Are your theme’s comments WordPress 2.7 compatible?


Making your theme’s comments compatible with WordPress 2.7 and earlier versions.: If you are a theme designer or author, you need to know that your legacy theme’s comments page will not be compatible with WordPress 2.7 Justin Tadlock has written up a simple (and clean) procedure to make the comments page compatible with WordPress 2.7 and still be backwards compatible with slightly older version of WordPress.

While we are on the subject of comments and WordPress 2.7, Otto has also written a detailed post on the new comment enhancements in WordPress 2.7. Judging from the comments and reading through the article, it is a very well written peice and should answer most questions on the new features.

[EDIT] As astutely pointed out in the comments, all themes should continue to work fine with original functionality. However to use the newly introduced commenting features of WordPress 2.7, older themes will have to be modified.




  1. Otto (215 comments.) says:

    It’s worth noting that the “old” method of showing comments will still work. So upgrading to 2.7 will not break a theme or a site.

    However, the theme won’t be able to do paging or threading of comments until these sorts of modifications are made to it.

    • Alan (3 comments.) says:

      Wow, thanks for the information. It’s nice to know that “old” themes will still work in WordPress 2.7, albeit with the threadless comment system.

      I will look into adding 2.7 comment support into my site’s theme, as I have pretty much turned into the maintainer of my website’s theme. The original guy dropped off the face of the earth and I’ve since added widget support (back in WordPress 2.3).

      Thanks again.

  2. Lisa says:

    Thanks for posting this. I was just hunting around for this very information this morning.

  3. Tadd (89 comments.) says:

    Thanks for the heads up – I’m working on a few themes right now so it’s good to know the changes that will make or break my design.

    And thanks Otto for the info on it not breaking my current theme. I don’t want anything to happen to my blog now that I get SOME decent traffic!

  4. Viper007Bond (91 comments.) says:

    This post’s title is very misleading. As Otto pointed out, all themes should work perfectly fine in 2.7 and work exactly the same as they did in the previous version.

    • Mark Ghosh (386 comments.) says:

      I am not sure it is “very” misleading but I do agree that the distinction needs to be pointed out. Edited the post, thanks for the heads up.

  5. Michael Aulia (4 comments.) says:

    I found that I had to modify my comments.php file heavily on my current theme. After some frustrating moments (lol), I ended up using the comments.php from WP 2.7 Default theme and copy-paste the threaded comments CSS styles to my theme’s CSS file.

    It works now. Not really what I want, but at least I can now enjoy threaded comments on my blog! :) Love this feature so much as you can easily interact with your readers now

  6. Dianso (6 comments.) says:

    I do not know how to get

    • JakobD (1 comments.) says:

      Try this blog entry on

      (Then you could use XAMPP to run the beta on your localhost and play around with it)

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