Installed the official facebook plugin and seems to be working. The problem is that existing comments are still visible (with default style) above facebook comments form.

My comments.php is empty now and I see this. (Sorry about greek text, no time to change it). I emptied it because I know there is no merge possible, so moving to the fb-comments only era on this site.

Is there a way to completely remove the existing comments, or at least style them and move them after fb ones? I see no option in the backoffice of the plugin.

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1 Answer 1


I don't use this plugin, but it looks like this comment template is loaded with

add_filter( 'comments_template', array( 'Facebook_Comments', 'comments_template' ) );

The simplified structure of this comment template looks like:

if ( have_comments() ) :
    // ...
    wp_list_comments( $_comment_options );
    // ...

$_facebook_comments = Facebook_Comments::comments_box();
if ( $_facebook_comments ) {
       do_action( 'facebook_comment_form_before' );
       echo '<div id="respond">';
       echo $_facebook_comments;
       echo '</div>';
       do_action( 'facebook_comment_form_after' );

Then you could try to let have_comments() return false to skip the WordPress comments part.

Checking the core, we find that:

function have_comments() {
    global $wp_query;
    return $wp_query->have_comments();

where the class method is defined as

function have_comments() {
    if ( $this->current_comment + 1 < $this->comment_count ) {
        return true;
    } elseif ( $this->current_comment + 1 == $this->comment_count ) {

    return false;

You can then try

function skip_wp_comments() {   
    global $wp_query;
    $wp_query->current_comment = 999; // large number
add_action( 'template_redirect', 'skip_wp_comments' );

to let have_comments() return false.

If that doesn't work you could overwrite the comments_template filter to use your own template or try to play with the comment_count part.

  • I only can upvote once.. sorry about that! Excelent answer. Thank you
    – Odys
    Jun 1, 2013 at 20:08
  • thanks, I´m surprised that this isn't an option in the plugin ;-)
    – birgire
    Jun 1, 2013 at 20:32

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