Advent Calendar- How to disable comments for WordPress pages in any theme

Usually you don’t need comments on pages. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t offer a separate option to leave comments on posts on and turn them off for pages. If your theme calls comments_template(); in its page.php and you don’t want to break automatic updates, you cannot just remove the function call, because it will be overwritten with the next update.

No problem. There’s an hook for that. It’s a filter called … wait for it … comments_template. We can change the path to the comments template here – if haven’t figured that out already. Let’s build a small plugin.

So, what do we do? We hook into comments_template(); and change the path. Our new path should point to an existing file without any HTML output. In this case, we use just our plugin file, because we know it exists and we control the output.

As you may have noticed our plugin file is included two times: First as a plugin, later as a replacement for comments.php. The function_exists() check prevents any You cannot redeclare … errors.

Putting this all together …

<?php # -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
Plugin Name: Disable Comments On Pages
Version:     1.0
Author:      Thomas Scholz
Author URI:
License:     GPL
// This file is not called from WordPress. We don't like that.
! defined( 'ABSPATH' ) and exit;

// If the function exists this file is called as comments template.
// We don't do anything then.
if ( ! function_exists( 't5_disable_comments_on_pages' ) ) {
	 * Replaces the path of the original comments template with this
	 * file's path on pages.
	 * @param  string $file Original comments template file path.
	 * @return string
	function t5_disable_comments_on_pages( $file ) {
		return is_page() ? __FILE__ : $file;

	add_filter( 'comments_template', 't5_disable_comments_on_pages', 11 );

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  1. Michael Oeser

    Nice but I get exactly this error:

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by…

  2. toscho

    Michael, the critical information is the line number. 🙂

    Could it be an UTF-8 BOM?

  3. Neolot

    Very nice solution, thanks!

  4. Michael Oeser

    My bad. Copy&paste without thinking. Removed the space in front of the lines and now it works like a charm.


  5. Rob

    Nice one.

    To make it work in you functions.php you could use this:

    function disable_comments_on_pages( $file ) {
    return is_page() ? WP_PLUGIN_DIR . “/index.php” : $file;
    add_filter( ‘comments_template’, ‘disable_comments_on_pages’, 11 );

  6. toscho

    @Rob The index.php in the plugin directory may not exist. In my installations I move this directory to another place usually. And I don’t copy the index.php.
    If you have access to your theme just change the page.php.

  7. Vic Dinovici

    hehe, this is an useful snippet. Always wondering why WordPress is making possible commenting on pages, kind of dumb.

    Thanks for sharing!

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