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Step 46: How to enable comments in the Thesis 2 Theme

Thesis 2 Comments Entry Form

We are now going to learn how to turn on comments in the Thesis 2 Theme Templates.  Comments are not enabled by default.  This is good timing as we have copied our fully customized “Home” template to the rest of the templates for our site.  Now we will customize the Single and Page templates to enable commenting by our visitors.

From the WordPress Dashboard navigate to the Thesis 2 HTML page.  Switch templates to the Single template.

Thesis 2 Single Template

Scroll down the right side of the page and look for the two Comment boxes.

Thesis 2 Comments

Shift-click and drag these two comments boxes to the Home Post Box section as shown below.

Thesis 2 WP Loop Comments

One item not enabled by default is the Comments Avatar.  This is the image that is displayed by the comment author.  It can be an icon or the comment author’s picture.  You may remember this setting in the WordPress Discussion Settings.

To enable the avatar click on the black arrow on the Comments box.

Thesis 2 Comments Bar

It will  expand to show green bars of the items that are enabled by default.  There is a gray bar labeled “show tray” at the bottom.  click on the tray to expand it.

Thesis 2 Comments Expanded

Click once on the “Comment Avatar” green bar and it will appear in the Comments section above.

Thesis 2 Comments Avatar

You can move it to the desired position using a single left-click and drag-and-drop.  I moved mine to the top.

Thesis 2 Comments Avatar Position

Next we need to add the Comments Navigation links for when we have so many comments that we have to page through them.

Thesis 2 Comments Navigation

Shift-click and drag the Comments Navigation box to the Home Post Box.

Thesis 2 Comments Navigation in Loop

Don’t forget to click the green “Save Template” button.

Thesis 2 Save Template

That’s all there is to it.  Now change your template to the “Page” template and do the same thing.

Thesis 2 Page Template

Our Comments now look like the picture below.

Thesis 2 Comments with Avatar

About the author: I’m a techie, a gadget geek, a former programmer, and all-around technology nut. Currently I’m a business analyst for a technology company. I love what technology can do for us. I love smartphones and apps for everything. Building sites with Thesis 2.0 and WordPress help me to reconnect with the feeling of building something tangible.

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Neil July 22, 2014, 6:15 AM

    Hi Doug,

    Thanks for this article! Would you happen to know how to modify the “Add one” text to something else (in Thesis 2.1)?

  • Doug Macklem July 22, 2014, 10:19 PM

    I have not tried this so I’m unsure. If you figure it out, please post back for others.

  • Dan October 29, 2014, 12:41 PM

    This doesn’t work. Out of date, or I don’t know what, but I can tell you now this information does not work.

  • Doug Macklem November 2, 2014, 7:09 AM

    Yes, some parts are out-of-date. I built this site for fun while learning Thesis. I just don’t have the time to keep up with it.

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