Disabling comments for individual posts in WordPress

By | 14th December 2012

This had me stumped for a while, so I’m posting this for other, and to jog my memory if I forget.

I’m not sure when it happened, but in more recent versions of WordPress the page/post editing screen has been cleaned up by default to not include some of the (presumably lesser-used) options.

The way to re-enable them is via the “Screen Options” menu in the top right-hand corner:

Screen Options drop-down

Once clicked, it opens a menu where you can toggle various aspects; Categories, Tags, Excerpt, Send Trackbacks, Custom Fields, Discussion, Comments, Slug and Author.

Discussion is the option you need to turn on to disable comments, as “Comments” only shows the existing comments.  Somewhat disconcertingly, I found that the Discussion section, when it appeared, was empty:

Screenshot from 2012-12-14 09:49:02

However, if you click on the Discussion bar, it will expand and show you the check boxes for “Allow comments” and “Allow trackbacks and pingbacks on this page”.

Screenshot from 2012-12-14 09:49:09

Not all that intuitive, I guess. But you may find similar features hidden in the “Screen Options” on other parts of the admin dashboard. Check it out.

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