This WordPress page comments tutorial explains how to easily set the WordPress 3.x page no comments setting without code edits. Comment settings for blog posts and pages are controlled under the admin menu option for Settings, and then Discussion, yet the only choice is a check box to allow comments, or not.
People want a better choice to allow or not allow WordPress page comments without affecting blog posts.
Custom web design clients with the WordPress platform as a CMS Content Management System usually want comments on blog posts, but not on pages. As WordPress continues to gain popularity as a CMS solution, it doesn’t make sense to have static looking pages like the Home page, About Us, or Contact forms with an option to leave comments.
The ability to add, edit, or delete content without advanced technical skills means “keep it simple” for novice site owners. Currently as of the date of this tutorial, a formal feature request to set the default for pages and posts independently under the setting for discussions remains open 6 months after the request was made.
Easy Solution for WordPress 3.x Website Page Comments Settings
This illustrated tutorial provides an easy 3 step process for setting “no comments” on WordPress 3.x pages while you are actually creating a new page. Note: Illustrations are smaller than actual size.
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Step One: Click
Click the “Screen Options” in the far upper right of your admin edit screen next to the Help button.
Step Two: Check
Check the box for “Discussion” from the popup section that appears.
Step Three: Uncheck
Uncheck the box for “Allow comments” further down the page just below the page text edit box.
If you overlooked the settings and notice pages have the comment section, return to the page edit in admin and follow these same steps.
Publish your new page and the comment section will not be displayed at the bottom of the published page. If you are doing an edit of selections on an existing page, select the “Update” button instead of “Publish”. You’re done.
Again, this WordPress page comments tutorial is a fast and easy solution as of the date of this post to the current WordPress version 3.3.1. Once the feature request is implemented in a future WordPress update this tutorial may not be needed.
The best solution is WordPress core files that provide a separate allow comments checkbox for posts, and another for pages, so you never have to remember to reset it for new pages in the future.
Maybe the WordPress team will surprise us and make the default setting already unchecked for allow comments on pages!