How to Moderate WordPress Comments Very Quickly

By 27-08-2013   BloggingWordPress
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Did you know you can moderate WordPress comments quickly with WordPress Shortcuts and enabling selected WordPress options. I have been moderating the millions of spam and not spam comments the usual way by clicking the link choices at the bottom of comments.

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But there is a better and faster way to do this.

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Enable Keyword Shortcuts

Before you get started, the single most important step is enabling keyword shortcuts. This option is disabled by default. After logging in to WordPress Admin –  Go to Users > Your Profile. Enable keyword shortcuts for comment moderation.

comment shortcuts

Now you are set to use WordPress shortcuts while moderating comments.

Navigating Comments

You will love the fact that the keys are similar to those you use in Gmail or Feedly.

  • j – select next comment
  • k – select previous comment.

If you visit the comments page, no comment is selected. Press j to select first comment and easily browse down.

Moderate Comments

You will find that 4 quick shortcuts will let you quickly deal with a long comment moderation queue

  • a –  approve comment
  • s –  move to spam
  • d – delete comment
  • z –  restore comment

What you will note is that you can easily use the a,s,d,z keys with your left hand while jump comments using j,k with your right hand. Practicing this has enabled me to moderate comments with incredible speed which was not possible earlier.

keyboard shortcuts

Comment Actions

What if you need to interact with the comment like edit it, or post a reply etc. There keys for that too, but they are not so easily accessible as the above keys.

  • r – reply comment
  • q – quick edit
  • u – unapprove comment

Power Edit Multiple Comments

Now some people like to bulk edit comments and perform comment moderation even faster. Well there are some nifty ways for that too. But first you will need to manually tick the checkboxes for the comments you want to bulk edit. Once you have ticked the comments to edit, use these keyboard shortcuts along with pressing the SHIFT key.

  • Shift+a –  approve comments
  • Shift+s –  move to spam
  • Shift+d – delete comments
  • Shift+u –  unapprove comments
  • Shift+z –  restore comments

I now am able to moderate WordPress comments super quick, how about you?

2 comments on “How to Moderate WordPress Comments Very Quickly

  1. Riza says:

    Cool! Spam comments can really be irritating. Some can even be so beyond their limits that it can cost you your happiness for the day. Another thing that can probably stress you would be the amount of time you have to put in to moderate these comments.

    Thanks for this information! Definitely a help!

  2. Prashant says:

    Spam comments are really irritating. Many spammers comment as much as they can spam with irrelevant comments. Its good that wordpress has this feature to moderate spam comments.

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