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Better WordPress Recent Comments

This plugin displays recent comment lists at assigned locations, with comprehensive support for widgets.


  • Marked as WordPress 3.7 compatible.
  • Updated BWP Framework to fix a possible bug that causes BWP setting pages to go blank.
  • Good news: ManageWP.com has become the official sponsor for BWP Recent Comments - Read more.

Note: other bugs such as wrong number of comments displayed or RTL WordPress version display issues will be fixed in 1.2.3 (scheduled for November).


  • Fixes:
    • Fixed some Notices produced when WP_DEBUG is set to true.
    • Fixed a bug in admin area that could corrupt recent comment list instances.
    • Fixed a bug that breaks an ajax recent comment list.
    • Fixed a bug that breaks the paged recent comment list on a page.
    • Fixed a bug that can breaks RTL WordPress.
    • Comment text should now be shown in full if trim setting is set to 0.
    • Comments from password-protected posts and private posts should not be shown.
    • Trackbacks/pingbacks in spam folder should not be shown.
  • Improvements:
    • (hot) For recent comments grouped by posts: new comments on old posts should now be shown correctly.
    • Comment numbering (%comment_number%) has been added to all recent comment lists. As per requested: [http://wordpress.org/support/topic/id-like-to-remove-the]
    • Long words chunk splitting has been improved to support multi-byte characters.
    • Comments from attachment pages should now be shown too.
    • Added a new filter (bwp_rc_dotdotdot) to allow customization of the ... after trimmed comments.
    • Updated Ajax recent comment list to use jQuery's new .on() method.
  • Misc:
    • Added Portuguese transation - thanks to Marcus!
    • Added Spanish translation - thanks to Jordi!
    • Added Polish translation - thanks to Jarek!

1.2.0 RC1

  • You can now group comments by post, this is inspired by the classic Get Recent Comment plugin.
  • You can now have AJAX navigation for any recent comment list you want! Comment list on a separate page also supports AJAX.
  • Templates available for both grouped comments and the AJAX navigation.
  • Added a shortcode ([bwp-rc]) to show recent comment lists on a separate page.
  • More template tags for you to use:
    • %author_archive%: link to a comment author's archive page if found.
    • %comment_count%: the number of comments for the current post.
    • %comment_number%: a comment's number in the list, e.g. 1, 2, 3, etc. Useful when showing comments on a separate page.
  • Added a new CSS file that will be used when you disable avatar.
  • Added a new filter using which you can apply your own default avatar.
  • A lot of bug fixes and other improvements which make the plugin much faster and more stable!

Check out the release announcement for more information!

Note: Due to the complexity of this new release, feedbacks are greatly appreciated! If you have any problem, even the smallest, please contact me. Thanks!

Note to translators: There are a lot of text changes in this version, please update your translations when you have time, thanks!


  • You can now show comments on a separate page, with pagination and custom template!
  • You can also get comments from a specific post, using either ID or post name (slug)!
  • It's now possible to trim post title to a certain number of words.
  • Implemented a new way to exclude certain comment authors, using a user's id.
  • Added a translation tag to %post_title% to make this plugin compatible with multi-lingual websites/blogs.
  • Fixed the non-functional %post_link% template tag.
  • Other unspecified enhancements and bug fixes ;).

To see the awesomeness of this major release, take a look at the release announcement! Thanks for using this plugin!


  • Fixed the bug that strips legit HTML tags in comment templates. Thanks to Mike McKoy!
  • Fixed the bug that prevents empty comment templates.
  • Fixed the widget class so that it functions more expectedly.
  • Fixed some minor bugs that might cause notice or warning messages. Thanks to Konstantin!
  • Added a reset instances button that will reset all malformed instances caused by 1.0.0's bugs.
  • It is now possible to have HTML in 'no comment' and 'stripped comment' message.
  • Comments that belong to trashed posts are no longer included in comment lists.


  • Initial Release.

Requires: 2.8 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.7.11
Last Updated: 2013-10-28
Active Installs: 9,000+


4.9 out of 5 stars


1 of 2 support threads in the last two months have been resolved.

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