It’s easy to prevent a WordPress site from getting comments in the first place. It’s not even that hard to keep comment spam from appearing.
But what about a site which has a lot of posts and has been receiving comments for some time – what if you need to stop them completely? I recently dealt with this on two different client websites. My clients had had enough of dealing with comments, and just wanted them shut down, and I found out the hard way that it’s a lot harder than you might think.
My recent blog post tutorial on WPMU.org addresses this issue in detail.
Hopefully a future release of WordPress will include an option to easily turn off comments completely. But until then, it will require either a number of steps, a plugin, or edits to the WordPress core files. My tutorial explains how to do it.