If you are working hard on building a quality WordPress website blog where users can comment on the informative posts you write, you need to make sure you get your comment / discussion settings right on your WordPress dashboard.
One blog we’ve been working on has gotten very few (not really any to speak of) comments despite having fairly decent traffic. When a friend notified us that they COULDN’T comment. That was a surprise to us.
Turns out that we did not uncheck a setting after going live. Upon looking at it more closely, I can see that there might also be some confusion surrounding the comment settings in WordPress.
You have the option to have an administrator always approve a comment or to require that the comment author must have a previously approved comment. I wouldn’t recommend checking both boxes. However, if you only check the “must have previous” box, consider how your users will get a previous comment if that box is checked.
It has been just one weekend, and already we have more comments than we ever had before. Good thing we double-check each others word when it comes to client projects. Maybe we should start doing that for our own projects as well.