How to Make New Comments Appear First in WordPress

How to Make New Comments Appear First in WordPress

You read the title… today we’re showing you the easiest way to make your newest WordPress post comments appear first. Here’s how it’s done:

On this the first day of a new year, it only seems appropriate that we talk about things that are new and first, and not only that, but new things that are first.

What we’re talking about, of course, is making new comments first on your WordPress site.

By default, the oldest comments on a post are placed at the top (i.e. first).

If you would like to reverse that, it’s easy to do (even though you might not know that by searching in Google – which seems to mostly return old, difficult, and messy solutions).

Now Built In!

Yes, reversing the order that comments appear in after a post is now built into the WordPress backend.

Simply go to Settings > Discussion > Other comment settings > then look for the pull-down menu that will let you reverse the order.


Don’t forget to save your changes at the bottom of the page.

And that’s it.

Here’s hoping all your WordPress issues are this easy to solve in the coming year.

What other handy WP hacks would you like to see us cover? Let us know in the comments below.

Rick Crawshaw

Rick Crawshaw Rick Crawshaw is a writer at WPMU DEV. Before joining the company and learning the ins and outs of WordPress web development, he worked as a freelance copywriter and marketer. You might also recognize his punny style from our weekly WordPress newsletter The WhiP. Follow Rick on Twitter.