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I can't leave a comment on someone's blog

  1. I am trying to leave a comment on another person's blog. Everytime I want to leave a comment it directs me to the WordPress -log in page. I registered and when I put in the user name/password I get an "invalid username" error.
    I have checked my email records and I am indeed using the correct username, (and password) so I really don't understand what is going on. Any insight?

  2. You did not specify a blog address or reason for posting when you created this topic.

    This support forum is for blogs hosted at If your question is about a self-hosted WordPress blog then you'll find help at the forums.

    If you don't understand the difference between and, you may find this information helpful.

    If you forgot to include a link to your blog, you can reply and include it below. It'll help people to answer your question.

    This is an automated message.

  3. This is the blog/website where I am trying to leave a comment.

    like I said, every time i click on leave a comment it takes me to the wordpress log-in

  4. That is not a wordpress.COM hosted blog, it is a self-hosted wordpress blog and it is not connected to wordpress.COM. It is completely stand-alone.

    You need to register at that blog. Look at the bottom of the sidebar and you will find a "register" link. Follow that link and you will be able to register.

  5. im getting this problem as well

  6. @allenguy, we can't help without a link to the blog you are trying to comment on. Just saying, "I'm getting this problem as well" gives us nothing to go on. Also, read my reply right above yours. There are two types of wordpress blogs. Those hosted here, and those that are self-hosted and not in anyway connected to wordpress.COM.

  7. Thank you for your reply. I guess I do not understand the difference between a self-hosted wordpress blog and a blog. I mean, I see the difference in the URL, but not sure I understand how/why it is connected to wordpress at all then.

    When I try to register, it takes me to a wordpress register. I am already registered with WordPress so I tried to log in, and it wont let me , gives me the error messages that I posted above., etc..and when I try to RE-register it says that there is an error and that my user name /email is already registered. Ugh!

  8. WordPress.COM is a hosting service that uses a version of wordpress. All blogs here are on the wordpress.COM hosting service and are connected to it.

    Self-hosted blogs use a version of that same wordpress software that they download from wordpress.ORG, and then they go out and fine themselves a web host somewhere on the internet such as godaddy or dreamhost, etc., and then they install that software from wordpress.ORG on that host and set up their blog. That blog then is completely separate. It is not connected to wordpress in any way. It simply uses the wordpress software. You aren't connected to Microsoft, but you probably use MS Office.

    The blog you mention is one of those that was installed on a third-party hosting service by the blog owner. It is separate.

  9. That is the standard one size fits all WordPress log-in. You will see the same on WordPress.ORG powered sites and WordPress.COM hosted sites. The screen looks the same all over the world (ok not sure about a translated site) so around 15,000,000 blogs in total. Look at your browser address bar to tell for sure where you are.

    To leave a comment on the site you referenced you must register with them, they are using the WordPress.ORG software to host their site. They are in no other way related to WordPress.ORG or .COM.

  10. Go to this site: and scroll down to the bottom of the sidebar. You will see a heading called "Meta" right near the bottom of the sidebar. Last thing in the sidebar. Underneath that you will see a link called "Register". Click that link and then register at their site so that you can comment.

    Once again, that blog is a stand-alone installation of wordpress. It isn't connected to wordpress it just uses the wordpress software. Your login information from here cannot be used on that blog since that blog is not connected to wordpress.COM. It's its own little world.

  11. Actually, I'll give you the registration link.

    Simply click on that and register at their site.

  12. Thesacredpath,
    thank you for the info and the log-in help/links. Unfortunately, that is exactly how I tried to register and leave a comment the first time. So, it is not of any help to me. If it is a stand alone and not connected to wordpress but only uses the wordpress software I sure wish It would let me register and not keep giving me error messages saying that my email address and user are already in use! :(
    Argh. About to give up. Wonder if this is a issue with their website or if I am the only one experiencing this. Wish I could email the website owners and let them know of my comment directly since I can't seem to leave a comment on their website.

  13. Well,if your email is "already in use" click on the "lost your password" link and have them send you a new one, serves whoever used your email right if you get their account and maybe you did manage to get signed up after-all but just don't know it.

  14. Indeed I have tried that as well. When I try this I get an error message that says, "
    The e-mail could not be sent.
    Possible reason: your host may have disabled the mail() function."

    I have tried this on Opera, Safari, and Firefox to no avail. I'm using a mac book and have never had any problems with other websites. :(

  15. I don't think that blogger wants comments. And if he did, we wouldn't be able to help you with it, as it's a self-hosted site.

  16. Does anyone know about the Time Magazine blogs? For instance, I realize this is probably a self-hosted site, but the only way to log-in and leave comments is to log-in at wordpress. which doesn't seem to be working as it returns me to the blog page not logged-in.

  17. That blog is hosted here at through the VIP program. If you are logged into your wordpress.COM account, you should be able to comment on the posts there just fine.

  18. I click "log in" on the blog site- it redirects me to log in at wordpress. After I do that correctly, it redirects me back to the blog page, but I am definitely not logged in or able to comment.


  19. Log in before going to's blogs. I'm logged into wordpres right now and when I go to the blog you referenced above and go to a post on that blog, there is a box at the bottom that says, "add a comment" where I can type in my comment. You have to be on one of the single post pages (click on the comment link or on the title of the post you want to comment on).

  20. It still does not work on either firefox or IE. I sent an email to blog writer, he is forwarding to his tech people.

    Thank You for trying to help!

  21. Last thing I can suggest is to log out of wordpress, clear your browser cache and cookies, restart your browser and then try again and see what happens.

    Hopefully they will get it sorted out if it is something on their end.

  22. I believe Time moderates their comments, so it's up to them whether or not they post it.

  23. @thesacredpath At I faced the same problem discussed here. You say we need to register with the blog itself. But I have seen user (who commented on the blog) with their WordPress account. A click on the user and you are at his blog. How is that possible. I cannot use my wordpress account to login to that blog, while others can do.

  24. And one more thing...the blog I mentioned has a tagline at the bottom right "powered by wordpress"

  25. Self-hosted wordpress blogs such as are not in any way connected to wordpress.COM. They are stand-alone. If requires registration to comment, then you have to register with them. You can use your same username as here (as long as it is not taken on their system) when you sign up there, but there is NO connection. When you register at a self-hosted blog, you can enter your website address, so you simply enter your web address from here. I could just as well sign up and enter or or, or whatever I wished.

    When I comment on blogs, sometimes I leave a website address and sometimes I do not. It all depends on whether I want people at that particular website visiting mine.

  26. I have a work wordpress based website ( and a wordpress blog ( My website does not seem to be connected to wordpress and I can't manage it. How do I get connected so that I can edit my website?

  27. @professorpalmer: Hi. You can't connect both of them. Please read thesacredpath's answer just above yours.

    If you have questions about managing your self-hosted WordPress.ORG blog (or the fact that when I click on it, I get a blank page), you should ask at

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