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The easiest way to turn off and disable comments in WordPress

The easiest way to turn off and disable comments in WordPress

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Whether it’s for safety reasons or you just don’t want to have comments as a feature, knowing how to disable comments in WordPress is useful. And, before we walk you through each step, here are few reasons why it’s considered a good practice to turn off comments in WordPress.

Spam

One of the most common issues anyone faces are spam comments. Maybe it’s a software that’s doing this; perhaps it’s a person who’s just meddling with you. Either way, spam comments are a threat and something everybody deals with at some point in its blog/website life. So, to know how to turn off or disable comments in WordPress would be a good thing for that matter.

Speed

In some cases, comments are one of the reasons that your site doesn’t load fast enough. There are a good amount of tools that help you check your site speed, like

So, if nothing else threatens your page speed but comments, maybe it’s time to temporarily turn them off or globally disable them. Because, you know, site speed influences everything else and should be taken seriously. But, that’s a topic for another article, stay tuned 🙂

Unnecessary to have comments

In some cases, people don’t need comments on their blogs or websites. True story. With the rise of social media, it became common to shift the conversation to there. Whether you just want to disable comments from certain posts or pages or completely, it’s good to know how.

How to turn off or disable comments in WordPress?

Several ways and you can learn how to do it by yourself. All you need to know is follow these steps and let us know how it worked out 🙂

Turn off comments in WordPress for future posts and pages

As you see from the video, all you need to do is uncheck the „Allow people to post comments on new articles.“ Still, these settings may be overridden for individual articles. That means, if you want to have comments on individual posts, you can change the settings under Other comment settings within Discussions option.

Disable comments in WordPress on all published posts and/or pages

Option one, as good as it is for future posts, won’t turn off comments on posts or pages that are already published. To disable comments in WordPress posts and pages that are published, simply do this:

Dashboard > Comments > Bulk Action > Move to Trash > Apply

These steps will move all the existing comments to trash, and once you permanently delete them, it’s all done.

Turn off comments of individual WordPress posts

This tip is easy, too. Simply, when you write an article, within the Discussion feature below the Editor, uncheck „Allow comments,“ and you’re done! As simple as that. Good to know in all those cases when you post sensitive content and don’t want to be disrupted with unwanted comments.

Also, there’s another way to do this:

Go to All Pages and choose the Page you want to disable comments from. Choose Quick Edit, uncheck Allow comments and it’s done. You successfully turned off commenting on your WordPress page.

How to disable WordPress comments with plugins

Disable comments

disable comments in WordPress plugin

A free plugin that helps you to disable comments in WordPress both temporarily or permanently. Use this plugin if you want to completely disable comments on your site or when you want to turn them off from individual types of categories.

There you have it. Let us know how it worked out in the comment section and do share in what cases you opt to use this tip.

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Ivana Cirkovic

Ivana is a Digital Marketing, PR and Social Media consultant with over nine years experience in the field. She is also a WordPress enthusiast and an active member of WordPress community who lives online almost 24/7. In love with Twitter, WP, photography and NYC.

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