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Is there a quick way to disable all comments on all posts and pages. I know that you can go into the dashboard under posts, click edit, and Do Not Allow, under comments. Is that the only way?

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The check if comments are enabled is performed by comments_open() function.

You can make it always return false via a filter with something like this:

add_filter('comments_open', '__return_false');   

Other way would be to make comments available to only registered users (that is if you don't have open registration) in Settings > Discussion.

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Most simple, native-wp and best solution. +1 –  kaiser Jul 16 '11 at 16:57

Not including the comment-form in your theme also works (that's what I usually do).

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I have write an plugin for this job. https://github.com/bueltge/Remove-Comments-Absolutely

WordPress has on many different points jobs and views for comments, if you will not use all this, use the plugin or customize the source for your requirements.

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I thought I'd add an answer to the above as it may not be immediately obvious to others searching for this issue.

In Settings >> Discussion you can uncheck "Allow people to post comments on new articles" in the Default article settings. However, note that this will only affect new posts/pages.

You can bulk edit the existing pages in the dashboard Posts or Pages view.

This may be a preferred method for some people not wanting to touch the template files, etc.

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