How to enable/disable comments on WordPress?

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Learn how to enable/disable comments on WordPress

Understand what comments do for you

This article will look at how to enable or disable comments on WordPress and what they do for your blog. Are you desperate to enable or disable comments on your various blog posts or pages on your website? Are you a bit lost? Look no further!

What are the comments, and what are they for?

First of all, as you know, comments are generally located at the end of an article or page and allow your visitors to interact with your different articles and pages. They have to fill in some fields to validate the comment, such as their first name, last name or nickname, email address, and eventually their website and analysis. Thanks to this, you can have feedback from them—perspectives for improvement, clarifications, and opinions.

It can also be interesting to activate comments because if one of your articles goes viral, you will have a lot of positive feedback: comments, sharing, rating, etc… And this gives even more credibility to your article and your business. Comments are a social proof not to be neglected. Also, with each comment, you will be able to get an email address that will be added to your mailing list. Now that we know what we are talking about let’s get to work! First, log into your WordPress dashboard. To enable or disable comments on WordPress, you have two options:

Enable/disable ALL comments

First, click on the “screen option” that appears at the top right of your dashboard.

A “blocks” banner will appear with several choices such as “at a glance,” “activity,” “site stats,”…etc. Click on “Welcome” if you have not already done so. A box will appear with “Welcome to WordPress!

By the way, this insert is convenient because it allows you to customize your site directly, manage widgets, menus, etc… but most importantly, through this insert, you can enable or disable comments.

When you click on “Enable or disable comments,” you are redirected to Settings>Discussion.

Also, if you can’t find the “Welcome” insert on the dashboard, go to the Settings>Discussion tab. Once there, you’ll be able to set up many things.

Default settings for articles

In this part, you will find three activities. The one we are interested in here is “allow readers to post comments on new articles.” If the box is empty, you will forbid readers to post comments, and the comment box will disappear; on the contrary, readers will be able to post comments if you check the box.

Each article can modify these settings; we’ll see it later in detail.

Other comment settings

Next, in this part, you will have five activities. If you want the comment author to fill in his name and email address, you must check the appropriate box. This is quite important; it is crucial because if the person is in the comment box as below and wants to leave a comment without having filled in their name or email address (the website is optional), they will not be able to be notified of all new comments by email nor of all recent articles. If you remove the ability to enter the email address, the person will not be able to be “captured” by email.

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Also, it is useless to check that you have to be registered and logged in to comment. Otherwise, you close the door to many people. Concerning the box to automatically close comments on articles older than 14 days, it is not necessarily interesting to activate it. Then you can see the box “enable nested comments up to 5 levels” this means that if someone says that they disagree with you on a certain point, you or someone else can reply to that person by arguing their point of view. In comparison, this is similar to Facebook comments. The last box is about splitting comments on a page. Honestly, it doesn’t matter. To make the discussions clearer, you can select the display of the words. Let me explain, and you can choose between the oldest comments appearing first and the newest comments. The best is to display the most recent comments. Like on Facebook, for example.

Could you send me a message when?

In this section, you will be able to choose if you want to receive a message when a new comment is published and when a comment is pending moderation. Moderation is the act of slowing down or tempering something to control it. Both boxes must be checked, ensuring that you are monitored in the comments published or moderated. This first action allows you to stop worrying about the content of your comments and therefore, the impact they have on your article.

Before publishing a comment

You can check the manual approval activity of comments; however, it will be a waste of time to validate each analysis if your article goes viral. Next, you are asked if the comment’s author must already have at least one approved word. This step is important because it operates as a first filter. Indeed, if you have already approved one of his comments, the person will be able to publish comments without you having to re-approve them.

Concerning the moderation of comments

In this section, you will be able to automatically moderate comments as soon as they contain more than two typical characteristics of an undesirable comment (spam). Indeed, you will be able to enter the words you do not want to be displayed in your comments in the box just below. This comment will then be retained in the moderation queue, and it will be up to you to validate or not the analysis because it will be suspected as spam. Then come the blocklists.

Blocklist for comments

In this box, you can register insults, defamations, words you don’t want to appear in your comments, etc… When a user publishes a comment with a word from your blocklist, WordPress detects it and puts it in the trash. The comment in question will not appear in the comments of your article.

Avatars

Finally, the avatars are the small images linked to your users’ comments. You can activate or deactivate them. Then, if they don’t have a WordPress account, they don’t have an image representing them. So you have to choose what will define them by default.

JetPack Subscription Settings

And finally, choose to check the following two boxes to offer your audience to follow your blog’s news and comments through email subscription.

That’s it for the first option! Now let’s see the second option.

Activate/deactivate comments for certain articles

To customize the publication of comments for each article, go to Articles>All articles. Find the article you want to customize and click on “quick edit.”

Note: Your display will differ depending on what plugins you have or don’t have installed. Click on “quick edit” to see a small box to enable or disable comments for that article.

If you click on “disable comments,” the comment box will disappear from your article. Be careful, and it will only disappear from this article and not from the others! If you go to another report, the comment insert will still be enabled if you decide to enable them in the general settings.

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