How to Fix “Comments are Closed” Problem in WordPress

Comments on this entry are closed

Recently I’ve noticed that some of my old posts show that ‘Comments on this entry are closed’ that means visitor won’t be able to comment on those posts. But I didn’t disable the comments option or any other setting.

After some research, I was able to find the problem. When I searched for this terms in Google I realized that many WordPress users also face this problem. So here is a quick guide to fix “Comments are Closed” under the posts.

Fixing “Comments are Closed” Problem in WordPress

You need to change two settings to fix the issue.

At first, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on “Discussion” from “Settings” tab. (Follow Screenshot)

Now check the box “Allow people to post comments on new articles” and uncheck the box “Automatically close comments on articles older than * days”.

Then click on “Save Changes”.

Now let’s see the second settings to configure.


Go to the post which shows that “Comments are Closed” and Edit the post. In the top right of Dashboard, you’ll see ‘Screen Options’. Click on it.

Screen Options WordPressScreen Options will slide out. Make sure the “Discussion” checkbox is checked.

Screen Optios Sliding on WordPressNow Scroll down to the bottom and you’ll find a ‘Discussion’ option there. Make sure that “Allow Comments” checkbox is checked. And Update your post.

That’s it. You’re done. Now people can comment on your blog posts which were previously showing that “Comments are Closed”.

  • Mohammad ismail says:

    Dear friend really impressed with your way of explaining any topic is such an easy way that set in the reader’s mind automatically.
    Thank you for sharing such a nice and informative post

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad to know that you like my explanation way. Thanks for your kind words.

  • Anna says:

    Thanks a lot, that fixed my problem!

  • Zal says:

    Thank you. I finally fixed the problem.

  • Vincent Alim says:

    It’s works ! Thanks.
    Your explanation is easy to understand. :)

  • Joe Bradshaw says:

    Thank you so much for your help! Just starting out at and this was proving a frustrating hurdle to get over!

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you! This happened to me last night and I hadn’t changed anything differently. You post was the 5-min quick fix I needed! :) FIXED!

    Serena @ Thrift Diving

  • Christine Faith says:

    Dude, you rocked my world! Thank you so much – the solution was simple, quick and effective. You’re awesome!

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad I could help.

  • Maz Kwok says:

    Oh dear I’ve tried many things but no work untill I found your post. Very simple and clear way! Thanks so much!

  • steve says:

    Awesome! You make it so easy. All sorted now, thank you so much sir.

  • olayinka says:

    This is the perfect answer/solution for my problem.

  • Jaco says:

    Thanks Istiak! That was exactly it! Problem solved…thank you so much for your post!

  • John Chatman says:

    Just wanted to drop a quick line and say thank you.

    This helped me fix the issue within just a couple of minutes.

    I appreciate it.

  • Yay! I searched Google and tried many “solutions”–without luck. THIS fixed the problem. Thank you!

  • Neil Hogan says:

    Thank you very much. Your info fixed my problem. The hours of other fixes didn’t do it! And without your instruction to ‘scroll down to the bottom and make sure the discussion box is checked’ I still would have been struggling to work out why it wasn’t working. Thanks again!

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad I could help!

  • George says:

    Nice description, but that’s in the manual. What to do if the comments are still closing, AFTER doing all this right? I’m editing an older post with comments open, click update and the comments are closed. I go back to the post, check the comments open box, click update, scroll down and the box is unchecked.

  • Yah, I did this and it did not work. I have tried everything and I cannot get my comments to show! Someone please help me. This is so messed up!

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Comment box disappears? or something else?

      • Andrew Wheeler says:

        I am having this issue as well. Did you find a fix may-hap?

  • Great job, but still says “comments are closed” I can’t believe how difficult this process is. I’ve been trying to figure this out for months. Back to the drawing board.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      This is unfortunate.

      Can you give me a link of your posts that show “Comments are closed”?

  • Chris says:

    I have a variant of the thread!
    I am only using web pages and do not want any comments/blogs etc on the website. I have managed to delete the comments box (by unticking everything in the discussion page) but still get a statement at the bottom of each webpage saying ‘comments are closed’! Can you advise how I might suppress this text please?

  • Jessa Otero says:


  • Thank you!! This was a life saver :)

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad I could help :)

  • Jeanne says:

    Thank you for this information. Fixed the problem!

  • Very helpful information. I am setting up my first WordPress website and was stumped by this. You have an extremely good talent for explaining things. I am sure I will be visiting your site more often.

