How to Disable WordPress Comments

How to Disable WordPress Comments Easily

In WordPress by Fathi Arfaoui0 CommentsLast Updated: May 16th, 2014

The default WordPress installation comes with enabled commenting system. That’s normal, WordPress is the most popular and successful blogging and CMS platform, and comments, make things dynamic, as they add real value to the content. However, not all the WordPress sites are blogs, there are thousands of  websites and they need to turn off these comments.

Blogger feels the need to stop spammers if they can’t manage lots of them. Today, I’ll show you how to disable WordPress comments easily. But, please remember that comments are really good, especially, if you have a community website.

Please remember that WordPress lets you check, to enable, or disable comments for each individual post or page. But after lots of pots, you can’t manage all that easily and turn comments off. At the same time, you can change your WordPress commenting system if it’s not working well.

There are lots of them and you can install any commenting system easily. For disabling comments, there are 2 plugins to use and customize everything. The first one is Disable Comments, so install this plugin, activate it and then, you will find its menu link under “Settings” as in the following screenshot.

How to Disable WordPress Comments

Now, you get the plugin settings page, and from there, you can disable comments on WordPress posts, pages, or everywhere in the website. So, check boxes as you need and click the “Save Changes” button.

Disable WordPress Comments in posts

Now, the comments are disabled for posts in the above example. Also, you can set comments OFF for pages and media. If you think that you need to disable WordPress comments everywhere, then, make sure to delete all to call to action for comment on your posts.

That’s good for the user experience, imagine a reader who complete a full article and when he/she wants to add a comments the message says, “comments are closed” or “disabled”, and that’s not a good thing if you treat your readers are human. However, you can disable or enable comments per individual posts, directly from the post editor page.

The second plugin, turn comments off, and it’s called No Page Comment. It’s a great tool with extra management features. Install that plugin and find it under the “Settings” menu, you get the options as it looks like in the next screenshot example.

Read also:  Understand the WordPress settings page and dashboard

Turn off WordPres comments

As you can see, you can disable all the post comments, and pages, or the entire blog commenting system. That’s good in the cases where you really should do that.

Why disabling comments?

There are many cases where the site owner receives thousands of comments per day, and the majority of them are spam of course. It’s easy to add a CAPTCHA system to comments, and that makes things cleaner. But, the problem still there, if the blog is not updated regularly and if it receives lots of traffic. My advice is to disable the WordPress comments only, when you can’t manage and moderate them.

Another case when it’s better to avoid comments, is when comments, add a completely different conversation to the main post idea. That can affect SEO in the long-term, and it’s not good at all.

The only solution for this can be to approve each comment, manually, and that’s not easy with hundreds of daily comments. You can’t waste hours moderating spam comments if you have lots of them.

The big problem with spam protection WordPress plugins is that they only detect automatic commentators that are bots. There are thousands of people who browse blogs just to add a link. At the same time, be careful about comments that seems unnatural or generated.

About Fathi Arfaoui

Fathi Arfaoui is a Physicist, Blogger and the founder of He shares Business, WordPress and Blogging tips to build a better blog and succeed online.

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