How to Turn Off New Comment Notifications in WordPress

Tired of getting comment notification emails?

For some WordPress emails, such as for new user notifications, we need to install a plugin to disable them. However, comment notifications can be quickly removed without any new plugins.

Learn how to turn off these notifications using one of WordPress’ built-in features.

Remove comment notification emails

First, login to your WordPress admin dashboard. Then navigate to the Discussion menu (Settings > Discussion).

Discussion settings screenshot
WordPress’ comment management settings.

The Discussion Settings menu contains all the settings for managing comments. Locate the “Email me whenever” section, and uncheck both boxes.

Two settings for receiving comment notifications
Unchecking both boxes will disable admin comment notifications.

This will turn off the notification emails you receive whenever some posts a comment, or when a comment is held for moderation.

It’s always a good idea to require manual approval for comments which can be turned on via the “Before a comment appears” section below.

Do your visitors get an email when they comment? The settings above turn off notifications for the admin only. WordPress doesn’t email visitors when they comment, so check your plugins to find which one is sending those notifications.

Comment emails disabled

WordPress sends a handful of emails based on site activities, but they can become a nuisance in your inbox. While email notifications can be disabled entirely, this is a less drastic solution for stopping comment notifications.

Have any questions about comments or emails sent by WordPress? Post a comment below.

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3 Comments
  1. Thank you for the post.

    I like having comment notification on because it gives me a chance to see who posted a comment and I can read the comment without going straight to the post and I can also approve it from the email link. It does get annoying when I receive a spam comment sometimes from the same person on different blog post.

  2. Thanks much I keep learning exciting things in your post. In a small time I’ve learned so much.

  3. Thank you so so much for this information. I was very much in need of it..
    Keep posting such technical posts as we all hardly do it…
    Regards and Thanks.
    Ravi

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