If you get lots of comments on your posts, then you should set up Pagination for them. This will make your site load faster and also reduce the load on the server. This article will tell you how to set pagination for comments.
Having a lot of comments is a good thing because it shows user engagement. Google considers your post useful and gives a better rank in search results.
It is very easy to paginate comments in a WordPress site. You do not even need any plugin for this.
Why should Paginate Comments in WordPress
Too many comments can make your website very slow and slow loading can damage your site rankings. In addition, a lot of comments cause a white screen of death.
Comment pagination divides the comment of the post to multiple pages and reduces the server load.
Another reason, if you do not paginate your comments, then it can reduce your keyword density ratio. As a result, the search engine will not be able to index your post for the correct keyword.
How to Load Comments with Pagination in WordPress
First login to your WordPress site and click on Settings >> Discussions then go to the Other comment settings section.
Now, look for the option “Break comments into pages”. Here you have to enter a number (how much comment you want to show in the first page) to break your comment.
Click on the Save Changes button. This will set pagination for your comment.
Comment pagination has a negative effect on your website SEO. WordPress generates a URL for each comment page. When you click on the second page of the comment, that page looks the same as the first page. Search engines may consider this as Duplicate content.
This can be easily fixed by using the Yoast SEO plugin which automatically sets the Canonical URL for your article.
But if you are using the All in One SEO plugin on your site, then go to the plugin’s General Settings and make sure that the Canonical URLs box is checked.
That’s all! Hope this article helped to add pagination to comments in your WordPress site.
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