The WordPress comments system can be a valuable feature. Letting visitors leave comments on your posts can increase engagement and provide various other benefits. At the same time, this isn’t functionality you’ll need or want on every website.
Fortunately, if you aren’t using them, it is possible to disable WordPress comments. Aside from removing an unneeded feature, this can be a smart way to reduce spam and speed up your WordPress website.
In this post, we’ll talk more about why you might want to disable comments in WordPress. Then, we’ll walk you through three quick and easy ways to do so.
Let’s get started!
Why You Might Choose to Disable WordPress Comments
It’s easy to forget these days, but WordPress began life as a blogging platform. Although it’s grown a lot since then, many of its core features still focus on functionality that’s useful on blogs and similar types of websites such as a fairly robust comments feature:
WordPress enables you to let visitors leave comments on your site’s content. By default, this feature is disabled for pages and enabled for posts. This makes sense, as it’s rare you’d want to permit comments on static web pages.
On the other hand, comments sections can really enhance your blog posts, news articles, and other timely content.
Still, not every website needs or will benefit from comments sections. In fact, sometimes it’s best to disable WordPress comments altogether. Some of the situations in which this makes sense include:
- When you don’t have a blog, or you use the ‘posts’ content type to create a different type of content (such as product pages).
- Your site is largely devoted to providing information via static pages, rather than generating conversations.
- You’re running a business website and you’re concerned that comments may make your pages appear less professional.
- You’d like to encourage your audience to communicate somewhere other than on your posts and pages, such as in a dedicated forum.
No matter what type of site you run, there are a few other potential benefits to turning off comments in WordPress.
For example, you won’t have to worry about spam comments making your site look messy, or filling up your posts with spammy links. In addition, disabling comments means your pages will be leaner, which can have a positive effect on your site’s performance.
Every site is different, so you’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons of comments for your particular niche and audience. If you decide you’d like to disable comments, either partly or entirely, there are a number of easy ways to make it happen.
How to Disable Comments in WordPress (3 Methods)
There are quite a few ways to disable comments in WordPress. The three main options are to use WordPress’ built-in settings, a plugin, and some custom code.
This article was written by Matteo Duò and originally published on Blog – Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting.