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Comment Timeout

Closes comments on blog entries after a user-configurable period of time, with an option to make allowances for active discussions.


  • Comment Timeout now works with PHP 5.4.


  • You can now optionally specify a date on which to close comments across the board, and then to re-open them at a later date. This is useful if you are going on holiday, for example, or if you want to take an indefinite break from blogging.
  • Timeout options are now hidden on the admin page when "Close comments" is deselected.


  • Added an option to allow users to reset all per-post settings to their defaults.


  • Comment Timeout now integrates with WordPress's built in comment closing feature. Enabling or disabling comments through the "Discussion" tab will be reflected in Comment Timeout.
  • Old versions of WordPress (prior to 2.8) are no longer supported.


  • Fixed: "allow comments" and "allow pings" options were being disabled when old posts were edited using Quick Edit. See this issue
  • The home page for Comment Timeout is now the Bitbucket repository


  • Fixed layout of files to make automatic upgrades work properly.


  • Added option to disable or modify the message indicating when comments will time out.
  • Added template tags to allow further customisation in the theme.
  • Made the per-post option display correctly on WordPress 2.5 and later.
  • Discontinued support for PHP 4.


  • Fixed a bug that was causing comments to be closed incorrectly when pings were disabled.


  • Fixed a bug that was allowing comments through from spam bots on old posts.

2.0 alpha 1

  • Initial release of Comment Timeout 2.0. This was a total rewrite with new features:
    • Link Limits, Three Strikes and You're Out moved to separate plugins.
    • Timeouts can now be set on a post-by-post basis.
    • Redesigned admin page.
    • Comments on old posts can be sent to the moderation queue instead of being blocked.

Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.2.1
Last Updated: 4 years ago
Active Installs: 800+


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