Moderate Comments From Your Desktop

October 26th, 2008
WordPress Plugins

Searching through my feeds today, I came across a very cool plugin/application combo. It’s called Moderator and was written by Daniel Dura. Moderator is a combination of a WordPress plugin and an Adobe Air Application. With the Adobe AIR app, you can:

  • Viewing unmoderated comments.
  • Dock and system tray notifications of the number of unmoderated comments.
  • Accept, delete, and spam comments from within the desktop client.
  • Close application window, or minimize it to the system tray while running.
  • Shows the Gravatar icons for the user who posted the comment.

After installing and then activating the plugin, I installed the application. Installation went smoothly and now I have access to my comment moderation queue right from my desktop. An additional touch is that, my Windows taskbar now has an icon that mimics the comment moderation bubble graphic with a number that represents the amount of comments in the moderation queue. Pretty cool stuff.

For those of you that have hundreds of comments in your moderation queue, you may see some performance issues. However, Daniel explains that those will be fixed in the next version. Daniel will also modify the theme of the application to align it’s design with the WordPress 2.7 backend. Last but not least, as soon as 2.7 is released, the application will support the comment moderation methods that will be included. This should allow the App to run without installing a plugin.

Emails were covered for privacy reasons.

Considering the WordPress team is working on a comment API, I imagine that in the future, we’ll be able to reply to comments as well as moderating them from the desktop with this application. It will be interesting to see if Moderator evolves into something more than just a Moderation app.




  1. JD Hartley says:

    This is absolutely amazing stuff! Hope to see it evolve into something awesome. :D

  2. Khristopher (7 comments.) says:

    Sweet! I really like this. Thanks for posting this here.

  3. Randy (6 comments.) says:

    Awesome, I’ve been waiting for someone to break this ground. I’m hoping that more and more developers will take a que and maybe we’ll start to see the development of a wp desktop app. MarsEdit is cool, but i want some Admin outside my browser…

    I hope this guy gets a huge response.

    • Jeff Chandler (295 comments.) says:

      I’m right there with you on that one Randy. I’ve seen more and more people looking around for a WordPress administrative desktop application. Perhaps it can be done this way through Adobe Air.

  4. Chetan (9 comments.) says:

    Thats really great software for all wordpress users. Its difficult to check wordpress dashboard every time for new comments , etc

  5. Hussein (3 comments.) says:

    Oops. This is such a nice plugin.

  6. Ashish Mohta (14 comments.) says:

    I guess its missing Reply and threaded reply . If that comes in it would be perfect desktop app for Comments

    • Shantanu Goel (10 comments.) says:

      I guess that’s because there is no “standard” threaded reply mechanism since it is provided by plugins right now and not by WP itself.

  7. tom says:

    very nice tool, i just updated to wp 2.6.3 from 2.1! and the complete admin area looks “different” and i have to play around a lot.

    but this tool is just awesome and helps me alot. for me, it would be okay to refresh every 180 minutes, for my blog its really enough.

    are there some more interessting and needed programms with adobe air?

  8. Eastwood (1 comments.) says:

    Hello? It’s not linux-friendly?

  9. Jean-Baptiste (2 comments.) says:

    Does this also works with Akismet?

  10. Jason (75 comments.) says:

    This looks very promising and, as Randy mentioned, this could be just the start of desktop application software.

    The next few months may be quite interesting :)

  11. Nihar (7 comments.) says:

    This looks great. Never thought of this kind of tool. right from desktop we can check the comments.

    Gr8 i will start using it right away.

  12. (1 comments.) says:

    Waw! Thanks for the info!

  13. BabyGotMac (1 comments.) says:

    On a related note, Disqus now allows you to reply to a comment notification to approve/reject.

  14. DemoGeek (2 comments.) says:

    This cool tool would become one of the most used app on my computer…that’s for sure.

  15. GoScript says:

    Now let’s wait for the API which will open many locked doors. Working directly with WordPress db can cause problems sometimes.

  16. Tatiane (1 comments.) says:

    Very cool! I’ll sure try it!

  17. Martin Espericueta (1 comments.) says:

    I’m running Ubuntu (Linux) 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) – so I guess this is NOT for me?

  18. Lynns Corner (1 comments.) says:

    i love abobe air, this app should work on linux and os x. I’ll give it a whirl and get back to you.


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