A small change to WordPress to make WHOIS International

I had a problem with wordpress when I first started using it, being based in Asia most of my commenters are from this region, mainly Malaysia.

So when I tried to look up the commenters IP addresses in WordPress, I didn’t get any information because it defaults to ARIN (The American Registry) to lookup the IP addresses.

Like for example this:


It just says registered to APNIC (Asia Pacific Registry).

Where as if you use another service like Whois.sc, it will show you proper location like so:


To fix this, you need to edit the /wp-admin/edit-comments.php file.

The lines you need to edit are 92 and 145.

You need to change:




Code Change

Then re-upload the edit-comments.php file to your active install, and refresh the comments page, you can now click the IP address of the commentors and get the correct information!

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9 Responses to A small change to WordPress to make WHOIS International

  1. regularguy February 10, 2006 at 12:25 pm #


    i’m a new blogger who uses wordpress too. I understand wordpress is downloadable. But there are some techinical complication involved. I downloaded it but the zip file had like a whole load of files.

    What should i do? Is there a site that teaches newbies how to install and use the desktop wordpress? or should i just give up now and use the online wordpress?

    Your advice is much appreciate… thanks and sorry for going off topic

  2. regularguy February 10, 2006 at 12:26 pm #

    please be informed that from a scale of 1 to 10 my tech knowledge on html, xml, php and all that other stuff is 2! ok, maybe 2.2…

  3. Sashi February 10, 2006 at 1:05 pm #

    regularguy: Allow me. WordPress is not an executable app that you just click to install. You need to upload all the unzipped files to a webhost with PHP and MySQL support. Then you should check this site out: http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page for instructions on installing and configuring WordPress. It’s real simple, believe me… 🙂

  4. Dabido (Teflon) February 10, 2006 at 1:40 pm #

    Stone the bleedin’ crows, now you’ll figure out I’m from Aussie!

  5. hater February 10, 2006 at 4:20 pm #


    nice and useful entry

  6. regularguy February 10, 2006 at 4:21 pm #

    thank you…

    one last question, if i have a free wordpress account what webhost with PHP and MySQL support should i use? and how do i ‘upload’ it?

    sorry for being a pest

  7. earl-ku February 10, 2006 at 8:30 pm #

    great info man, i’ve changed the 2 lines and its working

    seems like tons of machines from China Telecom is spamming me …

  8. Jacky February 12, 2006 at 6:16 pm #

    Good stuff. Thanks for the info.

  9. Patrick February 17, 2006 at 4:07 pm #

    Nice tutorial.
    Didnt aware of this at all.