How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

Comments are wonderful ways to interact with the readers and to receive their feedback on any particular article. Readers can actively participate by sharing their ideas, views and queries in any article they like through comments. Despite of having numerous advantages of keeping comment feature in your blogs or posts, there might be cases when you want to turn off or even completely disable comments. If you want to disable comments because you are  getting many comment spam, you might want to check our previous article on “How to Remove Spam from WordPress Comments”. It is always good to have reader’s opinions through comments but they may be distracting. There may be some articles which may not even require comments. Also if you have lots of posts and pages, managing comment on every single one of them gets annoying. In WordPress, the comments are enabled by default on every new posts. This article shows how to disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages.

How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

Disable Comments for Individual Posts

Comments can be disabled while editing for the particular page or post. Follow these easy steps to disable comments for individual posts:

1. Login to your Dashboard.
2. Edit the post or page whose comment you want to disable.
3. On the top right corner of the page find and click screen option.
How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

4. Among the list of screen options tick the checkbox with the name Discussion.
How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

5. Selection of Discussion opens Discussion Meta page somewhere at the bottom of the page from where you can uncheck the option to Allow comments.
How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

After saving, this setting changes will disable comments from that individual post.

Disable Comments Globally

Here are the steps to completely disable comments.

1. Go to Setting >> Discussions
2. Under the sub-heading Default article settings, uncheck option “Allow People to post comments on new article”
How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

3. Save the changes.

Now all your new articles will not have any comment feature.

Disable Comments on Multiple Pages or Post

Simply follow these steps to disable comments  on multiple pages or post in a bulk.

1. Go to pages > All pages and for post go to  posts > all posts.
2. Select the multiple articles whose comments you want to disable by clicking the check box in front of those articles.
3. Select edit from the Bulk Actions at the top of the screen and click the Apply button.
How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

4. This opens a Bulk Edit page. Find the comments section and select Do not allow as shown in picture below.
How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

Finally click Update button to save changes. Now the comment section from the selected articles will be removed.

Plugins to Disable or Enable Comments

If you are a plugin lover, there are some wonderful plugins that can be pretty useful in the controlling of the display of comments.

1. No Page Comment

How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

The No Page comment plugin allows you to select weather comments are enabled or disabled by default on all posts, pages and custom post types. After the release of WordPress 4.3 comments are always disabled for pages. This is useful for lot of sites but if you fall in situations where you want comments for your pages, then in such situations this plugin comes into play. Like comments the plugin also controls the pingbacks and trackbacks features for posts and pages.

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The plugin is very easy to use. Just install the plugin and activate it. You can find the plugin in settings >> No Page Comment from your dashboard as shown in figure.

How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

The settings are very simple to use. Simply select or dis-select the respective checkbox to enable or disable comments and trackback on new articles.

How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

If you want to enable or disable comments in all previous articles as well simply use the settings under the section Modify all current.

How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

2. Disable Comments

How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

It is a very popular plugin with more than 800,000 active installs. The plugin globally removes comments in the site. The comments can also be disabled according to post types. The settings cannot be overridden for individual posts so don’t use this plugin if you want to disable comments for selective individual posts only.

The plugin is really very simple and easy to use. Simply install and activate the plugin. You can find the plugin in the  settings >>Disable Comments in your dashboard as shown in figure.

How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

the setting page is very simple with no large configuration.

How to Disable WordPress Comments in Posts and Pages

Select the radio button of Everywhere if you want to remove the comments completely and globally from your site. The radio button on certain post type allows you to disable comments on selected post type only. Thus with these methods you can easily take control over the display of comments in your website.

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Kantiman Bajracharya

Kantiman Bajracharya

Kantiman Bajracharya is a freelance web developer. He is a computer geek who has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. He has earned lots of satisfied customers while working for numerous successful projects. He is also a WordPress theme creator and web article writer. On free time he likes reading philosophy books, traveling and playing chess.

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