How to Enable and Disable Comments in WordPress

Updated on Jul 2, 2019

While WordPress has a feature that allows your users to write and read comments, you have the ability to disable it. However, not all webmasters who use the platform to build their websites would prefer discussions allowed. Some of the reasons for this are:

  • Configure a separate plugin like Disqus for managing interactions.
  • Prevent Spam/Bot comments which can clutter the database and increase load times
  • Prevent phishing attempts to keep the user base safer, which is very useful on blogs related to cryptocurrency, finances, and real estate.
  • Preventing arbitrary code execution attempts via comments.
  • Move the communication over to social media, a dedicated forum, or community apps like discord.

Note

You can enable/disable comments only for specific posts or pages via its individual "discussion" settings.

In this tutorial, we will show you how you can enable or disable the comments on your website for all future posts. Existing posts must be edited either manually or in bulk as per the information box above.

If you want to learn more about this part of the configuration on your website, check our other tutorial called "How to Manage Comments in WordPress."

To begin, you will have to log in your site's admin area and navigate to Setting → Discussion.

Access the Discussion Settings in WordPress

Once you access that section, you will notice a lot of different options. Don't get intimidated, as for this one we will only need the "Allow people to post comments on new articles" field. The same can be found at the first set of settings on that page.

Enable or Disable Comments on New Articles

For more information on the rest of the settings, visit our "How to Configure your Settings in WordPress" tutorial.

Please check/uncheck this option if you would like to enable or disable the comments on your website. Once you are done with that change scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit the Save Changes button.

Congratulations! You have modified the configuration for the comments on your site!

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