Your blog posts are good avenues for sparking conversations and discussions among your blog readers. This is why WordPress-run blogs often have their comments section enabled by default.
However, have you noticed an influx of too many comments that it already influences your webpage loading time?
Or have you seen spammy comments that have nothing to do about your blog posts being left on your site?
These common problems are usually resolved by disabling comments on WordPress posts. This article will show you how it’s done.
Also, learn the circumstances when comments enhance and hurt your blog, respectively.
Step-by-Step Guide to Disabling Commenting on WordPress
Want to disable comments on your blog? It’s easy to do it in WordPress.
WordPress gives you several options in disabling your blog comments, and we’ll be tackling each one step-by-step.
Disable Comments on Future Posts
You can turn off commenting on all your future blog posts. Follow these steps to do it:
- Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
- Select Settings form the sidebar menu.
- Under Settings, choose Discussion. The Discussion Settings page appears.
- Uncheck the Allow people to post comments on new articles You can find this under the Default article settings section.
- If you want, you can also uncheck the Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles This will also stop all pings on your future posts.
- Scroll down and click on Save changes.
Disable Comments on All Existing Posts
You can stop your readers from adding new comments on published posts that already have existing comments. Here’s how it’s done:
- Open your WordPress Dashboard.
- Click on Posts, then choose All Posts.
- Select all your blog posts to change their settings in bulk.
- Click on Bulk Actions, then choose Edit.
- Select Apply. The Bulk Edit page will appear.
- Find the Comments drop-down list and select the Do not allow
- Click the blue Update button to save your changes.
The comment box will then be removed on all your existing posts. Note, however, that all previously approved comments will still appear on the posts.
Disable Comments on Specific Blog Posts
You can individually edit your WordPress posts to remove the commenting function from them. To do this:
- Open your WordPress Dashboard.
- Click on Posts, then choose All Posts.
- Select the particular blog post you want to edit.
- Click on Edit Post. You will then be taken to the post’s writing area.
- Locate the Discussion section on the bottom of the writing area.
- Uncheck the Allow comments
- Save your changes.
Note: If you cannot find the Discussion section, go back to the Posts section and choose the Screen Options tab. This is located at the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Check the Discussion box and make sure it’s always ticked on.
Another way of disabling comments on individual posts is by using Quick Edit:
- On the Posts page, choose the blog post you wish to edit.
- Click on the Quick Edit The Quick Edit panel will open.
- Go to the screen’s right side and locate the Allow Comments Uncheck the said option.
- Click the blue Update button to finish off.
Removing Existing Comments on All Live Posts
Want your existing published posts to be comment-free? WordPress lets you remove approved comments, just follow these steps:
- Navigate to your WordPress Dashboard.
- Select Comments from the sidebar menu. The Comments setting page will appear.
- Choose all the comments on all the existing posts that you want to remove.
- Click on Move to Bin or Unapprove from the drop-down list.
- Save your settings.
All your existing comments on your published posts will now be deleted.
Using Plugins to Disable Commenting on WordPress Posts
WordPress offers powerful customization settings regarding comment disabling.
However, you may also opt to use plugins specifically designed to help you get rid of that comment box on your blog posts.
If you’re having a hard time managing your comments through the various WordPress dashboard settings, then have a look at the following plugins:
This is the most popular plugin for managing your WordPress posts’ comments.
Disable Comments allows its users to easily turn off comments for the entire website.
It also has features for individually turning off comments on specific posts, media contents, and pages.
No Page Comment
Some plugins let you edit comments on various elements of your WordPress site.
Get this plugin if you mostly want to remove the comments function on new posts, pages, and media. It also lets you manage your trackback settings easily.
Disable Comments For Any Post Types
Like other plugins, this tool removes comments and the commenting function on your entire website easily.
But a key feature of this plugin is the removal of external links from comments that are already published on your live posts. This plugin also has options specifically focused on SEO-related matters.
Comment Link Remove
This plugin can globally shut off commenting for your entire website. It also lets you hide existing comments on individual or all posts.
