The post seemed helpful, but after turning off all plugins, switching back to the Twenty Ten (default) theme and repairing all tables in the WordPress database I was still staring at some “Comments are closed” notifications on some pages, while on others comments were open.
Following the original poster’s idea I went through and changed the comments to open via the WordPress database, but I still had other blogs to do, so I started hunting.
I knew there was an option on the post to allow comments and pingbacks but couldn’t find it. After some digging around I noticed the Screen Options button on the admin bar at the top. Opening it I was rewarded with a checkbox for “Discussion” which was not checked. Naturally I checked the box, closed the panel and was rewarded with the option to allow comments and pingbacks with checkboxes!
This may not be the fix for every case, but it sure helped me. Now I have a simpler way to visit each post and change its settings to get rid of the annoying “Comments are closed” message. There is another way to so this using SQL, but this is simpler and can be accomplished by bloggers and coders of all experience levels.
If you don’t feel like viewing the step-by-step screenshots, while you are logged in and editing a post go to the top, right and cick Screen Options and a dropdown will open. Make sure you check the Allow Comments check box and if you so desire you could also check the Allow Trackbacks and pingbacks on this page check box.
One of the great things about self-hosted WordPress sites is that you can rather easily change the look of your entire site. No need to pay for a re-design of your site, just choose the Theme you want, install it right through the Appearance section in your WP Admin section. In many cases you are up and running with no change… unless you’ve made enhancements to your theme, or your old theme had a built-in function your new theme doesn’t. And if you change themes, child themes won’t help, because your changes and customizations are contained in the child theme files which would no longer be in use on your new theme.
So how do you get the benefits of child themes and the stability of not changing themes? Instead of a theme, use a framework.
WordPress frameworks (not to be confused with the WP Framework) allow you to customize the look of your blog, and some even have drag-n-drop type tools to help. I’ll be evaluating Thematic Framework, Genesis framework and the Thesis Framework and comparing them. In later stages I’ll actually install one or more of them and do comparisons. I’m kind of doubtful about doing that with Thesis because $87 is a little much for an evaluation/demo.
As a blogger its important to keep up with what’s going on. Its also important not to assume that you know it all. One of the things I do to meet these two goals is to subscribe to WordPress-based newsletters. Tonight I hit some really awesome WordPress blogger’s treasure.
The links below are great reading, and I’d encourage you that if you like what you read, subscribe to their blog.
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