wp_defer_comment_counting( bool $defer = null )

Whether to defer comment counting.

Description Description

When setting $defer to true, all post comment counts will not be updated until $defer is set to false. When $defer is set to false, then all previously deferred updated post comment counts will then be automatically updated without having to call wp_update_comment_count() after.

Parameters Parameters


(bool) (Optional)

Default value: null

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Return Return


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Source Source

File: wp-includes/comment.php

function wp_defer_comment_counting( $defer = null ) {
	static $_defer = false;

	if ( is_bool( $defer ) ) {
		$_defer = $defer;
		// flush any deferred counts
		if ( ! $defer ) {
			wp_update_comment_count( null, true );

	return $_defer;

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Version Description
2.5.0 Introduced.

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