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  • Resolved S.K


    When I turn comments off for a post which has no comments yet, I get the text “Comments Off” on the main blog page under the particular entry. But this term (Comments Off) doesn’t figure in the latest Pot file and I also find that that term doesn’t have __() or _e() function in the file comments-template.php.

    I have a blog in Tamil (ta_IN) and I want that term to be translated.

    Could someone kindly tell me how to go about it.

    Thanks in advance.

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  • Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    That text is most likely part of your theme. Look in your theme and change it there.

    I checked up with all the theme files but couldn’t find the string anywhere there. I confirmed that it is picked up only from line No.317 of the file “wp-includes/comments-template.php” since whatever change I make to the text “Comments Off” (No Comments, Comments None, BlahBlah, etc) over there appear on my blog page. I even tried to insert __() etc but it returns a syntax error message – my lack of knowledge of php is the reason.

    Kindly help.



    Moderator Andrew Ozz


    WordPress Dev

    Look for the function comments_popup_link in your index.php, page.php or comments.php and change the strings according to this:

    Thank you very much Azaozz.

    Yes, as you mentioned the hack hides the link to comments whenever comments are disabled for a post.

    But I discovered another problem:

    It is mentioned in the codex page linked by you as follows:

    Displays a link to the comments popup window if comments_popup_script() is used, otherwise it displays a normal link to comments.

    Now in my blog, in the header.php file, the comments_popup_script is put off as per the following line found there:

    <?php //comments_popup_script(); // off by default ?>

    Also, the comments are shown inline and not as a popup.

    In that case why is the popup_link (from the comments-template) is used? It beats me.

    How else to disable the comments_popup_link?

    Kindly help.


    I have this line at the top of the index.php of my theme:


    Moderator Andrew Ozz


    WordPress Dev

    The comments_popup_script() opens a pop-up window when you click on a comments_popup_link() link. As your comments are inline, you don’t need to use comments_popup_link() to display the number of comments for a post, use the comments_number() instead.

    Search all *.php files in your theme and change comments_popup_link() to comments_number(), translating the strings. More info here:

    Also look for something like
    `<?php else : // comments are closed ?>
    <!-- If comments are closed. -->
    <p class="nocomments">Comments are closed.</p>`

    shortly after the end of the comments loop – after endforeach;

    Hope that helps 🙂

    Thanks Azaozz.

    It worked. But the link to the comments are replaced by mere text.

    Please help.


    Moderator Andrew Ozz


    WordPress Dev

    I see what you mean… Why don’t you try the example from comments_popup_link() page:

    <?php if ( comments_open() ) : ?>
    comments_popup_link( 'No comments yet', '1 comment',
    '% comments so far', 'comments-link', ''); ?>
    <?php endif; ?>

    leaving the last string empty (as above). Or even just the comments_popup_link() part, without the “if” “endif” lines.

    Thanks a Zillion, Azaozz!

    It worked and I have inserted a message of my choice between the ” and translated the text to my locale also!

    Very kind of you.


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