I’m using the T5 Comment Textarea On Top-Plugin for the comment_field. I’m a newbie to wordpress. So I don’t know, how can i edit the Style of the comment_field or edit the Label? Usually I would put in the array of comment_form in my comments.php like this:

   'comment_field'        => '<p class="comment-form-comment">...',

But this only adds another textarea. And then I tried to add a new filter like this:

add_filter( 'comment_form_field_comment', 'my_comment_form_field_comment' );

function my_comment_form_field_comment( $comment_field ) {

    $comment_field = '<div class="comment-field-wrapper">' . $comment_field . '</div>';

    return $comment_field;

...no changes. Sorry, seems a little bit like Trial’n’Error. Maybe you can help me out. Would be great!

1 Answer 1


Change the textarea earlier than the plugin. The plugin runs with a default priority of 10, so you could use 9:

add_filter( 'comment_form_defaults', 'wpse_61103_change_textarea', 9 );

function wpse_61103_change_textarea( $fields )
    $fields['comment_field'] = '<div class="comment-field-wrapper">'
        . $fields['comment_field']
        . '</div>';

    return $fields;
  • Okay, thanks! And how can I edit the label, the <texarea> etc.?
    – Nitzki
    Aug 8, 2012 at 10:56
  • You can do with $fields['comment_field'] what ever you want. My plugin just takes the code and moves it up, no matter what you did before.
    – fuxia
    Aug 8, 2012 at 11:17
  • Sorry, I dont understand: I can wrap it up with the div. No problem. But I don't know where to put the Styles for the <textarea>. Or edit the field like this '<p class="comment-form-comment"><label for="comment">'.
    – Nitzki
    Aug 8, 2012 at 13:15
  • That’s the content of $fields['comment_field']. If you write $fields['comment_field'] = 'hello' in the function above then that is the new content.
    – fuxia
    Aug 8, 2012 at 13:21
  • Oh, yes. Sorry, I’m betriebsblind. And thanks a lot!
    – Nitzki
    Aug 9, 2012 at 10:22

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