How To Add Jetpack Comments To Thesis Theme

Thesis theme is a popular WordPress theme framework and Jetpack is probably the most popular WordPress plugin which offers a plethora of features in a single plugin. Jetpack is maintained by the owners of WordPress so it is for sure that it will be maintained and updated regularly. New features are being added to Jetpack regularly. The latest new feature added to Jetpack 1.4.1 was the addition of Jetpack comments.

Jetpack comments is a commenting system which will handle all the comments of WordPress on Jetpack servers making the original site consume less resources of the webserver. This will make sure that sites keep on running even on shared hosting rather than moving to a VPS or a dedicated server early.

Thesis theme is a very popular WordPress theme framework and is probably the most widely used professional theme. It offers ways to do things with WordPress in an easy manner.

The problem arises when we want to install Jetpack comments on a site which is running Thesis theme framework. This is because Thesis, by default, does not automatically remove the default WordPress commenting system and replace it with Jetpack comments. Let’s go step by step on how we can add Jetpack comments to Thesis theme.

  1. Go to Thesis menu –> Design Options –> Comment Options –> Display Settings
  2. Uncheck "comment form". Leave the rest as checked
    Disable comment form in thesis theme
  3. Now open custom_functions.php under Custom File Editor in Thesis options.
  4. Copy and paste the following code in custom_functions.php
    add_action('thesis_hook_after_comments','comment_form', 1);
  5. Now enable Jetpack comments from the Jetpack menu.

This is all done. Now you will be able to see the new Jetpack commenting system replacing the default comment form.

Jetpack comments

In my opinion, Jetpack comments is a lot faster than other commenting systems like Livefyre and Disqus because it only provides a modern looking commenting form while the actual comments remain on the local server. Using Jetpack comments, people will be able to use their, Twitter and Facebook accounts to post comments to the blog.

We, at, have already enabled Jetpack comments. What are your views about Jetpack comments? Are you still having problems using Jetpack comments with Thesis theme? Please share your views, problems and solutions in the comments below.

13 thoughts on “How To Add Jetpack Comments To Thesis Theme

  1. Firstly find your post, unfortunately it doesn’t work as I am using version 2.02.

    Then, reading the solution on snipplr (–20-footer-copyright/) for thesis V 2.0

    I have just test it, works perfectly.

    1. The URL you suggested addresses a completely different problem. Can you confirm that your Jetpack comments system started working once you did that trick mentioned in snipplr?

      For everyone’s ease, here’s the code mentioned on snipplr:
      < ?php function copyright() { $url = site_url(); $anchor = get_bloginfo( 'description' ); echo '

      Copyright © 2010–’ . date(‘Y’).’ ‘.$anchor.’‘;
      add_action(‘thesis_hook_container_footer_copy_bottom’, ‘copyright’);

    1. It’s great to know it was useful for you 🙂

      By the way when I go to your site, it gives the following error:
      Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘.’, expecting ‘(‘ in /home/khadia/public_html/wp-content/themes/thesis_182/custom/custom_functions.php on line 30

      There seems to be something wrong with your custom_functions.php file.

    1. Hi John, yes actually I had first implemented Jetpack commenting system but I had a feeling that it is still premature and needs a lot of working on it. I implemented Disqus afterwards because it has a very stable and large community. The new interface of Disqus 2012 is also very good. Didn’t like the old one.

  2. Hey guys,

    Just wanted to check, what about CSS customisations to Jetpack Comments?

    Also, I don’t think you have Jetpack Comments enabled on this site…

    1. Right now it doesn’t seem possible to customize Jetpack Comments. was using Jetpack comments but we disabled it because of so many problems it created with Thesis theme.

      You may also want to try the “Social” plugin which seems also seems very good.


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