Moderator is a WordPress Plugin and associated desktop application, built using Adobe AIR, that allows you to view and moderate comments from your desktop. Some of the features of this early release of the application include:

  • 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.

This is an early release of the application. As such, there are probably bugs and other issues that you may run into. Also, this is by no means feature complete (see ‘Roadmap’ below).

All feature requests and bug reports should be emailed to me at This will help me keep them organized for the time being. Any other correspondence related to this application can be emailed to me at


Moderator currently requires version 2.6+ of WordPress be installed. Also, you will need Adobe AIR 1.1, which runs on Mac, Windows, and is currently in beta on Linux.


  1. Download the current plugin bundle from here. ( | 72KB)
  2. Unzip the contents of the archive and place them in your WordPress install directory under {wordpress install}/wp-content/plugins. You should now have a directory called ‘moderator’ in the plugins folder.
  3. Login to your administration panel, and go to the Plugins page. Activate the Moderator plugin by clicking on the ‘Activate’ link in the entry for this plugin.
  4. Now that the plugin is activated, go to the Settings tab and select the Moderator admin page. Follow the instructions on that page to install the desktop client.

Please note, that if you have more than a few hundred comments awaiting moderation (this does not count spam,) you may see some performance issues when using this application. This should be fixed in the next version.


Again, this is an early release. While the near term will be focused on application polish and fixing bugs, some features will be added soon and include replying to comments, viewing unmoderated comments from multiple blogs, and popup alerts to notify of incoming comments.

I will also modify the theme of the application to more closely align with the theme of the WordPress administrator. Also, as soon as 2.7 is release, this application will support the comment moderation methods that will be included. That should eliminate the need to even install the WordPress plugin. All that would be needed would be the desktop client itself.

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  1. Daniel, Just discovered this AIR app via RefreshingApps. Setup was a breeze. I don’t get a lot of comments on my site, but this shows a lot of promise. Nice work! If I find any bugs, I will definitely let you know.

  2. I was going to mention that we’ve got XML-RPC comment management methods in -trunk (the upcoming 2.7 release), but you already mentioned it at the end of the post. We’ve got an email list for XML-RPC development email list that you may find helpful:

    I’ve been encouraging all developers interested in XML-RPC in WordPress to join the list. We’d love to have you join the discussion there.

  3. @Joseph – Yeah, I am hoping to start working on integrating the changes to use those new XML-RPC methods soon. It will be nice when I don’t have to require a plugin anymore and all you have to download is the client! I will head over to the mailing list, I didn’t even realize it exists, thanks!

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  5. I’ve tried it and it’s work on me. Thanks a lot. And I hope you wouldn’t be mind if I wrote this installation tutorial in my mother language ( Indonesian ) on my blog. Thank you very much.

  6. This looks very interesting. I will be looking more closely at it later today. One quick question, can the “application” monitor multiple blogs? If yes, then I would consider this a must have.

  7. @JellyBeen Right now it does not monitor multiple blogs, but this is very high on the priority list of feature requests. More than likely, that feature will coincide with the WordPress 2.7 release.

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  9. You can look here for functionality , first link wpcommentclientsetup.exe, it’s Russian Comment Client (windows application and plugin) – not so pretty like yours, but works with multiple blogs, allow black and white list management, allow you to write comments on sites have this plugin installed.
    English and Russian interface and no English documentation.

  10. Hi there, nice work – I’d recommend continuing down the black route design wise – the OSX HUD aesthetic works really well for small apps like yours… and the WP backend isn’t exactly the best looking thing in the world!


  11. Hello there! Deeply thank you for this useful plugin. I’ve just installed it and haven’t got any problems in using it, even if it’s a beta. I personally think you should keep on developing such kind of applications, not just for the WordPress, but think of some websites from the Social Networking area, there you could do a great job. As for me, the one for WordPress is enough, I get a lot of comments and spam from different websites, you know… automated content.

    Let me know if it’s okay if I can write a short review about your plugin, since I want to start telling people about the Adobe AIR, I guess this is a good start to tell my readers about, it’s a simple and effective application, but that doesn’t mean I do not appreciate your work, from the contrary, I shall look for more right now.

    Kindly yours,

  12. One question: is there any way to make it so we can moderate comments for more than one blog at a time, instead of having to log in and log out of each blog, in the next update? That would just rock.

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    1. It is compatible with 2.7. I will also be releasing a new version very soon that won’t require the plugin. All you will have to do is install the AIR application and it will work with 2.7s new comment moderation API that comes installed with WordPress.

  14. Great Plugin. Tks!

    I don´t seem to be able to delete comments, but the even only been able to aprove is awesome.

    Maybe because I´m using wordpress 2.9.1?

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