How do I close comments on older posts?
We recommend closing comments on older posts on your blog. This guide explains how to do that for posts that have already been published, and posts that will be published in the future.
Closing comments on older posts that are already published
- Go to your Posts page in the dashboard:
- Select all of the posts that you want to close comments on.
You can quickly check their publication date in the ‘Date’ column.
- Select ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click on ‘Apply’
- You’ll see the bulk editing screen. Under the Comments drop-down menu select ‘Do not allow’. Under Pings select ‘Do not allow’ as well. Leave the rest of the options untouched.
When you’re done, click on ‘Update’ to update all of your selected comments.
If you have many posts, you may need to repeat this process for the rest of your posts to turn off comments for all of your older posts. You can also change the number of posts that are displayed on each page to make it go quicker. Here’s how to do that:
- Click on the ‘Screen Options’ tab at the top right of your screen:
- On the menu that shows up, change the number of posts to be displayed (we recommend around 100) and click ‘Apply’:
Closing comments on future posts automatically
You can automatically close comments on posts after they are published. Here’s how to do that:
- Go to your Settings > Discussion page
- Check the checkbox that says ‘Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days’ under the ‘Other comment settings’ section.
The default number is 14 days, but you may change this number to suit your needs.
- Click on the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the page.
All done! After this option is checked comments will automatically close on all new published posts that are older than 14 days (or the number that you set).