Having comments on your WordPress blog posts can be beneficial in lot’s of ways, so why would you want to disable comments on WordPress?
In this post I will look at the pros and cons of having comments on your posts as well as the reasons you might want to switch them off.
I will also show you how to easily disable comments on WordPress using the Gutenberg editor.
If you want to skip straight to the tutorial click here.
Reasons To Have Comments Enabled
Some people like to have comments enabled on their WordPress blogs and there can be a number of benefits to this.
Some of the reasons to have them enabled are:
Listed above are a few reasons to have comments enabled on your website. Let’s look at each one in more detail.
To Engage Your Audience
Having comments enabled allows your audience to engage with you and take part in discussions about the subject of your post.
User engagement can bring visitors back to your site time after time to continue the discussion.
Build A Community
When visitors come back to your site on a regular basis it can build a community around your blog.
As your audience start to comment on your post and on other peoples comments, it can provide even more information to your readers without you having to create more content.
Regular users of your site will get to know each other and create more interaction, which benefits your site.
There are different opinions about the SEO benefits of comments on your website. All comments will be crawled by the search engines so you have to assume that the comments will have some effect.
The amount of SEO increase will probably depend on the type of comments that are left on your website and as the benefits are largely unknown should not be used as a major factor in your decision.
To Get Feedback From Your Readers
Comments are a great way to get feedback on your blog posts from your readers.
The type of comments and whether they are positive or negative can help you create suitable content going forward.
These comments will give you a better understanding of how your readers perceive your posts and let you know the areas that you can improve on.
You audience might also ask for more information on certain subjects which can provide you with content ideas for future posts.
So comments can be very positive for your website, but there are negatives to balance it out.
Reasons To Disable Comments
Let’s look at some of the reasons you might want to disable comments on your WordPress website.
Now we will look at each of these reasons in detail so you can decide if comments are right for your website.
Having comments on your website can be very time consuming, especially if you have a large number of visitors.
The comments left on your site may require an answer from you or could be unsuitable and require deleting. For these reasons all comments need to be moderated and the time spent may not be beneficial to your site.
Spam comments are a big problem for websites and need removing. This issue links in with the previous point as you will be spending time dealing with them.
These comments can also be harmful to your site and make it look unprofessional.
Having a large number of comments on your website adds to the loading time of your pages and can slow down your site.
This can cause issues with your visitors not hanging around on your site or it can also damage the SEO and lower your website ranking.
Keep these pros and cons in mind when you are deciding whether or not to enable comments on your website.
Now we will look at how to disable comments on your WordPress website using the Gutenberg editor.
How To Disable Comments On WordPress
You can view a tutorial video on how to disable comments below. Or keep reading for the written version of the tutorial.
To disable comments using the Gutenberg editor you first need to open up your blog post.
At the top of the sidebar you will see the headings – Document and Block (as you can see circled red in the image below).
Make sure Document is selected.
Then you need to scroll down to the bottom of the sidebar. Here you will see a section titled – Discussion as seen below.
You will see there are two check boxes next to each title. Click the tick next to Allow Comments to uncheck. It will now look like the image below.
Now you can save your work and the comments are disabled. You can see more WordPress tutorials here.
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