The ability for your website visitors to leave comments on your WordPress powered site can be managed easily and quickly through your WP administration dashboard.
You can optionally turn off all comments throughout your site by going to your WP dashboard -> Settings -> Discussion, but this tutorial will deal with disabling comments on a per post/page basis.
You can disable, than later enable the ability for your visitors to leave comments at any time, without losing any of the existing comments left on any given post.
Here are the steps to removing the comments area, have a look at the screenshot below as well:
- Make sure the Discussion option is checked on the Screen Options panel on the top right of the post/page edit screen.
- The Discussion options tab should appear, and you just need to simple check/uncheck “Allow comments” and “Allow pingbacks”, depending on whether you want to allow comments or not.