How to easily disable links in WordPress comments

Do you have comments enabled on your WordPress website? It’s a great way to gather feedback from your readers or engage in discussions on the topics you write about. However, like almost everything, comments come with their own challenges. One of them might be unwanted links that lead to websites you wouldn’t want to associate with your blog, even in the comments section. There’s a way you can easily prevent this issue. You can actually disable URL links in comments. If you want to steer clear of links for any reason, here’s a very simple way: How to easily disable links in WordPress comments.

How to easily disable links in WordPress comments

To avoid installing an additional plugin for these purposes, we’ll use a snippet and the popular WPCode plugin, which should be installed by anyone looking to customize the properties and behavior of their WordPress website. A snippet is nothing more than a short piece of code in PHP or another language that modifies the properties and behavior of a website.

Installation of the WPCode plugin

To insert codes into your website, you have two options. You can either insert the code directly into the file where it belongs, or you can use a plugin that dynamically inserts parts of the code while your website runs. The second option is better for a simple reason: it’s safer and ensures your code won’t get wiped out with each update that overwrites the file containing your code.

Here’s how to install the WPCode plugin:

  • Click on ‘Plugins‘ in the left menu.
  • Select ‘Add New‘ from the submenu.
  • Notice the search bar in the top right corner.
  • Type ‘WPCode‘ into the search bar.
  • Once WordPress finds the plugin, install and activate it.

If you’re interested in the full article where I describe working with this plugin, take a look here: How to insert custom codes into WordPress

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How to easily disable links in WordPress comments

To disable URLs in the comments on your website, use this simple snippet:

					remove_filter( 'comment_text', 'make_clickable', 9 );

This snippet solely removes the ‘make_clickable’ filter from the comment text application. This filter typically converts text URLs into clickable links. While this feature can be occasionally useful, it also brings various security issues. By eliminating this filter, you prevent the conversion of text URLs into clickable links.


As you can see, the snippet is really short and can be inserted into your website within a few minutes, including the installation of the WPCode plugin. Moreover, the WPCode plugin can be utilized in many other instances where you might want to modify your website using different, often very useful snippets.

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