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Settings/Options

1. Settings > Discussion: “Allow people to post comments on new articles”.

As the Support doc on discussion settings says, this is the default for new posts and pages. Take note of the word “new”: enabling or disabling this option will only affect posts and pages created after the change, not already existing ones.

2. Post or page editor > Discussion module: “Allow Comments” + “Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page” (second option: posts only).

Changing these options overrides 1: you can disable commenting on an individual post or page while the default is “allow” or vv. So this is also the way to correct already existing posts or pages.
If you’re not seeing the Discussion module while on the post or page editor screen, click “Screen Options” (top right) and tick “Discussion” to make the module show up.

Faster way to disable comments on a static page: go to Pages > All Pages, click Quick Edit under the page title, uncheck the relevant option, click Update. Same thing for comments and/or pings on a post, in Posts > All Posts.

Even faster, when you want to change several static pages at once: go to Pages > All Pages, tick the little squares to select the pages, select “Edit” from the Bulk Actions pulldown, click Apply, select “Allow” or “Do not allow” from the relevant pulldown, click Update. Same thing for comments and/or pings on several posts, in Posts > All Posts.

On the problem of image attachment pages, see here, fourth paragraph from the end.

3. Settings > Discussion: “Automatically close comments on articles older than [ ] days”.

If this option is ticked, it overrides 1 and 2: commenting on “older” posts and pages is disabled, even if 1 and 2 are set to “allow”.
(Since 1 applies to new posts and pages only, 3 is the option you can take advantage of if you wish to temporarily or permanently disable commenting on all existing posts and pages.)

Tabs/Messages 1: on main page and on category/archive pages

When commenting (including trackbacks and pingbacks) is disabled, the regular comment tabs (“leave a comment”, “14 comments”, or the like) normally disappear; they give their place to one of a few variants – depending on the theme as well as on what you’re viewing (main posts page, archive page, single post, static page). Below is a survey of what shows up on the main posts page and on category or other archive pages; single posts and static pages covered in separate post.

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A. Main page and category/archive pages similar

In the majority of themes:
“Comments off”

Adventure Journal, Andrea, Autofocus, Black-Letterhead, Blix, Blogum, Bold Life, Bouquet, Bueno, Chateau (concise layout), Chunk, Comet, Dusk to Dawn, Duster, Esquire, Flower Power, Forever, Fresh & Clean, Greyzed, Imbalance 2, iTheme2, Manifest, Nuntius, P2, Parament, Pink Touch 2, Quintus, Reddle, Retro-fitted, Retro MacOS, Shaan, Skeptical, Splendio, Strange Little Town, Suburbia, Sundance, Sunspot, The Journalist v1.9, Toolbox, Triton Lite, Twenty Eleven, Twenty Ten, Vertigo, Vostok, Wu Wei:
no message

K2-lite, Redoable Lite, Unsleepable:
“Closed”

Regulus, Tarski:
“Comments closed”

MLB (all three):
“No Comments”

B. Main page and category/archive pages different

Hemingway, Monochrome, Neutra, Ocean Mist, Selecta, Spectrum, Titan, Vigilance:
“Comments off” on main page, no message on c/a pages

Structure:
no message on main page, “Comments off” on c/a pages

Nishita:
“Comments closed”on main page, no message on c/a pages

Twenty-eight Thirteen:
“Closed” on main page, no message on c/a pages

Duotone, Monotone:
[no main page] no message on c/a pages

C. Wrong tabs

Enterprise, Fusion:
“Leave a comment”

Iceburgg:
“Leave a response”

Paperpunch:
no message on main page, “0” on c/a pages

DePo Masthead:
“Permalink” on main page, “Comment” on c/a pages

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A. Main page and category/archive pages similar

In the majority of themes:
number of comments

Chateau (concise layout), Comet, Duster, Greyzed, Parament, The Journalist v1.9, Twenty Eleven, Wu Wei:
no message

Ambiru, Grid Focus:
“Comments off”

Regulus:
“Comments closed”

P2:
“Toggle Comments”

B. Main page and category/archive pages different

Hemingway, Monochrome, Neutra, Nishita, Ocean Mist, Selecta, Spectrum, Titan, Twenty-eight Thirteen, Vigilance:
number of comments on main page, no message on c/a pages

Autofocus, Paperpunch, Structure:
no message on main page, number of comments on c/a pages

Duotone, Monotone:
[no main page] no message on c/a pages

C. Wrong tabs

DePo Masthead:
“Permalink” on main page, number of comments on c/a pages

Adventure Journal:
“Leave a comment” on main page, no message on c/a pages


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Note: I test the themes by disabling commenting in the Discussion module of the post editor, not in Settings > Discussion; some themes may display a different tab if you do the latter.

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Discussion

13 thoughts on “Comments Off (1)

  1. Good post an a topic that has only been covered in piecemeal fashion and never in the encompassing way you have done here. Thanks. :)

    Posted by timethief | April 24, 2010, 19:08
  2. Well I’m trying!

    Post was going to be just a theme report at first, but we’ve seen so many users confuse or ignore the settings that I thought I’d better add the section on those too.

    Posted by Panos | April 25, 2010, 21:09
  3. Finally a site I can refer my clients to when they ask me “How do I turn comments off?”….lol nicely done. No more writing long emails for me.

    Posted by wordpress tips | April 28, 2010, 06:37
  4. Thanks…

    Posted by Panos | April 29, 2010, 10:45
  5. Jeebus…never been aware of such discussion settings ’til now. Good job, Panos. Thanks for saving our times.

    Posted by BabaliciouS | February 5, 2011, 05:11
  6. You’re welcome, Bab! This post, like many others of mine, is an outcome of what I see the forum: I’ve seen that many users are unaware of option 3, and many users confuse what does what and what overrides what.

    Posted by Panos | February 5, 2011, 15:31
  7. Very helpful.

    Posted by orgstrat | March 24, 2011, 23:49
  8. Hi there! Quick question that’s completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My web site looks weird when browsing from my apple iphone. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to resolve this problem. If you have any suggestions, please share. Thanks!

    [Username link to commercial site removed - P.]

    Posted by Adria Belfi | June 19, 2011, 19:02
  9. It works! Thanks so much.. :)

    Posted by Ndr | August 17, 2011, 08:26
  10. You’re welcome, but what are you referring to?

    Posted by Panos | August 17, 2011, 08:30
  11. i follow your instruction at option 2 and finally, i can disable comments in one of my page :)

    Posted by Ndr | August 17, 2011, 09:00
  12. Oh I see – fine then!

    Posted by Panos | August 17, 2011, 16:22

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