When to Turn off comments on your WordPress Blog and How?

Turning off comments on your blog is not something that you do very often. However, there are situations where comments are taken out completely or disabled per post or even turned off after a certain period. This post describes the situations when you take out comments and how to turn it off.

In a blog, the comments are turned off or avoided in the following scenarios.

#1 Autopilot affiliate sales blogs

Blogs that are meant to create autopilot income will typically have a handful of posts that are a bunch of landing pages themselves whose duty is to help convert the traffic. In such blogs are comments are either totally disabled or never approved.

#2 Outdated posts

When certain posts totally get outdated with respect to their content you might want to turn the comments off as it does not make any sense to have a discussion on that topic any longer. Instead of taking out the post itself (and causing 404 errors), turning off comments is the right option.

#3 No time for moderation

Part time bloggers who spend very little time on blogging or bloggers who have a number of blogs might want to take comments off either from the very beginning of posting or at a later point of scheduled time via certain plugins (see below).

#4 Timebound posts

If a particular post’s comments are used for other purposes, such as for enrolling in a blog contest, the blogger might want to restrict comments after a certain date or time.

#5 Fixed expiry for discussions

Busy bloggers (such as Amit Agarwal or Darren Rowse) might decide up front that they want to promote discussions on a particular blog post only for a fixed number of weeks or months. In such cases all comments are stopped at that particular expiry date.

#6 Blog Closing Down

There are a couple of things to do when a blog is discontinued or the blogger decides to take a break from blogging. In such cases discontinuing comments and discussions is not a bad idea.

#7 Spam

If frustration builds due to comment spam – especially on older posts – that’s a good point of time to stop supporting comments.

#8 Static pages and policy posts

Many a time, static pages, intimation posts etc needn’t have any discussion and this is the most common scenario where comment support can be taken out.

How to turn off comments?

Turning off comments is a basic feature on most blogging platforms either for the blog as a whole (e.g. WordPress Settings -> Discussions page) or by individual post settings.

However, there are plugins such as the extended comments options plugin for WordPress that provides you better control over your post comments. Using this plugin you can:

  • Close comments on posts made after a particular date
  • Stop supporting comments on the last ‘n’ number of posts
  • Stop comments after the comment count reaches certain number
  • Manage comments on a bulk number of posts (selection) in one go

Things to remember while closing comment support

While stopping the comment support you must remember that you are stopping a potential genuine reader from engaging with you for any clarification etc. Stoping comments on a post also stops it from being updated (and hence getting the static page status on search index) regularly.

Happy Blogging (and commenting)!


  1. Mitch :

    Interesting post, Ajith. I’ve never given any real thought to closing any of my blog posts on any of my blogs, but after reading this I might have to think about it some, especially for those one and done sales posts.

  2. if you turn off comment you well never know the reaction of your readers but on the other hand you can just take it off to prevent violent reactions from readers

  3. Do you remember Kumiko Suzuki? She wrote that successfull make money online blog with comments of for a long time. She did it because she said, she was an authority. Funny gal.

    Unfortunately the blog was sold to some clueless noob at some point.

  4. Great Post.

    I’ve actually never thought of closing comments, but maybe in the future I will set a time of closing comments to posts that are older then 3 months.

    I always like getting comments as I like to know the reactiona of my readers, as long as it’s not spam or anything silly.

  5. Many dofollow blog also follow the path. They allow discussion for certain number of day and later they close it. It’s true sometime we really need to close comment. I often close comment on those topic which are targeted by spammer.

  6. @Mitch, thanks mitch. I liked the way you phrased it… (done sales pages)

    @Lucero Leah, yes… on controversial topics, taking off comments might help you to keep your blood pressure intact :)

    @Liu, I did not know about this blog. Thanks for telling me about it. Even if you are the authority, you might still need comments – nobody is perfect. Otherwise, how do we need a blog, a few ‘pages’ under a domain name will do right?

    @Gary, even I am yet to try turning comments off on older posts (or after a period). I will do it probably when there are too many comments to moderate. Current rate is okay for me :)

    @Arafat, Picking and closing comments on those posts targeted (usually from a commenting software) by spammers is definitely a good idea.

  7. Mitch :

    Just so you know, Ajith, I did go back and turn the comments off on two articles. One was a survey article, and the survey is done so I don’t need comments on it anymore. The other I don’t quite remember what it was about, but I decided it didn’t need any comments either.

  8. Nihar :

    Great post.. I might use this in future if i need to turn off the comments.

    As of now i don’t think i have to turn off the comments to any of my posts.

  9. wow…..it never crossed my mind to close the comments…..must say it really helps……..good ideas out there that you have posted….thanks for waking us up……….

  10. Ruchi :

    Nicely explained, You gave me new idea for my post, i do turn off comments for my pages.

  11. We can include a moderation rather than closing comments altogether

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