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Auto Approve Comments


Auto approve comments by Commenter (email, name, url), User and Role (Akismet and wpDiscuz compatible).


  1. Open Comments -> Auto Approve Comments
  2. Go to Settings -> Discussion and check “Comment must be manually approved”
  3. Optionally install and activate Akismet (comments flagged as SPAM will never get auto approved)
  4. Configure your auto approval filters in “Commenters”, “Users” and “Roles”
  5. Save and you’re done

From now on all the comments that match at least one of the configurations in “Commenters”, “Users” or “Roles” will always be auto approved.

Commenters – example

Add one Commenter per line, follow the example below:,Tom,,,Tom,Tom,

Users – example

Add one Username per line, follow the example below:


Roles – example

Add one Role per line, follow the example below:



Official Github repository:


  • Commenters tab
  • Users tab
  • Roles tab


  1. Unzip the plugin file
  2. Upload the unzipped folder “auto-approve-comments” to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory of your WordPress blog/website
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


October 1, 2019 1 reply
Selecting users to be auto approved for comments is not the same as AUTO APPROVING ALL COMMENTS. I feel like the name of this plugin is deceptive. Wordpress already has the option to auto approve anyone who’s had 1 post approved and I think this plugin basically does the same thing.
June 1, 2018
Tout est dans le titre fonctionne avec WP 4.9.6 Je vous lais que les membres de mon association aient leurs commentaires auto-approuvés et contrôler les autres, il rempli parfaitement son rôle. Si plusieurs roles sont prédéfini, bien mettre le rôle et l’identifiaint ou l’adresse mail.
June 1, 2017
With WordPress 4.75, the options to select users and roles do not working. Clicking on the tabs does nothing. Prior to that, I selected myself as the user, and still had to approve every cross-link as a user. Just took my site public, and for some reason I’m not seeing any cross-links at all as comments. (Probably has nothing to do with the plugin. There must be a setting that changed somewhere.) There is no support tab for this plugin, so I’m forced to put these comments into a review — otherwise, I would have sent in the bug reports first. It’s a great idea, though. And was working after a fashion before the WordPress upgrade, so there is still hope for it. Will revise this review as conditions warrant.
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Contributors & Developers

“Auto Approve Comments” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Adds a notice when trying to save while current nonce is expired
  • Adds the settings page link on plugins page
  • Better script loading chain
  • Minor fixes and code refactoring


  • Updates the test to check if jQuery is loaded
  • Fixes a minor CSS issue


  • Better Akismet integration (comments flagged as SPAM will never get auto approved)


  • Redesigns the settings page for better usability
  • Guarantees compatibility with Akismet
  • Guarantees compatibility with wpDiscuz
  • Adds a test to check if jQuery is loaded


  • Adds auto approval by role
  • Fixes a bug that prevented to approve a commenter if only the email was configured
  • Updates the email validation pattern to allow a wider set of charatcters


  • Updates “save and refresh” via AJAX
  • Adds nonce when saving changes
  • Adds admin UI success/error notice
  • Adds feedback when there are no suggestions
  • Some cleaning and refactoring


  • Adds new tabbed interface
  • Changes Users ID list to Usernames list
  • Adds commenters suggestion field
  • Adds usernames suggestion field
  • Auto remove duplicates


  • Adds better input validation


  • Auto approve comments based on commenter’s email, name, URL and User ID


  • First version, auto approve comments based on commenter’s email