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Opened 5 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

#48473 new enhancement

WordPress installer should prompt to configure options like comments

Reported by: loopy78's profile loopy78 Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Upgrade/Install Keywords:
Focuses: administration Cc:


It may be useful to prompt users on installation if they want to turn on features e.g. blog comments during installation. My concern is that many newcomers to WordPress may install a site on production and not consider the security and spam implications of leaving comments on. They may only discover the issues later on.

My motivation for the above is that WordPress is used by many non-tech savvy users. Thus any assistance to secure the default installation would be helpful.

Alternatively, consider making blog comments disabled by default.

Change History (1)

#1 @knutsp
5 years ago

  • Focuses administration added
  • Version 5.2.4 deleted

Hello @loopy78 and very welcome to Trac.

Thank you for your suggestion!

IMHO: I don't like so much the idea to put more options onto the install screens. We have a Welcome banner in the admin control panel that already and this has a link to turn comments on or off.

Having comments off by default would be better than further bloating the install page, but comments is a key feature of WordPress. Akismet is (still) bundled with an offer to prevent spam, and so is tens or hundreds of other plugins.

Keep in mind that WordPress is very often instlled by third party script, like Softaculous, and core has limited influence over these. The Welcome banner, however, is where core can design the onboarding experience.

Related: #48167

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