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.


Log in to your WordPress dashboard.


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


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


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'."


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


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


  • 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.