The Recent Comments WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. is a sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. tool that displays the most recent comments readers have left on your site.

Here’s an example of what it looks like:

Once you add the widget to your sidebar from Appearance -> Widgets, you’ll see that the widget settings look like this:

Set the title that will display above the recent comments area in your sidebar. (i.e. Recent Comments, What Readers Are Saying)

Number of comments to show
How many of the recent comments you would like the widget to display. The most you can show is 15.

AvatarAvatar An avatar is an image or illustration that specifically refers to a character that represents an online user. It’s usually a square box that appears next to the user’s name. size (px)
Set the display size of the avatars or choose not to show avatars at all. (Avatars must be set to display in the Discussion Settings for this to work.)

Avatar background color
Background color to use for the avatars. (Optional)

Text background color
Background color to use for the text. (Optional)


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