Recent Commentary Widget

Provides a sidebar widget containing a list of posts with recent comments, and a list of commenters on those posts. Different from most recent comments plugins in that comments about a single post are listed under one entry rather than separately.


Provides a sidebar widget that displays a list of posts that have recent comments. The posts are displayed in chronological order according to the most recent post on a given comment. Posts with multiple comments have the commenters listed, in chronological order according to when they posted, in a sublist.

The list looks something like this:
* 2 on Dream About Irish Education/Politics
Radegund, Tadhg
* 3 on Some RSS Changes
Mollydot, Tadhg, Mollydot
* 3 on Ringworld Review
unkiedave, unkiedave, Tadhg
* 4 on Related Posts Plugin and SQL Trickery
Richard, Shota, Tadhg, Tadhg

The posts are listed in order of those with the most recent comment; the age of the post, and the age of comments other than the most recent one, are not considered.


PHP 5 is required.

  1. Download and unzip the plugin into your WordPress plugins directory.
  2. Activate the plugin on your Admin Plugins page.
  3. Adjust the widget settings on your Admin Widgets page.
  4. You may wish the check the “Apply default CSS” checkbox to make the list of commenters appear inline rather than as a typical list.

Frequently Asked Questions

What CSS is applied when the “Apply default CSS” checkbox is checked?

.recent-commentary-commenters-list {
    display: block;
.recent-commentary-commenters-list li {
    display: inline;
    border: 0 !important;

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