WordPress is undoubtedly a best tool for blogging and CMS and it is completely flexible. There are lots of resources for wordpress, where beginners can learn and understand wordpress with ease from the scratch. Even at Blog Time Now we are providing useful wordpress guides for our readers. Here we will see a beginner level topic on how to disable comments in wordpress pages and posts.
WordPress comment system is completely customizable and you can manage it easily from your dashboard. By default wordpress enables commenting option in all your pages and posts. You can turn it off from discussion settings, but it disables comments only on new pages and posts. When you are using wordpress as a CMS you will most likely wish to disable comments on certain pages. Here we will see all other possible approaches to disable comments in wordpress.
How to disable comments in wordpress pages and posts
Here are some options to turn off comments in wordpress. You can disable comments for new upcoming pages and posts. You can disable comments, trackbacks and pingbacks on old articles. You can disable comments for certain pages and posts. You can hide existing comments on older posts and completely remove the discussion feature in your wordpress site.
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How to disable comments on new pages and posts
Login to your wordpress site and go to settings >> discussions and that opens discussion settings page. You will see an option “Allow people to post comment on new articles” in default article settings. Just uncheck it and people can’t post comments on new upcoming posts and pages. This disables commenting option only on newer posts, but still one can post comment on old articles.
How to turn off comments on old posts and certain pages
Whenever creating a new page or editing a post you can disable comments on that page and post from Discussion Meta box. You can see this option below each posts and pages where you can disable comments, trackbacks and pingbacks. In case if you don’t see, then just check the discussing module in screen option at the top right corner of your page.
If you got a huge number of posts and pages then this is the quick way to disable comments. From your wordpress dashboard go to posts or pages and you will see list of all your posts and pages. At the top right corner click on screen settings and then set the maximum number of posts to be displayed. Now check all posts and select edit and you will see an option to overrides all posts. Disable comments, Ping-backs and then update it.
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How to completely remove discussing feature in wordpress
The above method just disables comments on older, newer and upcoming posts and pages. Anyhow the existing approved comments will still show up in your older posts. You can completely delete it from comment settings, but what if you wish to temporarily hide it. By using some coding you can temporarily hide, but as a beginner it is not recommended for you. So just install and activate Disable comments plugin (Install and activate wordpress plugins) and you will have an option to globally disable comments in your wordpress site. Also all your approved existing comments in your old posts are put out of sight for you and your visitors. You can get back all your comments when you just disable this feature from plugin.
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