How to Change "Leave a Reply" in WordPress

by Jason Artman

By default, certain WordPress themes use the heading "Leave a Reply" above the comment section at the bottom of each post. This is the case with Twenty Ten, the default theme included with WordPress. If you would rather use a different message such as "Comment on Post," you can change the text displayed above the comment field by editing your theme in the WordPress theme editor.

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Log in to your WordPress dashboard.

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Open the "Appearance" section on the left side of the WordPress dashboard and then click "Editor."

3

Click the "Comments" link in the right side of the page to edit the file "comments.php."

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Press "Ctrl" and "F" to open your Web browser's "Find" dialog. Type "Leave a Reply" in the dialog box to locate the comment box title. Depending on the WordPress theme that is installed, this section of code will appear similar to "<?php comment_form_title( __('Leave a Reply'."

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Change the title from "Leave a Reply" to what you would like the comment form to display.

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Click the "Update File" button at the bottom of the page.

Tip

  • check Occasionally, you may find a WordPress theme that does not contain the text "Leave a Reply" in the "comments.php" file. If this is the case with your WordPress theme, download the file "comment-template.php" from the "wp-includes" directory of your Web server. Locate the code "'title_reply' => __( 'Leave a Reply' )" and modify the text "Leave a Reply" before uploading the file back to your server.

About the Author

Jason Artman has been a technical writer since entering the field in 1999 while attending Michigan State University. Artman has published numerous articles for various websites, covering a diverse array of computer-related topics including hardware, software, games and gadgets.