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WordPress Comment Timeout Plugin

Comment Timeout plugin automatically disables comments on older blog entries after a certain period of time. It also gives you an option to automatically keep them open for longer wherever there is an ongoing discussion.

Key features:

  • Active discussions can be kept open after the cut-off.
  • You can limit the length of a discussion.
  • Pages, trackbacks and pingbacks can be included or excluded.
  • You can configure how long you want to keep comments open on the administration page.
  • Comments are automatically closed without changing the status of the post in the database. If you deactivate this plugin, comments on your blog will be re-opened.

Installation & usage:

  1. Download Comment Timout 1.0 beta 3, and extract the contents to your local folder.
  2. Upload CommentTimeout.php into wp-admin/plugins folder.
    Goto your WordPress Plugins panel and activate it.
  3. Navigate to the “Options” tab on your WordPress control panel, then “Comment timeout”, and set your preferences there.

The default settings are to shut off comments, trackbacks and pingbacks on posts four months after posting, or two months after the last comment, whichever is the later, with no limit on the total number of comments in the discussion. Pages remain open for comments indefinitely. If you want to change these settings, there is a configuration page under the “Options” tab. You need to have admin rights on the blog to alter the configuration. The options you can configure are:

  1. How long you want blog entries to remain open to discussions after posting.
  2. How long you want them to remain open after the last approved comment.
  3. The maximum number of comments that you want to allow in a discussion.
  4. Whether or not to restrict trackbacks and pingbacks.
  5. Whether or not to restrict comments for pages and attachments as well as posts.


WordPress, Comment Timeout Plugin

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