Weekend QuickTip: Display a Comment’s Number in a List


Ever wanted to show each comment’s position in a list without using an ordered list (

    ) to do it? Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t include a function do do this. However, by using a simple PHP trick, we can accomplish this.

    Open comments.php and scroll down to where the comments loop begins:

    <?php foreach ($comments as $comment) : ?>

    Before the loop begins, we need to set the PHP variable we’ll use to determine the number. Change the above line to the following:

    <?php $commentNum = 1; foreach ($comments as $comment) : ?>

    We’ve now assigned the value “1” to the variable $commentNum.

    Next, find the end of the loop:

    <?php endforeach; ?>

    We need to increase the value of $commentNum by 1 before the loop ends. To do this, we use PHP’s increment operator:

    <?php $commentNum++; endforeach; ?>

    Now you can use the variable $commentNum anywhere within the loop. Simply echo the variable with PHP to display the current comment’s number.

    <?php echo $commentNum; ?>

7 thoughts on “Weekend QuickTip: Display a Comment’s Number in a List

  1. The tag doesn’t offer as many formatting options as one might need. This method allows you to put the number anywhere and inside any HTML element you want.

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