How to Get Most Commented Posts of the Week for your WordPress Blog

by Hiroshi on November 18, 2008

in Hacks, WordPress

To achieve this goal, we have to make a custom SQL query by using the $wpdb object. Let’s start by creating 3 php variables:

1- Number of days between today and X days ago
2- Today’s date
3- Today’s date – X days.

//To fetch posts published during the last 7 days
$days = 7;
//Today's date
$today = date("Y-m-d H:i:s");
$daysago = date("Y-m-d H:i:s",strtotime(date('Y-m-j H:i:s')) - (7 * 24 * 60 * 60));
$result = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT comment_count,ID,post_title, post_date FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_date BETWEEN $daysago AND $today ORDER BY comment_count DESC LIMIT 0 , 10");
foreach ($result as $topten) {
    $postid = $topten->ID;
    $title = $topten->post_title;
    $commentcount = $topten->comment_count;
    if ($commentcount != 0) {
         <li><a href="<?php echo get_permalink($postid); ?>"><?php echo $title ?></a></li>
    <?php }

You can paste this code wherever you want, to get the 10 most commented posts from the last 7 days. To modify number of posts fetched just edit the number 10 which comes after LIMIT in result Query.

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