How to Allow Blog Users to Moderate Comments in WordPress


Comment moderation can be a big pain for larger sites. This is why most large blogs are using third party commenting services like Disqus, Livefyre, etc. All those platforms allow you to appoint any user as your comment moderator. In this article, we will show you how to allow blog users to moderate comments in WordPress. This way you can give your most loyal community members an extra role of “Comment Moderator”. You can even reward them by giving them credit and backlinks from your sidebar like Michael Hyatt. This will allow you to have community leaders within your blog, and you will save some time on comment moderation.

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First thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin called Moderator Role. This plugin adds a real comments moderator role to your WordPress blog. Upon activation, you can assign this user to any user you like.

Most blogs allow comments without registration, so you will have to make your moderators a new account. Go to your WordPress admin menu, under the users menu. Click Add New. Enter all the information, and then select user role moderator.

Selecting moderator user role while adding a new user in WordPress

This new moderator will login to your WordPress admin like any other. However their dashboard will be extremely limited. They will see the ability to moderate comments, and the ability to modify their profile (i.e password, website link etc).

Comment moderator dashboard

There you have it. Now you don’t have to use a third party commenting platform to have comment moderators. You can just use the Moderator Role plugin to add real comments moderator to your WordPress blog.

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