3 Steps to Disable Comments on WordPress and here’s why

Whether you Enable or Disable comments is ultimately up to you, but here’s how to Disable Comments on WordPress in 3 Steps.

Comments can be a great way to obtain feedback about your products, services, or ideas on WordPress; however, they’re not for everyone. Comment “wars” often erupt and these may misdirect anger toward your site. Furthermore, comments may distract people from the content of your site.

There are also other reasons why you may not want comments and we’ll explore those later in the article. First, let’s take a look at how to disable comments on your WordPress site.

How to Disable Comments on WordPress in 3 Steps

Step 1

Install No Page Comment Plugin, which can be found on WordPress repository. (Plugins/Add New/Search for “No Page Comment”/Install Now/Activate)

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Step 2

Go to Settings/No Page Comment and Disable or Enable the comments for Pages, Posts or Media.

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Step 3

 

Update Settings and you’re done!

But ultimately if you’d want to alternatively Enable Comments after you Disabled them, you can do that for new Posts or Pages just by selecting “Allow Comments” from Discussion board, down below the Post or Page.

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Why Disable Comments?

1. Comment “wars”

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Comment wars start for a variety of reasons. Sometimes a troll starts making inflammatory remarks simply to rile people up. Other times, a peaceful argument turns bad when people start insulting each other.

Comment wars are detrimental for your WordPress site because they don’t allow for positive engagement with your material. Instead, people may feel that they have to have very strong beliefs if they want to participate in the comments section, or they may read the comments section and become totally disinterested with your site.

In sum, comment wars can be dangerous for your site and an easy way to avoid them is to not allow comments in the first place.

2. Comments can be Distracting

Have you ever been on a website with a goal of finding information, but found that you became more engaged in a discussion that people were having on the website? Sometimes these discussions don’t even directly relate to the content on the website, or they start as on-topic and drift away from the topic.

Basically, while comments provide a way to engage with your material, they also provide an area just for people to talk. Your site visitors may quickly forget about the site content and become wrapped up in an interesting discussion.

3. People use Comments to Self-promote

Think back to the last time you read over a comments section. Do you remember seeing a lot of links? Unfortunately, some people use the comments section to promote their own websites. This can lead your site visitors to other sites (some of which may have material very similar to yours).

In a sense, it can actually be safer to disable comments because, when you do that, you effectively guarantee that site visitors will not be distracted by other sites in the comments. Furthermore, some website promoters use various accounts to post a link to a website. This can make your site visitors think that the link is definitely worth checking out.

4. The Comments Section may be Empty!

On some WordPress sites, people don’t utilize the comments section for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the comments section is hard to find, obscured by other content, or maybe people are engaging with your material in a different way (such as through social media).

Regardless of why your comments section may be empty, having it be empty may look bad to site visitors who view this section. They may think that your material is not worth engaging with, or they may think that your site is unpopular (when these things may not be true).

Disabling the comments section is especially important if you have a newer WordPress site that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. You can always re-enable comments at a later time when you get more traffic.

Why Keep the Comments?

1. Engagement

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We’ve mentioned engagement already, but it’s really important to emphasize how engaging the comments section can be. For one, people can use the comments section to easily provide you with feedback about your WordPress site (including their ideas on how to improve the site). Keep in mind that sites usually have to pay for feedback from users. With the comments section, you get feedback for free.

Additionally, site visitors will engage with one another one another and discuss things like where a product or service can be used. Perhaps one site visitor has a unique idea about how to use one of your products or services and that idea catches on. That would definitely be good for business.

2. Comments Show that you are Receptive

This ties into engagement, but it’s also a little different. Showing that you are receptive is important for promoting your products, services, and ideas. When you have a comments section, people see that their views matter. You can even respond to comments, which shows even more receptiveness.

3. Comments make your WordPress site more Memorable

It is a simple fact of memory that people are more likely to remember content when they become emotionally attached to it, such as through a conversation (and comments are like conversations). If you want people to remember the content on your WordPress site, you may want to consider enabling comments.

It’s also worth pointing out that there are other ways to make your content memorable. You can find original, intriguing information and spread it throughout your WordPress site.

So what’s your Suggestion in the end?

Whether you enable or disable comments is ultimately up to you. You will have to examine your WordPress site and think about the products, services, and/ or ideas that you are trying to promote. In some cases, comments are more appropriate. In others, they are not.

Think about a topic that invites a lot of discussion, such as top Netflix shows out right now. That topic may be well-suited for comments; however, if you are trying to sell people on a professional business service, enabling comments may look unprofessional.

It’s alright to try out having comments (or try not having them); keep in mind you can enable or disable them at any time.

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