderation dashboard, similar to the image below.

As you can see, this person can only moderate comments and edit their profile. All other WordPress admin dashboard features are hidden.

Allowing users to moderate comments in WordPress

We hope this article helped you learn how to allow blog users to moderate comments in WordPress. You may also want to see our expert picks for the best email marketing services for small businesses and read our guide on how to allow user registration on your WordPress site.

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    Moderating Commental for solo bloggers like me is sometimes very challenging much especially when you have a lot of comments to moderate each day. However with this guide I can now make it easier to moderate comments in my blog. Thanks.

  3. Ralph says

    I think the best option to manage spam is not to let it appear in the first place.
    I use an anti-spam plugin + I don’t allow links in comments + first comment from any new email has to be accepted by me.
    It filters over 99% of spam. Of course, there are sometimes people who try to cheat me by writing a nice first comment or two, and then, when they know their comments will be accepted automatically, they try to put some spammy comments. But it happens maybe once a year, so it’s not a big deal.

    I’m still too small blogger to think about it on my personal blog, as I get around 100 comments per month. But I will definitely look closer to it on my new website with book reviews, where I encourage visitors to leave their own opinions. Moderators can be crucial on such websites, so good to have guide just in case.

  4. Fasal says

    However, is there any way to produce comment notification emails to the user email address too?

    By default, WP only sends comment notification to the post author + administrator user. Is there any way to get this notification to this comment moderator user too?

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