I am using WooTheme's Canvas theme and would like to "hardcode" in the [post_comments] shortcode into my theme. [post_comments] displays a comment link with comment count (ie Comments 10) in my post. Right now I am inserting the [post_comments] shortcode into my theme's meta "Meta Manager"; however, this is not ideal for me as I have limited control over the placement of where the this shows up in my post. What type of function or such should I be looking for to do this within my .php files?

Thank you

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Check out do_shortcode(): http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/do_shortcode

do_shortcode('[shortcode option1="value1" option2="value2"]');

So your example would be:


What might be easier is to tap into the underlying comment functions:


  This post currently has
  <?php comments_number( 'no responses', 'one response', '% responses' ); ?>.

You can also use get_comments_number which returns the value rather than printing it to the screen.

This function however needs to be in the Loop for it to work, however I have a feeling it is.

  • Thanks for the reply.But this didn't seem to work. do_shortcode('[post_comments]'); I placed this in my content-post.php file
    – Brian Housman
    Jun 30, 2011 at 17:38
  • Where is that shortcode defined, is it in the Canvas theme?
    – danielrsmith
    Jun 30, 2011 at 21:14
  • Thanks! get_comments_number() is a great solution! I'm just going to add "Comments" text and wrap the number in "()".
    – Brian Housman
    Jun 30, 2011 at 22:19
  • Yes, [post_comments] is defined within theme-shortcodes.php
    – Brian Housman
    Jun 30, 2011 at 22:32

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