How to Fix “Comments are Closed” Problem in WordPress

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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)

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

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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.

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

78 responses to “How to Fix “Comments are Closed” Problem in WordPress”

  1. Ivan Avatar

    It helps a lot! Thank you Istiak

  2. Abi Avatar

    Thanks so much you have no idea how stressed and lost I was over this. I thought I had tried everything and was about to give up.

  3. Thien Avatar

    I have worked follow this acticle. But i’m fail. Please help me. Thanks so much. My site in discuss comment.

  4. Trel Avatar

    Thanks, bro.

    Worked like a charm.

  5. Jenny Avatar

    I would agree… very helpful. I submitted a ticket to my theme developer and they couldn’t figure out why comments were not showing. I sent them this link and we all had a good laugh at how easy it was to fix. It does appear it is set as some sort of WP default. Anyway, thank you very much for helping to get rid of that headache!

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      Haha…glad I could help.

  6. Vicky Avatar

    Perfect!! Worked a treat. Thank you.

    1. Istiak Rayhan Avatar
      Istiak Rayhan

      Glad I could help.

  7. Abdul Rahman Avatar

    Thanks . It was very helpful article . It solved my problem

  8. Sigma Dave Avatar

    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.

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