Have you ever seen a WordPress site with a number beside the comments form? This is an example of a site we did for a client recently.
Personally, we believe there’s no real benefit of having the numbers beside your comments but adding the numbers probably will make your site looks more unique. To add numbers to WordPress comments, all you need to do is to install and activate Greg’s Threaded Comment Numbering plugin.
The plugin works out of the box. Once installed, you’ll see the number beside each comment, sequentially and hierarchically.
For more control, the plugin comes with a settings page that allows you to change the default settings.
Bonus: Adding Support for Genesis Framework
This code should be in
functions.php file of your child theme. If you notice, in line 6 we’re checking whether the plugin is active using
if (function_exists('gtcn_comment_numbering')) so that if you accidentally deactivate or no longer use the plugin, your site will not be broken.
Bonus: Suggested CSS for Styling
The plugin just add the numbers to your comments. Nothing fancy. However, if you’d like to add some styling, please take a look at this Gist. Please see the first image above to see how the numbers will look like.