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How to show comments on a separate page in WordPress

Struggling to give WordPress comments their own page without messing up your URL structure? I know the feeling.

Displaying a post’s comments separately from the main content can be useful in many circumstances. Although less common nowadays, traditionally many blogs chose to feature comments in a pop-up window or lightbox. It can also be desirable for editorial or legal reasons, for caching purposes, or perhaps if you are publishing individually art-directed posts. It can also be handy when using WordPress for a non-blog website.

WordPress has some legacy support for pop-up comments, but the feature is largely abandoned and poorly supported. Also, it generates the comments pages at, which is both bad for SEO and will often appear in analytics as one page.

To solve this conundrum, I’ve created a basic plugin for developers to implement separate comments pages for their WordPress site. The plugin generates a comments page for each post at /comments/, using the WordPress rewrite endpoints API. It’s not quite install-and-go, so check out the notes below.

Download the Storm Comments Page plugin on GitHub


  • You will need to customise the generated page by copying the included comments-single.php template into your theme; if you’re using this as a pop-up you will want to remove the get_header() and get_footer() calls.
  • WordPress doesn’t provide a filter hook for comments_link(), so you’ll need to manually replace links to your comments to point to the new page at /comments/
  • A current limitation is that it doesn’t play well with comment pagination.