disabling comments on WordPress pages

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Thursday, 18 October 2012 09:34

Introduction – WordPress websites

Because a lot of people use wordpress for their websites, I will post a series of the more useful hints and tips that I find. Naturally your first stop should be the forums on wordpress support, but I’m also happy to share what I know in simple terms.

Comments on wordpress pages and posts

By default, most themes (a theme is the name for a a style, look or template) allow comments from readers. If you have created any posts or pages you will probably have spotted the settings saying who can comment, whether comments have to be reviewed etc. Sometimes for very good reasons you just do not want any reference to comments to appear on your pages but you are automatically left with text like “you must be logged in to comment” or “comments are closed”.

Removing comments completely from wordpress pages or posts

This is simple!

  • log in
  • go to the list of pages or posts
  • under the relevant place, click “quick edit”
  • untick the “allow comments” box
  • job done!

Useful information

These books have some very useful hints and tips:

Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog (Smashing Magazine Book Series)
WordPress Revealed: How to Build a Website, Get Visitors and Make Money (Even For Beginners): 1
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Make your web pages faster

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 07:28 Written by Ed Beckmann Wednesday, 25 January 2012 04:29

Over the last few years internet connections and good browsers (like Google Chrome and Firefox) have become faster and enabled website designers to include high quality images, movement and interactivity. However,  this has led to bloated, poorly-written pages that are unusable on slower connections, especially mobile devices or public hotspots.

This article by the BBC highlights the problem.

How do you optimise a web page?

Balance good content and simplicity of web page construction. You should:

  • decide how you want your pages to serve your visitors and ensure that both you and the web designer question the value of each element on the page
  • remember that machines supporting flash have been dwindling since 2010 so have a very good reason to use it
  • be selective in using special fonts. Although attractive, some of the techniques to show them add a lot to page size
  • use skilled web designers. Many can set up a web page; some can make it look good; fewer people combine the skills of layout, language to attract search engines and concise page coding. As a test, ask your designer to explain from the source code how a page works. You don’t need to follow their explanation, just note how they try to answer you
  • use commercial quality page design packages or get pages coded directly in html. Many free website programs or templates result in poorly-written pages which may not work on all browsers
  • limit pages to a specific size, especially the main landing pages

What if I have large web pages?

People will not bother to load it, let alone read it. Because you have no control over the speed of your visitors’ connection assume it is slow. Remember, looking at pages on your designer’s big screen can be very misleading.


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