How to Disable Comments on WordPress Posts. The comment feature of WordPress CMS makes it one of the ideal platforms for blogging. However, not every post of your blog needs the comment feature and you can always choose to disable it.
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The customization feature of WordPress is what all of us enjoy the most. In WordPress, we have the option to:
• Disable comments on specific posts
• Disable comments on specific pages
• Disable comments on all the pages
Depending upon your requirement, you can pick either of it.
A practical situation that I’m experiencing these days is that some of the popular posts on Talk Technologies are getting a lot of comments. The problem is, only 1% of the comments are genuine on those posts. The rest of the comments are spams or blunt self-promotion. Anti-spam comment plugins like Akismet and WordPress Zero spam are doing a decent job, but it is not enough. That’s when I thought of disabling comments on a few specific WordPress blog posts.
In this tutorial, you will learn exactly how to do it and you can use it now or in the future as and when you need this.
Here we go.
How to Disable Comments on WordPress Posts
You can disable comments on already published posts or even on the posts which you are about to publish. Just follow the steps below.
- Login to your WordPress dashboard
- Go to the Edit section of posts or pages on which you want to deactivate comments
- Search for the discussion tab (usually it’s next to the post writing section but you can use the search feature of your browser to find the text “Discussion“)
- Uncheck the box that says allow comments. It should look like the screenshot below:
Click on the Update post and that’s about it. The comment box will be gone from the post/page.
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Disable comments on all of your WordPress website
If you wish to disable comments on your WordPress site temporarily or permanently, you can do that as well. This next tip will remove the comment feature from all of your WordPress blogs.
- Go to Settings > Discussions in the WordPress dashboard
- Default article settings, uncheck the option “Allow people to post comments on new articles“
While you are on this page, there is one more setting that you should know about. You also have an option to disable comments on posts/pages which are older than “X” days.
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On the same page, “Settings > Discussions“, you will see the option that says “Automatically close comments on articles older than“.
Simply define the number of days and this feature will enable you to close comments on all WordPress posts and pages which are older than the specified time.
Now, do not forget to save these settings by scrolling down the page and clicking on Save changes.
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For now, I hope this tutorial has helped you to understand How to Disable Comments on WordPress Posts. If you have any questions related to this topic, feel free to ask in the comment section below.
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