The fact that there are always default comment boxes in new pages has always bothered me, why are they there? Surely only posts should have comment boxes?
I suppose WordPress thought it would be good to have the possibility of commenting on a page’s content, but really it’s a pain as it looks terrible and most pages are created not to encourage comments – best leave that concept for the posts!
But now I have learned how to ‘turn them off’ in WordPress.com (and for technical folk how in WordPress.org) and as it’s so easy to do in the ‘free’ WordPress version, here’s how:
First, let’s look at a homepage with a comment box:
Now really you don’t want a comment box on your homepage, as it looks wrong. So let’s remove it. First, go to the Dashboard (see How to access a blog):
Go to ‘Pages’ in the left sidebar and click on ‘Pages’ below it:
When you mouse over the ‘Homepage’ link you’ll get an option called ‘Quick Edit’. Click on that:
Look for where it says ‘Allow Comments’ on the right side under ‘Default Template’ and click on it to turn it off:
Don’t forget to click ‘Update’. You’ll go back to the ‘Pages’ menu:
Click on ‘View’ to see your new Homepage:
There, doesn’t that look better without a comment box!
Now repeat the process for all the other pages where you don’t want a comment box, and enjoy a comment-box-on-pages-free blog!
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