It doesn’t matter if you are using the free WordPress.com setup or if you have your own self hosted blog. There is a free application called WordPress Comments Notifier which I was able to download.
After downloading the application you will need to install it. You will see a screen that looks like the one below. Simply hit next leaving both options selected as seen in the image below. It will use 6.6 MB of hard drive space.
Upon the first launch of the application we will need to set up where we want to pull our comments from. You will need your blog’s full web address as well as your username and password. Fill in all the fields and then hit the next button.
WordPress Comment Notifier will then go out and grab your recent comments from your blog as well as your comment statistics. You will see notifications as it performs each step quickly.
When WordPress Comment Notifier is complete you will see a message stating that your blog has been set up. You can then assign the blog a nickname. I set up my personal blog called AskTheAdmin.com
Now you can left click on the WordPress icon in your system tray to bring the console to the front. When you do this you will see a window with three tabs. The first tab is all comments and it will display the total number of comments on your blog. The second tab is for pending comments that are awaiting your moderation and the last column is the spam column. This is for messages that have been marked as spam.
Now lets see what the application can actually do. I clicked on the reply button directly under the top comment. I was then able to type a reply to the comment at the bottom of the window. Upon hitting the enter button your comment will be submitted to your blog and be posted as the user which you used the username and password of in the setup step.
We can also unapprove, edit, spam and delete any comments that have been left on your blog.
For our spammed comments we will be able to edit them, choose not spam or delete them. The same options that appear for approved comments will also appear for pending comments.
By right clicking on the WordPress system tray icon you will be able to set the following settings:
You will see that you can change the interval which the application checks for new comments as well as if the application starts up with Windows. You can make changes to the data that you initially entered during setup as well.
Do you check your WordPress comments with another desktop app? If so, we would love to hear about it in the comments. Or do you check your comments using your Android phone?