I'm using wordpress for my company website but I want to remove the comments function completely so not just by unchecking a "alow comments" within every page.

I did some googeling and the said I was supposed to remove this line of code:

<?php comments_template(); // Get wp-comments.php template ?>

And this code should be located in page.php but I'm unable to find this code. Maybe this was a way to do it in a old version of wordpress?

Does anyknow know how I can remove it? :)

  • What theme are you using? Do you want to disable commenting across the whole site? – fightstarr20 Apr 16 '13 at 18:11
  • In twentytwelve, comments_template can be found in page.php, single.php, image.php and page-templates/full-width.php. Your theme should have some similar organization - at least as regards single.php. – vancoder Apr 16 '13 at 21:00
  • Just use Disable Comments: wordpress.org/extend/plugins/disable-comments – Andrew Bartel Apr 16 '13 at 23:32

Will unchecking these options not satisfy your needs (especially the last one)?

  • Attempt to notify any blogs linked to from the article
  • Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)
  • Allow people to post comments on new articles

All can be found at the top of the Discussion Settings page.


One thing you can do is remove all mentions of comments from the admin area.

So to remove the comments metaboxes from the admin pages for posts and pages, as well as from the dashboard, use this in your functions.php:

add_action('admin_menu', 'remove_shit');

function remove_shit() {
    remove_meta_box('dashboard_recent_comments','dashboard','core'); // recent comments box

    //Meta boxes on post page
    remove_meta_box('commentsdiv', 'post', 'normal');
    remove_meta_box('commentstatusdiv','post','normal'); // comments metabox

    //Meta boxes on page page (haha)
    remove_meta_box('commentstatusdiv','page','normal'); // discussion metabox
    remove_meta_box('commentsdiv','page','normal'); // comments metabox

In addition to this, you can remove the "Discussion" area from the settings:

add_action( 'admin_menu', 'remove_menu_items' );

function remove_menu_items() {
     remove_menu_page('edit-comments.php'); //comments
     remove_submenu_page( 'options-general.php', 'options-discussion.php' ); // discussion under settings

Then, to remove the "Comments" column from the admin area for posts and pages, use:

function remove_columns( $columns ) {
  return $columns;
     add_action( 'admin_init' , 'filter_post_columns' );

    function filter_post_columns() {
      add_filter( 'manage_posts_columns' , 'remove_columns' );

     add_action( 'admin_init' , 'filter_pages_columns' );

    function filter_pages_columns() {
      add_filter( 'manage_pages_columns' , 'remove_columns' );

The advantage of this method is that you don't have to modify the WordPress core, so it'll stay even if you update WordPress.

  • 1
    I think ps_remove_columns should just be remove_columns. – vancoder Apr 16 '13 at 23:17

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