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  • Here is my problem: Comment boxes do not appear at all on my wordpress site (

    Before you ask, yes I have enabled comments on each individual post, I’ve enabled them in the settings, I’ve gone through and deactivated/activated each individual plugin to see if that’s where the problem lies.

    And, as context, I did not set up the website. Its a student organization website and I took over the organization and by default the website. I’m somewhat familiar with wordpress, but I’m not a techy. I’ve spent 2 weeks trying to play around with this problem and figure it out, but I can’t. Please help. Thank you.

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  • Does the theme you are using have an option to disable comments that might be set??

    Also, try temporarily switching to the default TwentyTwelve theme, just to see if comments work there.

    First, no the theme doesn’t have any options for comments whatsoever. This is the them I’m using: FRESH NEWS CHILD FRESH NEWS 3.2.1 FRAMEWORK 5.5.1

    As for switching to the TwentyTwelve theme, comments do appear there.

    Is it the child theme that’s disrupting everything?

    Actually, it is for sure the child theme. If I just activate Fresh News theme, there are comments. But it looks like crap with that theme by itself. How can I change the child theme to make it work?


    Now that I’m starting to figure this out: when I click on “editor” in the appearance tab, the fresh news child theme coding comes up. This is what it says:

    Theme Name: Fresh News Child
    Description: Child theme for the WooThemes "Fresh News" theme
    Author: William Snider
    Template: freshnews
    @import url("../freshnews/style.css");
    /* removes "comments off" and comment bubble from posts */
    .date-comments .fr, #comments {
    /* shortens space above and below logo in header */
    #header {
        padding: 0 0 0 10px;
    /* matches header height with background image height, to show all of bgr image */
    #header {
    height: 160px;
    /* removes page titles
    .page .title { display:none } */
    /* removes "subscribe: posts / comments" from top nav */
    #top .subscribe {
        display: none;
    /* removes tags from after posts */
    .tags {
    /* aligns featured post text vertically with top of featured image */
    .featuredpost .entry p {
        padding-top: 8px;
    /* shortens space between featured post title and excerpt, inclusive of the date and 1px divider */
    .post .date-comments {
    	height: 20px;
    /* centers widget titles */
    .widget h3 {
    body #gform_wrapper_1 .top_label .gfield_label {
    width: 110px;
    body #gform_wrapper_1 .gfield_description {
    padding-top: 0px;
    padding-bottom: 5px;

    So if I just delete the “/* removes “comments off” and comment bubble from posts */
    .date-comments .fr, #comments {
    }” part, will it replace the comments box?

    I honestly have no idea.. as I am completely unfamiliar with that particular theme.

    But, it sounds like you are making progress 🙂 Keep pounding it out.. and let me know if you get absolutely stuck.. and I’ll provide some more “unjaded” advice 😉

    I’m sorry but as you are using a non-WPORG theme, you need to seek support from the theme’s developers – paid or otherwise. We only support themes downloaded from here.

    You should ask WooThemes for help with this –

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