Function and usage of get_comment_reply_link() in wordpress


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    The get_comment_reply_link() function in WordPress is used to retrieve the HTML content for a link that allows users to reply to a specific comment. This function is particularly useful in creating threaded comment structures, where users can respond directly to a comment made by another user. Here's a detailed explanation of the function and its usage:

    Function Signature

    get_comment_reply_link( array $args = array(), int|WP_Comment $comment = null, int|WP_Post $post = null ): string|false|null

    Function Description

    • Purpose: To generate a link that enables users to reply to a specific comment on a WordPress post.
    • Return Values:
      • string: HTML content for the reply link, if successful.
      • false: If the comments are closed and thus, a reply cannot be made.
      • null: In certain cases where the link is not applicable.


    1. $args (array - optional): An associative array to override the default arguments. The possible keys include:

      • add_below (string): Part of the selector used to identify where the response form should be displayed. Defaults to 'comment'.
      • respond_id (string): The selector identifying the responding comment. It is used in the link URL as a hash value. Defaults to 'respond'.
      • reply_text (string): Text for the reply link. Defaults to 'Reply'.
      • login_text (string): Text for the login link if the user is logged out. Defaults to 'Log in to Reply'.
      • max_depth (int): The maximum depth of the comment threads. Defaults to 0.
      • depth (int): The depth of the new comment. It must be within the range defined in the 'thread_comments_depth' setting. Defaults to 0.
      • before (string): HTML or text to be added before the reply link.
      • after (string): HTML or text to be added after the reply link.
      • Default value for $args: array().
    2. $comment (int|WP_Comment - optional): The comment being replied to. By default, it is set to the current comment in the loop.

    3. $post (int|WP_Post - optional): The post ID or WP_Post object the comment is associated with. By default, it uses the current post.

    Sample Usage

    Here's an example of how you might use get_comment_reply_link() in a WordPress theme:

    // Arguments for the reply link
    $args = array(
        'add_below' => 'comment', 
        'respond_id' => 'respond', 
        'reply_text' => 'Reply to This Comment',
        'depth' => 1,
        'max_depth' => 5
    // Get the current comment and post
    $comment = get_comment();
    $post = get_post();
    // Display the reply link
    echo get_comment_reply_link($args, $comment, $post);

    In this example, the get_comment_reply_link() function is used to generate a reply link for each comment. The link text is customized, and the depth and max_depth are set, defining the structure of the comment threads.

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