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My WordPress World: Moving the Comment Box to the Top of the Comment List

“Dear WordPress Diary . . .

Moving the Comment Box to the Top - My WordPress Diary _
Finally figured out how to move the comment box above the comments!”

Warning: just a little bit of css coding . . . and quite a bit of amateur winging it.

I have been making changes – flying on the seat of my pants. Or however the phrase goes.
* Disclosure: I am always wrong with idioms. Just warning you as you follow my train of thought. *
No formal training OR budget in my court, so when something irks me about my theme or when I encounter something intriguing on another’s, I go in search for tips online.
** Another disclosure: I have crashed my site once with cut and paste nonsense. And I had to start over a second time when I clicked “update” and my css edits all went bye-bye. This is where I suspect that “do it to your child theme” lesson comes to play. Still a little murky there. **
All the time I spent searching and getting frustrated – then those a-ha moments! — I should definitely keep track of those already! Maybe to help anyone else out there on the same mind-boggling journey or to keep track of things for my own brain’s sake.
A little bit of the former, with a ton of weight on the latter.

Getting feedback via comments has been so much fun – as long as they’re real, meaning not from spammers. Every time I use that “spam” or “spammers” – I feel so bad for that luncheon meat. Just sayin’.
Back to the ever so lovely comment . . . I post my eager reply and all is warm and rosy in my WordPress World. Then wackily enough I get a few more. Life is good. My posts are my little projects – and it always jolts me a little when I get a reply and realize “Whoa – someone other than me is actually reading what I put together!” Then I have to revisit my baby, my little post, with fresh eyes. I scroll down and there are the lovely and generous comments and my silly replies.

You keep scrolling and when you get a few comments and replies lined up, “Whoa [again] – that’s way down there!”
Why is the “Post a Reply” box after the comments?

I have posted comments plenty of times – just spur of the moment when I encounter a post that I am so grateful for, but I am a mommy-entrepreneur with very limited time on my hands. I very rarely read the comments that are already posted. Maybe for DIY projects – if there is a question that I need clarified or if I’m looking for feedback to make up my mind whether to try something or not. For the most part, I am spurred to respond or inquire and would just overlook all the prior comments. And as a blogger – I like responding to individual comments/feedback and do not keep a running comment log of each of my posts when I encounter one. So, I approach each one anew.
Again, why is my “Leave a Reply” located at the very . . .

very . . .


I googled this for the longest time. Read SO many, many WordPress forum discussions that lead me to nothing but confusion and frustration.
“Such a simple thing! Dude, what is going on?!”
It would be time to take a breather. Close all my browsers and avoid the question for a few days. I had new blogs to read and quite a few of them had their “Reply Here” where I wanted mine to be, but I didn’t want Disqus or any other comment plug-in, because I tried those downloads before and had a hard time getting my comment and reply archive to transfer.
Trading in a seemingly simple problem for yet a slew of more complicated ones – pass!
One night I was in a calm state of mind, sitting on my new futon, I decided to type in “WordPress moving comment box to the top” and one of the top forum discussion links gave me the answer that I had been hoping against all hope for!!
*** My full disclosure: I am an amateur at this. This is primarily my diary of my a-ha moments, so follow my path with eyes wide open. I would suggest doing a search for “wordpress making changes to child theme”. This part of the curve is still murky to me. I need to jump in and do this one day soon, but my brain is a little too flummoxed at the moment to take it in.

My Steps to Moving the Comment Entry Box to the Top of the Comment List
1. Go to Appearance –> Editor –> comments.php
2. Locate the code for the comment entry box and cut and paste above the comment list.
If you scroll through the css here you will notice that the “comment list” aka “comment-list” in css speak is listed nearly at the top of the coding, which makes sense since that is where it appears. Here’s what the code for the comment entry box looks like:

<div id=”comments” class=”comments-area”>

<?php // You can start editing here — including this comment! ?>

<?php if ( have_comments() ) : ?>
<h2 class=”comments-title”>
printf( _nx( ‘One thought on &ldquo;%2$s”’, ‘%1$s thoughts on &ldquo;%2$s”’, get_comments_number(), ‘comments title’, ‘blogghiamo’ ),
number_format_i18n( get_comments_number() ), ‘<span>’ . get_the_title() . ‘</span>’ );

I just highlighted to cut and paste (Control-X, Control-P) above “<ol class=”comment-list>” — and clicked on “Update File”. Believe you-me, I always cringe when I do this. Then open my site to see what the damage is and thankfully my WordPress World is still up and running and the change I made came through!

There’s my a-ha moment.

Inside I did a little happy dance.

My little graphic designer brother is cursing me right now, shaking his head at all my shenanigans, but this is my diary and I can work it the way I want. I blame it on Nike.

Tell me I’m crazy. I can’t afford therapy, so it would be a public service.

Here’s a sneak peak at my Desert Wish List for when I’ve got a little budget for a little book larnin’:

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  1. Anna
    January 9, 2019    

    I’m curious why you decided to move the comment box back down to the bottom… I don’t want to change the PHP (you can really mess up and break your site if you do that wrong… I’m a chicken, I guess). I’ll keep searching and see if I can find some CSS that will do the trick.

    • Vi
      February 28, 2020    

      I know about that “breaking” – I vaguely recall doing that once in the very beginning. Coding is fun though – back in the dark ages I had to use a computer that required DOS for directions. So it brings me back. When WordPress issues updates I have to go back and reinstall my edit. I put the comment box on top, because it can be a pain to scroll all the way to the bottom when all you want to do is post a comment/reply. Just my take on it. Thanks for stopping by Anna and I hope you found your solution!

  2. September 4, 2018    

    Hello,I am sure it is worthy most of the time. I think having the comment box right after your post will be so helpful as the visitor can leave the comment right away without scrolling much.

  3. March 15, 2016    

    I’m so like you, I do coding at times by resarching it on google and at times I’ve completely messed it up. Congrats on getting the Comment List done πŸ™‚

    • Vi
      April 4, 2016    

      Thanks so much Molly!! Something about not being alone in all this website murkiness – such a relief. You’re a gem!

  4. CourtneyLynne
    March 15, 2016    

    Awwww glad you were able to figure this out! WordPress sounds too scary for me so I stick with weebly πŸ˜‰ easy peasy and blonde proof!

    • Vi
      April 4, 2016    

      Courtney – “Weebly?” — that’s totally new to me. Checking it out. I don’t want to make WordPress sound scary, girl! Like they say “if I can do it – lordy who can’t?!”

  5. March 14, 2016    

    I like your attitude and that is a great way to live

    • Vi
      April 5, 2016    

      Thank you Mardene! Appreciate the support.

  6. March 14, 2016    

    This kind of looks complicated but you make it easy!
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    • Vi
      April 5, 2016    

      Only way to go = Thanks Ana!

  7. March 13, 2016    

    Yay that is great news! I would love to learn how to code it is something on my to do list!
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  8. Elizabeth O
    March 13, 2016    

    It has never occurred to me to move my comment box and I wonder if you’ve found that it has made a difference for you. Have a great week ahead! πŸ™‚

  9. Lawrence
    March 13, 2016    

    I must really try this when I have a chance.

  10. March 13, 2016    

    I always look in to free resources from google for any technical solution & I am sure it is worthy most of the time. I think having the comment box right after your post will be so helpful as the visitor can leave the comment right away without scrolling much.

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