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How to Disable Disqus on Custom Post Types in WordPress

Do you need to disable Disqus comments on custom post types in WordPress?

Sometimes, comments may disappear from your custom post types after switching to Disqus. This happens when your comments aren’t migrated properly, but thankfully there’s a quick and easy fix.

In this article, we’ll show you how to disable the Disqus comment system on custom post types in WordPress.

How to Disable Disqus on Custom Post Types in WordPress

Why We Switched Away from Disqus?

In the past, we experimented with using the Disqus comment system on WPBeginner. However, we quickly switched back to the built-in WordPress comment system.

There were several reasons why we switched away from Disqus, but early on we noticed some comments weren’t appearing on our custom post types after moving to Disqus.

If you’re still using Disqus to manage and moderate comments in WordPress, then one solution is to import these comments manually. However, this can take a lot of time and effort, particularly if your custom posts have a lot of comments.

Thankfully, there is a faster workaround for Disqus users. With that in mind, let’s see how you can quickly and easily disable Disqus for custom post types.

Disabling Disqus on Custom Post Types in WordPress

Before getting started, make sure you’ve enabled syncing between Disqus and your WordPress website.

In the left-hand menu, select Disqus and then click on the ‘Syncing’ tab. You can then click on ‘Enable Auto Syncing,’ if it’s not already activated.

Make Sure You Have Enabled Syncing Between Disqus and WordPress

After that, you’ll need to add some code to your WordPress blog.

Previously, this required editing your theme files, but we don’t recommend this approach as even a small mistake could cause a number of common WordPress errors, or break your site.

With that being said, we recommend using the free WPCode plugin instead. It is the easiest and safest way to add custom code in WordPress.

Upon activation, go to Code Snippets » Add Snippet in your WordPress dashboard.

How to disable Disqus for custom post types using code

Here, you’ll see all of the different ready-made snippets that you can add to your site. This includes snippets that allow you to disable widget blocks in WordPress and remove the WordPress version number.

We’re adding our own snippet, so hover your mouse over ‘Add Your Custom Code,’ and then click ‘Use snippet.’

Disabling Disqus using WPCode

On this screen, enter a title for the custom code snippet. This can be anything that helps you identify the PHP snippet.

Next, simply open the ‘Code Type’ dropdown and select ‘PHP Snippet.’

How to add a PHP snippet to WordPress

After that, just paste the following snippet into the code editor:

function filter_dsq_can_load( $script_name ) {
if ( is_singular( 'custom_post_type_name' ) ) {
if ( 'count' === $script_name ) {
return false;
} elseif  ( 'embed' === $script_name ) {
return false;
} else {
return true;
add_filter( 'dsq_can_load', 'filter_dsq_can_load' );

This code simply adds a filter to check for a specific custom post type and then disable the Disqus comment template display. With that in mind, make sure you replace custom_post_type_name with the name of your custom post type.

Below the code box, you’ll see the insertion options. If it isn’t already selected, then click on the ‘Auto Insert’ method so the snippet will be automatically inserted and executed across your entire WordPress blog.

After that, open the ‘Location’ dropdown and click on ‘Run Everywhere.’

Running the Disqus code across your website

Then, scroll to the top of the screen and click on the ‘Inactive’ toggle so it changes to ‘Active.’

Finally, go ahead and click on ‘Save’ to make the Disqus snippet live.

How to publish the Disqus code snippet

We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to disable Disqus on custom post types in WordPress. You may also want to learn how to increase your blog traffic and see our expert pick of the best social media plugins for WordPress.

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  1. The new Disqus Plugin (2018) requires some changes on this code to work properly:

    function filter_dsq_can_load( $script_name ) {
    // $script_name is either ‘count’ or ’embed’.
    if ( ‘count’ === $script_name ) {
    return false;

    return true;
    add_filter( ‘dsq_can_load’, ‘filter_dsq_can_load’ );

  2. WordPress is a great enterprise web content management service that allows a company to control website(s) effortlessly. With unlimited built-in tools and their flexibility & scalability, a developer can design website for any business requirements. It is advisable to keep the site interesting where adding a comment box will play a crucial role. Disqus is one of the easiest ways to add comment box on any page however sometimes it is essential to disable it on a few sections where you don’t require reader’s inputs. The method described in article is spot-on as I readily implemented it. Thanks for sharing.
    I feel Jetpack is a good alternative. It allows your readers to connect to your website and leave a comment in multiple ways. It uses default WordPress comment option, can connect to or allows users to login through Facebook, G+ and twitter. There are many other features that make Jetpack a great tool.

