Section 5.5. Comments

Now that you've shared your thoughts with the world by creating a new entry, you have the option of allowing the world ? visitors to your site ? to respond. With Movable Type, those reading your blog can post comments on any entries where you have allowed comments. Remember the Allow Comments checkbox that was on the Advanced entry-editing screen? If that box is checked, visitors will be allowed to leave comments on your site.

To get a sense of what visitors to your site will see, click on the Comments link below the entry on your public page. In the window that pops up (Figure 5-20), visitors see a list of comments that have already been made, along with a form in which they can post their own comments.

Figure 5-20. Submit a comment window

Create a comment by filling in your name and email address, then writing a comment. Then click Post to save the comment, and you see the new comment added (Figure 5-21).

Figure 5-21. Submitted comment

If you would rather not allow visitors to your site to leave comments, you can set the default for the Allow Comments checkbox in your blog configuration. Or, if you generally allow comments but wish to disable comments for a particular entry, uncheck the Allow Comments box for that entry. When you disable comments on an entry, the Comments link will disappear from your public page (Figure 5-22).

Figure 5-22. Entries with and without Comments links

If a visitor leaves an offensive comment on your site, you may want to edit or delete the comment. To do so, go to the entry-editing screen for the entry on which the comment was made and scroll down to the Edit Comments section (Figure 5-23)

Figure 5-23. Edit comments list

To delete a comment, click the Delete checkbox, then click the Delete Checked button.

To edit a comment, click on the name of the author who left the comment. On the comment-editing screen (Figure 5-24), edit the appropriate fields, and then press Save.

Figure 5-24. Edit comments form