How can i limit comments displayed on the page - reviews by author_id.

Lets say that the author_id to limit to is in variable $author_id_to_limit.

Please tell me how to hook the function to do so.

I would even like to know how to edit the no of post with this cuurent query.

2 Answers 2


The pre_get_comments hook

Note that the single post's comments are fetched with get_comments(), within the comment_template() function.

The get_comments() function is just a WP_Comment_Query object wrapper, so we can restrict the comment query with the pre_get_comments hook.

Example #1

Here's a simple user_id restriction example:

! is_admin() && add_action( 'pre_get_comments', function( \WP_Comment_Query $q )
    if( $uid = get_query_var( 'author_id_to_limit' ) )
        $q->query_vars['user_id'] = (int) $uid; 

where you might add further constraints, so you don't modify other comment lists.

Example #2

We could restrict it more with:

// Let's begin where the main loop starts:
add_action( 'loop_start', function( \WP_Query $q )
    // Target the main loop
    if( ! in_the_loop() )

    // Modify the get_comments() call
    add_action( 'pre_get_comments', function( \WP_Comment_Query $q )
               $uid = get_query_var( 'author_id_to_limit' )   // Get the user input
            && ! did_action( 'wpse_mods' )                    // Run this only once

        ) {
            // Set the comment user id
            $q->query_vars['user_id'] = (int) $uid; 

            // Activate the temporary action
            do_action( 'wpse_mods' );

i.e. we want to target the first get_comments() call after the main loop starts.

You might use other hooks, some themes have specific hooks that might be easier to target.

Modify the comments count accordingly

If we want to modify the displayed comments number, then we could use the get_comments_number filter.

The get_comments_number() function uses the comment_count property of the $post object, that originates from the wp_posts table. So that will not help us here.

We can instead re-use the comments query, to update the comment number, exactly when our temporary wpse_mods action as fired only once (you might have to adjust that to your needs)

! is_admin() && add_action( 'the_comments', function( $comments, \WP_Comment_Query $q )
    $request = $q->request;

    add_filter( 'get_comments_number', function( $number ) use ( $request ) 
        // Override the comments number after our previous modifications
        if( 1 === did_action( 'wpse_mods' ) )
            global $wpdb;       
            // Modify the comments query to our needs:
            $number = $wpdb->get_var( 
                    'SELECT * ', 
                    'SELECT COUNT(*) ', 
        return $number;
    } );        
    return $comments;
}, 10, 2 );
  • i have updated my question...please help me with no of comments too Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 16:05
  • Please check out the updated the answer @ShahrukhKhan
    – birgire
    Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 16:40
  • I have posted my further query over this on this link. Please help me with it. Commented Sep 11, 2015 at 19:05

Hi Just need to make your function to get comments and then use your function output at required places.

<?php get_comments( $args ); ?>

<?php $args = array(
'user_id' => $author_id_to_limit, ); 

get_comments( $args ); ?>

Set Number to your variable like I did in above code. Rest of args please put accordingly.

For details follow this link below:


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