With the new WP_Date_Query in WordPress 3.7+ it’s easy to list most commented posts within a certain time span from a specific category.
Note: this example lists most commented articles posted within X date, not looking for most amount of comments within that time span among all articles.
We’re using WP_Query to list the posts here.
<?php $popular = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => array( 'post' ), 'showposts' => 6, 'cat' => 'MyCategory', 'ignore_sticky_posts' => true, 'orderby' => 'comment_count', 'order' => 'dsc', 'date_query' => array( array( 'after' => '1 week ago', ), ), ) ); ?> <?php while ( $popular->have_posts() ): $popular->the_post(); ?> <?php the_title(); ?> <?php endwhile; ?>
A whole lot simpler than before. 1 day ago, 1 week ago, 2 weeks ago, 1 month ago, 1 year ago, all time and so on – your choice. Note: for all time, the value would simply be 0.