How to reply, delete or mark Comments as spam in WordPress?

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In this article, we will see other available operations for WordPress comments.

Besides approving and editing comments, you can reply to comments, delete comments, and mark them as spam.

So, let’s see all of them one by one.

Replying to Comments

As a WordPress admin, you can reply to the comments directly from the dashboard.

Step 1) Go to Comments from Dashboard

Start with navigating to Comments area from the dashboard menu. Now, hover over the comment you want to reply to. Then, click on the Reply link you see below it.

click on reply from the comments screen wordpress comment settings
click on reply from the comments dashboard

Step 2) Click on ‘Reply’

With that, it will open the reply window on the same page without reloading. Now, type in your reply and click on the Reply button below.

comment reply interface wordpress comment settings
comment reply interface

Step 3) Check the Comment on the Website

This is what the comment reply looks like from the front end.

comment reply on front end wordpress comment settings
comment reply on front end

Deleting Comments

Deleting a comment is very easy – just takes a few clicks.

Step 1) Click on ‘Trash’

For that, hover over the comment you want to delete and click on the link labeled ‘Trash’.

click on trash comment wordpress comment settings
click on trash comment

Step 2) Check the Trash Tab

The comment will be deleted and will move to the Trash tab.

deleted comment on trash wordpress comment settings
deleted comment on trash

Step 3) Delete the Comment Permanently

In addition, if you want to remove it totally from the site, then hover over the deleted comment and click on ‘Delete Permanently’ under it.

permanently delete comment wordpress comment settings
permanently delete comment

Marking a Comment as Spam

If you manually review and moderate comments, then getting rid of the spam comments is easy.

But like many websites, if you might have set auto-approve for comments, some spam comments might make it through to your website visible to the audience.

In order to remove them, you can mark them as spam.

But, why mark the comments as spam when you can clearly delete them in the first place? Marking those types of comments as spam is important to let spam controller plugins like Akismet learn from the characteristics of such comments. So, they can prevent such types of comments in the future.

Anyway, let’s see how to mark a comment as spam now.

Step 1) Click on Spam

Just hover over the comment and click on ‘Spam’ below it from the Comments screen.

mark the comment as spam wordpress comment settings
mark the comment as spam

Step 2) Check the Spam Tab

You would be able to see it on the Spam tab on the comment screen.

access spam comments wordpress comment settings
access spam comments

Step 3) Delete the Spam Comment Permanently

If you want to delete a spam comment permanently, then hover over it and click on ‘Delete Permanently’.

permanently delete spam comment wordpress comment settings
permanently delete spam comment

Comment Bulk Actions

If you have a large website with lots of comments, then moderating, deleting, and applying other comment operations would be a hassle. That’s when you would want to use bulk comment actions.

Step 1) Select the comments

To use the bulk action, just select the comments you would want to apply the bulk action on. Just click on the tick box you see ahead of the comments to make the selection.

bulk select comments wordpress comment settings
bulk select comments

Step 2) Choose the Bulk Action

Now, click on the dropdown menu labeled ‘Bulk Actions’. Then, choose the bulk action you would want to perform on those selected comments.

choose bulk actions to comments wordpress comment settings
select the appropriate bulk action

The actions you can choose are Unapprove, Approve, Mark as spam, and Move to trash.

Step 3) Click on Apply

Finally, click on the Apply button next to it.

click on apply after approve comments wordpress comment settings
click on apply

After done, it will display a success alert on the top of the Comments screen.

bulk action successful message wordpress comment settings
bulk action successful
Ankit S J B Rana

Ankit S J B Rana

Ankit S J B Rana is a marketing enthusiast originally from the Himalayas of Nepal and currently based out of Bangkok, Thailand.

He is currently the Marketing Director at Mbrella Films and

Marketing With WP is Ankit's blog full of marketing insights to turn your website into a 24 hour marketing machine.

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