I recently had a cry for help from a friend: she’d posted her first blog post but it wasn’t letting anyone post comments. I told her about the standard way to allow / disallow commenting on blog posts, but that wasn’t helping, and I ended up rolling up my sleeves and ferreting around in her blog Dashboard myself before discovering the answer to our dilemma. So here I’m going to share the correct way to allow comments, and then the way to change your preferences on individual posts – which I have to say is not obvious.
Please note that this works for WordPress.com blogs and not for self-hosted blggs and their themes – you will need to look at the widgets you can download for that.
How do I allow comments to be made on blog posts?
We all want people to be able to interact and make comments on our blog posts (well, most of us). The way to set this up is in the Dashboard, Settings, Discussion. I’ve talked about this at length in another post, so have a look here if you want all the details, but basically you can choose to allow comments on blog posts here:
As I said above, have a look at my basic WordPress article for all of the information about how this page works: for now, just make sure that Allow people to post comments on new articles is ticked.
How do I allow / disallow comments to be made on individual blog posts?
So now we know how to allow comments in general. But what if you’ve created a post and people can’t comment on it? Here we have a post with no place to add a reply or a comment:
I want to encourage people to post comments – so how do I do that? You might think that this is done in the Edit screen for your post. But it isn’t.
To enable or disable comments on an individual post, you need to go to Dashboard, then Posts, then All Posts, until you get this view of all of your posts in a table:
Now, hover with the cursor over the post that you want to edit – in this case the top one, and a list of options will appear. Click on Quick Edit:
Now you will see the Quick Edit screen, where you can change things like tags and categories, the blog title and … the comments. Here the Allow comments box is unticked:
Tick Allow Comments:
Press the Update button. When we view the page, now anyone can add a comment:
This post has sorted out the problem of how to enable comments on an individual blog post. If you found it useful, please do let me know in a comment, and click on the sharing buttons below. You might want to explore the related WordPress articles on this blog, too.
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