A Complete Guide to Moving Comments Between Posts in WordPress

A Complete Guide to Moving Comments Between Posts in WordPress

Comments are a great way to interact with your readers. It also helps other reads learn some new information that might not be available in the article.

But when you delete an article, the comments are essentially gone. Perhaps you’re trying to combine two different articles, which requires you to delete the old article. By default, the comments can’t be moved from one post to another. But certainly there are ways to move those comments and retain them. In this article, learn how.

How to move Comments in WordPress from One Post to Another: Step-by-Step

You can easily move comments on one post to another post using a plugin called ‘Copy or Move Comments.’ It an easy-to-use plugin that allows the admin to move comments across different posts.

To get started, you need to install and activate it. However before that, it’s recommended that you take a backup of your website.

Then follow the following steps:
  • Go to WordPress >> Copy/Move Comments from the sidebar
  • Here, you’ll find two actions: Move and Copy. Move will permanently delete the comments on the old blog post before moving it another post. Copy will retain the comments and make them available at both the posts. So depending on your preference, you should select either Move or Copy.
  • Next, select a Source. This is the location of the post/page/attachment that contains the comments.
  • After that, click on the Select Comment Type drop down menu where you need to choose whether you want to see comments with replies or ‘Single’ comments (comments with no replies)
  • You’ll see a list of comments based on your select. Now select the comments by clicking on the checkbox.
  • Next, select the Target which is the destination for the comments.
  • Lastly, click on Perform Action button. It will move/copy the comments from the source to the target destination.
Now go to the target destination blog/page and you’ll see the comments added. You can further change the order if you wish to to keep the conversation fresh and relevant.

So that’s how you move comments between posts in WordPress. If you face issues, consider updating the WordPress or plugins and try again.
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