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I'd like to allow users to write comments on my website's posts. I found this article (https://en.support.wordpress.com/enable-disable-comments-for-future-posts-pages/) so I went to Settings -> Discussion -> Default article settings -> enabled to allow people to post comments on new articles, but that didn't seem to do anything.

On my posts and pages, I don't have the option to check/uncheck “Allow Comments.” I'd be willing to write a plugin to enable this setting but I'm not sure where to start. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks Mike

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    Hate to have to ask this, but have you enabled the Discussion checkbox via Screen Options up at the top? – CK MacLeod Apr 18 '17 at 19:04
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    And there's always the documentation: codex.wordpress.org/Comments_in_WordPress. Lots of good info in the WP Codex. – jdm2112 Apr 18 '17 at 19:09
  • It's also possible that your theme doesn't support comments, which is more common if you're using a custom coded theme. It's worth trying a default theme (say Twenty Seventeen or similar) to see if that makes the comments section appear. – WebElaine Apr 18 '17 at 19:56
  • @CKMacLeod no problem! I actually didn't have it checked but even with the "Allow comments" checkbox checked I don't see a comments section below the blog posts. – zzMzz Apr 18 '17 at 20:31
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    You should be able to "preview" a theme on your site before activating it (and making it visible to the public) – Swen Apr 18 '17 at 20:58

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