Sort by Comments


Adds some forum functionality to WordPress. Changes the order of posts so that the most recently commented posts show up first. Also displays last comment with the posts. Changes affect home page only. Intended for use with the Prologue theme (about), but should play nicely with other themes as well.

Update: This plugin hasn’t been updated in a while, and will probably break under recent versions of WordPress. It is no longer supported. Try this plugin instead: Filter By Comments


Fetch the latest version (0.1.1)!


  1. Download and unzip the plugin.
  2. Upload to /wp-content/plugins/
  3. Navigate to Dashboard > Plugins and activate the plugin


– Querys all posts and sorts them by [most recent comment | date published] (whichever is more recent) before displaying the home page
– Displays the last comment (if any) with each post on the home page
– Links to normal view instead of using pagination. (In normal view, pagination is same as always)

See also:

Filter By Comments: Adds query vars (`comment_count`, `comment_count_compare`, `orderby_last_comment`) for filtering posts by comments.

33 kommentarer til «Sort by Comments»

  1. Tilbaketråkk: Lag forum av WordPress
  2. Hello,

    I would like to first thank you for such an innovation! I really needed it.
    I just had a question, if I may. I would like the plugin to sort my posts by latest comment, but I would not like it to view the last comment on the front page or anything that wouldn’t show if I wasn’t using the plugin. I just would like it to change the order of posts, and let them show as it is.
    How can I do this?

    Thanks for your time,

  3. You’ll need to edit the plugin file. Near the bottom of the file, comment out the line


    Add two slashes at the start of the line, like this:

    // add_filter('the_content','sbc_displayLastComment');

  4. Nice Plugin, thanks for writing it! But i’m having a problem in WordPress 2.71 – it only shows many, many Versions of one post. Has anyone already succeded in porting it to WP 2.7? I believe that some comment-tables changed… Thanks again! M

  5. As far as I know, no forks(, ports or anything at all, really) exist. I can confirm that the plugin is not tested with 2.7.

    I would love to upgrade the plugin, but I can’t find the time just now. If anyone would like to help, please let me know.

  6. Is there any way to make this plugin work at whole blog (not only the main page)?

  7. I’ve got a blog with 2100 entries and 5000 comments: I need this plugin but my blog became so slow! (cpu at 100%, 20 sec to rebuild home page)
    Is there a way to limit all the queries to the last 10 entries and the last last 20 comments?
    Is there any other ways to use this plugin with a large number of posts and comments?

  8. Line 42 reads:


    To limit the plugin to search through the 10 latest posts, change it to:

    while( $postCounter<10 && have_posts() ):

    I’m pretty sure this plugin could be rewritten to scale better, but unfortunately I do not have enough time on my hands. Please let me know if you can use it for something useful!

  9. Hi, I love your plugin. Would it be hard to modify it to also bump edited posts?

    Regards, Bonsak

  10. Love the idea, now… I’m keen on sorting by meta_vale. I’ve using plugin that gives me expiration-date = 1248843600 in the postmeta table.

    my mysql is below average, how do i make this happen? :(

  11. on wp 2.8 your plug-in APPEARS to be showing post entries corresponding to pages too (all of which are in the same table). trying to figure out how to fix it…

  12. thanks very much, but i found the bug, and it’s not what i thought it might be above.

    the problem is where you try to ‘fool’ wp into only displaying the posts per page – if there’s LESS posts in the blog than posts per page, you’re still telling it to display posts per page number. so my fix:

    // only do this if there's more posts in the blog that posts per page
    $ppp = get_option('posts_per_page');
    if (count($posts) > $ppp) {

  13. I am experiencing the ghost post problem described above as well – this fix sounds good, but where do I cut and paste the code?

    Currently the plugin reads:

    // Fool WP to believe it only has a given amount of posts, so that it doesn’t display a million posts on the front page

    Do I replace this with the code provided by bitkahuna? Do I add to it? I tried a few things but keep getting fatal errors in WP.

    2nd question – pluging lists «view all replies» and «reply to this» link below the post. Handy, but I would like the reply to this link to actually lead to a reply on that LAST comment. Right now, it just creates a top-level comment but that’s already offered by the «reply to» link in P2. Is there a simple fix?

    Thanks in advance.

  14. Works like a champ, thanks for your reply.

    Any thoughts on how I could replace the «reply to this» link with a link that would let me reply to the LAST comment instead of to the top post?

  15. I’m not shure why, but Sort by comments stopped working when i upgraded to wp 3.0.1 I know that SbC is only campatible up to 2.3.3, but it has worked for me all the way up to 2.9. Any chance of an update?

    Best regards

  16. Unfortunately, I will probably not find the time to do unpaid development work until december :( However, if someone comes up with a fix, I will of course happily include it in an update.

  17. Hi!!
    I want my response forum thread are sorted by date with the most recent first.
    I installed and activated the pluggin but I don´t know why no run

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