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(Moderator's note: The original title was "Is there a way to get post comments by post ID on a custom loop using WP-Query()?")

Hi! I'm running a custom loop using WP_Query, that only displays one post from a specific category on the home.php page, like so:

<?php $pr_q = "cat=11&posts_per_page=1"; $pregunta_q = new WP_Query($pr_q); ?>
<?php while ($pregunta_q->have_posts()) : $pregunta_q->the_post(); ?>
    <!-- post stuff here -->
<?php endwhile; ?>

Is there any way to have it show comments for that specific post? I tried including the comments template inside the loop and nothing. Is there a function that loads the comments for a specific post that I can use inside home.php or anywhere else?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

To be able to use the comments template in your loops, add

global $withcomments; $withcomments = true;
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Perfect. This is exactly what I needed. Thanks so much. –  Rodrigo Oct 26 '10 at 16:12
You are welcome! –  sorich87 Oct 26 '10 at 17:17
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By default, WP_Query will only load comments WITH THE QUERY if you're

  1. looking at a comments feed, or
  2. looking at a singular item.

Your query wouldn't automatically pull in the comments because, as a category listing (even though there's only one) it doesn't count as 'singular'. Fortunately, there's a way around this. Basically, before you pull in the comments template, you should fetch the comments and put them into the query object you're using:

<?php $pr_q = "cat=11&posts_per_page=1"; $pregunta_q = new WP_Query($pr_q); ?>
<?php while ($pregunta_q->have_posts()) : $pregunta_q->the_post(); ?>
  <!-- post stuff before comments here -->
  $comments = get_comments( array(
    'post_id' => $post->ID,
    'orderby' => 'comment_date_gmt',
    'status' => 'approve',
  ) );
    $pregunta_q->comments = $comments;
    $pregunta_q->comment_count = count($comments);
  <!-- comment stuff here -->
<?php endwhile; ?>
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