  • Srinivas says:

    I have done all the above things but still, have issue, if you see one post link it has comments open and for another it is closed :(

    any help would be great full, I am ready to go on a screen share as well to show my current issue.

    Post showing comments and are open:
    Post does not display the comment form at all :(

    Would be waiting for your response

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      From my side, I can see the comment box on both posts.

  • Angelo says:

    Wow, a single checkbox is all that was needed! Thanks for the helpful article, really appreciate it.

  • ali says:

    that was GRATE , keep it up.


  • rose says:

    I just spent over and hour looking for this fix trying all sorts of things and voila! You solved it in less than 1 minute!!


    Many , many thanks!

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad I could help :)

  • Glad to read this post because this is much helping and provide me best information to get into issue of comments.

  • Hey Istiak, I have a problem too. So I have enabled the comments but in the form people can’t put their names and email and website and post the comment, even though they can write it. What can I do?
    Here is my website:

  • I have checked all these settings and everything is on, It still says closed. Any idea? My site is Thank you!

  • Hi all!

    So I have struggled for the last few weeks with my comment box, and this tip actually worked, but it’s tricky to find.
    Make sure you are in the edit of your post in order to select “screen options.”
    I was trying to do with from the quick edit, but I needed to be on full edit mode to find the “Discussion” box that needed to be checked.

    Thanks so much for this, it was most helpful!

  • Victorvijay says:

    Was it that easy.I did not know it.
    Thanks for sharing this

  • Vijay says:

    This post needs to be updated.
    You just need to uncheck “close comments after 28 days” option in wordpress discussion settings.

    • Dylan Satow says:

      BOOM! Nice one Vijay. That is the real solution.

    • Vincent says:

      Vijay!!! Thanks for the clarification my friend! You nailed it!

  • Bryan says:

    This worked when I updated the date and time of my post to 5 minuets in the future.

    Settings… allow users to comment on NEW posts!


  • Finally! You solved my problem when wordpress technical support could not. I cannot thank you enough.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad I could help.

  • Jon says:

    Thanks for that. Worked like a dream.

  • Nope. This does absolutely nothing. (My discussion box was properly set, but after a while, a post lost the discussion check mark on screen options. I reset it. NOTHING changes.)

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      This post has been updated. Please check the tutorial now. Thanks

  • Dimitris Karousos says:

    no words enough to thank you !!!! I have this problem for days , i read a lot on the net , i try several plugin’s but NOTHING …..Thank you VERY MUCH for this solution it is worked perfect for me …sorry for my bad English come from Greece

  • Yo’ man! Thanks! It seems like a WordPress update caused this to happen. Your guidance help and solved my problem.

  • Susan says:

    Solved my problem quickly and easily. THANK YOU!!

  • Kelli says:

    Perfect quick fix! Thank you SO MUCH!

  • Nancy Loe says:

    You are a GENIUS. I’ve had this problem for years. Every recommended the first part, but it’s your second step that makes this work. Thanks very much.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad I could help :)

  • Da Nang Teacher says:

    This saved my bacon! None of my pages were allowing comments. Your help has fixed it! Thank you so much!
    Da Nang Teacher

  • Gilliander says:

    Thank you so much!

  • Thanks Istaik! That fixed the problem on my blog.

  • Alice V says:

    I was having issues with this too and wondered why I wasn’t getting any comments. thanks so much! I did have to actually set a “close comments after X amount of days” otherwise it kept the comments closed. I set it to 900 days for now and at least the posts will stay open a few years for comments until I can go back and try to fix it again.

  • Jimmy says:

    Excellent, Excellent!

  • Jay says:

    Thanks a lot! very useful! I solve my issue – screenshots explanation is great!

  • Carole says:

    Still having trouble! Comment option appears on first blog entry but not recent blog entry. I’ve done all of the above. Suggestions?

  • Douglas says:

    thank you so much! I was struggling with this for a while, and didn’t realized that option… so easy! sometimes we’re so stressed that we can’t find a sollution right in front of our eyes.

  • Parvez says:

    In my case, it was a plugin issue, fixed it after deactivating it.
    Plugin was – wappPress

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Thanks for sharing the info. Someone might find it helpful.

  • Sigma Dave says:

    Thanks for posting this. I just discovered I was having this problem today. I had no recollection of setting my comments to be closed after a period of time and was wondering how the hell that happened. Looks like it’s that way by default. That’s something they don’t tell you in the instructional videos.