This plugin extends the comment closing functionality in WordPress to allow
you to extend the discussion time when older posts have recent comments
accepted, or to override the comment closing time on a post by post basis.
Note: PHP 4 is no longer supported. As of version 2.1, Comment Timeout requires PHP 5.2 or later.
If you are still using PHP 4, you should use Comment Timeout 2.0.1.
You can change various settings globally on the “Comment Timeout” page under the
“Options” tab on the WordPress dashboard. Most of the options are fairly
You can also change options on a per-post basis by looking for the
“Comment Timeout” section in the sidebar of the post or page editor.
Comment Timeout 2.1 introduces two new functions that you can use in your theme:
Returns the UTC time, as a Unix timestamp, when comments will be closed for the current post.
the_comment_timeout($relative, $dateformat, $before, $after, $moderated)
Formats and displays the date and time after which comments will no longer be
accepted on this post. Parameters are:
- $relative: Set this to
trueif you want to display the date in terms of the time remaining
(for instance “in 3 weeks”). Set it to
falseto display it as an absolute date.
- $dateformat: The format in which the date should be displayed, as used by the PHP
date() function. If you set this to
false, it will use the date format that you have configured
globally for your WordPress installation.
$relativeis set to
true, this parameter is ignored.
- $before: The HTML to insert before the date that comments will be closed.
- $after: The HTML to insert after the date that comments will be closed.
- $moderated: The HTML to display when late comments are being sent to the moderation queue
rather than being rejected outright.
Development and reporting bugs
When reporting bugs, please provide me with the following information:
- Which version of Comment Timeout you are using;
- Which version of WordPress you are using;
- The URL of your blog;
- Which platform (Windows/IIS/PHP or Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) your server
is running, and which versions of Apache and PHP you are using, if you
- The steps that need to be taken to reproduce the bug.
If you wish to get hold of the latest development version, or to contribute
bug fixes or new features, you can clone the project on GitHub:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:jammycakes/comment-timeout.git<h3>Redistribution</h3>
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For more information
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- Copy the directory
comment-timeoutand all the files in it into your
- Activate the plugin through the “Plugins” menu in the WordPress dashboard.
- Configure the plugin by going to the “Comment Timeout” page on the “Options” menu.
- My page layout breaks when comments are closed!
This is the fault of your theme, not this plugin. Some theme authors do not test
their themes properly with posts for which comments have been closed.
See this blog post for details.
You should contact your theme developer and ask them for a fix.
But? Missing option to easily translate the output when selected option “Show when comments close.” (you can edit only directly in source code).
Contributors & Developers
“Comment Timeout” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
- Comment Timeout now works with PHP 5.4.
- You can now optionally specify a date on which to close comments across the board, and then
to re-open them at a later date. This is useful if you are going on holiday, for example, or
if you want to take an indefinite break from blogging.
- Timeout options are now hidden on the admin page when “Close comments” is deselected.
- Added an option to allow users to reset all per-post settings to their defaults.
- Comment Timeout now integrates with WordPress’s built in comment closing feature. Enabling
or disabling comments through the “Discussion” tab will be reflected in Comment Timeout.
- Old versions of WordPress (prior to 2.8) are no longer supported.
- Fixed: “allow comments” and “allow pings” options were being disabled when old posts were
edited using Quick Edit. See this issue
- The home page for Comment Timeout is now the Bitbucket repository
- Fixed layout of files to make automatic upgrades work properly.
- Added option to disable or modify the message indicating when comments will time out.
- Added template tags to allow further customisation in the theme.
- Made the per-post option display correctly on WordPress 2.5 and later.
- Discontinued support for PHP 4.
- Fixed a bug that was causing comments to be closed incorrectly when pings were disabled.
- Fixed a bug that was allowing comments through from spam bots on old posts.
2.0 alpha 1
- Initial release of Comment Timeout 2.0. This was a total rewrite with new features:
- Link Limits, Three Strikes and You’re Out moved to separate plugins.
- Timeouts can now be set on a post-by-post basis.
- Redesigned admin page.
- Comments on old posts can be sent to the moderation queue instead of being blocked.