Disabling comments in WordPress is a straightforward process that can be accomplished through the WordPress dashboard. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you disable comments on your WordPress site:

Step 1: Log in to your WordPress dashboard

Open your web browser and navigate to your WordPress website’s admin area. Typically, this can be accessed by adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your domain name (e.g., www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin). Enter your login credentials to access the WordPress dashboard.

Step 2: Go to the “Settings” page

Once you’re logged in, you’ll be in the WordPress dashboard. Look for the left-hand side menu and find the “Settings” option. Hover over it to reveal more options.

Step 3: Access the “Discussion Settings” page

Under the “Settings” menu, click on “Discussion.” This will take you to the “Discussion Settings” page where you can control various comment-related settings for your WordPress site.

Step 4: Disable comments on new posts

In the “Discussion Settings” page, look for the section titled “Default article settings.” Uncheck the box that says “Allow people to submit comments on new posts.” This will prevent comments from being enabled on new posts.

Step 5: Disable comments on existing posts

Scroll down the “Discussion Settings” page until you find the “Other comment settings” section. In this section, uncheck the box that says “Allow people to submit comments on existing articles.” This will disable comments on all your existing posts.

Step 6: Save your changes

After making the necessary changes, scroll to the bottom of the “Discussion Settings” page and click the “Save Changes” button. Your changes will be applied, and comments will be disabled on your WordPress site.

Step 7: Disable comments on pages (optional)

By default, WordPress allows comments on pages. If you want to disable comments on pages as well, follow these additional steps:

7.1: Go to the “Pages” section

In the WordPress dashboard, click on “Pages” in the left-hand side menu to access the list of pages on your site.

7.2: Select all pages

On the “Pages” page, you can see a list of all your website’s pages. Click the checkbox at the top of the list to select all pages at once.

7.3: Bulk edit pages

Once you’ve selected all pages, find the “Bulk Actions” dropdown menu at the top of the list. Choose “Edit” from the dropdown and click the “Apply” button.

7.4: Disable comments on selected pages

In the bulk edit options, look for the “Comments” dropdown and choose “Do not allow” from the options. This will disable comments on all the selected pages.

7.5: Save changes

After selecting “Do not allow” for comments, click the “Update” button to save your changes. Comments will now be disabled on all pages on your WordPress site.

That’s it! You have successfully disabled comments on your WordPress site, both for new and existing posts, as well as on pages if you chose to disable them as well. Visitors will no longer be able to leave comments on your content.