How to Moderate Your Blog Comments from Your Desktop
Comments are an essential requirement for a blog. They are basically output from the readers to the blog. They are proof that the blog has readers. However, bloggers have lives, too; there are times when they are unable to access their blogs via their browser to check on the comments. So what can the blogger do to know if there are people commenting on their blog? Luckily for all you bloggers out there, there is a way for the blogger to check the comments straight from the desktop. Here are some useful tools that let you do just that.
Comment Client for WordPress
For Windows users, we have the Comment Client for WordPress. Not much of a name, but it is a capable tool that is easy to use, allowing you to read comments from your desktop without needing to open your browser. To get started, here is what you do:
- Download the WordPress comment client from WordPress.
- Install the comment client. The file should be .exe.
- Via FTP, upload a folder to your WordPress plugin directory called “commenserver”, which should be found in the directory of the client.
- When you first open the application, you will be asked the address for your blog, your username and password. Be sure that the XML-RPC protocol is enabled, found in the blog settings.
- The program will then begin monitoring the comments of your blog.
With the Comment Client for WordPress, you can approve, delete and reply to comments straight from your desktop, as well as mark comments as spam and blacklist IP addresses.
Moderator with Adobe Air
Moderator is another application you can use for desktop comment monitoring. It runs in the background and allows you to approve, delete and mark comments as spam, as well as notifying you of any new pending comments. However, you can’t edit comments with this program and it requires Adobe Air installed. To use this application, simply download the WordPress Moderator plugin from their site and activate it.
Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer is a popular blogging tool that can also be used to monitor comments. It is similar to Moderator in that it can let you manage comments, approving, deleting and marking them as spam, as well as not letting you edit comments.
Assuming you have Windows Live Writer installed, you can give this blogging tool the ability to monitor your comments by downloading the WordPress plugin from SkyDive and installing it into the Windows Live Writer plugin directory. After installing, open Live Writer and click the comment management link on the sidebar and type your WordPress blog password. The comment panel will then show the latest comments from your blog.
These are but three of the possibly many other applications all around the Internet that allow you to monitor your blog comments from your desktop. As each one has their own special features, it is up to the blogger’s preference to pick which application is best to use.