Get Notification on Desktop when WordPress Weblog Receives New Comments
March 9, 2010 | Filed under Wordpress;
WordPress is an open source blog publishing application powered by PHP and MySQL which can also be used for content management. It has many features including a workflow,a plugin architecture and a templating system. Used by over 2% of the 10,000 biggest websites, WordPress is the most popular blog software in use today.
WordPress has an option for the administrator to place all received comments into moderation to prevent spam from getting in to the blog. This method keeps the blog clean but it is troublesome when comes to moderating the comments by manually logging in to the WordPress admin page (wp-admin) going to the Comments category and then approve or trashing the comments.
Thanks to Dean Lee, who created wp-comments-notifier which is written in QT/C++ that alerts you when new comments are posted on your WordPress blog (works well with WordPress MU too). It displays an icon in your system tray to let you know if you have new comments. It also includes features that allow you to manage/reply/edit your comments directly from your desktop.
All you need to do is just download the program, install it on your computer and enter the blog URL, username and password. By default wp-comments-notifier checks every 5 minutes for new comments but that can be changed to a faster or slower interval according to your needs. You have to make sure that the XML-RPC option has been enabled in the Writing settings of your WordPress Admin site before this tool is allowed to connect to your WordPress blog.