How to Show Comment Count on WordPress Posts

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Are you looking for a way to show the comments count for posts? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to show comment count on WordPress posts.

The typical use is inside ‘The Loop’ with this call:

You can change the h6 tag and the way you pass the post ID.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

function getPostComments($postID){
	$query_post = get_post($postID);
	$num = $query_post->comment_count;
		if( $num == 0 || $num > 1 ) : $num = $num.' Commenti'; // change the plural for your language
		else : $num = $num.' Commento'; // change the singular for your language
	$permalink = get_permalink($postID);

	return '<a href="'. $permalink . '#comments" class="comments_link">' . $num . '</a>';

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

If you liked this code snippet, please consider checking out our other articles on the site like: 7 best WordPress calendar plugins and how to use Google Optimize in WordPress.

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  1. I need to change my default comment count from 0 to 1, how do i do this? please!

    1. You could change line 3 to:

      $num = $query_post->comment_count === 0 ? 1 : $query_post->comment_count;

      This would change a 0 comment count to 1, but for 1 or higher, it would keep it the same.

  2. This is my first time trying to use WordPress codes on my page. I understand how it works, but how can I bring it life? I think I should use “getPostComments()” on the page where I want it, but what should I write in the bracket? Thanks for the help!

    1. Yes, this will usually need to be called inside The Loop: https://www.isitwp.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-the-wordpress-loop/

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