How to enable and disable comments in WordPress?

How to enable and disable comments in WordPress?

Objectives of this article:

Learn how to enable / disable comments in WordPress Understand what feedback brings In this article we will see how to activate or deactivate comments on WordPress but also what they bring to your blog. Are you desperate to turn comments on or off on your various blog posts or pages on your website? You’re a little lost ? Look no further for law!

What are comments and what are they used for?

First of all, as you know, comments are generally located at the end of the article or page and allow your Internet users to interact around your various articles and pages. They must fill in a few fields in order to validate the comments such as their first name, last name or nickname, their email address and possibly their website and their comments. Thanks to this you can get feedback from them. Prospects for improvement, details and opinions.It can also be interesting to activate comments because if one of your articles goes viral, you will have a lot of positive feedback: comments, sharing, rating, etc … And this gives even more credibility to your article and your business. Comments are social proof that should not be overlooked. Likewise, during each comment you will be able to retrieve an email address which will be added to your mailing list. Now that we know what we are talking about, let’s get to work! First, log into your WordPress dashboard. In order to activate or deactivate comments on WordPress you have two solutions:

Enable / Disable ALL Comments

First, click on “screen option” which is displayed at the top right of your dashboard.A “blocks” banner will then be displayed with several choices such as “at a glance”, “activity”, “Site stats”… etc. Click “Welcome” if you haven’t already. An insert appears with the inscription “Welcome to WordPress! ”Moreover, this insert is very practical because it allows you to personalize your site directly, manage widgets, menus, etc… but above all, with this insert you can activate or deactivate comments.When you click on “Enable or disable beginners”, you are redirected to Settings> Chat.Likewise, if you can’t find the “Welcome” insert on the dashboard, just go to the Settings> Chat tab. Once here, you will be able to configure a lot of things.

Default item settings

In this part, you will find 3 activities. The one we are interested in here is “allow readers to post comments on new articles”. If the box is empty, you will prohibit readers from posting comments and the insert for commenting on articles will disappear, conversely, if you check the box, readers will be able to post comments.These settings can be modified for each article, we will see it a little later in detail.

Other comment settings

Then, in this part you will have 5 activities. If you want the author of a comment to fill in their name and email address, you must check the appropriate box. This function is quite important or even capital, because, if the person is in the comment box as below and he wishes to leave a comment without having provided his name or his e-mail address (the website is optional), he will not be able to be notified of all new comments by e-mail or of all new articles. If you remove the ability to enter the email address, the person cannot be “captured” by email.Likewise, there is no need to check that you must be registered and logged in to comment. Otherwise you close the door to a lot of people. Regarding the box to automatically close comments on articles older than 14 days, it is not necessarily interesting to activate it. Then you can see the checkbox “enable nested comments up to 5 levels”, it means if someone says they disagree with you on this point, you or someone from other can answer this person in question by arguing his point of view. In comparison, it comes close to comments on Facebook. The last box concerns the division of comments on a page. Sincerely, it doesn’t matter. To make the discussions clearer, you can select the display of comments. Let me explain, you can choose between the oldest comments that appear first and the most recent comments. Your best bet is to display the most recent comments. Like on Facebook for example.

Send me a message when …

In this part, you will be able to choose if you want to receive a message when a new comment is published and / or when a comment is awaiting moderation. Moderation is the act of restraining or moderating something in order to control it. Both boxes should be checked as this ensures follow-up in comments posted or to be moderated. This first action allows you to no longer worry about the content of your comments and therefore the impact they have on your article.

Before posting a comment

You can check the manual approval activity of a comment, however, if your post goes viral it will be a waste of time to validate each comment. Next, you are asked if the author of a comment must already have at least one approved comment. This step is important because it operates a first filter. Indeed, if you have already approved one of their comments, the person will be able to post comments without you having to approve them again.

Regarding the moderation of comments

In this insert, you will be able to moderate the comments automatically as soon as they contain more than 2 characteristics typical of an unwanted comment (spam). Indeed, you will be able to enter the words that you do not want to be displayed in your comments in the box just below This comment will then be retained in the moderation queue and it will be up to you to validate or not the comment because it will be suspected as spam. Then come the blacklists.

Blacklist for comments

In this box you can write insults, defamations, words that you do not want to appear in your comments, etc … When an Internet user posts a comment with a word from your blacklist, WordPress detects it and places it in Trash. The comment in question and will not appear in the comments of your article.


Finally, avatars are the small images linked to the comments of your Internet users. You can enable or disable them. Then, if they don’t have a WordPress account, they don’t have an image representing them. You must therefore choose what will represent them by default.

JetPack subscription settings

And finally, choose to check the following two boxes in order to offer your audience to follow the news of your blog as well as the comments which result from it thanks to the subscription by email.So much for the first solution! Now let’s see the second option.Activate / deactivate comments for certain articles To customize the posting of comments for each article, go to Articles> All Articles. Find the item you want to customize and click on “quick edit”.Note: your display will not be the same depending on which plugins you have or have not installed. Click on quick edit to see a small insert to enable or disable comments for the article in question.If you click on “disable comments”, the comment insert will disappear from your article. Be careful, this will disappear from this one article and not from the others! If you go to another article, the comment box will still be activated if you have decided to activate them in the general settings.