My beginner’s guide shows you step by step how to disable comments in WordPress. You can disable them for all your posts or you can disable them for individual posts. The process is a few clicks in your WordPress admin.
Let’s get started.
Disabling comments for all your posts
To start, we find ‘Settings’ in our WordPress admin menu, in the popup select ‘Discussion’.
Now we come to this page. On this page, we want to uncheck the ‘Allow people to post comments on new articles’ box. At the moment, I have a tick in the box, that means visitors can comment on my posts.
By unticking this box and selecting ‘Save changes’ at the bottom of the screen, the comments box will be removed on any new posts I publish.
Don’t forget to save your changes after you untick this box. The ‘Save changes’ link is at the bottom of the page.
How to disable comments for individual posts
If you are writing a post and don’t want to enable comments for that article, there is an option for that.
There is a drop-down menu called ‘Discussion’ on the right-hand side of the post you are editing.
When we open that menu we get these options.
The is an option to ‘Allow comments’ and ‘Allow pingbacks and trackbacks’. To disable comments for this post, we untick the box next to ‘Allow Comments’. When we publish or update this post, the comments will be disabled.
Pingbacks and Trackbacks are messages sent between two posts or pages that have links to each other.
That is how you disable comments in WordPress.
I think it is a good idea to have comments activated for your site, it gives you a channel to communicate with your visitors. It also helps boost your word count on Google.
If you offer advice and help to your visitors, they will start to trust you and will be more likely to purchase the products you recommend.
Sometimes it is necessary to disable comments due to the nature of the blog topic. In that case, you can use the option to disable comments for individual posts.
To control spam, install the ‘Askimet’ plugin. This plugin helps monitor your comments, any comment it believes is spam, it will put the comment in a spam folder for you to look at when you have time.
You install this plugin from the WordPress plugin library in your WordPress admin or from WordPress.org.
Do you disable comments on your blog posts?
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