Disabled Comments Review


Review

The disable comments plug-in is most popular of its type with WordPress reporting over 800,000 active installs. The premise of this plug-in is quite simple. The standard WordPress installation allows people to add comments to the end of your pages and posts. Before the growth of social media 2.0 (when we all started interacting), this was a simple and easy-to-use way of communicating with site visitors.

Unfortunately, whenever anything is used a lot, the bots and spammers will try and find a way to exploit it as well. Google search engine rankings are boosted when you can have links from other sites similar to yours, linking to your content. This is therefore an open invitation for the bots and spammers to try and grab extra link popularity by filling your site with comments to promote fairness.

There are methods of reducing the amount of spam messages put in the comments box. These include adding tests for human like Capatcha, or screening the messages with a system like  Akismet.

The disable comments plug-in allows you to remove the comments box from posts and/or pages, so that there is no opportunity for anyone to add a comment. It also removes any comments from the pages or posts. All this is done without you needing to change a line of code or make any alterations to your theme.

For those that want to lose the comment system completely there is an option which allows you to remove comments from everywhere. This means that not only are they removed from the site, but the whole comments menu is removed from the administration. This is the option which I personally use on my sites. However, there is one action you should take before activating this plug-in. Make sure that you have dealt with any comments already on the site. Either delete them, or make sure that you have responded so that they are all complete. You do not want to leave any outstanding comments as this can still create messages in the admin system. When you activate the plug-in and have the settings to everywhere, you will no longer have access to any of the comment system to take any actions.

The disabled comments plug-in works with multisite and I have never yet found a theme on which it fails. The only issue is if you are going to replace the comment system with another plug-in. Some of these assume they can jump in and replace the comments code. However, because disable comments has removed this section you will find some of them do not display. In such cases I suggest you turn off disabled comments, and then see how they deal with the settings themselves.

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Installation.

You can choose add new plugin and then use the search bar to find “disabled comments” look for the one with a graphic like our page image and it is by Samir Shah.

Choose to install and then activate the plugin.

You will find the options for the plugin in the Settings menu.

There are two main options.

  1. You can choose the remove the comments from certain parts of the site. Pages, Posts or media. Tick those you wish to remove it from, it will remain on the others. Note the media option is when a visitor can click on an image and see it on a separate media page.
  2. You can select the everywehre option. This will remove the comments from all posts and pages, and anywhere else. It will also remove it from the admin dashboard, so if you have anyoutstanding comments to respond to, please do this first.

 

Business Case

If you do not have the time to monitor your comments, then you are more likely to suffer from Spam messages than gain much benefit from any good audience interaction.

In which case you may be better served to use this Plugin and stop comments being used altogether.

The ability to add comments to my blog post was added early in the evolution of WordPress. This gave a simple way for people to interact with the writers of blogs. Interaction with social media has developed since, and become far more sophisticated. This makes the original comment system for WordPress or quite dated.

The biggest risk to using the blog comment system is that there are many thousands of bots who are looking to place their spam content into any blog systems they find. Therefore, if you wish to use such a comment system, you should consider some simple security measures to avoid your legitimate visitors leaving comments being flooded out by comment spam. You may therefore consider using a Capachta, or other method to verify a comment is from a real person. You could also use a spam filter like Akismet, which will filter out my spam for you. You could consider replacing the WordPress comment system with another like discus, or Facebook comments. The final solution so to speak, is to remove the ability to add comments completely. For this you can use the disabled comments plug-in. This will allow you to remove the comments feature from just pages, or just posts, or everywhere.

For most new projects I always start with this plug-in to remove comments completely. I will then decide on which commenting facility I will use when I have analysed types of customers that we visiting the site and the platform that would be most appropriate for them.

The ability to add comments to my blog post was added early in the evolution of WordPress. This gave a simple way for people to interact with the writers of blogs. Interaction with social media has developed since, and become far more sophisticated. This makes the original comment system for WordPress or quite dated.

The biggest risk to using the blog comment system is that there are many thousands of bots who are looking to place their spam content into any blog systems they find. Therefore, if you wish to use such a comment system, you should consider some simple security measures to avoid your legitimate visitors leaving comments being flooded out by comment spam. You may therefore consider using a Capachta, or other method to verify a comment is from a real person. You could also use a spam filter like Askismet, which will filter out my spam for you. You could consider replacing the WordPress comment system with another like discus, or Facebook comments. The final solution so to speak, is to remove the ability to add comments completely. For this you can use the disabled comments plug-in. This will allow you to remove the comments feature from just pages, or just posts, or everywhere.

For most new projects I always start with this plug-in to remove comments completely. I will then decide on which commenting facility I will use when I have analysed types of customers that we visiting the site and the platform that would be most appropriate for them.