Comment control is an important requirement for any blogger to avoid getting spam comments. Weebly offers a easy way to create your own blog and provides a simplified comment management system with complete control for the blog owner. Here we discuss in detail about various comment control settings of a Weebly blog, accessing comment management system and alternative solution for your blog.
Weebly Blog Comment Control Settings
Whenever you want to create a new post in a Weebly blog, you will see the three options as shown in the picture. Click on the “Blog Settings” button.
Blog settings consist of “General”, “Comments” and “Date & Time” sections. “Comments” section offers the following options:
- Commenting System:
Choose commenting system for your blog from the drop-down. Weebly provides three options – Weebly’s default commenting system, Facebook commenting plugin and Disqus. For Facebook and Disqus, you need to have separate account with them.
- Comment Default:
Set the default option of open, close or require approval for comments. Selecting close option here will disable the comments in your blog. Require approval needs your approval before the comments are displayed in live site.
- Auto Close Comments:
Select the appropriate period from the drop-down for stop receiving the comments.
If you want to receive a notification whenever a new comment is entered in your blog then choose the option Yes and enter your email id in the next text box.
- Spam Protection and Moderation
In order to control the spam comments you can enable CAPTCHA code for your blog. This will be displayed as shown in the picture beside and prompt the user to enter the CAPTCHA code before submitting the comment.
Weebly’s smart spam moderation option automatically filters the spam comments and display it in a separate spam section.
During creation of a blog post, you can see the “Post Options” as shown in the picture beside. Here also you have an option to control the comments by selecting the “Require Approval” option from the “Comments” drop-down. Whenever a comment is entered in your blog you need to first approve the comment before it is visible to the public.
Accessing Blog Comments
You can access the blog comments under “More” options of the corresponding site from “My Sites” list. You also can access the comments by clicking on the “Comments” button when you create a new blog post.
Comment management provides various options like viewing, approving, deleting and marking the comments as spam. Each comment will be shown along with the IP address of the client which helps to identify the origin of the comment.
Disadvantages of Weebly’s Comment Control System
Weebly’s comment control system is a very simple system and has the following drawbacks:
- Does not allow social login options for commenting.
- Does not offer the option to add an avatar picture.
- Easy target for spammers since any anonymous users or bots can enter comment if CAPTCHA is not enabled.
- Does not offer social sharing option for the comments.
- No option for subscribing to the comment feed.
Commenting Systems for Weebly Pages
Weebly does not offer commenting for pages. DISQUS is the famous and easy to install commenting system which can be used in any Weebly page. Learn more about installing DISQUS on your Weebly site.
You can also use Facebook commenting plugin on Weebly pages.