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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

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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Bulk edit the existing pages in the dashboard Posts or Pages view as noted here:

  1. Go to your All Posts page.
  2. Click on the checkbox in the header.
  3. Choose "Edit" under the bulk actions drop-down and then click Apply. The bulk edit area will appear.
  4. In the middle of the bulk edit area will be four drop-down menus. The second one is for comments. Change it to "Do not allow".
  5. Turn off pings with a similar drop-down to the right side of the bulk edit area.
  6. Click the update button on the far right.
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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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How does one bulk edit the existing pages in the dashboard Posts or Pages view? I'm not seeing an option in Posts or Pages view. –  MikeiLL 2 days ago
    
In Posts or Pages view in Dashboard, there should be a 'Bulk Actions' dropdown value. Change that to 'Edit' and then select all posts/pages or just the ones you want and then click 'Apply' and it will bring up the Bulk edit options. –  TomC yesterday

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

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