You asked, and we listened. Introducing threaded comments, comment paging, and comment order settings for your WordPress.com blog.
Go to Settings > Discussion in your dashboard, and you’ll discover three new options in the “Other comments settings” section:
- “Enable comments [x] levels deep”
- “Break comments into pages with [x] comments per page and the [first or last] page displayed by default”
- “Comments should be displayed with the [newer or older] comments at the top of each page”
With the threaded comments option, you can connect and interact with your readers while easily keeping track of who’s saying what to whom. You control the conversation by setting the number of levels allowed in your comment threads, from 1 to 10. (Ten levels deep means nine replies under each comment — that’s a lot!)
We suggest setting threaded comments to about three levels deep, to keep the conversation focused. Here’s how that looks with the Contempt theme:
To save you and your readers from scroll-finger strain, you can now break up comments into pages. You decide where to cut the thread, and whether to display the first or last page of comments as the starting point.
The default settings on your blog used to put the newest comment at the bottom. Now the order is up to you. If you want your readers to know what’s latest first, display the newest comment at the top. If you think it’s important to know the history of a conversation, display the oldest comment at the top.
It’s all part of our goal to help you improve the level of interaction on your blog, and give you more control over the look and feel of your blog.
- Feb 19, 2009 @ 7:06 pm
OMFG!!! I’ve been waiting for this since you guys first announced it. This looks kind of bland on my blog though, I cant figure out what CSS class to change the reply comments a different color….any ideas for sandbox-10 users? Anyways, I luff you guys <3
Truly, truly, truly! You folks are amazing! Wish you could be cloned for everything out there!
Thanks WordPress, this is soooo helpful!
Very nice work it’s easier than going to your ‘ Admin Control Panel ‘ just to Edit a post! Thank You :D
You are so cool, guys! Amazing!
Hurray! Party in the comment section!
Thanks! That’s probably the biggest thing that WP used to lack. Now it is even more the blogging platform of platforms.
Wow, finally. Any link where we can see this in action?
I’d love to see a preview section added to comments. So you can check your comments before you post them. I think that would very useful.
Thank you! It feels like i have been waiting for ever for this feature.
First easy LJ transfers and now this. It feels like Christmas. :)
Oh this is great!
Enabled it on my blog now. :)
Could comments be sorted by post title? Thank you.
This is so much better than adding my “authorial” response as a separate comment. The Comments widget space should be for readers’ comments, not mine.
Before this excellent innovation, I had to edit in a reply to a comment, and it looked sort of bogus. Thanks!
Now, if someone would just proffer a comment and start a thread, I could test it!
That is a really cool feature, thanks! :)
Yeah! Thank you!
And the support to insert ads in the blogs? WIll it happen?
This is great news I have been waiting for the thread comments option
thank you for enabling the feature. :)
Apologies for being fussy… feel free to throw things at me
would it be possible to develop the feature to include an option to only allow the post author to do a threaded response? I’m happy with the standard comment set up on my blog but it would be great to be able to have my responses to my readers’ comments below the original
Thank you for Threaded Comments Option. It is imperesive. Even truly imperesive is what you are creating every day. Creative WordPress Team deserve congratulations on its hard work and commitment to WP.
Why aren’t the comments here threaded? :mrgreen:
this is a good thing
sick! i’m assuming upgrade for ads is paid?
Thanks a lot, really helpful and make blog pages shorter!
This is great!
Thank you so much! :)
I Love This! And it’s retroactive! Thanx for the update. However, a couple of my responses to reader comments did not “nest”. I think I may have approved those comments directly from my email and then replied to them from the comment field when viewing my site. Does this feature only work if you reply to comments via the dashboard>edit comments?
I hope that this means that the IntenseDebate guys, who I presume where involved in Automattic’s discussions about comments, are now going to get back into the game and try to catch up with Disqus. It has been sad to see Disqus execute user requests so well, while ID seems to dismiss huge user demand for features such as Facebook Connect integration.
Very nice! I was hoping for IntenseDebate integration, but hopefully that will be coming soon.
Awesome, awesome, awesome!
Thank you .. it’s amazing!
T’ve been waiting for this
Yay, I’ve been waiting for this feature to break up comments into several pages. Thanks a lot!! :D
Thank you WordPress!! Thats Coolio
Thanks for the tip, helps newbies like me well done
Is there a way to make it so your page view stats reflect your own current time? I.e., that they reflect your local day ending at midnight, instead of at midnight UTC? I know you can reflect local time on posts and comments, but how about for stats? Any help would be appreciated…thanks!
u gotta make it so you can put your own ads on as an upgrade!
f****** yeah! I love you WP :)
Threaded comments sounds good. Thanks
Cool! Thanks a lot!
