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How to Fix “Comments are Closed” Problem in WordPress

Istiak Rayhan

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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.

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

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Now 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”.

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Istiak Rayhan

Istiak Rayhan is the founder of, a blog that aims to make bloggers’ journey easier. Istiak loves to help newbie bloggers to build a better blog. Here’s more about him.


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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Da Nang Teacher

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

  4. 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.

  5. Dimitris Karousos

    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

  6. 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!


  7. 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!

  8. 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:

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

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

  18. Christine Faith

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

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

  20. 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

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