Most importantly, the plugin greatly helps in removing links left by spammers on their comments.
This is the plugin to use if you want to reduce spammy-looking comments on your live posts while selectively turning off the commenting function of your website.
Using a plugin to manage your WordPress blog’s commenting functions is an easy way to go if you’d rather not hassle yourself on learning the Comments settings on your Dashboard.
Just find the right plugin for you on the WordPress Plugin Directory, install, then configure your settings within the plugin.
The Pros and Cons of Comments on Your WordPress Blog
The blogging community has no clear consensus on whether or not comments need to be removed.
If you’re feeling undecided as to whether or not you should turn off comments on your blog, weigh its pros and cons as shown below:
Why Are Comments Great for Your Blog?
Some pro-comment bloggers give these reasons why comments must always be enabled on your blog posts:
- Comments are proof that your blog engages its readers. It means that your readers truly took the time to go through your posts and made them speak their minds out.
- Replying to comments strengthen your rapport and relationship with your readers. You build authority and trust by engaging with your readers through the comments section.
- Positive comments cement your reader’s commitment to following your blog. Most readers will express their delight at a blog post’s contents in the comments section. They often show their support to you by leaving comments telling you of their resolve to follow the blog.
- Comments provide you with instant feedback about the contents you posted. They also give you an idea of what contents your readers would want to see in the future. Having your comments section enabled shows that your blog is open to all sorts of feedback, be it positive or negative.
- Search engines factor in comments in indexing a blog site. This is especially true if the comments carry plenty of the main keywords included in the blog post. A research done by blogger Neil Patel showed that approximately 30% of keywords ranking in Google Analytics came from a blog’s comments section.
But Why Must You Consider Turning Off Commenting?
As you’ve previously read, there are many wonderful benefits of having your comments section enabled in your blog.
But there are lots of downsides to having a comments section on blog posts as well:
- Not all comments are genuine. Your blog could receive lots of low-quality comments. Some of them could even be reported as spam. These comments are those left by people who just want to take advantage of the number of your readers to promote themselves or services that aren’t even related to your blog post.
- Moderating your comments section can take lots of your time. You could be using the time spent in comment moderation to develop new ideas and create fresh content for your blog instead.
- Blogs that have their comments section turned off usually have fast loading times.
- Not all of your posts need comments in it. Sometimes, you just post a quick update about your blog’s state and you really don’t need your followers commenting about it.
- If your blog has a huge number of followers commenting on every single post you have, your blog posts would be so chock-full of comments that it’s become even longer than the actual articles or contents you’ve posted. A large volume of comments flooding your blog posts can actually be managed by shifting them to social media platforms or by creating a separate forum for your readers.
- Having a comments section doesn’t help out a lot in SEO. Again, we bring you back to Neil Patel’s study on SEO and blog comments. Notice that Google Analytics only raises a blog’s rankings if they have around 30% of high-quality, keyword-rich comments section. Your blog might see a slight increase in search traffic, but it isn’t dramatically significant.
- Comments don’t drive up traffic to your posts significantly; hence, they don’t play a major role in increasing your blog revenue either.
You’ve now seen the pros versus the cons of enabling comments on your WordPress blog. Only you can decide whether your blog needs a comments section or not. It will depend on your preference and your needs.
Comments are a controversial element of any blog. Sometimes, it is a vital tool for a blogger. Otherwise, it becomes a nuisance that needs to be removed.
WordPress offers several ways to configure settings for the Comments section of your blog. All these can be done through your Dashboard. You can opt to:
- Remove all existing comments on your live posts
- Turn off commenting for your future posts
- Turn off new comments for your live posts
- Individually turn off commenting for selected posts
You may also use plugins to manage your comments. Some plugins have added features such as letting you manage links left by spam commenters and settings for comments that have SEO functionality.
Only you can decide if comments will make or break your blog. Choose your commenting options wisely to further enhance your blog and improve the experience of your readers.