Enabling Disqus on WordPress

Not too long ago, I was introduced to Disqus for leaving comments.  I do enjoy the idea of tracking threads and discussions from a central tool and the notification mechanism.  Additionally, I just started getting my first spam comments on my previous posts.  (I guess that means I’m a really-real blogger now!)

 

I’d much rather people were able to leave comments without admin review and were from a trustworthy source, so I decided to go ahead and try setting up Disqus on my blog.

 

Some quick Google-Fu brought up some tutorials.  Here are the steps straight from Disqus.com:  Link

 

  1. In the left panel of your WordPress admin, select Plugins > Add New
  2. Search for “Disqus” and find the plugin provided by “Disqus”.
  3. Select Install Now > Activate Plugin
  4. Proceed with the onscreen install instructions.
  5. Log into your Disqus account, then choose the forum shortname you would like to install.
Setting this up was ridiculously easy and took me a total of about five minutes. If any of you have ideas for other centralized commenting or have any questions or comments, please feel free to add them here or address them to john@benedettitech.com.

 

Thanks for looking in!
  • Hey John,

    Thanks for sharing this, I see many bloggers use this tool. I installed it myself but I am still a little confused because the comments appear both in my wordpress comments and in disqus comments. Any thoughts about that?

    Good luck with your blog, keep it up!

    • The WordPress integration imports comments into WordPress for your convenience for moderating. I don’t use WordPress for my own things, but I have touched it in many ways on many sites. My understanding is that you can then moderate in either Disqus or WordPress with the same net result, but haven’t tested this out.

      • Tnx for the info Dave. I experimented a bit and found out that deleted disqus comments appear in wordpress admin. So while they are approved in the disqus you can moderate them there, and after deletion through your wordpress admin.

  • Vladimir,

    Are you seeing two sets of comments within the app? Indeed, I can find yours when looking at Comments under my WordPress dashboard and am replying to this comment via the WordPress dashboard. It might be interesting to experiment and see what happens with the comments after disabling the Disqus plug-in.

    Thank you for the well wishing. Good luck to you as well!

    • Great job getting the blog up, John. Disqus, to me, is the right choice. It has all the comment functionality you need and takes it off your site so you don’t have to worry about it. Most folks who are going to comment already have and account with a link back to their own content and comments on other sites and you have the ability to follow posts for email notifications on new comments (and have email notifications for your own posts). Disqus is great. I don’t like some of the defaults, but it’s easily customizable.

      • Thanks Dave! I agree on the notification benefits. I’m still fairly new to Disqus but it’s really useful to have a centralized location for both a feed and following ongoing conversations.

    • Hey John, tnx for answering.

      I experimented a bit with activation/deactivation and the comments. What i figured out so far is that comments deleted with disqus moderation appear in wordpress comment section. If you disable disqus while comments exist just on that service, you won’t see them under your blog post. So you need yo delete them first on the disqus.

      This might need some more investigation, but that is what I found out so far.

      Cheers

      • Thanks Vladimir.

        If I had to make a guess, it sounds like there’s some double-entry going on where the comments themselves are still saved to WordPress in the event that you no longer want to use Disqus. Good to know in case you want to clean up in the future.