Enable&Disable WordPress Comments: A Guide

Write comments: This is one of the basic functions of WordPress. But what to do when spam comments pile up? What if you just can’t keep up with the moderation? Fortunately, it’s easy to just turn off the comment feature. We show you how it works.

Why it can make sense to disable WordPress comments

Usually, the comment function on WordPress is deactivated from the start for pages but open for posts. This makes sense in many cases: after all, your readers can communicate directly with you through comments, show interest, ask questions, suggest new topics and develop a relationship with you.

Sometimes, however, you may just want to provide information without entering into an exchange. Or the moderation effort is too great for you. Then you can simply switch off the comment function. Incidentally, this can also have a positive effect on the loading speed of your website.

Completely switch off the comment function of WordPress in the backend

You can deactivate the comments for your entire website or blog quickly and easily directly in the backend. To do this, open the menu item “Settings” and click on “Discussions“. Now remove the checkmark next to “Allow visitors to comment on new posts” and save the setting. That’s it!

The only disadvantage of this method: The setting only applies to all pages and articles published in the future. The existing ones also have further comments. You can only solve this problem with a plugin – but more on that later.

Deactivate comments for individual posts

You may want to let readers comment in general, but avoid discussion under a specific post. This can especially happen after you’ve written on a very controversial topic.

To switch off the comments in a certain post, first open this post. In the right sidebar click on the “Discussion” tab. There you simply remove the checkmark next to “Allow comments” and save the contribution.

Incidentally, this procedure also works the other way round for static pages. Comments are switched off by default. However, if you should want interaction under an offer, start or about page, you can activate the comments in the right sidebar by ticking the appropriate box.

Edit multiple posts or pages at the same time

If you have several posts or pages in mind for which you want to change the comment settings, you do not have to edit all of them individually. Visit the overview page under “All Posts” or “All Pages “. Manually select the elements you want or check the top left of the word “Title” to mark all posts on the current page.

Now select “Edit” from the “Multiple actions” drop-down menu. A field opens with various options. On the right under the item “Comments“, you can set whether comments should be allowed or not. Now all you have to do is click the “Update” button, and the changes will be applied to all posts at the same time.

WordPress comments via the “Disable Comments” plugin

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A very simple and clear way to switch off comments is to use a plugin. Enter the name “Disable Comments” in the plugin search. After you have installed and activated the extension, you can find it in the WordPress menu under “Settings”.

The plugin allows you to hide comments on the entire website as well as specifically for posts, pages or media. In contrast to the setting described above directly in the conventional backend of your website, “Disable Comments” also affects existing pages and posts.

The plugin will not delete old comments; it will only hide them. The forms for sending new messages are also only hidden. This means you can undo the setting at any time.

Allow visitors to comment only on new posts.

Another possibility is to link the comment function in WordPress to a specific time. For example, you can set that your readers are only allowed to speak for a day, two weeks or a month after publication. The comment function then switches off automatically.

To use this function, first, call up the menu item “Settings” in the backend of your website. Then click on “Discussion”. In the “Comment Settings” section, you will find various options – including the item.”

Automatically close comments on posts that are older than X days”. Instead of the X, enter the desired number of days and save the change.

Leaving the comments open only for a certain amount of time can be worthwhile if you publish a lot of posts but don’t have a large team available for moderation. This option is also worth considering if you deal with a few non-time-dependent topics and instead spread the news that can quickly become out of date.

Conclusion: Many ways lead to deactivated WordPress comments

You see: You have different options to enable or disable comments in WordPress, and none of them are particularly difficult. The easiest and most efficient way to use the “Disable Comments” plugin is because it automatically hides existing comments. If you do not mind the presence of the comment function under older posts, the setting options that WordPress itself offers are sufficient.