How to Remove Comments from WordPress Pages

By Princess Jones

The moment I found WordPress was a big moment in my working life. Before that, I was manually creating web pages in Microsoft Publisher and uploading them to my webhost via FTP. If I wanted to make a change in the web copy on a page, it was a multistep process. The first time I just opened my dashboard, chose a page, and edited the copy, I could have cried with joy.

WordPress didn’t just change my world, though. It is a major force in the content management world. You can host a simple blog or run a moguldom from WordPress. And for the most part, it’s simple to understand. You can have no experience or knowledge to start.

So, I totally get it when I see a small business using WordPress to host their website with some noticeable errors. One of the biggest annoyances is when I’m reading some page–let’s say your About page–and there’s a comment box at the end.

Not only do those comment boxes give your website an amateurish look, they also allow users to comment on the information there. This is particularly true for spammers, who will comment on any available part of your site. So it’s best just remove the option. Here’s how to remove comments from WordPress pages.

Remove those comment boxes!

Most WordPress themes have universal settings that allow you remove the comment boxes from pages. It depends on the theme, though. For example, if you’re using an Elegant Theme installation, you want to go “Appearance” and then your theme’s options. Then click “Layout Settings.” On this page you’ll see three tabs at the top of the screen. Click “Single Page Layout” and then disable comments. Don’t forget to save before you leave the page.

If your theme doesn’t have a global controls, you can do it manually on each page. Open the page you’d like to edit. Find the Discussion setting. It can be anywhere on the page but it’s usually further down the page. (And if you can’t find it, it means you don’t have discussion settings enable on each page. Go back to the top of the screen and click “Screen Options” in the right corner. Make sure the box next to Discussion is checked.)

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Under the Discussion section, you’ll see checkboxes next to “Allow Comments” and “All trackbacks and pingbacks on this page.” Make sure those options are not enabled. Click “Update” to save the changes on the page.

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Princess Jones is the evil genius behind P.S. Jones Copy & Design, where she helps food and drink businesses speak the language of their audiences. For more talk about copywriting, design, and the tools to pull them off, follow her on Twitter @imprincessjones.


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