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How to Install a Plugin in WordPress?

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Many of the how-to’s for WordPress involve solutions that require you to install a plugin. Read on to see the general step by step guidance on how to install a plugin.

  Login to the WordPress admin area, then click on Plugins -> Add New.

Then simply type in your plugin name in the box on the right where it says, “Search plugins…” and hit enter.

Once you scroll down and find the plugin you’re looking for, click on the Install Now button next to it. Then, as the button changes, it will say, “Activate”. Click it!

How to Stop WordPress Comment Spam?

If you’re prepared to shell out some hard earned cash, there are a number of great anti-spam plugins available for WordPress. But, when it comes to free anti-spam plugins, there are decidedly less options available.

Antispam Bee is actively in development, has a long history of success with half a million users, and is free. It works without use of CAPTCHA or 3rd party services, so data submitted doesn’t leak off-site. There are several other free choices, but it’s incredibly difficult to find thisdepth of features.

Install the Antispam Bee plugin using our How to Install Plugins procedure:

Antispam Bee

After installing, the default behavior will be for it to block spam comments, once it’s activated. Beyond that, there are numerous options to configure under Settings → Antispam Bee. Here you can do things like:

  • Block comments from certain countries
  • Use a public antispam database to help identify spammers
  • Enable email notifications
  • Automatically cleanup/remove spam comments after X days

How to Enable Audio Comments in WordPress with a Free Plugin?

There are several general-purpose comment attachment plugins for WordPress which make it possible for commenters to include a file along with their text comment. However, these are not specifically designed for audio comments – they’re more like file sharing plugins, and they don’t have layout tailored to the concept of audio commenting.

Check out Heyoya Voice Comments and Reviews plugin to see what a plugin dedicated to just voice comments (and reviews) looks like. Hopefully, you’ll be asimpressed as we are.

Heyoya is free, robust, easy on the eye, and includes numerous upgrades, for a small fee, if you so choose.

Install the Heyoya Voice Comments and Reviews plugin using our How to Install Plugins procedure: Heyoya Voice Comments Reviews

You’ll need to sign-up for an account with Heyoya, if you don’t already have one.

After installing and activating, you’ll be able to update the configuration under Comments → Heyoya.

Why Have Audio Comments in WordPress?

Most of the reasoning behind making the move from just text comments to audio comments revolve around engagement. The whole point of comments, and responses, is to have a conversation. A text conversation is good. But, a verbal conversation is outstanding.

It’s often easier to leave a voice comment than it is to type lengthy text. Reducing friction (making it easier for people to do what you want them to do) is a great way of improving visitor satisfaction.

Increased satisfaction is one way of improving retention – a great goal, since it’s much more profitable to keep users than letting them go away, never to return, andtrying to get new visitors.

Voice comments tend to keep people on site significantly longer (because of the increased engagement) as well as having more page views. When people search for something, find your site and spend more time on that page, and viewing other pages, than your competition, that increased dwell time is considered by many marketing professionals to be a strong Google search ranking signal.

How to Remove Comments are Closed in WordPress Posts Without a Plugin?

Following the Customizer guide on adding CSS to perform other functions, go to:

  Appearance -> Customize

Then scroll down to Additional CSS.

To hide the section, “Comments are closed”, insert this code in the box:

  .comments-closed {
    display: none;

Note: If this fails to hide the section, it could be that your theme has different CSS classes for that section. You may need to inspect element on that section of the page to find the class, then substitute it for the .comments-closed portion above.

How to Clear, Clear All or Delete All WordPress Comments Using a Plugin?

Deleting one comment? No problem. Deleting 20 comments? No problem? Ever try to delete 200,000+ comments? It’s a problem.

While you can delete all comments using SQL, such as connecting to the WordPress database using PHPMyAdmin, an alternative is to use a handy plugin.

Install the Delete All Comments of Website plugin using our How to Install Plugins procedure: Delete All Comments of Website

Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin, navigate to: Tools → Delete Comments

This will prompt you to delete (via radio button selectors):

  • All Comments • Comments in Moderation • Approved Comments
  • Spam Comments
  • Trashed Comments Additionally, you can set a date range filter that allows you to remove comments that were made within a certain set of dates (advanced filter).

Notes: Backup your database before makingthermonuclear changes. Be careful with this plugin! You could lose comments you don’t want to lose. Rather than selecting ALL Comments, consider doing one If you’re not wanting to delete all comments, you will want to do one section at a time. For example, consider removing all the trashed, then spam, then held in moderation. This will mean that you’ve retained all approved comments. Alternatively, if you had lots of good comments then suddenly have had a flood of spam, use the date range filter and clear the newer comments, retaining older ones.