Widgets & Sidebars

Widgets » Recent Comments Widget

The Recent Comments widget is a sidebar tool that displays the most recent comments readers have left on your blog.

Here’s an example of what it looks like:

The Recent Comments widget added to a sidebar
The Recent Comments widget added to a sidebar

How to Add the Recent Comments Widget

To add the widget to your site:

  1. In your dashboard, click on Appearance → Customize → Widgets.
  2. Choose the location where you’d like to place the widget on your site. Common options here include the Footer and Sidebar, but this may be different depending on your theme.
  3. Click either of the + block inserter buttons (see right) to see a list of all the available blocks and widgets.
  4. Scroll down to the Widgets section and click on the widget once to add it to your site.

For general information on working with widgets, see this guide.

The two + icon block inserter buttons are marked with arrows.
Block inserter buttons

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Settings

Once you add the widget to your sidebar, you’ll see the widget settings:

Setting up the Recent Comments widget from the Customizer
Setting up the Recent Comments widget from the Customizer
  • Title: Set the title that will display above the recent comments area in your sidebar. (i.e. Recent Comments, What Readers Are Saying, etc.)
  • Number of comments to show: How many of the recent comments you would like the widget to display. The maximum you can show is 15.
  • Avatar size (px): Set the display size of the avatars or choose not to show avatars at all. (Avatars must be set to display in the Discussion Settings for this to work.)
  • Avatar background color (Optional): Background color to use for the avatars. This value should be either a hexadecimal color, like #000 for black or #fff for white or the name of a color, like yellow or blue.
  • Text background color (Optional): Background color to use for the text. This value should be either a hexadecimal color, like #000 for black or #fff for white or the name of a color, like yellow or blue.
  • Show comments from: Select which types of posts to show comments from. You may select one or more.
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