WordPress makes it easy to see who is interacting with what content on your site via notifications. The notifications area of your WordPress administrative area gives you a single place to manage comments. Carrie shows you how to approve or reject comments as well as how to reply direction from your notifications area, without the need to navigate to a specific post.
- One of the benefits of having a site on WordPress.com is that you're part of an active network with new post, comments, liking and following happening around the clock. There's always something going on. As you participate in this by publishing your content and interacting with other people's articles, you'll see engagement on your site increase. Notifications are the heart of where you keep tabs on all this activity. They let you know any time someone comments on your content, follows your site, or likes an article.
Whenever you're logged in to your site, you'll see this bell icon in your tool bar. We talked about your notifications settings earlier in the course, but now I'd like to touch on how you can use these notifications to manage comments and interact with other readers. When you click the notifications icon, a window slides out where you can view all of your notifications. You can filter these notifications to see only unread notifications, comments, follows or likes. I'm gonna start by just looking at comments.
Here, I can see that two people have commented on my post "The Naughty Dog." Clicking on one of these comments opens up an additional dialogue where I can read the entire comment. I also have the option to take additional action. I can like the comment, which would add this comment to the My likes section in your Reader. Then I have the option to either approve this comment, trash it, or spam it. If I approve it, this comment will show up publicly at the bottom of "The Naughty Dog" post. I can respond to Jackie's comment directly from here, which is awesome.
Or I can go view "The Naughty Dog" post through this handy link right here, and reply to the comment that way. Of course, before I can see the comment on my site, I have to approve it. We'll go back to our notification, approve Jackie's comment, and then refresh our post to see if we can see it. And there it is. Of course, replying from the notifications center is more convenient than replying from the post. But either way, WordPress makes it easy to connect with your readers. I highly recommend replying to people who take the time to leave a comment on your site.
It's the easiest way you can make a connection with the reader, and leave them feeling encouraged to visit your site again. As an aside, because of the way I set up my discussion settings earlier in the course, once I approve a post from Jackie, any future comments from Jackie will automatically be published without the need for my approval. So back at my notifications, let's address this second comment from Ginger. The same thing, I can click on it, read it, and decide which action to take. I'll go ahead and approve this one too. The next notifications filter is for follows.
Currently I don't have any followers for my site, and WordPress encourages me with the message to go leave comments on posts I've read. That's great advice for someone looking to build a following. Finally, I can view notifications for any likes on my content. Here I can see that two users have liked my post "The Naughty Dog." As with comments, clicking on this notification slides out an area showing me which post was liked, the two users who've liked it, and the opportunity to follow one of these users.
As you can see, WordPress makes it easy to see who is interacting with what on your site.
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