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Learning how to disable comments on WordPress pages can prove to be invaluable. While there are several reasons as to why someone may want to disable comments on WordPress posts, or even disable comments on WordPress pages entirely, the important thing to remember is that the option is indeed available to you.

In terms of disabling comments on WordPress pages, there are several things you will want to keep in mind. Ultimately, the path towards doing so is a fairly straightforward one.

Don’t Forget About WordPress Defaults

Remember that when it comes to WordPress, comments are automatically enabled. Since WordPress ultimately began its life as a blogging platform, and since the default idea with blogs is to establish or plug into a community of some kind, the default makes sense.

However, there are tons of reasons as to why someone may want to have comments on their WordPress post or page disabled. You might be dealing with a controversial subject, and you don’t want to create an ongoing discussion of that subject through the comments section. Sadly, these sorts of ongoing discussions can turn very ugly very quickly. This can negatively impact the overall perception of your post or page.

It’s also possible that comments simply are not relevant to your page or post. Regardless of the reason, if you create several WP posts or pages, it can be annoying to have to remember to disable comments for each and every one. As it turns out, there is actually a way in which you can make things a good deal easier on yourself.

Disabling Comments On WordPress Pages

The thing about WordPress is that in this day and age, you can create whole websites on WP that look nothing like any blog you could find. Furthermore, you can use WordPress to create a website, and then return to WordPress to create a blog that can function as an extension of your website. To that end, you may want to disable comments for the website, but keep comments for the blog portion.

In terms of achieving this, you will need to keep in mind the following:

Find the right plugin:
Your first step will be to seek out and download the “No Page Comment” plugin. This is a good example of the fact that WordPress lets you work with a near-endless list of plugins, all of which are designed to give you a massive range of tools to create a WP page or post that is completely to your liking.

Activate your plugin:
Once you have activated your plugin, you will go to your settings. From here, you will head over to the “No Page Comment” section. You can now configure the plugin to meet your specifications.

Working with your options:
You can now personalize the comments section to meet your particular standards. You can now remove comments/trackbacks from your new pages. You can also go back to the older posts to remove the ability for visitors to leave comments. All you have to do is click on your “DISABLE ALL COMMENTS” and “DISABLE ALL TRACKBOARDS” buttons. In other words, with relative ease, you can make changes to whether or not your visitors are going to have the ability to leave comments to whatever degree you see fit.

You can change your mind:
Should you decide that you want to activate comments for a page or post you have already disabled, you will find that you can accomplish this with very little trouble. All you have to do is go to the “Edit page” section of the page or post. You will then choose from your screen options, which you can find at the upper-right corner of your screen. You should then find a fly-down menu that gives you the ability to check your boxes near-to discussion. Scrolling down from the discussion box will connect you to a discussion meta box, which you can find on your post editor screens. You can now choose to enable or disable the ability for visitors to leave comments on a single page. Choose to allow or disallow comments, and then save your changes.

Building The Best WordPress Website Or Page Possible

Fully appreciating the potential of WordPress is the first step towards getting the absolute most out of your experience. This includes understanding what you can accomplish with the wide array of plugins that are available to you. To put it another way, a single plugin can completely transform not only the experience you have with building/customizing your WP page or post, but it can also completely transform the kind of experience your visitors have, as well. There is something enticing about that understanding.

Enabling or disabling comments is entirely your call to make. No matter what you decide, just remember the steps above to help you carry out whatever you would ultimately like to accomplish.

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Brandon Gaille is one of the nation's top experts on blogging. He built the monthly traffic to his marketing blog, BrandonGaille.com, to over a million visitors in 15 months. He also runs an online course & podcast called "The Blog Millionaire."