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Conditional Comments Message


This plugin lets you display a conditional message when you have comments set to close automatically. After you publish a post, and while comments are open, it will show how long comments are open. After the comments section automatically closes, it will say “This article is closed to future comments.”

Use it for:

  • Displaying how long comments are open
  • Show a different message depending on whether comments are open or closed
  • Dynamically count down the number of days remaining in the comment period

You can also add additional text that will display only when comments are open.

If you need help with this plugin

If this plugin breaks your site or just flat out does not work, create a thread in the Support forum with a description of the issue. Make sure you are using the latest version of WordPress and the plugin before reporting issues, to be sure that the issue is with the current version and not with an older version where the issue may have already been fixed.

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  • Plugin settings page


  1. Upload plugin file through the WordPress interface.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
  3. Go to Settings » Conditional Comments Message, configure plugin.
  4. Go to Settings » Discussion and tick the “Automatically close comments on articles older than [ ] days” checkbox, and put a value there
  5. Check a post or page that allows comments and one that doesn’t.


How do I use the plugin?

Go to Settings » Conditional Comments Message and enter the text you want to see below the comment form. Make sure the “enabled” checkbox is checked.

I entered some text but don’t see anything on the page.

Is the page/post cached?

Did you set the number of days comments are set to automatically close? See the Installation page for instructions.

How can I style the output?

The text is wrapped in div tags with class name “ccm-conditional-msg”. Use this class in your local stylesheet to style the output how you want.

I don’t want the admin CSS. How do I remove it?

Add this to your functions.php:

remove_action('admin_head', 'insert_ccm_admin_css'); 

What does the ‘dynamic remaining days’ checkbox do?

Instead of just showing how many days the comment period is open, this will instead dynamically count down the number of days remaining. So if you set your comment window to 30 days, then it will initially say “4 weeks”. As time passes, the message dynamically adjusts itself from “weeks” to “days”. The post date is used to determine the number of days remaining and the countdown.


HTML tags!

“Closed comments message” unfortunately does not process the HTML tags (displayed as plain text). I need to insert a link to a contact form and e-mail address.

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Contributors & Developers

“Conditional Comments Message” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.



  • confirmed compatibility with WordPress 4.1


  • updated .pot file and readme


  • fixed validation issue


  • added option to make number of days dynamic; i.e. if setting is 30 days, then it will dynamically count down until the close date


  • improved logic for determining when to display message
  • minor code optimizations


  • permanent fix for Undefined Index issue
  • admin CSS and page updates


  • code fix


  • updated support tab


  • created