Enable Comments on a WordPress Site

WordPress allows you to enable comments on posts and pages.  However, by default, all blogs.wm.edu sites have comments turned off.  There are several different ways to turn comments on for your posts and pages.

1.) Turn on comments for an individual post or page.

  • When editing a post or a page, scroll down the screen.  In the “Discussion” section, check the “Allow Comments” box and save your work (click the “Publish”, “Save Draft” or “Update” button).  Comments should now be enabled on your post or page.  If you do not see the “Discussion” box on the edit page, click “Screen Options” on the upper right corner of the browser window and number of different view options will appear.  Make sure the box next to “Discussion” is checked.

Click "Allow Comments"

  • You can also turn comments on or off from the “Posts” page using “Quick Edit”.  Click on “Posts” on the left navigation.  When you see the list of posts on your site, hover your cursor over the title of the post.  You should see several links appear underneath the title.  Click “Quick Edit.”  Now you can check the “Allow Comments” box for that post and click “Update” to turn comments on for that post.  The same process works for using Quick Edit for “Pages” (Click on Pages, find the one you want to edit, click “Quick Edit” etc.)

Hover over the title of the page/post, then click "Quick Edit"


Check the "Allow Comments" box


2.) Turn comments on for all new posts or pages.

  • In order to enable or disable comments on all new posts and pages, go to Settings>>Discussion on the left menu.  Check the box next to “Allow people to post comments on new articles.”  Click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page.  This will turn on comments for all the posts and pages you will create in the future, but will not turn comments on for existing posts or pages.

Check the box next to "Allow people to post comments on new articles"


About Evan Cordulack

Evan Cordulack is a Web Applications Specialist for Academic Technology. He helps faculty members with Web-based projects related to their research and teaching. He earned his PhD in American Studies at William & Mary in 2013. Find him at http://cordulack.net/