Enabling and Disabling comments

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Comments are enabled by default on posts and pages.

How you disable comments depends on whether you want the change to apply to:

  1. New posts and pages you’ll publish in the future.
  2. Posts and pages you’ve already published.

Disabling comments on future posts and pages

You disable comments on new posts and pages you’ll publish in the future in Settings > Discussion.

This is a simple as:

1.  Go to Settings > Discussion inside your dashboard.

Go to Discussion page

2.  Deselect ‘Allow people to post comments on new articles ‘ and ‘Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks’ under Default article settings.

Disable Comments on new articles

3.  Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

Click Save Changes

Disabling comments on already published posts and pages

Any changes to your default article settings on Settings > Discussion only apply to any posts or pages you publish in the future.

You can disable comments on post or page you already published by using:

  1. Quick Edit
  2. The Discussion module
  3. Bulk edit

Using Quick Edit to Disable Comments

Quick Edit opens the post options letting you configure features such as title, status, passwords, categories, tags comments and the timestamp without having to edit the full post.

You can disable comments using Quick Edit by:

1.  Going to to either Posts > All Posts (or Pages > All Pages)

All posts page

2.  Locate the post or page you want to disable comments on

3.  Hover over it’s title to bring up it’s action menu.

Quick Edit

4.  Click on Quick Edit, deselect ‘Allow Comments’ and ‘Allow Pings’ then click on Update. 

Using Quick Edit

Using the Discussion module to Disable Comments

To change the comment settings for a post or page you already published you can open the post or page for editing and uncheck ‘Allow Comments’ and ‘Allow Trackbacks and Pingback on this page’ in the Discussion module and then click Update.

By default, new blogs have the Discussion module hidden.

You enable the discussion module as follows:

1.  Click on Screen Options in the upper right corner of your dashboard when you have a post open in edit mode.

Click on Screen Options

2.  Check the checkbox next to Discussion.

Select Discussion

Once the Discussion module is revealed you’ll see it appear below your Editor.

You now disable comments on the post or page as follows:

1.  Scroll down to the Discussion module.

2.  Deselect=  ’Allow Comments’ and ‘Allow Trackbacks and Pingback on this page’.

Disable Comments

3.  Click Update.

Using Bulk Edit to Disable Comments

Bulk edit allows you to modify multiple posts or pages at the same time.

This is as simple as:

1.  Go to Posts > All Posts.

All posts page

2.  Select the posts you want to edit

3.  Select Edit in the bulk actions drop down menu.

4.  Click Apply button.

Bulk Edit

4.  Now select Do not allow from the drop down menu next to Comments and then click Update.

This hides any existing comments on those posts and stops any one from adding new comments.

Disable Comments

Automatically Closing Comments

An alternative option to disabling comments is to automatically close comments after a certain number of days.

This is as simple as:

1.  Go to Settings > Discussion inside your dashboard.

Go to Discussion page

2.  Select ‘Automatically close comments on articles older than” and choose the number of days before comments are closed.

Closing comments

3.  Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

Click Save Changes

Enabing Comments

If you’ve disabled comments on posts and pages, and want to enable comments, you just need to follow the same steps as disabling comments but you need to:

  1. Select ‘
  2. Select “Allow Comments” on already publish posts and pages.

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