Enable and Disable Comments on Published Posts and Pages

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

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

Quick Edit

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, uncheck ‘Allow Comments’ then click on Update. 

Using Quick Edit

Discussion module

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’ 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.  Uncheck  ‘Allow Comments’.

Disable Comments

3.  Click Update.

Bulk Edit

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

Click Save Changes

Enable and Disable Comments on Future Posts and Pages

Any changes to published posts only apply those posts.

You’ll find step by step instructions to enable and disable comments on future posts and pages here.

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