Totally amazing. Thanks for making it.
W00! H00! Thank you. :)
Thank you very much, this is a nice feature!
I used to edit comments, inserting a “reply” in original text.
Now, i don’t need to do that anymore. ; )
One thing we really need: the ability to make the comment font smaller!
Thanks for all your hard work!
I’m so happy about this I could dance.
too cool thanks :):)
tanks very good
terrific! It seems as if you have read my thoughts. Badly needed nifty addition..thanks a bunch
Thank you. It feels like i have been waiting for ever for this feature.
OMG! Whats next? Free CSS? :)
You are amazing. And you keep pushing it.
Very useful feature. Thank you very much!.
Score! Now I can stop @ing people!
It’s nice feature
This is wonderful! Thank you so much.
Oh wow, this is pretty cool. Thanks y’all.
Enabled it on my blog now. :)
this is what i’m waiting for! :)
ooooooooo thats cool! HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE
This is a great improvement! Commenting on WordPress.com is now almost perfect; the only thing missing now: live comment preview.
(Or even not live; a Preview button like Blogger would also do… it’s just that Live Comment Preview is probably easier to turn on ;-) )
Bagus sekali nih…membuat blogger semakin enjoy. Terima kasih.
Thanks once again!
What a great feature. I activated it the second I saw this announcement. Thanks for making this an option for us!
thank you . It’s enough for me*
Wow…wow….everyday improve..and improve….thank a lot!
My blog look more profesional.
nice, wish more features in the future
That’s looking good.
Great feature… now I just need people to comment at my site so I can see this wonderful jewel :D
Really nice feature. Go Go Go WP! :D
all themes are supported?
This should be a great improvement. When responding I used to copy, paste and italisize a specific comment, now I can just respond directly on blogs that choose this option.
thanks. i want to have this feature for a time.
live comment preview on the Shreevatsa’s comment is better feature. i like it.
@Shreevatsa: Live comment previewing (preferably optionally enabled) would be fantastic. Would also be great if it were bundled with the wordpress.org distribution so more people would be encouraged to use it on their blogs.
But at the moment it looks like you can’t set these options on or off for individual posts, correct? They’re only for the blog as a whole, right?
Because sometimes you might want the newest comments at the time, sometimes not.
:D :D AWESOME! :D :D
Better late than never!
This reminds me of forum board posting. Awesome feature! ;)
:lol: OMG! I am loving it guys! :lol:
You won’t believe it was so much skin off my nose when they replied to my comments by editing it and leaving the replies just below my replies (so that it looked orderly)! That meant that I was not getting the email notification of the replies by the blog author (though I was getting other comments in my mailbox)! I had even suggested some of my WP friends not to do this.
This is simply put, ‘a revolutionary change!’
What is more anyone can reply to any comment. I guess the comment page will be the new centre of discussion on many blogs now! Nitawriter, Solilo, Nimmy : they’ll all love it! I am so excited I am leaving comments about this hot off the press news on my friends’ blogs. Thank you WP!
Please enable the option and see for yourself what a refreshing change it is! I tried it with many test comments and it works great (though the levels deep option does not have much effect on my theme after 3 levels; but I don’t’ mind it. :)
Dear WP guys, If possible, please introduce a signature option to go with posts (wherein the author can add a pic, name, signature, HTML, even social bookmarking) in future!
Thank you once again. I may be a new kid on the blo(ck)g but I am loving blogging and this wonderful platform called WordPress!
Today is the day to shower smilies guys!
:lol: :D :D :D :D
Truly Unfortunate are those who do not have a blog on WordPress! :D
Ir’a really so terrific. Thanks for your effort.
I suggest we should also have “First Page”, “Last Page” as well as “Page 1″, “Page 2″, etc besides “Older Comments” and “Newer Comments”.
Amazing. Thank you. I am looking forward to more changes!
WOW WOW COOOLLLLLLL (^o^)b
that’s awesome! now it’s much simpler to know who’s saying what to who! thankyou so much!!!
My God! This is just the feature I needed for my blog. Keep up the good work guys. WordPress.com rocks!!
yay, i find this very useful to keep up with visitor comments. thanks for informing us about this feature :D
Thank you :)
cool! thanks WP!!