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    I’m using Firebug to take a closer look at my single post page. The layout is messed up and I can tell it’s because a </div> appears where it shouldn’t be.

    I’m editing comments.php for this part, as it’s where I can see the code where the issue seems to be coming from:

    <?php if ( have_comments() ) : ?>
    	<ol class="commentlist">
    	<?php wp_list_comments(); ?>
     <?php else : // this is displayed if there are no comments so far ?>
    	<?php if ( comments_open() ) : ?>
    		<!-- If comments are open, but there are no comments. -->
    	 <?php else : // comments are closed ?>
    		<!-- If comments are closed. -->
    		<p class="nocomments">Comments are closed.</p>
    	<?php endif; ?>
    <?php endif; ?>
    <?php if ( comments_open() ) : ?>
    <div class="blog_post_wrap">
    <h3><?php comment_form_title( 'Leave a Reply', 'Leave a Reply to %s' ); ?></h3>

    Yet the HTML on Firebug is showing:

    <ol class="commentlist">
    <div class="commenter_details"></div>
    <div class="commenter_post"></div>
    <div class="reply"></div>
    <div id="respond">
    <h3>Leave a reply</h3>
    // etc...

    Where is that </div> in the middle coming from? And now I mention it, where’s that <div class=”reply”></div> come from? I can’t see them anywhere on comments.php but I’m guessing they’re hidden within one of those php calls there. Which files should I look at to take a closer look at them?


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  • They’re coming from further down – in the comment form section.

    I did a Find for the word “reply” in comments.php and it doesn’t show up any further down than at:

    <div class="cancel-comment-reply">
    	<small><?php cancel_comment_reply_link(); ?></small>

    Which is just a few lines of code above the form.
    Have I missed it again?

    Thanks for all your help today esmi.

    What are you using the generate the comment form itself?

    <form action="<?php echo get_option('siteurl'); ?>/wp-comments-post.php" method="post" id="commentform">

    Just the default.

    That’s just the start of the form. Where’s the rest of it?

    <form action="<?php echo get_option('siteurl'); ?>/wp-comments-post.php" method="post" id="commentform">
    <?php if ( is_user_logged_in() ) : ?>
    <p>Logged in as <a href="<?php echo get_option('siteurl'); ?>/wp-admin/profile.php"><?php echo $user_identity; ?></a>. <a href="<?php echo wp_logout_url(get_permalink()); ?>" title="Log out of this account">Log out &raquo;</a></p>
    <?php else : ?>
    <p><input type="text" name="author" id="author" value="<?php echo esc_attr($comment_author); ?>" size="22" tabindex="1" <?php if ($req) echo "aria-required='true'"; ?> />
    <label for="author"><small>Name <?php if ($req) echo "(required)"; ?></small></label></p>
    <p><input type="text" name="email" id="email" value="<?php echo esc_attr($comment_author_email); ?>" size="22" tabindex="2" <?php if ($req) echo "aria-required='true'"; ?> />
    <label for="email"><small>Mail (will not be published) <?php if ($req) echo "(required)"; ?></small></label></p>
    <p><input type="text" name="url" id="url" value="<?php echo esc_attr($comment_author_url); ?>" size="22" tabindex="3" />
    <label for="url"><small>Website</small></label></p>
    <?php endif; ?>
    <!--<p><small><strong>XHTML:</strong> You can use these tags: <code><?php echo allowed_tags(); ?></code></small></p>-->
    <p><textarea name="comment" id="comment" cols="58" rows="10" tabindex="4"></textarea></p>
    <p><input name="submit" type="submit" id="submit" tabindex="5" value="Submit Comment" />
    <?php comment_id_fields(); ?>
    <?php do_action('comment_form', $post->ID); ?>
    <?php endif; // If registration required and not logged in ?>
    <?php endif; // if you delete this the sky will fall on your head ?>

    I think it would be a lot easier if you dropped a copy of the complete comments.php file into the WordPress pastebin and post the pastebin url here.

    A link to one of your single posts on your site might also help.

    Pretty much all of your issues appear to centre around the comment list display/markup. But the code in the pastebin doesn’t match the output…

    Either that’s not the right comment template for that page/theme. Or you’re using a comment plugin that is interfering. Or you’ve hacked the core script for wp_list_comments(). Or modified wp_list_comments() output (possibly using a filter?) in your theme.

    The script in the pastebin uses:

    <ol class="commentlist">
    <?php wp_list_comments(); ?>

    Default use. No custom callback.

    Meanwhile the source of from the relevant part of your single post page is:

    <ol class="commentlist">
    <div class="blog_post_wrap">
    <div class="blog_post_left">

    That’s not the markup that is generated by <?php wp_list_comments(); ?>. Added to which, it’s all of the this “non-standard” markup that’s causing your problems.

    Ah yes, I have been fiddling around with some of the php files in the wp-includes folder, such as comment-template.php, I didn’t realise I wasn’t supposed to touch them. What’s the proper place to edit the look/style/layout of the comments then? Cause I could only find them in that folder, really.

    Update: I erased the wp-includes folder then re-uploaded the original files and it seems to have fixed the div issue. So thanks for that, esmi.

    How do I go about changing what information is shown and how it’s laid out/styled in the comments, please? For example, I would like the avatar/username/date to be in a separate div to the comment itself.

    Thanks again for your patience and help.

    From looking around I’m figuring that I have to write a custom function in functions.php and then call it in comments.php with:

    <ol class="commentlist">
    	<?php wp_list_comments('type=comment&callback=function_name'); ?>

    Is that the right thing to do?

    Sorry for my fourth post in a row, just wanted to confirm for any that may be experiencing the same difficulties as me that what I mentioned in the previous post is the correct way to do it. There’s a pretty good guideline on how to do it here:

    Sorry – I’ve been away from the office for a while…

    A custom callback for wp_list_comments is exactly what I would have suggested. Generally speaking, it’s a Bad Idea(tm) to start editing core files unless you’re:

    1) really, really, experienced
    2) are willing to repeat the core hacks each time you upgrade.

    Glad to hear that you’ve got it sorted.

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