I don't want any comment querys to run. I don't wont anything about comments to be shown in wordpress admin area.

Is this possible in any way?

EDIT: Remove all links to the comments from admin bar, and all of the backend section.

  • Just a note you will have to manually delete the code from your template files as there is no way of hiding it with code from there. I believe so if i am wrong someone correct me. May 22, 2011 at 15:09

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Here is a list of all of the above answers and a removal of the admin bar link. Just add it to your themes function file or make it a plugin. I will mark this as a community wiki as everyone's answer is right just no one added it all together.

// Removes from admin menu
add_action( 'admin_menu', 'my_remove_admin_menus' );
function my_remove_admin_menus() {
    remove_menu_page( 'edit-comments.php' );
// Removes from post and pages
add_action('init', 'remove_comment_support', 100);

function remove_comment_support() {
    remove_post_type_support( 'post', 'comments' );
    remove_post_type_support( 'page', 'comments' );
// Removes from admin bar
function mytheme_admin_bar_render() {
    global $wp_admin_bar;
add_action( 'wp_before_admin_bar_render', 'mytheme_admin_bar_render' );

To remove the Comments menu:

add_action( 'admin_init', 'my_remove_admin_menus' );
function my_remove_admin_menus() {
    remove_menu_page( 'edit-comments.php' );
  • Great. And from the new WP 3.1 top panel? Mar 6, 2011 at 11:37

This should remove support for comments on your site:

add_action('admin_menu', 'remove_comment_support');

function remove_comment_support() {
    remove_post_type_support( 'post', 'comments' );
    remove_post_type_support( 'page', 'comments' );

I don't know if it will hide every mention of comments in the admin section, though. The "Right Now" box on the dashboard is mostly hard-coded, so you'd have to hide that box or do some hackery to filter out the line about "Comments". But it should remove the "comments" text everywhere else that I can think of.

  • But it still visible in admin menu. Don't want that. Mar 5, 2011 at 11:59
// Disable support for comments and trackbacks in post types
function df_disable_comments_post_types_support() {
    $post_types = get_post_types();
    foreach ($post_types as $post_type) {
        if(post_type_supports($post_type, 'comments')) {
            remove_post_type_support($post_type, 'comments');
            remove_post_type_support($post_type, 'trackbacks');
add_action('admin_init', 'df_disable_comments_post_types_support');

// Close comments on the front-end
function df_disable_comments_status() {
    return false;
add_filter('comments_open', 'df_disable_comments_status', 20, 2);
add_filter('pings_open', 'df_disable_comments_status', 20, 2);

// Hide existing comments
function df_disable_comments_hide_existing_comments($comments) {
    $comments = array();
    return $comments;
add_filter('comments_array', 'df_disable_comments_hide_existing_comments', 10, 2);

// Remove comments page in menu
function df_disable_comments_admin_menu() {
add_action('admin_menu', 'df_disable_comments_admin_menu');

// Redirect any user trying to access comments page
function df_disable_comments_admin_menu_redirect() {
    global $pagenow;
    if ($pagenow === 'edit-comments.php') {
        wp_redirect(admin_url()); exit;
add_action('admin_init', 'df_disable_comments_admin_menu_redirect');

// Remove comments metabox from dashboard
function df_disable_comments_dashboard() {
    remove_meta_box('dashboard_recent_comments', 'dashboard', 'normal');
add_action('admin_init', 'df_disable_comments_dashboard');

// Remove comments links from admin bar
function df_disable_comments_admin_bar() {
    if (is_admin_bar_showing()) {
        remove_action('admin_bar_menu', 'wp_admin_bar_comments_menu', 60);
add_action('init', 'df_disable_comments_admin_bar');



This will not remove it from your markup per se, but you can easily hide the WP 3.1 admin bar link (both visually and from screen-readers) by adding the following line to your theme's CSS:

li#wp-admin-bar-comments { display: none; visibility: hidden; }

  • While doing some more reading on this subject, I found this post on Six Revisions which covers how to tweak a lot of the admin interface, including removing all traces of a comment function.
    – poisontofu
    May 22, 2011 at 7:43
  • ...and if for whatever reason you want to leave any of this on for admin-level users, use the current_user_can function, e.g: if (!current_user_can('level_10')) targets non-admin users only.
    – poisontofu
    May 22, 2011 at 7:56
  • User levels are deprecated. Use 'manage_options' or some other capability instead.
    – scribu
    May 22, 2011 at 15:12
  • @scribu: I wondered about this, couldn't find any recent reference to user levels in the WP Codex. Thanks for letting me know (this table of roles & capabilities helped me get my head capabilities).
    – poisontofu
    May 26, 2011 at 6:21

There's an out-of-the-box solution that does just that. It's a plugin from Frank Bültge

Docs: http://wpengineer.com/2230/removing-comments-absolutely-wordpress/

Plug-in download: https://github.com/bueltge/Remove-Comments-Absolutely

Just install, and thats it. no config.

It works fine with WP 3.5

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