Simple Comment Editing


Simple Comment Editing gives anonymous users the ability to edit and/or delete their comments for a period of time.

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Simple Comment Editing features:

  1. No options. Install the plugin. It just works.
  2. Anonymous users can edit comments for 5 minutes.
  3. No styling is necessary. For advanced customization, see the “Other Notes” section.
  4. Advanced customization can be achieved using filters.

Help Contribute


For advanced options, please see the SCE Filter/Action reference.


  • Edit button and timer.
  • Textarea and Save/Cancel buttons.


  1. Just unzip and upload the “simple-comment-editor” folder to your ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress


Why doesn’t this plugin come with any styles?

It’s impossible to style an inline comment editor for every theme. We’ve included basic HTML markup that is easily stylable to fit your theme.

Where are the options?

No options 🙂 – Just simple comment editing.

How do I customize this plugin?

For advanced options, please see the SCE Filter/Action reference.



Simply the best for editing comments in case of trouble for visitors! Easy to use and very useful! Thanks for this plugin!

Simple as advertised!

I loved the author’s “Ajax Edit Comments” but it stopped working. This plugin’s extremely simple – no settings – and is up-to-date.

It counts down the 5 minutes available for editing. User can edit, delete or cancel. Fine.

Does not work with (Comment Mail Pro) Epoch plugin.

Avoid if using Comment Mail Pro plugin :
– First, it does not show : no possibility to modify after posting a comment within a certain time.
– Secondly, it breaks all following comments notifications.
Just sharing my bad experience with it, it might be fine.
Sorry Mr. Ronald Huereca, thanks anyway for this great idea of being able to modify comments just being sent. Regards.

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Contributors & Developers

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


“Simple Comment Editing” has been translated into 10 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Interested in development?

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  • Released 2018-10-21
  • Added CSS around seperator so it can be hidden


  • Released 2018-10-13
  • Allow logged in users (author of the post) to bypass the cookies needed for comment editing


  • Released 2018-05-08
  • Fixes a bug where a proxy server can give a different IP and prevent the user from editing


  • Released 2018-02-09
  • Fixes a bug when the comment is deleted even when canceling the confirmation


  • Released 2017-11-15
  • Added filter to remove the delete comment notifications


  • Released 2017-01-20
  • Resolving Epoch 1.0 conflict


  • Released 2016-12-07
  • Added Thesis compatibility


  • Released 2016-10-18
  • Re-added filter sce_return_comment_text


  • Released 2016-09-17
  • Post meta is no longer used and comment meta is used instead


  • Released 2016-08-14
  • Bug fix: Deletion filter now works in JS and in HTML output
  • Bug fix: Changing comment time in filter resulted in undefined in JS output
  • New filters: Allow changing of edit and save/cancel/delete buttons
  • Epoch 2.0 compatible


  • Released 2016-04-02
  • Polish translation added


  • Released 2016-03-23
  • Fixes issue where Ajax call wouldn’t work on non-SSL site but SSL admin
  • Resolves double query issue with Epoch
  • Resolves comment ghosting with Epoch


  • Released 2015-11-04
  • Added minified script for events hooks


  • Released 2015-10-27
  • Timer now shows below save/cancel/delete buttons for convenience


  • Released 2015-10-21
  • Fixed Portuguese translation (thanks Marco Santos)
  • Added Lithuanian translation
  • Fixed timer scroll issue where the delay was too long (thanks MamasLT)


  • Released 2015-10-20
  • Fixing user logged in issue where unusual timer values are being shown, and the comment appears editable, but is not


  • Released 2015-10-12
  • Logged in users who log out can no longer edit comments
  • Added Delete button
  • Updated translations for language packs


  • Released 2015-09-26
  • Fixed Epoch+SCE user logged in dilemma


  • Released 2015-09-20
  • Fixed timer issue on many sites. New JS hook for allowing customization of output.


  • Released 2015-09-20
  • Fixing PHP bug declaring fatal error for multiple class instances. Props volresource.


  • Released 2015-09-17
  • Fixing strings that are not replaced in the timer. Sorry I didn’t catch this error.


  • Released 2015-09-16
  • Fixed undefined JavaScript errors in timer. Sorry about that.


  • Released 2015-09-16
  • Added filter for custom timer output
  • Added support for logged in users to bypass cookie checks
  • Added support for custom post types


  • Released 2015-09-07
  • Fixed return call to be better compatible with third-party customizations
  • Added Latvian translation
  • Revised WP Ajaxify Comments integration


  • Released 2015-08-23
  • Fixing PHP 5.2 error


  • Released 2015-08-19
  • Forgot to update minified JS


  • Released 2015-08-19
  • Adding hooks for the capability to add extra comment fields.
  • Added Epoch compatibility.
  • Added JS events so third-party plugins can integrate with SCE.


  • Released 2015-07-22
  • Fixing JavaScript error that prevented editing if a certain ID wasn’t wrapped around a comment.


  • Released 2015-07-13
  • Added filter sce_can_edit for more control over who can or cannot edit a comment.
  • Updated translations (Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Swedish).


  • Released 2015-06-26
  • Fixed debug error that stated there were two few arguments when there was a percentage sign (%) in a comment. Thank you bernie-simon.


  • Released 2015-06-18
  • Improved timer internationalization to accept languages with plurality variations (e.g., Russian)
  • Added Russian translation
  • Improved the timer to be significantly more accurate
  • Added filters to the SCE HTML in order to add custom attributes
  • Improved inline documentation
  • Added smooth scrolling to the comment after a page load


  • Updated 2015-04-19 – Ensuring WordPress 4.2 compatibility
  • Released 2015-02-04
  • Added status error message area
  • Added filter for custom error messages when saving a comment


  • Updated 2014-12-11 – Ensuring WordPress 4.1 compatibility
  • Released 2014-09-02
  • Added Romanian language
  • Added French language
  • Added Dutch language
  • Added better support for cached pages
  • Fixed a bug where cached pages showed other users they could edit a comment, but in reality, they could not (saving would have failed, so this is not a severe security problem, although upgrading is highly recommended).


  • Released 2014-08-27
  • Added Arabic and Czech languages
  • Ensuring WordPress 4.0 compatibility


  • Released 2014-05-13
  • Added Swedish translation
  • Added better support for internationalization
  • Removed barrier for admins/editors/authors to edit comments


  • Released 2014-04-14
  • Added support for WP-Ajaxify-Comments


  • Released 2014-02-06
  • Fixed an error where users were erroneously being told their comment was marked as spam


  • Released 2014-02-05
  • Added JavaScript textarea save states when hitting the cancel button
  • Allow commenters to delete their comments when they leave an empty comment


  • Released 2013-09-15
  • Added Persian translation file


  • Released 2013-09-12
  • Added Serbian translation file


  • Released 2013-09-12
  • Added Portuguese translation file


  • Released 2013-09-06
  • Added German translation file


  • Released 2013-08-23
  • Fixed slashes being removed in the plugin


  • Released 2013-08-05
  • Fixed an internationalization bug and added Norwegian translations.


  • Released 2013-08-05
  • Improved script loading performance


  • Initial release.