How To Show Recent Comments In The WordPress Sidebar

Show recent comments in the wordpress sidebar

For beginners, one of the biggest challenges is to show recent comments in the WordPress sidebar. Though WordPress is an easy CMS but a few people get stuck with these basic things.

To increase the user engagement, it can be an effective step. Many people are even using the plugins to show top commentators.

It actually helps you forge your human bonds with your readers. But here, we’re only talking about the recent comments, not the top commentators.

Use The WordPress Inbuilt Recent Comment Widget.

You would be happy to know that WordPress has its default widget to show the recent comments.

Just navigate to Appearance>>Widgets and search for the “Recent Comments” box. If you have already learned about adding a widget to the WordPress sidebar then do it.

Just click and you will see the location according to the theme you’re using.

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You can also drag and drop it to the sidebar or any other place. There are limited options. You can choose a different title in place of recent comments.

The number of comments to be displayed can also be selected. Just click on the save button and you will see the number of chosen number of comments in the sidebar.

add recent comments in wordpress

Add Recent Comments With More Options.

As you can see, the default widget has only two options as discussed above.

Many users asked to show the gravatar with each comment. Wouldn’t that be great? Gravatar is used to build the brand.

You would require a plugin to use some extra features.

Just install and activate Better Recent Comments plugins and you will see a new widget in your WordPress Appearance section.

Just like before, drag and drop the box to the sidebar and you will see all the options including the gravatar.

Do all the settings and click on the save button. The result will be like this.

show recent comments

Many people have complained about this widget too.

Well, this is another solution for you. You can use another plugin. Just install and activate Decent Comments plugin.

Though after using this plugin, you may need to add some extra custom CSS to arrange the gravatar but still, the best thing is the bundle of options you get.

How Would You Add Recent Comments In The WordPress Sidebar?

The above mentioned are a few methods to accomplish your goal. The choice is yours whether you use the default widget or any of the plugins.

Personally, I like the default and plain widget with the author name and the headline of the article he/she has commented on.

What about you? If you need some extra options then you should definitely go for the plugins. It’s just the matter of choice.

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by Ravi Chahar

A WordPress Professional and the LinkedIn Influencer. A coder by passion and a blogger by choice. WordPress theme development is his forte. He is your WordPress guy who will teach you how to solve WordPress errors, WordPress security issues, design issues and what not.

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  1. Nicely Explained Ravi Sir.

    I think that your WordPress content is better than any other WP Blogs. Though this method is not possible for the Bloggers who are using Disqus but it is really a great idea to let your visitos know about the happening on your blog.

    Thank you.


    1. Hey Prakhar,

      I am glad that you could resonate with the content.
      Disqus is another form of comment system and many people use it to avoid spam comments. WordPress widgets don’t work with that.
      Only WordPress default comment system can fetch the comments.
      Thanks for your support.

  2. Hey Ravi,

    Now-a-days, comment widget in trend – it helps to visualize recent comments in the WordPress sidebar and we can say it is amazing step by Wp. This is fantastic tutorial regarding this subject and it will surely help people in order to maximize user experience. Eventually, thanks for sharing.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

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