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Manage Your WordPress Blog Comments from Your Windows Desktop

Are you never more than a few steps away from your PC and want to keep up with comments on your blog?  Then here’s how you can stay on top of your WordPress comments right from your desktop.

Wp-comment-notifier is a small free app for Windows that lets you easily view, approve, reply to, and delete comments from your WordPress blog.  Whether you have a free WordPress.com blog or are running WordPress on your own server, this tool can keep you connected to your comments.  Unfortunately it only lets you manage comments at one blog, so if manage multiple WordPress-powered sites you may find this a downside.  Otherwise, it works great and helps you stay on top of the conversation at your blog.

Get notified with wp-comment-notifier

Download the wp-comment-notifier (link below) and install as usual.

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Run it once it’s installed.  Enter your blog address, username, and password when prompted.

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Wp-comment-notifier will automatically setup your account and download recent comments.

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Finally, enter your blog’s name, and click Finish.

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Review Comments with wp-comment-notifier

You can now review your comments directly by double-clicking the new WordPress icon in your system tray.  The window has 3 tabs…comments, pending, and spam.  Select a comment to reply, edit, spam, or delete it directly from your desktop.

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If you select Edit, then you can edit the HTML of the comment (including links) directly from within the notifier.

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You can approve or permanently delete any spam messages that are caught by your blog’s spam filter.

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Whenever new comments come in, you’ll see a tray popup letting you know how many comments are waiting to be approved or are in the spam folder.  Click the popup to open the editor.

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Now, you can directly approve that pending comment without going to your WordPress admin page.  When you’re done, just press Enter on your Keyboard to post the reply.

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Or, if you want to reply to the comment, click the reply link and enter your comment in the entry box at the bottom.

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If you ever want to double-check if there’s any new comments, just right-click on the tray icon and select refresh.

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Finally, you can change the settings from the Configuration link in the tray button or by clicking the gear button on the bottom of the review window.  You can change how often it checks for new comments, not to start the notifier at system startup, and edit your account information.

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Conclusion

Whether you’re managing your personal blog or administer a site with millions of hits per day, staying on top of the conversation is one of the best ways to build and maintain your audience.  With wp-comment-notifier, you can be sure that you’re always in control of your blogs comments.  This app is especially useful if you review all comments before allowing them to be published.

Download wp-comment-notifier

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  • Published 05/17/10

Comments (17)

  1. Alex

    For me it is not working. Error: maxProtocolRetries reached.
    The URL is correct (copy+pasted it into Firefox). Any ideas?

    Take care,
    Alex

  2. Abhijeet Mukherjee

    Hard to trust these third-party tools with your site’s password. I’m a bit paranoid and hence might just skip this one, which, otherwise seems like a useful tool for bloggers.

  3. Henna

    a very informative and interesting post, i never knew that i could manage my word press blog comments from my windows desktop as we always need to open the website and log in.. thanks

  4. Geoffrey Gordon

    Doesn’t work for me, throws up an error “unexpected character”

  5. anon a mus

    When I update my account configuration, all I get is “unknown content read method”.

  6. Matthew Guay

    @all – I’ve never had this experience with the comment notifier, and I’ve used it with several blogs. One thing you could try is to make sure XML-RPC support is enabled on your WordPress blog. Login to your WordPress dashboard, go to the Writing page under Settings, and make sure the box is checked beside “Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols.” Click Save Changes, and then try to enable your comment notifier again.

    Hope this helps!

  7. Asfalt

    Also doesn’t work. It gives the “unexpected character” error when logging in. So I’m using “Moderator”.

  8. Chris K

    Seems like a cool utility, but it won’t work for my blogs that are in sub-directories. Bummer.

  9. Alex

    @Chris K: Maybe this is the same problem here. My blog is also in a subfolder….

  10. Dreamozinfosoltuitins

    Very nice and interesting

  11. sugerboy

    thanks,i get much.

  12. ลำปาง

    THANKS to much

  13. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    It seems not to function anymore as I can’t login @ all :-(

  14. Arvind Singh

    a very informative and interesting post, i never knew that i could manage my word press blog comments from my windows desktop as we always need to open the website and log in.. thanks

  15. verti comm

    a very informative and interesting post, i never knew that i could manage my word press blog comments from my windows desktop as we always need to open the website and log in.. When I update my account configuration, all I get is “unknown content read method”. THANKS to much

  16. Kalpesh

    Do you know any desktop blog editor for free wordpress blog e.a. yourblog.wordpress.com ???
    Please help.

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