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How to Disable Comments on WordPress

How to disable comments on WordPress? Primarily, there are two methods to do so. The first one is a global setting where it’ll disable comments on all posts, while the second one is a choice that can be made on specific posts and pages.

Let’s explore!

Method 1: Globally Disabling Comments on All Blog Posts

If you’re one of those people who’d like not to let anyone comment at all, on all new posts, this method is best suited for you.

All you have to do is from your WP Dashboard, navigate to settings > discussion > and then deselect “Allow people to submit comments on new posts.” Once done, make sure to save your changes by scrolling to the bottom.

disabling wordpress comments on all posts
Really; it’s this easy!

My personal choice has always been to take this approach. I will be covering as to why disabling comments can be a good idea a bit later in this post, so make sure to check that out!

Method 2: Individually Disabling and Enabling Comments on Posts and Pages

This tactic can allow for more control on a case-by-case basis. It can also work in complement to the first method. For instance, say you want to disable comments on posts globally, but may want to enable it on specific posts. You can do so by leveraging this method.

All you have to do is head over to your post or your page, and tweak your “document” settings. Somewhere in there, will be an option for “Discussion.” Typically, you’ll get two choices here:

  • Option to enable or disable comments.
  • Option to enable/disable pingbacks & trackbacks.

If you need to know about pingbacks & trackbacks, you might want to check out a nice explanatory post from WordPress themselves.

disabling wordpress comments individually on posts and pages
All you have to do is find the discussion section for your “document” settings, and enable or disable these checkboxes. Note that for pages, you likely will not get the option for pingbacks and trackbacks.

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Why Should You Disallow WordPress Comments?

Comments can be useful for user engagement, but it can also bring in a lot of drawbacks, such as spam, accidental (or not) revelation of personally identifiable information, hacks, and more. Additionally, if you’re serious about SEO, you also need to be wary of Google’s updated guidelines when it comes to links.

What Are the Other Benefits of Turning off Comments?

If you think a bit in technical terms, comments are a functionality, or a feature of your site — that has some kind of code that allows for it to work. Turning off comments will reduce that code, and make your site faster.
Some other benefits outside of speed are that if you have a product page, you don’t want comments there — especially if you’re a B2B organization. It can also avoid trolling of your site, can save time maintaining the site (because you don’t have to manage comments), and most importantly of all, reduces your risk of liability of users’ actions on your website. Further, as already discussed, because you have the comments disabled, there is no possibility of users revealing Personally Identifiable Information.
In general, you’re likely protecting yourself by coming up with terms and conditions, website usage policy, etc., but you also might need to come up with supplementary clauses for comments — which can incur extra legal fees.

But What if I Really Need User and Social Engagement?

My advice will be to directly leverage a social platform if you’re a new website. Create content and authority through your WordPress site, and keep the user & social engagement aspect separate.
Now, you could also be a blogger, or got your WordPress site specifically for running giveaways, sponsorships, things like that, etc. In that scenario, I’d highly suggest you’re following all the FTC rules, Googles guidelines (especially) for links, and legal and privacy best practices.

Conclusion

Outside of the two methods described above, there are a few more approaches you can take.

However, as emphasized, unless absolutely necessary and critical to your business or your blog, my recommendation would be to disallow comments completely to avoid the headaches of managing them, taking care of privacy issues, GDPR regulations, and whatnot.

Plus, let’s say you have the comments enabled, in that case, you’d have to employ extra methodologies to fight spam, hacks, and more. And to do so, you may get extra help from additional plugins, which in turn will be detrimental to your site speed. And site speed, as we all know, is an SEO ranking factor, and will continue to grow in importance, as I’ve repeatedly mentioned throughout my blogs.

In any event, if you ever needed to know how to disable comments on WordPress, you can use either of the primary methods described here, or try more options from this website.