Can you totaly disable comments – so there isn’t even a link to leave one?

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  • #17331

    I searched – can’t find any question like this one.

    I am looking for a way to use wordpress to create a website – but not have any option to leave comments. I havn’t seen an option like that in the dashboard.

    Would I have to edit a theme to do something like that? Is it even possible? I know it defeats the purpose of a blog to some extent but until a month ago I had never tried wordpress and now I love it so much I want to convert part of my current website to use wordpress but I don’t want anyone commenting.

    thanks in advance!!

    #17554

    vivianpaige
    Member

    Look in your dashboard under Options – Discussion. There is a checkbox there for “allow people to post comments on the article” Try unchecking that.

    Also – you can do it in the box on the right in the Write screen. That only affects the one post, though.

    #17579

    drmike
    Member

    The first method Vivian mentions is correct for turning them off sitewide. The only thing you’re going to get stuck with though is a ‘Comments are closed” line after your posts. Hope you don’t mind. :)

    #17592

    Yeah… I knew I could do that stuff – kinda wanted to remove even that reference if possible. I appreciate the suggestions though!!!

    #17594

    drmike
    Member

    To do that, you would have to host your blog and edit your theme. Since we share the themes here across the servers, it can’t be done.

    #17595

    Would there be a way to edit a theme to remove even that reference? I’m very new to WordPress but I can stumble my way through the php and css files if I could do it that way.

    #17597

    drmike
    Member

    Yes, but we don’t have access to the theme source code here at WP.com. We run a different version than the normal WordPress called WordPress MultiUser. To run regular WordPress, you need to be over here and find yourself a host for your blog.

    To remove that line, it’s a simple matter of editing the comments.php file for your theme and replacing “Comments are closed” with a single space to get rid of it.

    #17638

    thanks drmike – thats what I needed to know!!

    #17646

    cornell
    Member

    drmike – bblf IS hosted. If you look at the blog it’s just a placeholder to go to a domain hosted wp install…

    #17656

    drmike
    Member

    *shrug* Could have sworn I looked at the site.

    #17666

    kashmir
    Member

    bblf says on his blog: – this (blog) was just created so I could ask a support related quesitons.

    That’s quite a reason!

    #17677

    timethief
    Member

    sneaky, eh?

    #17733

    vivianpaige
    Member

    The only thing you’re going to get stuck with though is a ‘Comments are closed” line after your posts.

    Isn’t that theme dependent? For example, Regulus doesn’t seem to show that (remembering my earlier question regarding closing comments)

    #17765

    drmike
    Member

    Vivian, yes, and, if your self hosted, you can edit it fairly easy. It’s in plain site in the comments.php file of most themes. It’s just a matter of replacing the text with what you want or even an empty space to have nothing display.

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