How to Paginate Comments in WordPress

Have you ever noticed that a post with of a lot of comments slow down your page load speed?

If not, just login to Google Analytics and go to Behavior > Site Speed > Page Timings. You will find that some of your popular posts has really bad page load timings. Popular posts are usually those posts that has a lot of comments.

While comments help you to connect with your readers and solve their problems, excessive comment will slow down your page speed. If you use Gravatar on your commenting system, then things get worse as Gravatar images loads from

If you get a lot of comments (more than 100) on your blog posts, then you can consider paginating them to speed up your blog post load time. Paginating means breaking comments into several pages. In this post I will show you how to paginate comments in WordPress.

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How to Paginate Comments in WordPress

Paginating comments in WordPress is very easy to do. Just follow these simple steps.

At first, login to your WordPress dashboard and go to Settings > Discussions > Other comment settings.

Check the box where it says Break comments into pages and select the number of comments you want to show on each blog posts. You can also select which page to show Older or Newer comment.

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That’s it. You’re done. Now go to your posts that have a lot of comments, you will see that instead of showing all comments it shows comments in different pages. Your theme will determine the paginating style.

Paginating comments can be a good idea only if you are getting huge comment. Otherwise you needn’t to worry about paginating. If you like this post, you can check our WordPress Guide. And consider sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

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