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Students Tutorial – Display Newer Comments on Top with WordPress 4.7

By default WordPress displays older comments at the very top of the comment page and newer comments displayed last. If a post is written over 5 years ago, those comments where were added from 5 years ago will be at the top. This might not be a great way to enhance a blog post. One thing everyone knows is 5 years is a long time when it comes to technology.. lots of changes happen in 5 years.

A post about WordPress written 5 years ago may not accurately reflect the WordPress of today… WordPress has gone through many changes over 5 years, so making newer and recent comments display at the top might be a good thing.

Since comments can be a source of added information sometime to enhance a post or provide added information for your audience, making newer comments show up at the top should be considered by webmasters.

This brief blog post is going to show you how to make this happen in WordPress.

To configure WordPress to display newer comments, logon to WordPress admin dashboard.. and go to Settings –> Discussion as shown in the image below

wordpress comment display

On the Discussion Settings page, change the highlighted settings option to match the image below to say:

[alert-note]Comments should be displayed with the newer comments at the top of each page.[/alert-note]

wordpress settings discussion

Save your changes and you’re done.

Going forward, all newer comments will be put at the very top and older comments pushed below.

That’s it!

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