The man, the myth, the legend, Ajay D’Souza not only brings you news of the latest WordPress plugins and themes to hit the community but he also has a few plugins under his belt. Today, I’ll be reviewing one of those plugins called Autoclose
Autoclose enables a granular approach to managing pingbacks/comments/trackbacks on both posts and pages. Some of the highlights that the plugin features:
- Close Comments on posts/pages older than (number of days).
- Close Pingbacks/Trackbacks on posts?
- Close Pingbacks/Trackbacks on pages?
- Close Pingbacks/Trackbacks on posts/pages older than (number of days).
- The ability to configure when the plugin runs its configuration to detect if a comment/trackback/pingback need to be closed off.
- Last but not least, Autoclose also provides a checkbox to delete post revisions.
So why would you want to use a plugin like this? For starters, based on my experience with blogging, the conversation on any particular blog post usually only lasts 24-72 hours after it has been published. Rarely do I see an onslaught of comments after a period of seven days have gone by. I know that here on WeblogToolsCollection.com, we receive comments on articles that were published around 2005! But in a normal scenario, you could probably get by with auto closing comments 30 days after the post was published.
A side benefit to auto closing the comment form on old blog posts is that it helps to combat spam. If you have ever configured the Akismet plugin, you may have noticed an additional option that enables the plugin to automatically disregard comments registered as spam on blog posts that are older than a month. This nifty feature has really limited the time I need to spend in my moderation queue as most of the spam comments I receive are for posts that are deep within my archive. Ajay’s Autoclose plugin conveniently takes this ability to close commenting on posts/pages to the next level.
And just in case you were wondering, the plugin works just fine on WordPress 2.7. If you’re already using the Autoclose plugin, leave us a comment and tell us how you’ve used it on your blog!