The following code (old post is here and author is diggy) is useful, but i'd like display post and page on recent comments widget, not only attachments.

function wpse80087_widget_comments_args( $args )
    $args = array( 'number' => 5, 'post_type' => 'attachment', 'status' => 'approve', 'post_status' => 'inherit' );
    return $args;
add_filter( 'widget_comments_args', 'wpse80087_widget_comments_args', 10, 1 );

Is it possible?


Thanks to Pieter Goosen and Birgire.

First step:


Second step:


function wpse80087_widget_comments_args( $args ) {
    $args = array( 
       'number' => 9, 
       'post_type' => array('attachment', 'post', 'page'),
    return $args;
add_filter( 'widget_comments_args', 'wpse80087_widget_comments_args', 10, 1 );

It does seem that you are already using a custom function that you found from this site. You should credit the original author of that code.

The widget_comments_args filter was introduced in Wordpress3.4. This filter is poorly documented. This filter uses get_comments(), so you can also use the same parameters. Here is the filter in wp-includes/default-widgets.php#L847

847                 /**
848                  * Filter the arguments for the Recent Comments widget.
849                  *
850                  * @since 3.4.0
851                  *
852                  * @see get_comments()
853                  *
854                  * @param array $comment_args An array of arguments used to retrieve the recent comments.
855                  */
856                 $comments = get_comments( apply_filters( 'widget_comments_args', array(
857                         'number'      => $number,
858                         'status'      => 'approve',
859                         'post_status' => 'publish'
860                 ) ) );

There is a problem though in get_comments() as it only accepts one post type, not an array or a string which is actually quite funny. There is away around this.

One of the members of the site @birgire has written a plugin called wp-comments-from-mulitple-post-types to add the ability to get_comments and WP_Comment_Query() to accept multiple post types. You can download his plugin here

After installation, you can now use your code like this

function wpse80087_widget_comments_args( $args ) {
    $args = array( 
       'number' => 5, 
       'post_type' => array('attachment', 'post',' page'),
    return $args;
add_filter( 'widget_comments_args', 'wpse80087_widget_comments_args', 10, 1 );


It seems that from feedback from the OP that either status or post_status is not working and only returns one post type. When these parameters are removed, everything works as expected. See the updated code above

  • 1
    Maybe this should be fixed in core? Aug 4 '14 at 11:27

Use the widget_posts_args to modify the args in the get_comments functions for that default widget.

Something like this:

function wpsites_widget_comments_args( $args ) {
$args = array( 
'post_type'   => array( 'attachment', 'post', 'page'),
'number'      => $number,
'status'      => 'approve',
'post_status' => 'publish'  );

return $args;
add_filter( 'widget_comments_args', 'wpsites_widget_comments_args', 10, 1 );

You can use any of the get_comments Parameters otherwise you can copy over the code for the recent comments widget from WordPress > wp-includes > default-widgets.php file and replace the get_comments function with WP_Query to create a custom recent comments widget in your child theme or plugin

  • Thank you Brad. Your code doesn't work. I'll try with a custom widget if there aren't solutions. Aug 2 '14 at 23:51
  • O.K Probably because the get_comments function doesn't accept the parameters you need to modify. You can use those args in the new WP_Query so still useful. Aug 2 '14 at 23:54
  • Looks like my code is fine but needs the plugin installed first as its a bug in WordPress. github.com/birgire/wp-comments-from-mulitple-post-types/blob/… Aug 4 '14 at 11:25

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