Let visitors comment on your blog

Let’s say you have a blog site rolled out. And all company users are granted access through the visitors group. You have assigned read permissions to this group, to make sure everybody can read the blog posts. So far so good, all users can read your blog!

There is a good chance that you set up your blog like this to prevent all users from creating new blog posts, as you want to limit this right to a certain amount of people. That can make perfect sense, only are you hereby preventing all users to comment on your blog posts too. While it can be a good idea to limit the amount of blog posters, you might want to give all people a chance to comment on those posts nonetheless. In this post I’ll show you how to do this.

The solution to give all users right to comment, but not post is pretty simple really. You’ll just have to assign unique custom permissions to the list that stores the comments. Follow next steps to get you all set up.

  1. Go to your blog site and open up the site contents.
  2. Go to list posts and open the settings.
  3. Click on permissions for this list.
  4. In the ribbon, click on stop inheriting permissions.

    SharePoint - Stop inheriting permissions
    When you receive a warning, click OK.

  5. Check the visitors group and click on the ribbon’s edit user permissions button.
  6. Deselect read and select contribute permissions. Click OK.

That’s all!

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