How to Disable Comments in WordPress

Written by Jean Galea
Written by Jean Galea

Last updated on 17 Mar 2022

All the options currently available for turning off commenting on WordPress pages, posts or custom post types. Check out the various alternatives and choose the one you like best.

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Do you find the fact that WordPress sets the commenting functionality on for all posts, pages, and custom post types by default annoying?

Now we have a solution to that, just add the following to your functions.php file, paying attention to the switch conditions. Here we are disabling commenting on all new pages and ‘truck’ custom post types. Edit those as you require.

function my_default_content( $post_content, $post ) {
if( $post->post_type )
switch( $post->post_type ) {
case ‘page’:
case ‘truck’:
$post->comment_status = ‘closed’;
return $post_content;
add_filter( ‘default_content’, ‘my_default_content’, 10, 2 );

Note that this will only disable commenting for new pages and posts and not on those you have already created. For those, you will have to manually change the comment settings from the Edit Post/Page interface.

As an alternative to editing your functions.php, you can go for this plugin which disables commenting by default on Pages: Page Comments Off Please.

Yet another simple alternative is to remove or comment out the code in your page template (page.php) relating to the comment form. In the default TwentyTen theme this looks something like:

<?php comments_template( ”, true ); ?>

<span style="font-weight: 400">Written by: </span>Jean Galea
Written by: Jean Galea

Jean Galea is an investor, entrepreneur, and blogger.

He is the founder of WP Mayor, the plugins WP RSS Aggregator and Spotlight, as well as the podcast.

His personal blog can be found at

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