Modify Comment Parent


Sometimes when replying to a comment, I fail to reply and instead create a new
comment. This prevents the comment thread from displaying properly. In the
past, I’ve fixed this directly in the database. This plugin, allows me to fix
it from the backend comment edit screen.

There are other plugins with similar functionality, however they either worked differently than I prefer or included additional functionality. One of these other plugins may meet your needs better.

  • Change Comment Parent allows you to modify the parent comment by clicking on the comments on the front-end.
  • Yoast Comment Hacks includes many different pieces of comment related functionality, this is one of them.

Image Credit



Built by Sal Ferrarello / @salcode


  • The backend comment edit page.
  • The new Comment Parent field.


  1. Install plugin from WordPress plugin repository
  2. Activate Stop Emails through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

Manual Installation

  1. Upload the entire stop-emails directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate Stop Emails through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

mu-plugin Installation

  1. If the directory wp-content/mu-plugins/ does not exist, create it.
  2. Upload the single file modify-comment-parent.php to the wp-content/mu-plugins/ directory


What if I assign a parent ID that does not exist?

The comment will not appear.

What if I assign a parent ID for a comment on another post?

The comment will not appear.

How do I remove the parent ID?

You can either delete the parent ID entirely or set it to zero.

Where can I report a bug?

Please report bugs at


February 27, 2019
All my compliments to the coder of this little handy plugin. You avoid to me to argue with WordPress database, thank you. I hope you'll keep this plugin simple (and updated, only when will be necessary).
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Contributors & Developers

“Modify Comment Parent” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Increase text input box width. Previously, it was too narrow for large numbers.


  • Initial release.