It seems that disabling or enabling Comments and Talkbacks for posts and static pages is one of the more common tasks that people want to do, but have trouble finding the right options to do it. I don’t think the WordPress interface makes it very clear what is going on, because this topic may be the #1 most asked question on the Weaver forum. So, here’s the scoop on controlling comments. And, please, read these instructions carefully. Every single step is critical if you want to rid yourself of comments and reply links.
- This is really not a theme issue – the control is entirely done using regular WordPress options, independently of whatever theme you are using.
- Comments are controlled in the Dashboard Settings->Discussion page. There are quite a few options available, but if you want to disable comments by default for posts and pages, select the appropriate options on that page. (Unchecking the first 3 boxes will do it.) Don’t forget about trackbacks and pingbacks because they can generate “comments” as well. You can set the appropriate options to enable comments instead if that is your goal. These settings take effect from the time you set them – any pages or posts created previously will not be retroactively changed.
- If you’ve turned off comments by default for newly created pages and posts, then you can re-enable comments for specific pages and posts from the Page and Post editor screens.There is an option panel on the Page/Post editor pages called “Discussion” with check boxes for that option. If you don’t see that panel, you need to display it by opening the Screen Options tab in the upper right corner of the Page/Post editor page, and then check the Discussion show option.
- Now, if you created any posts or pages before you disabled comments, you’ll have to go to each individual page and post and disable comments explicitly. Setting from the Settings->Discussion screen doesn’t retroactively change the option. You’ll have to delete any old comments you’ve accumulated as well.
- After you’ve disabled Comments, then by default, you will not see any reference to comments in the Post bottom info line, or at the bottom of regular pages. There is a Weaver Main Options in the Post Page Specifics section to display a “Comments are closed” message if you want.
Note: The actual comments and reply box only appear on static pages and the single view of your blog posts. When viewed from a blog page, you will only see a link to Leave a Reply. This is standard WordPress behavior, and can not be changed. While you may think you want to see comments appear on your page that displays multiple blog posts, long experience demonstrates that design does not yield attractive and easy to use web sites, and so is not offered as an option.