Disqus Comments

Disqus is a plug-in that I was very sceptical about at first.  I could see the benefit for regular visitors of not having to enter their details each time they left a comment, but I was unsure as to whether I liked the fact Disqus could effectively track which sites I visited as once I signed in on my own sites, I would be automatically signed in on any sites that use the plug-in.

Well, on the one hand, I have to admin I probably started to receive more comments on my English-language sites once I added the plug-in.  I’m still undecided what to do on my German-language ones.

But since the DIY blogger is in English, I decided to install it.  The advantage is, that as a commenter you can either create yourself a Disqus account, or log in using your Twitter, OpenID or Facebook account, or just leave a comment without logging in.

Being logged in gives you the advantage of Disqus accepting your comment more quickly, and reduces the chance of it landing in the moderation area.

And if you visit another site using Disqus, you should not have to log in there separately.

So here are the steps to get Disqus onto the site:

1. If you haven’t already got an account, then visit www.disqus.com and create one.

2. To the top-right of the screen, click on “All Sites” and then on “Register a New Site”. (This may happen automatically if you have a new Disqus account).

Register a New Site

3. Enter the URL of your site, the name and a short name that Disqus can use the create a “community page”.

Enter the URL, name and short name of the site

4. eg. diyblogger.disqus.com

The DIY Blogger settings

5. On the next page you define which options will be available to log in with, and also any buttons eg. for Twitter or Facebook for visitors to use.

The options for Twitter, Facebook, etc.

6. You might want to show the Trackbacks, just as WordPress would.  Except that Disqus handles these separately so that don’t just appear as comments.

Trackbacks

7. You can select the services that Disqus should scan for anyone linking back to your posts, these are called “Reactions”.

Reactions

8. If you want to offer Facebook logins and buttons, then you will need to enter or apply for a Facebook API Key.  Click on the link below the API key box, and then accept the Facebook Terms to get one.

Facebook Connect

9. I recommend deactivating “Media Attachments”, to prevent someone embedding images  into the comments.

Media Attachments

10. You can also opt to display the login buttons with the comment box for anyone who is not logged in.

Login buttons

11. Click on “Continue”.

12. The next step offers help on installing Disqus on your blog.

Installation guides

13. Now log into WordPress using your administrator account.  If you are not setting up a new blog, then I recommend you backup your installation, especially the SQL database, at this point.

14. Click on “Add New” in the Plugins area of the sidebar.

Plugins - Add New

15. Enter the search term “Disqus comment” and click on “Search plugins”.

Search for Disqus comment

16. The “Disqus Comment System” should be the first result in the list.  Click on “Install Now” to install it.

Click on Install Now

17. When the plug-in has been installed, click on “Activate Plugin”.

Activate Plugin

18. Then click on “configure the plugin”.

Configure the plugin

19. Enter your Disqus Username and Password, then click on “Next”.

Enter the Disqus Username and Password

20. Select the blog that you are logged into, if you have more than one registered at Disqus, then click on “Next”.

Select the blog

21. The installation is now finished, but if you already have comments on the blog, then you will probably want to have these in Disqus as well.  To do this, click on “Advanced Options”.

Click on Advanced Options

22. Near the bottom of the next screen, click on “Export Comments”.

Click on Export Comments

23. The comments will be exported…

The comments are being exported

24. A green tick will show when the process is finished.  This may take some time.

The export has finished

25. Back in Disqus, you can see the recent comments (I’ve removed some of the details in the screenshot).

The comments viewed in Disqus

26. And at the bottom of your posts, the Disqus comment box should now be visible.

The comment box

So what do you think?  Will you be installing Disqus on your blog?

About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a blogger from Germany. He has written code for WordPress themes since 2006 and been creating websites since 1994.
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