Moderate WordPress Comments Live on Your Desktop

By Posted 2009 Updated   BloggingGuest PostsTutorialsWordPress

How often do you check your blog dashboard for unmoderated comments? If you would prefer a desktop client for moderating wordpress blog comments here is some good news for you. Daniel Dura has released an Adobe AIR desktop client called Moderator which allows you to moderate your blog comments from desktop in real time and without requiring your browser.

Requirements : The Moderator desktop client requires at least WordPress 2.6 + to be installed. Also you will need the Adobe AIR, if you already don’t have it.

Installation Instructions

  1. Download the Moderator wordpress plugin. Unzip the contents and upload the folder in your wp-content/plugins directory
  2. Activate the plugin and go to the Moderator admin page. You will find the link to download the desktop client.
  3. After successful installation of the Moderator client, start the app and fill in your blog url, username and password. You are done.

moderator client

Choose a time interval after which the App will automatically update your blog comments. Simply leave it running in your System tray and the client will update your blog comments in the interval that you have specified. You can Approve and Deny Comments and mark them as Spam as well. The incoming comment notifications are provided in real time and this makes comment moderating a breeze.

moderator wordpress comments

But the creator Daniel Dura says that if you have a large number of comments awaiting moderation (except of the spam messages) then it could slow things down a bit. But it is perfectly OK if you do not get a large number of comments every day.

I have installed this Desktop Client and it works like a dream. Note that you cannot moderate multiple blog comments simultaneously but future releases of the tool are coming soon and Daniel is working to eliminate the need of the WordPress plugin.

Guest article by Amit Banerjee from Ampercent.com, a popular technology website with tech articles, tutorials and how-to guides related to software, computers, and internet. You can also share your favorite tools by writing a guest article on QOT.

This is a guest article and represents opinions of the guest author

9 comments on “Moderate WordPress Comments Live on Your Desktop

  1. Kat says:

    Very cool little program. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Arun Basil Lal says:

    Whoever needs such a desktop client would be the ones that get lots of comments. And the app cant handle a large number of comments..? Thats ironic.

    If you get little comments, then approving them via the dashboard is no big job.

    The concept is cool, but the real users will have to wait till a new version that can handle bulks of comments is available.

    Also, I would love to see a reply to comments option in the app. That would be the real life saver :)

    I liked the simplicity of the writeup!

    • Amit Banerjee says:

      @Arun : I agree that Updating comments from Dashboard is Simple But if you want a Desktop Notification Then This App takes care of that. and I am glad that You liked the article :)

  3. Eli the Computer Guy says:

    If this works it will be fabulous! I’m going to try it now.

  4. Doug says:

    wow this is outstanding! downloading now…

  5. Tinh says:

    This is old one that I have used for a year now. It is useful one. Thanks for the post anyway

  6. Seth says:

    This is a wonderful tool! Definitely a convenience factor when run on my mac with automator…it just pops up all the unmoderated comments when I turn on my laptop.

    An “approve all” function will definitely make this a “must have” add-on for wordpress admins/developers.

  7. Stewart Engelman - Internet Domains says:

    Hello,

    A question about this system. If you already have the “recent comments” widget on your WordPress blog, then you can easily tell when comments have been posted and moderate (remove) any that are inappropriate from your WordPress control panel. Since you say that the system works best when you don’t receive alot of comments, and the WordPress control panel is quite easy to use, are there really any efficiencies gained here (in other words, using the WordPress control panel for a small to medium number of comments is a very easy task to begin with)?

    Thanks, Stu Engelman

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