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How to display my blog comments and allow readers to comment without signing in?

  1. lolasinteriorcreations
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    Why do readers have to sign in to comment on my blog? I cant amend this in any of my settings...I have been through all of the settings an tutorials but still my readers have to make an account. This is effecting my comment numbers so please help!

    Secondly, (but it relates) these comments that can be made have to get my approval (only tick box selected) but they do not show up on my blog. You will see '1 comment' but I can not make them openly show. I thought this was part of my standard page Ive used but sometimes it does appear....any suggestions?? Thanks!
    Blog url: http://lolasinteriorcreations.wordpress.com/

  2. Let's start with the fact that over 80% of all so-called comment submitted to WordPress.com every day are spam. Once you have accepted that and the fact that the vast and overwhelming majority of all information on the internet is spam, and you know that the number of legitimate comments all A List and B List bloggers receive are very low when compared to their visitor stats, you can put what follows in context.

    No one has to log-in to visit your public blog. No one has to log in to submit a comment. It's up to you to set your Discussion Settings ads your prefer. This page > Settings > Discussion is where you set up defaults for comments.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/

    Discussion Settings
    Other comment settings
    _Comment author must fill out name and e-mail
    _Users must be registered and logged in to comment

    Note that the prompt to submit and email address and a website URL will still appear but providing an email address and logging in are not required.

    You can post instructions for your visitors in a text widget if you wish. That's easy to do. You copy and paste this into a text widget:

    Readers: Note that the email address and logging in prompts do appear for comments on this blog, but providing an email address and logging in are not required.

    See here and read about how to set up a text widget. http://en.support.wordpress.com/widgets/text-widget/

    P.S. Do be sure to set up full comment moderation ie. "An administrator must always approve the comment" because anonymous commenting is bound to increase the amount of spam your blog will receive.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/discussion-settings/#comment-moderation

  3. Secondly, (but it relates) these comments that can be made have to get my approval (only tick box selected) but they do not show up on my blog.

    The comments function is coded into the core of WordPress and we cannot change this. Unless you use P2, a twitter-like theme, comments are collapsed on the front page of your blog where our posts are "showcased". By clicking the post title or the comments link the posts on the front page open on their own page where all comments display.

    The reason for this structure is that in a new blog one does not have many posts or comments. In an established blog if the comments did not collapse on the front page it would become a mile long in no time flat and page loading time is a page ranking factor. We have only seconds before visitors refuse to wait and click out.

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