Comment Form Hooks Visualized: A Guide to Customizing WordPress Comment Forms

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If you are a WordPress developer, you might have come across the concept of hooks when working with themes and plugins. Comment form hooks, in particular, are a useful tool that can help you customize the appearance and functionality of your website’s comment section. In this article, we will take a closer look at comment form hooks and how they can be used to enhance the user experience on your WordPress site. We will also provide visual examples to help you better understand how each hook works.

					function wpturbo_add_comment_fields() {
    <div class="comment-fields">
        <span class="comment-field-label"><?php _e( 'Name', 'wpturbo' ); ?></span>
        <input type="text" id="author" name="author" required>
        <span class="comment-field-label"><?php _e( 'Email', 'wpturbo' ); ?></span>
        <input type="email" id="email" name="email" required>
        <span class="comment-field-label"><?php _e( 'Website', 'wpturbo' ); ?></span>
        <input type="url" id="url" name="url">

add_action( 'comment_form_before_fields', 'wpturbo_add_comment_fields' );

function wpturbo_add_comment_field() {
    <div class="comment-textarea">
        <textarea id="comment" name="comment" required></textarea>

add_action( 'comment_form_comment_field', 'wpturbo_add_comment_field' );

function wpturbo_add_submit_button() {
    <div class="comment-submit">
        <input class="submit" name="submit" value="<?php esc_attr_e( 'Post Comment', 'wpturbo' ); ?>" type="submit">

add_action( 'comment_form', 'wpturbo_add_submit_button' );

The wpturbo_add_comment_fields() function creates an HTML form that includes fields for the commenter's name, email, and website. We wrap these fields inside a div element that has a class of comment-fields to make it easier to style later with CSS. We also use the _e() function to make these fields translatable. After creating the form fields in the function, we use the add_action() function to hook this function to the comment_form_before_fields hook. This ensures that the custom fields appear before the default comment text area.

The wpturbo_add_comment_field() function creates a textarea element for the comment text and wraps it in a div element with the class of comment-textarea. This function is hooked to the comment_form_comment_field action. This ensures that this field is inserted into the correct place in the default comment form.

The wpturbo_add_submit_button() function creates an HTML input element with a class of submit. This input element serves as the submit button for the comment form. We wrap this element inside a div element with the class of comment-submit for easier style formatting. We also use the esc_attr_e() function to make the submit button translatable.

Lastly, we use the add_action() function to hook the wpturbo_add_submit_button() function to the comment_form action. This ensures that the custom submit button is displayed after the comment text area.

With these three functions hooked into their respective actions, we have successfully modified the comment form by adding custom fields and a submit button. We can further customize the look and feel of these elements using CSS to make them fit better with our website's design.

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