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Comment Moderation Role by WPBeginner


Comment Moderation Role by WPBeginner

This comment moderation plugin improves the comment moderation permissions on your WordPress site.

The new role “WPB Comment Moderator” is created on your site to allow you to give users access only to the comment moderation screen. Unlike the WordPress default settings, a comment moderator is not required to be able to author posts, so you can keep your content secure.

The Comment Moderator can approve, decline, or edit any comments on any post.

This plugin also allows your Authors and Contributors to moderate comments on the posts they wrote. That means your guest authors can continue interacting with their readers, without getting access to other articles or comments.

How Do I Create a Comment Moderator User?

Once this plugin is activated, simply edit a user’s profile and change their role to WPB Comment Moderator. This will grant them access only to the comment moderation screens within WordPress, keeping the rest of your site secure.


Comment Moderation Role is created by the WPBeginner team.

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  1. Install the Comment Moderation Role plugin by uploading the comment-moderation-role directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory. (See instructions on how to install a WordPress plugin.)
  2. Activate Comment Moderation Role through the Plugins menu in WordPress.


How is this different from WordPress’s moderate_comments permission?

In order to moderate all comments, WordPress requires the user have permission to both edit posts and moderate comments. This plugin removes the requirement for a user to have both permissions.

Are there filters for developers?

Yes, the roles and capabilities used by this plugin can be modified by filters.

Filters should be run prior to the plugins_loaded hook running. As a result they can not be added to a theme’s functions.php file.

The default moderator capability is Core’s moderate_comments. This can be replaced with any string using the filter wpb.comment_moderation_role.moderator_cap.


    function() { return 'wpb_moderate_comments'; }

The default moderator role is displayed in the admin as WPB Comment Moderator. This can be replaced with any string using the filter wpb.comment_moderation_role.moderator_role_name.


    function() { return 'WPB Support Staff'; }

The default moderator role’s slug is wpb_comment_moderator. This can be replaced with any string using the filter wpb.comment_moderation_role.moderator_role_slug.


    function() { return 'wpb_support_staff'; }


Zofinkplɔsun 9, 2023
Hi! Good job on this plugin! It works perfectly! I was wondering, if we have posts with “draft” status, how can we approve/moderate them?
abɔxwisun 25, 2021
Not able to delete bad link in website field.
liyasun 25, 2021
Installed & checked . Definitely useful plugin if you are a blogger & the blogger can give the comment access who wants someone to manage only to moderate comments. No other access options for moderator. Short & simple.
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  • Misc: Internal documentation updates.
  • Misc: The plugin is tested up to WordPress 6.0.


  • Fix: Ensure replying to comments via the moderation screen links the comment to a post.