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Blog comments and simple likes

Visitors can interact with blog posts with comments and Simple Likes. In this guide, you'll learn how to enable or disable these features, customize how they'll work on your site, and moderate as visitors add them.

Tip: As an alternative to Squarespace's commenting system, you can add advanced commenting features to your site through our integration with Disqus

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Customize your comments in Comments Settings

To open Comments Settings:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Blogging.
  2. Click Comments Settings.
  3. Choose the settings to enable comments, control permissions, and choose how they display.
  1. Tap the Settings icon, then tap Blogging.
  2. Tap Comments.
  3. Choose the settings to enable comments, control permissions, and choose how they display.

Available comment settings

Learn more about each setting. 

Setting

Use this to

Enable Comments Globally

Enable or disable comments across all blog pages. When checked or switched on, additional settings will appear below.

Comments are disabled for any blog posts published before you enabled comments globally. You can enable comments for these posts in the blog post editor.

Allow Simple Comment Likes

Let visitors like individual comments. To learn more, see Simple Likes.

Require Approval

Require that Admins or Comment Moderators approve comments before they appear on your site.

You can also only require moderation after a certain number of flags. To set this:

  • On a computer, scroll down to Comment Flags and set a number by dragging the slider.
  • On the Squarespace App, set a number by tapping the + or - next to Moderate After.

Allow Anonymous Comments

Let visitors post comments without logging into a Squarespace site.

Threaded Comments

Let visitors respond directly to other comments and create nested threads.

Show Avatars

Display a unique profile picture next to each comment. Visitors will need to log into a Squarespace, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook account with a profile image.

Enable Comments by Default When Posting

Enable or disable comments by default for each individual post.

Comment Sort Order

Set the comments to order by Newest First, Oldest First, Most Liked, or Least Liked. This sets the default order, but visitors will also have the option to set their own comment order.

Auto-Disable Comments Default Value

Set a number of days after which comments for that blog post will be disabled. This is calculated from the date the post is published.

Comment Flags

Let visitors flag comments, which is a great way to fight spam, abusive language, and other commenting issues.

Manage comments

To manage comments:

In the Home Menu, click Comments. This option will only appear if you've enabled comments.

Comments are sorted as Unmoderated, Approved, or Flagged. If a visitor included an email address with a comment, their email address will appear next to their name.

Unmoderated

If you require comments to be approved before they're posted, they'll appear in the Unmoderated tab.

  • To approve the comment, click the checkmark icon.
  • To delete the comment or report it as spam, click the trash can icon. Deleted comments can't be recovered.

Approved

After a comment is approved, it appears in the Approved tab. Comments that don't require approval also appear here.

  • To reply, click the speech bubble icon. Your reply will post under your Display Name.
  • To delete the comment or report it as spam, click the trash can icon. Deleted comments can't be recovered.

Flagged

If a visitor flags a comment, it appears in the Flagged tab.

  • To reply to the comment, click the speech bubble icon. Your reply will post under your Display Name.
  • To delete the comment or report it as spam, click the trash can icon. Deleted comments can't be recovered.
  • Click Clear Flags to remove all flags from the selected comments.
  1. Tap Pages, then tap the Blog Page with the comment you want to manage.
  2. Tap the comment icon at the top of the screen.

Comments are sorted as Unmoderated, Approved, or Flagged. Tap the comment to choose an action:

  • Tap Reply to reply to the comment. Enter your text in the Reply To Comment field, then tap Send.
  • Tap Mark As Spam to mark the comment as spam and delete it. 
  • Tap Delete to delete the comment, but not mark it as spam.
  • If the comment is Unmoderated, tap Approve to approve it.

Log into your site on a computer for all other comment actions, including:

  • Liking comments
  • Flagging comments without deleted them
  • Clearing flags from flagged comments
  • Subscribing to comments
  • Sorting comments

Simple Likes

With Simple Likes, visitors can click a Like icon at the bottom of a blog post. Depending on your template, the icon might appear on your main Blog Page or on individual post pages.

To enable Simple Likes:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Blogging.
  2. Check Use Simple Liking.

One visitor "like" per post

A visitor can like each blog post only once. We limit visitor likes per blog post in three ways:

  • When a visitor likes a post, the action is stored in their browser's local storage.
  • We log the visitor's IP address to prevent multiple likes from the same visitor.
  • If a visitor is logged into your site, they can't like the post again from any browser or IP while logged in.
Note: On templates with grid/stacked Blog Pages, the Simple Like icon won't display a counter if Share buttons are set to Style: Icon Only in Site Styles.

Exploding hearts

The templates below have a special "exploding hearts" animation for Simple Likes:

  • Avenue
  • Five
  • Galapagos
  • Ishimoto
  • Wells
  • Wexley

Next steps

With comments enabled, you can take more steps to customize your blog's commenting options:

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