If your WordPress comment counts got messed up, whether because of a plugin (I'm talking about you, DISQUS) or you messed with your database manually and did something wrong (yup, that's what I just did), fear not – I have a solution for you.
But first, a little background.
Comment Counts In WordPress
Here's how comment counts work in WP:
- Posts live in a table called wp_posts and each has an ID.
- Comments reside in a table called wp_comments, each referring to an ID in wp_posts.
- However, to make queries faster, the comment count is also cached in the wp_posts table, rather than getting calculated on every page load.