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

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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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Alice Elliott has been explaining blogging to beginner bloggers for almost two decades, specialising in using ordinary, everyday language to make the process as simple as possible so that anybody can understand.
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  • I’ve been looking everywhere for a way to do this. Thank you very much!

  • Alice says:

    Thank-you so much! I don’t understand why they don’t put this option into the main Page editor…

    • Thank you Alice, I don’t know why they don’t either. WordPress have their own agenda when it comes to blog design, and there are plenty of anomalies ready to confuse us!

  • Natasha says:

    Fab. Thank you this was a great help!

  • Denver says:

    I been looking for an answer to this question on how to remove the comment box on a page, as I am new to WordPress. I found out that this option is not available in other templates. As Alice said, maybe its better if WordPress put this option to remove comment box in the admin page.

    • Alice says:

      Thank you Denver, but will WordPress take this idea up? There seem to be plenty of anomalies cropping up that need specialist treatment to solve them.

  • Angie says:

    Thanks so much for this!

  • Joan Connell says:

    Thank you so much i have been trying to get that box off my page for days 🙂

  • hanayu says:

    thanks, i just started to using WP today 🙂

  • Oliver says:


    Worked like a charm thanx. Much better than editing php codes like suggested on other pages.

    Rgs Oliver

  • TechUpdates says:

    Wow! Thank God I found your post. Even I was facing this problem with my About and Contact page.


  • Jacqui says:

    I have turned off the leave comments box as you described but I know have the comment ‘Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time’ Which is just as bad on a static page. Any way to get rid of this.


    • Alice says:

      Thank you Jacqui for your comment. Unfortunately as your website and blog don’t use WordPress, I am unable to help you with your query.

  • nicole perry says:

    thank you soo much! this has been so frustrating to me and your quick fix was right on and so simple… thx:)

  • Thank you x 1 million, you’re the only person in a sea of ‘experts’, including, WordPress.com themselves, that has been able to help me get rid of the comments box

  • Lenia says:

    I was looking desperately to find the solution and you this post gave me THE SOLUTION. I really thank you. I found this post by chance in Google. Many thanks to you 🙂

  • Sergei says:

    Thank you, Alice. It did help me.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Hi and thanks for sharing that.

    Knew there must be such a setting but was making the ‘mistake’ of just looking on the ‘EDIT’ option rather than the ‘QUICK EDIT’ – I mean, why would you only increase the options on the ‘QUICK EDIT’ option????

    I’m sure they meant well… or perhaps they were just having a laugh?

    All sorted now.

  • John says:

    Awesome! Thank you so much, I obviously overlooked this option. The pages look so much better! Appreciate you.

  • Steve says:

    Thanks for this post, most helpful.

  • Toni says:

    I have the same issue as Jacqui There is now 2 lines showing:

    Comments Off | Edit
    Comments are closed.

    I’m surprised her posting was ignored

    • Alice says:

      Dear Toni
      As I said in my response to Jacqui, her website and blog were not WordPress, therefore I am unable to provide an answer to your problem. I have searched the new version of WordPress.com for a similar problem, but have found no incident to report.

  • admin says:

    Many Many thanks. It is very helpful for a new user.
    Again thanks.

  • Yes, that worked
    thanks for the help

  • Niels Madsen says:

    Thank you so much i have been trying to get that box off my page. So simple. :))

    Thanks Niels

  • Alice says:

    Glad to have been of help!

  • Alice says:

    Yes, I did develop the website myself with a special CMS theme I bought 2 years ago. Thanks for the nice comments.

  • Alice says:

    Mark, I am so pleased with your comment, which hit the nail straight on the head, I hope you don’t mind if I use it as an example of exactly what I do!

  • dan says:

    thanks you are the only one who actually explained this correctly! Fantastic really great job.

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  • Alice says:

    There used to be an app supplied by Twitter that did this, but it has now been removed. The alternative is to find the Twitter RSS widget and look for your Twitter RSS URL to add to it. It will pick up your latest tweets to show them in your sidebar.

  • Alice says:

    OK Marcello, you need to create a page called forside and another page called blog (or whatever that is in Danish) and then go to Settings > Reading and select the static page feature with forside as home page and blog as posts page. Also if your subscribe and categories are widgets, take them away from the footer and place them into the sidebar.

  • Nick says:

    Thank you so much for this info. – I’ve been looking everywhere for this solution!

  • Mike Roberts says:

    Very useful guide. However, bloggers and website owners should be careful with this.
    User interaction can make or break your site as many people like to discuss things and taking away a url field can reduce the amount of users who comment. (which can be both good and bad, depending on how you look at it.)

  • Devin says:

    Hi Alice,

    I have tried a lot to remove comment from my post but not able to remove. Thank you for such an easy tips.

  • Kim Love says:

    Thanks for this advice. I am building a site for someone else and could not remember how to get rid of comments. Easy, simple. Wahoo… you have saved me a lot of stress. Cheers

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