One common problem facing WordPress users is the amount of spam comments.
There are some spam-fighting tools such as Akismet and Mollom, but some WordPress users prefer to turn off comments entirely.
One of our students wanted to disable WordPress comments, so we created this step-by-step tutorial for him.
- Go to Settings > Discussion.
- Uncheck the “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new posts”.
- Uncheck the “Allow people to post comments on new articles”.
The pingbacks feature of WordPress is like commenting for computers. It allows other blogs to leave a comment or link on your blog to their blog if they mention you. Unfortunately, in many cases it’s not useful and is a bit like link-spam.
Finally, at the bottom, save your changes and you’re done.
If you do still get commenting at the bottom of some older posts, you’ll need to go to those individual posts and uncheck the settings for commenting. The quickest way to do this is with the “Bulk Edit” feature.
How to Automatically Disable All Comments
If you want to go a step further and completely remove all traces of comments or comment features from your site, we recommend the Disable Comments plugin. This plugin allows administrators to globally disable comments on any post type (posts, pages, attachments, etc.) so that these settings cannot be overridden for individual posts. It also removes all comment-related fields from edit and quick-edit screens.
Moderating and Approving Comments
If you want to keep comments enabled, but control how to manage and approve the comments, you can do this with the moderate_comments capability. This controls who can manage and post comments on your site.
It’s also possible to control who can manage comments on a more granular basis. This guide explains how authors can manage comments on their own posts.
Other Ways to Improve WordPress Comment
If your comments generate good discussion, you can allow users to subscribe to the comments on a post. If your userbase is active on Facebook, you could also consider using Facebook comments.