  3. You showed us how to disable disqus in custom post type but what about enable? I recently added disqus on my interview custom post type but it’s not working. Why? I created two custom post types i.e Interviews and Blog. It is working in blog post type but not in interviews post type. Tell me how should I fix it.

    This is my code of both custom post types. I am using genesis template here –

    //* Register Interviews Post Type (Changes by NSS)
    add_action( ‘init’, ‘create_interview_post_type’ );

    function create_interview_post_type() {

    $labels = array(
    ‘name’ => __( ‘Interviews’ ),
    ‘singular_name’ => __( ‘Interviews’ ),
    ‘all_items’ => __(‘All Interviews’),
    ‘add_new’ => _x(‘Add new’, ‘Interviews’),
    ‘add_new_item’ => __(‘Add new’),
    ‘edit_item’ => __(‘Edit Interview’),
    ‘new_item’ => __(‘New Interview’),
    ‘view_item’ => __(‘View Interview’),
    ‘search_items’ => __(‘Search in Interviews’),
    ‘not_found’ => __(‘No Interviews found’),
    ‘not_found_in_trash’ => __(‘No Interviews found in trash’),
    ‘parent_item_colon’ => ”

    $args = array(
    ‘labels’ => $labels,
    ‘public’ => true,
    ‘has_archive’ => true,
    ‘rewrite’ => array(‘slug’ => ‘interviews’),
    ‘taxonomies’ => array( ‘category’, ‘post_tag’ ),
    ‘supports’ => array( ‘title’, ‘editor’, ‘author’, ‘thumbnail’ , ‘custom-fields’, ‘excerpt’, ‘comments’)

    register_post_type( ‘interview’, $args);

    //* Register Blog Post Type (Changes by NSS)
    add_action( ‘init’, ‘create_nssblog_post_type’ );

    function create_nssblog_post_type() {

    $labels = array(
    ‘name’ => __( ‘Blog’ ),
    ‘singular_name’ => __( ‘Blog’ ),
    ‘all_items’ => __(‘All Posts’),
    ‘add_new’ => _x(‘Add new’, ‘Blog’),
    ‘add_new_item’ => __(‘Add new’),
    ‘edit_item’ => __(‘Edit Post’),
    ‘new_item’ => __(‘New Post’),
    ‘view_item’ => __(‘View Post’),
    ‘search_items’ => __(‘Search in Posts’),
    ‘not_found’ => __(‘No Posts found’),
    ‘not_found_in_trash’ => __(‘No Posts found in trash’),
    ‘parent_item_colon’ => ”

    $args = array(
    ‘labels’ => $labels,
    ‘public’ => true,
    ‘has_archive’ => true,
    ‘rewrite’ => array(‘slug’ => ‘blog’),
    ‘taxonomies’ => array( ‘category’, ‘post_tag’ ),
    ‘supports’ => array( ‘title’, ‘editor’, ‘author’, ‘thumbnail’ , ‘custom-fields’, ‘excerpt’, ‘comments’ )

    register_post_type( ‘nssblog’, $args);

  4. Thank you for this great post.
    We’ve installed and configured Disqus plugin in our website. everything is almost great with it, except default commenting option. I wonder if there is any option for choosing Guest Commenting as default.
    However there are a lots of people who have Disqus account, but it differs in different societies/countries. For example: in Afghanistan most of the internet users don’t know about Disqus.

    • You don’t need a Disqus account to comment on the Disqus system. You have to option to use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Name/Email or Guest.

      I’m always logged in, so I had to logout to make sure this is the case.

      Logout and take a look.

  5. I see what you are doing and like it. I think I’m having a load order problem. If I doctor the disqus plugin code to not add filter when my custom post type is being used, it addresses my problem:

    if ( ‘custom_post_type_name’ != get_post_type() ){
    add_filter(‘comments_template’, ‘dsq_comments_template’);

    If I try your suggestion of removing the filter if it has been added, then it doesn’t work for me. I presume that functions.php is being executed before disqus.php, so there is no filter to remove at the time the removal is executed. I still haven’t worked out a fix.

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