How to Disable Comments on WordPress Posts

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How to Disable Comments on WordPress Posts

One common problem facing WordPress users is the amount of spam comments.

There are some spam-fighting tools such as Akismet and Mollom, but some of users prefer to turn off comments entirely.

One of our students wanted to disable WordPress comments, so we created this step-by-step tutorial for him.

  • Go to Settings > Discussion.
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Uncheck the "Allow people to post comments on new articles" and the "Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) " settings.

The pingbacks feature of WordPress is like commenting for computers. It allows other blogs to leave a comment/link on your blog to their blog if they mention you. Unfortunately, in many cases it's not useful and is a bit like link-spam. 

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Finally, at the bottom, save your changes and you're done. If for some reason you still get commenting at the bottom of some posts, you'll need to go to those individual posts and uncheck the settings for commenting.

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If you want to go a step further and completely remove all traces of comments or comment features from your site, we recommend the Disable Comments plugin. This plugin allows administrators to globally disable comments on any post type (posts, pages, attachments, etc.) so that these settings cannot be overridden for individual posts. It also removes all comment-related fields from edit and quick-edit screens.
 
If you don't want to disable comments entirely, this video from the WordPress Beginner Class can help:
 

About the author

Nick is the Director of Support at OSTraining and you can find him in almost every area of the site, from answering support requests and account questions to creating tutorials and software.