comments_per_page filter

Filters the number of comments listed per page in the comments list table.

To use comments_per_page filter, first you have to register it using add_filter. You can write this code into functions.php of your activated theme or in a custom WordPress Plugin.

We at Flipper Code, always prefer to create a custom WordPress Plugin while using hooks so nothing breaks when you update your WordPress Theme in the future.

In the below live example, we have defined a function modify_comments_per_page_defaults which takes 2 parameters and we registered using add_filter. The first parameter comments_per_page is name of the hook, The second parameter modify_comments_per_page_defaults is name of the function which need to be called, third parameter is the priority of calling the hook if same hook is used multiple times and the last parameter is the number of arguments (if any) to be passed in the registered function.

Sometime, you have to remove a registered hook so you can use remove_filter to remove comments_per_page filter.


    Below are the 2 parameters are required to use this hook.

  • $comments_per_page : (int) The number of comments to list per page.
  • $comment_status : (string) The comment status name. Default ‘All’.

Live Example

 * Increase comments-per-page limit when viewing spam comments.
 * @see WP_Comments_List_Table::get_per_page()
 * @param int    $comments_per_page The number of comments to list per page.
 * @param string $comment_status    The current comment status view. Default is 'all'.
 * @return int The filtered number of comments to list per page.
function wpdocs_spam_comments_per_page( $comments_per_page, $comment_status ) {

Below is an example how you can use this hook.

                        function modify_comments_per_page_defaults($comments_per_page, $comment_status) { 
                            // Update the $comments_per_page variable according to your website requirements and return this variable. You can modify the $comments_per_page variable conditionally too if you want.

                            return $comments_per_page; 
                        // add the filter
                        add_filter( "comments_per_page", "modify_comments_per_page_defaults", 10, 2 );

To remove a hook callback, use the example below.

remove_filter( "comments_per_page", "modify_comments_per_page_defaults", 10, 2 );

Please make sure provide the same callback function name, priority and number of arguments while removing the hook callback.

Flipper Code is a Premium WordPress Plugins development company and integrating new functionalites into WordPress sites in form of custom WordPress Plugins since 2012. If you’re having any trouble using this hook, please contact our WordPress Development Team and we’d be happy to assist you.


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