How to take away the comment boxes from your blog’s pages
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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