Comments help a blog in many ways. They help visitors to engage with blog posts and share their own thoughts. Besides, comments give a minor boost to SEO as comments are indexed in the search engines as well.
So, why would anyone want to disable comments on their WordPress site?
Mostly because sometimes comments can be spammy, self-promotional, and sometimes harmful. More than that, moderating comments will eat a large amount of your productive time.
Thanks to WordPress, you have the power to disable comment on specific pages/posts or even completely remove from your website.
Here we will guide you on how to disable comments in WordPress.
Choice 1: Turn Off Comments On A Specific Post/Page
By default, comments are turned on all of your posts in WordPress. However, you can enable or disable comments according to your needs on individual posts and pages.
At first, open the post/page or create a new one in which you want to disable comments.
Click on the Settings icon (1) from the top right corner of your post/page. Make sure you are on the ‘Document’ (2) tab.
Scroll down to Discussion menu and uncheck ‘Allow comment’ box (3).
Click on the Update button to save changes. Now, comments for this page/post are disabled. In this way, you can disable comments for as many specific posts as you want.
Choice 2: Disable Comments Globally
If you want to disable all future comments, you can follow this procedure.
Go to WordPress Dashboard > Settings > Discussion.
Then simply uncheck ‘Allow people to submit comments on new posts‘.
Then click on the ‘Save Changes’ button at the very below. Now no one will be able to comment on any of your posts.
However, it won’t disable comments on your existing posts. You need to check the box “Automatically close comments on posts older than _ days” and set the days to 0.
You’ll find this option in the same page.
This will close all the existing comments sections on all your current posts. Don’t forget to click on ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom of the post.
Choice 3: Disable Comments Using A Plugin
If you don’t want to disable comments all by yourself, then you can take the help of the plugin named Disable Comments.
First, install and activate the plugin. (Read: How to Install A WordPress Plugin)
Once you’ve activated the plugin, navigate to Settings > Disable Comments.
If you choose the first option, all of the comments will be disabled. But if you want to disable comments on specific post types choose the second option and choose your preferred post type.
After choosing your preferred option don’t forget to click on Save Changes.
So choose your way according to your need. Anyways, we hope this detailed guide helped you to learn how to disable comments in WordPress with and without using a plugin.
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