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How to Turn Off Comments Notifications in WordPress

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How to Turn Off Comments Notifications in WordPress

Have you received an email from WordPress about a comment notification? We get asked this question a lot from new users. How do we turn off comment notifications in WordPress? WordPress has a built-in feature that notifies the administrator if a comment is posted or held in moderation. This feature is enabled by default on all installations. In this article, we will show you how to turn off comment notifications in WordPress.

Login to your WordPress dashboard. In the menus, go to: Settings » Discussion. Then look at where it says “Email me whenever” and un-check the boxes there.

Turn OFF Comment Notifications in WordPress

This will turn off new comment notifications that you get. This is one of the most frequently asked WordPress questions that we get.

Bonus Tip:

We also get asked about New comment notification from other sites. That happens because the site you commented on is using a plugin like “Subscribe to Comments“. You probably checked or forgot to uncheck the box. Most of those emails have an unsubscribe link. You should be able to unsubscribe fairly easily.


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  • http://hebentref.com Emma Austin-Jones

    Just followed your advice. Thank you, such a relief!!

  • Sharde

    My Goodness You saved the day!

  • Daan van den Bergh

    Is there a way to turn off notifications on a per account basis?

    I’m the administrator and I’m using the WordPress-app on my smartphone, which notifies me of new comments all the time.

    But disabling notifications in the admin-settings, turns it off for all accounts.

    Is there a way to turn it off for the administrator and leave it on for the contributors?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      There is no easy way. The best thing you can do is setup a filter in your email.

  • CC

    Is there a way to turn off comment notification on a post-by-post basis? Some posts I’d like to receive notification for, while others I’d rather not, but it seems to be an all-or-nothing situation.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      None that we are aware of. You can always use subscribe to comments plugin to get notified if there is a new comment. Alternatively, you can just check your dashboard every few hours.

  • http://twitter.com/reelseo ReelSEO Video Guide

    You know, out of the blue, we’re getting repeat notifications over and over again for one particular post on our site. I’ve tried disabling (per your instructions above) and re-enabling, but we’re still getting hundreds of repeat notification emails. Have you ever seen this or do you have any idea of how one might fix that? Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Nope, the technique above should solve the issue. Not sure what’s going on with your site.

  • Rami

    How do you turn off user registration notifications.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      There is a WP plugin, but it hasn’t been updated since 2010.

      http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/disable-wp-new-user-notification/

      The best way would be to filter it out in your email and delete them automatically (Gmail has filters).

      • Rami

        Is there a wordpress filter that i can use to turn-off user registration notifications.