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2 Quick Ways WordPress Lets You Disable Comments (And Why You’d Want To)
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2 Quick Ways WordPress Lets You Disable Comments (And Why You’d Want To) 

WordPress hasn’t always been a robust Content Management System (CMS). It started life as a blogging platform more akin to WordPress.com. Regardless, some functionality, such as user comments, remains from the early days with value.

However, while they’re great for fostering a community, comments aren’t appropriate for every site. What’s more, if you don’t have time to manage the comments coming into your site, they can do more harm than good.
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In this post, we’ll examine two ways WordPress helps you disable comments. Before that, let’s discuss the pros and cons of using them.

The Benefits of Enabling Comments

As we noted, WordPress began as a blogging platform. Anyone with knowledge of content marketing and promotion knows that blog comments can be a great way to encourage users to interact with a brand and business.

What’s more, some users can even become valuable and helpful community members. Depending on your site’s offers, this could be a great social proof for others. After all, if the community you engage with is friendly and helpful, others will want to join.

As such, your comments section is almost part of your sales funnel. However, they’re not suitable for every site. Let’s discuss why next.

Why You’d Want to Disable Comments in WordPress

Unfortunately, the comments sections come with a few caveats. Namely:

  • Users may not want to interact with your content. Other communities are more passive and valid but not helpful for posts with a dedicated comments section.
  • You’ll have a diverse mix of users leaving comments. As such, some posts and replies may not align with your site’s ethics and ethos. This means you need to moderate comments.
  • Comments sections are breeding grounds for spam links and other malicious intent.

Overall, if you’re averse to implementing measures for any of these caveats, it may be wise to disable comments altogether. What’s more, your site may not suit having comment sections. This is true for sites that mainly use static, informational content, such as landing pages.

If this rings true, find two ways to disable your WordPress comments.

2 Quick Ways WordPress Lets You Disable Comments

There are more than two ways to disable comments. However, we offer the two most straightforward methods to complete the job. We think these will suit most WordPress users and sites – and you may not need more than a few minutes for each process.

1. Use WordPress’ Built-In Functionality

WordPress has some robust functionality for both enabling and disabling comments. There are two approaches you can take for the latter. If you want to disable comments on a site-wide basis, log into your WordPress dashboard and head to Settings > Discussion:

wordpress discussion settings

Here, you can change all manner of options for the way comments are accepted and moderated on your site. However, the option you’ll need is right at the top in the Default post settings section: Allow people to submit comments on new posts:

wordpress allow comments

If you uncheck this and save your changes, the comments section will not be enabled on new posts. However, this does not disable comments on existing posts.

If you’re sure this is what you want to do, scroll down to the Other comment settings section and set Automatically close comments on posts older than…days to zero:

wordpress comments

Once you check this box and save your changes, this will disable comments on existing posts. From there, you can delete pre-existing comments from the Comments admin panel. Note that you can also disable comments on a per-post basis from the Discussion section of the Block Editor for each post:

wordpress block editor

However, if you’re disabling comments globally, using this feature will only make sense if you’d like to enable comments for a specific post.

2. Install a WordPress Plugin

WordPress wouldn’t be the platform it is without plugins. Fortunately, you have a few options for disabling comments. The two we recommend are Disable Comments

wordpress disable comments plugin

…and the confusingly-named Disable Comments RB:

wordpress disable comments rb plugin

What’s more, both plugins work in a similar fashion. Once you’ve installed and activated your chosen plugin, you’ll find both have dedicated admin panels within the Settings screen of your dashboard:

rb plugin disable comments settings

While Disable Comments RB has just two radio buttons to enable or disable comments, its rival has a comprehensive control panel:

disable comments panel

Here, you can disable comments globally, for specific post types, and even those comments made through WordPress APIs.

What’s more, you’re able to quickly delete comments, both globally and for specific post types:

delete comments

The Disable Comments plugin enhances WordPress’ functionality. It’s a handy addition if you want to disable your comments.

Conclusion

Comments sections are polarizing features of any website. While there are clear benefits to letting users engage with your content, there are plenty of valid reasons to remove the option.

This post has looked at two ways to disable comments in WordPress. Let’s recap them:

  1. Use WordPress’ built-in functionality.
  2. Install and activate a WordPress plugin, such as Disable Comments.

Have you ever considered disabling comments in WordPress? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Author Bio:

“Tom Rankin is a quality content writer for WordPress, tech, and small businesses.

When he’s not typing, he takes photographs, writes music, plays computer games, and talks in the third person.

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1 Comment

  1. Logan

    Or another option – phpmyadmin! And disable/enable all posts comments without plugin.

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