How to disable WordPress comments

We’ve been getting tons of questions about disabling (or hiding or turning off, however you wanna call it) comments on pages or posts. And although replying to all of you in detail would be entertaining as hell, we thought it would be better to write a quick tutorial about it.

Just remember, this is not theme related; turning off comments is a WordPress feature that’s just a bit hidden at first and not very well documented. It will work no matter what theme you’re using although I don’t see why anyone would use any other themes than our own.

How to disable future comments

First of all if you want to disable comments altogether then go to your site’s admin section and then to Settings > Discussion . There you’ll have the option to Allow people to post comments on new articles that’s checked by default.

WordPress’ General > Discussion settings

Note that posts / pages already written (drafts or published) at the time you change this option remain unaffected. This option will only affect future published content. Read on to see how to turn off comments for already published content…

How to disable comments for existing or individual posts/pages

But most of you probably want greater power. You want micromanagement. You wanna choose one by one the pages or posts that have comments enabled. Well, that’s very easy. The option has been there all along, only that it’s not visible. Yet…

Either create a a new post or page, or edit an existing one and then, in the top right corner of your page you have Screen Options.

Screen Options

Click on it and then you will see a lot of checkboxes. The one that interests you right now (because it’s not enabled by default) is Discussion (don’t be fooled by the naming, the accompanying Comments checkbox enables existing comments administration).

Available screen options

Enable it and then under your post you’ll get a new set of options that looks strikingly similar to this:

And while you’re here you can also check all the other Screen Options and see what you’ve been missing all this time!

How to hide comments-related content in our themes

All our themes have these options to show/hide particular WordPress comment-related texts or fields. Just browse to themes’ options and make the wanted changes.

Comments-related options in our legacy settings-based themes


Comments-related options in our newer customize-based themes



More Tutorials This article is part of our WordPress general and theme specific tutorials series. For more useful information check out our tutorials section.


  1. Hi, I’m using Tempera (irresistible)!
    Questions is, a). how can I insert or showcase all products in a filmstrip or something similar right below the slider?
    b). how can I display any widget or anything horizontally across the page, without having to go through coding?
    Need all the help and advice can get!
    Thank you!

  2. Hi Kay,
    Thank you of your great instruction for the How to disable comments per post/page. It has been helpful to me, I have been seaching up and down for it.Thank you for your sharing.

  3. Kay,

    I had renamed the sample-page to another page.

    After enabling these comments settings I’m still seeing comments section on that page, help me in disabling that

  4. Hi! Tempera is a great theme, thanks a lot! However, I have a small problem and I don’t understand if it’s theme related or not. How can I change the text “Leave a Reply” above comment form? There should be an option in the Settings section, but it isn’t or I cannot find it. Also, I need to change the text on a “Post Comment” button… Thanks a lot for your answer and best wishes! )))

  5. I am having the opposite problem from this. I have enabled comments, however my members still cannot comment. The “Leave a comment” button is there, you can click on it, and type a comment in, but then once you click “post comment” it just disappears. All of my comments that I have previously approved are all gone.

    I have changed all my settings to allow comments, but still nothing comes up, not even from me as the admin. I have done a backup and updated wordpress, and the mantra theme. Please help.

    1. The theme does not handle comments. Look for a plugin which you might have installed that took over this functionality. Otherwise try to disable all plugins in case any of them is interfering.

  6. Hi…order to put items had to put Categories ..
    but now i can leave coment …pages only i can leave coments
    what to do?
    Sorry for my English
    Thank you!
    my site is a Romanian(sorry for this)

    1. Global (WordPress) comment settings cover future pages/posts.
      To enable/disable comments on existing pages/posts, you need to edit them each individually, look for the Discussion tab (enable it if necessary) and tick/untick the checkbox.

  7. Hİ everyone…

    Everyone wrote something very complicated ……

    its so simple, to delete all comments from your homepage…(If you dont want to use any time)

    1. to find Tempera:(comments.php) from theme editor

    2. and DELETE all in it… comments.php should be empty….

    PS: This method also works in the other themes


    *** If you want to use “comments” later.. then copy content of comments.php comment.txt and save to in your pc..

  8. Thanks Zed. I got it that it is not theme related. Would it not have been ideal to effect the hiding universally rather having to effect the change on each page/post?
    Anyway like I said earlier: Theme PAЯABOLA by Is THE BEST theme Ever! More Functionality and Flexibility at it’s Best! I salute.

  9. I love this theme! I have gone to discussions and disabled everything, but reply still comes up:

    Leave a Reply

    Logged in as admin. Log out?

    Comment ———–

    + Sign me up for the newsletter

    How can I remove these universally?

    Thank you!

  10. Hallo there. Thank you for the Fantastic theme, love it love it love it!!!

    Also thank you for the very handy & helpful tut on removing the comment/reply.

    I think you are all just fab.

  11. I’m trying out the Mantra theme, & really like the easy customization of it. However, I’m wondering how to edit the COMMENT FORM, to specifically remove “You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=”” title=”” rel=”nofollow”> <abbr title=””> <acronym title=””> <b> <blockquote cite=””> <cite> <code> <del datetime=””> <em> <i> <q cite=””> <strike> <strong>” from below the comment input field. Many thanks, & best of luck with future creations! – BP 🙂

      1. This did not solve my issue. I actually want to remove the “text” below the comment box that says:

        You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title="" rel="nofollow"&gh; <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> *** I DON’T WANT THIS TO SHOW.

        Where can I edit the structure of the form to remove this text?

        Otherwise, great theme so far. Nice to have the “General Settings” in the WordPress dashboard. Thanks, once again.

        BP 🙂

        1. That really should’ve fixed your problem. Please try again… search for:
          in the style.css of your Mantra folder, then add the following line
          Anyway this will be an option in the next Mantra update that will be available in the next few days.

          1. Hi Kay, where do I accomplish the same in Theme PARABOLA. I have done the settings under Graphic settings but ” Leave a Reply and comments box are still showing. I want to Remove “Leave a Reply” box and the text below the comments box. Thanks.

          2. Comments are controlled by WordPress. You need to disable them on posts/pages where you don’t want theme. This is explained in this tutorial, under “How to disable comments per post/page”
            The theme only provides options to hide various comment-related texts, not the comment system itself.

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