WordPress: How to enable/disable comments on individual blog posts

WordPress allows you to enable/disable comments on individual blog posts, as well as across your entire site. This allows you to control which posts comments are shown on.

How to enable/disable comments on a post or page

1. Find the post in the Posts section of your dashboard, then go to edit it.

2. Click the “Screen Options” tab at the top right of the screen. Make sure the “Discussions” option is enabled.

Enable Discussions options

3. Now scroll to the bottom of the page and you can enable/disable comments using the options:

wordpress comment options

It is recommended to leave the “trackbacks and pingbacks” option disabled for best results.

Comments still not displaying on some posts?

If comments are enabled on the blog post but still won’t display, this may be related to the settings you are using at Settings > Discussion. Please check that you have not limited comments to within a certain date range:

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  1. Ava James

    Thanks Phil,
    I will have a look at the settings. And Disquis.
    The plug in was to incorporate if comments came from facebook.
    But am happy to not have this if wordpress can incorporate any comments without asking people to sign in before leaving a comment.


    1. Phil (pipdig)

      Ah I see, this is possible, however I’d recommend just using the WordPress comments form instead. This would allow anyone to comment without needing to sign up for any other websites.

      1. Ava James

        Thanks for your help!! I have sorted it out now by following the steps above.

        1. Phil (pipdig)

          No problem, glad to hear it is working better now 🙂

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