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

  1. Go to your Posts page in the dashboard:Posts > All Posts
  2. Select all of the posts that you want to close comments on.
    Select posts to edit
    You can quickly check their publication date in the ‘Date’ column.
    Date of posts
  3. Select ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click on ‘Apply’
    Select edit
    Click apply
  4. 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.
    Select do not allow for comments and pings
    When you’re done, click on ‘Update’ to update all of your selected comments.
    Click the update button

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:

  1. Click on the ‘Screen Options’ tab at the top right of your screen:
    Screen options tab
  2. On the menu that shows up, change the number of posts to be displayed (we recommend around 100) and click ‘Apply’:
    Change the number of posts to display on a page

 Closing comments on future posts automatically

You can automatically close comments on posts after they are published. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Go to your Settings > Discussion page
    Settings > Discussion page
  2. Check the checkbox that says ‘Automatically close comments on articles older than __ days’ under the ‘Other comment settings’ section.
    Automatically close comments option
    The default number is 14 days, but you may change this number to suit your needs.
    Change the number of days
  3. Click on the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the page.
    Save the changes to the discussion settings at the bottom

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).

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