Disable Commenting On A WordPress Blog?By: Dave Taylor
January 11th, 2012
Your timing is impeccable, dear reader! As you sent this in, I was busy migrating my new Wordpress blog -- GoFatherhood -- to a new server so I was able to capture all the steps needed.
Coincidence, or serendipity? You decide.
This example is also taken from Wordpress 3.2, so if you're running an earlier or later version (like 3.3) then it's possible that things will look slightly different. Still, the basic steps should still prove accurate.
Start out by logging in as the admin on your Wordpress blog, then looking on the left side of the admin control area for "Posts". Underneath that heading should be a group of options, including "All Posts". Choose it:
Now click on the box just to the left of the "Title" column heading and it'll automatically select every blog entry on the current page:
Everything checked? Good. Click on "Bulk Actions" and choose "Edit" instead...
Clicking on "Apply" shows you the selected entries and a bunch of things you can do, including apply new categorization, tags, change author, etc:
Most importantly on the right side is a menu "Comments". Click on it:
Choose "Do not allow", click on the "Update" button on the lower right of this section and...
Good job. Now you just need to duplicate that for all the blog entries you have.
Tedious? Yes. In fact, I surmise that there's a way you can really select every single post before you take an action, but I don't know what it is. Perhaps one of you readers can enlighten us? Thanks.
In any case, I hope this helps you migrate your Wordpress blog from one server to another.
About the Author: Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is internationally known as an expert on both business and technology issues. Holder of an MSEd and MBA, author of twenty books and founder of four startups, he also runs a strategic marketing company and consults with firms seeking the best approach to working with weblogs and social networks. Dave is an award-winning speaker and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs. AskDaveTaylor.com http://www.intuitive.com/blog/