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How to Paginate Comments in WordPress

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How to Paginate Comments in WordPress

Have you noticed that your post with lot of comments load slower than your other posts that has barely any comments. Because your most commented posts are usually the most popular, you want these posts to load fast. In this article, we will show you how to paginate comments in WordPress to speed up your post load time.

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First thing you need to do is login to your WordPress admin area and go to Settings » Discussions. Next look at the section where it says Break comments into pages. Simply select the number of comments you want on each page, and how you want to display them.

How to Paginate Comments in WordPress

Once you do this, based on your theme styling, either you will see a numeric pagination or you will see Previous / Next comment links.

Several users have reported that sometimes posts with a lot comments return a white screen of death because it exhausts their memory.

If it doesn’t cause a white screen of death, then posts with a lot of comments tend to be really really slow. We strongly recommend that you paginate your comments.

Note: you can also paginate posts by splitting a long post into multiple pages.

We hope that this tutorial helped you paginate comments in WordPress. For questions and feedback please leave us a comment below. Also don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel for WordPress video tutorials.

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  1. Nick Corcodilos says:

    This setting blew up my comments entirely once the number of comments got large — like over 100. It did not paginate — instead, it STOPPED DISPLAYING the first 100 comments altogether, with no option for the user to go to the page to view older comments. Suddenly, where I had 157 comments on a post (and it SAID 157 Comments up at the top), only 27 were showing. I turned this setting OFF altogether and all my comments came back.

    I’m using WordPress 4.4.2. This is a serious bug.

  2. TJ says:

    One negative of WordPress split page comments is what happens when the comments-per-page tipping point is reached? The default, canonical page will end up showing just one comment.

    For instance, let’s say it’s set to show 10 comments per page and there are 21 comments. Well, the default, canonical page that 99.9% of folks visit will only show the 21st comment, while the previous page will hold the other 20. This can be confusing and looks bad. It would be preferable for the primary page to always show the maximum number of comments per page, but WordPress doesn’t make this possible without putting together a complicated class that extends the Walker_Comment class.

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