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WordPress: How to Remove “Leave a Reply” (Easy Step-by-Step Guide)

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Comments are a great way to engage with your audience, especially if you have a blog. But, due to some reason, you might not want comments on a specific page or entirely on your website. 

This comprehensive tutorial will show you how to remove “Leave a Reply” in WordPress.



Why You Might Want to Remove Comments From Your WordPress Website?

Some common reasons website owners disable comments are:

  • Lots of user-generated spam in the comments
  • A specific type of website where comments aren’t needed (for example a corporate website)
  • Too much moderation required
  • They are showing up on the wrong pages

With that in mind, below is the step-by-step tutorial on disabling comments in WordPress.

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How to Remove “Leave a Reply” From Individual Pages/Posts in WordPress

In this section, we are going to talk about how to remove “Leave a Reply” in WordPress without CSS.

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to ‘Posts > All Posts’ from your WordPress admin sidebar to access blog posts or ‘Pages > All Pages’ to access pages. 

Select the post or page you want to edit.

WordPress all posts section

Step 2. Click on the ‘gear’ icon at the top right to access post/page settings.

WordPress post settings button

Step 3: Select the ‘Post’ option from the settings pane.

WordPress post options

Step 4: Scroll down and access the ‘Discussion’ dropdown. From there, uncheck the option which says ‘Allow Comments’.

Discussion settings in WordPress post

Step 5: Click on ‘Update’ in the top-right. 

Update button in WordPress post

Now, you will no longer see the comment box on that particular post/page. 



How to Remove “Leave a Reply” For New Posts in WordPress

If you want comments to be enabled for your older posts, but disabled for the posts, you publish next, you can use a built-in option available in WordPress. 

Here’s how to use that:

Step 1: Go to ‘Settings > Discussion’ from your WordPress admin sidebar.

WordPress discussion settings section


Step 2: Besides the ‘Default post settings’ text, uncheck the option that says ‘Allow people to submit comments on new posts’.

WordPress default post settings

Step 3: Scroll down and click on ‘Save Changes’. 

WordPress save changes button

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How to Remove “Leave a Reply” From All Posts in WordPress

If you have a lot of posts and don’t want to manually disable comments for each post, then WordPress provides a quick, and easy way to disable comments on all posts/pages. 

Here’s a quick guide about how to remove “Leave a Reply” from all posts in WordPress:

Step 1: Go to ‘Posts > All Posts’ from your WordPress sidebar.

WordPress all posts section

Step 2: Click on the checkbox next to the ‘Title’ text to select all posts.

WordPress bulk select all post posts feature

Step 3: In the top drop-down menu, select “Edit” and click “Apply.”

WordPress bulk edit all post feature

Step 4: A panel with options will open. From the ‘Comments’ dropdown, select the ‘Do not allow’ option

WordPress bulk do not allow comments feaure

Step 5: Click on the ‘Update’ button.

WordPress bulk update button


How To Disable Comments In WordPress With A Plugin

A plugin can make the above task a lot easier and faster especially if you are new to WordPress. The plugin that we recommend is called ‘Disable Comments’. 

The plugin allows you to allow or disallow comments from any post type in WordPress. You can also use XML-RPC and REST-API

The plugin supports WordPress Multisite, which means you can also use it for a network of websites. 

The steps to use this plugin are as follows:

Step 1: Go to ‘Plugins > Add New’ in your WordPress admin dashboard.

WordPress bulk add new plugin button

Step 2: Search for ‘Disable Comments’ in the search box and install the top result. Activate the plugin. 

Disable comments WordPress plugin

Step 3: Go to ‘Settings > Disable Comments’ in your dashboard. Here you’ll see the plugin settings. 

The default settings available are disabling comments on all posts, disabling them on specific post types, disabling avatar, and disabling comments with API. 

There are also separate settings to delete comments, but we won’t be looking at that today.

Disable comments plugin inferface

Step 4: Select the ‘Everywhere’ or ‘Specific Post Types’ option according to your needs and click on ‘Save Changes’.



Conclusion

That was everything for this tutorial on how to remove “Leave a Reply” in WordPress. 

Now you know how to turn off comments in WordPress from specific posts, future posts, and all posts. 

And we also provided the ‘Disable Comments’ plugin as an alternative (plus, faster and easier) method to disable comments in WordPress. We hope that we solved your problem and thanks for reading!

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Nick Huss

Nick is a HubSpot Certified digital marketer and website enthusiast with years of experience. He loves creating new sites, testing novel concepts, discovering amazing tools, and sharing all his findings with the World.

7 thoughts on “WordPress: How to Remove “Leave a Reply” (Easy Step-by-Step Guide)”

  1. Thanks for sharing this helpful article! I couldn’t figure out how to do this for the life of me. Instructions were simple and straight forward!

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