January 13, 2012

Enable Threaded Comments in Blogger




Do you have enabled comments on your blog? Commenting is must have feature in a blog. Comment form is a place where your readers interact with your posts and leave their ideas, appreciations and all their feedback. So reader comments are really helpful as it is a way of retrieving feedback and it could be a pathway to generate innovative ideas. Blogger has had commenting feature for all their blogs and you may never wanted to use any other external comment provider unless the default comment form couldn't reach your satisfaction level. If you compare Blogger comment form with other external providers, you may see some lacking features in Blogger comment form. However recently Blogger starts to revamp all their features and now they are refurbishing their comment form. As a result of that, Blogger rolling out threaded commenting feature for all Blogger users. But did your blog still fail to reflect this change or yet you are unable to make use of threaded commenting feature?

Earlier you have had default commenting feature on your blog but you couldn't able to reply to a specific comment without mentioning that particular person's name and your comment listed next to last comment on the page. Technically it's called as single level commenting.


But now Blogger depreciate single level commenting and offers you threaded commenting feature. With the help of threaded commenting you can specifically address reader comments and reply them individually. Further it will aid you to differentiate comments made on your blog.


Awesome. Isn't it? You may have seen this in external comment providers. Also earlier I have seen some Bloggers are managed to implement this feature partially in Blogger. Blogger mention this is a highly requested feature from fellow Blogger users and now it's live for everyone. So what are you waiting for?


Before You Go:

* In order to enable threaded comments, you need to use embedded comment form on your blog. Read How to Enable or Disable Comments in Blogger and enable embedded comment form in your blog.

* You should verify your template as below to make sure it's ready to enable threaded commenting feature on your blog. Mostly if your template is extensively customized

i. Go to Blogger Dashboard.

ii. Click on your Blog Title.

iii. Jump to Template tab.


Note: Before editing your template, you may want to save a copy of it. Read How to Back Up Your Template.

iv. Click Edit HTML button underneath your blog preview.


v. Tick on, Expand Widget Templates option.


vi. Now search your template and check whether you have below code snippet available in your template.

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;static_page&quot;'>
  <b:include data='post' name='comments'/>
</b:if>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
  <b:include data='post' name='comments'/>
</b:if>

vii. If you have above code snippet exactly in your template, replace it with below code snippet and save template. Else you are safe to continue with steps.

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;static_page&quot;'>
 <b:if cond='data:post.showThreadedComments'>
  <b:include data='post' name='threaded_comments'/>
 <b:else/>
  <b:include data='post' name='comments'/>
 </b:if>
</b:if>
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == &quot;item&quot;'>
 <b:if cond='data:post.showThreadedComments'>
  <b:include data='post' name='threaded_comments'/>
 <b:else/>
  <b:include data='post' name='comments'/>
 </b:if>
</b:if>

Note: Previously, if you have edited your comment form extensively, you may experience numerous changes in your comment form after enabling threaded commenting.


Steps:

1. Go to Blogger Dashboard.

2. Click on your Blog Title.

3. Navigate to Settings tab.


4. Jump to Posts and comments sub menu.

5. Now select Embedded option for the Comment Location setting under the Comments heading.

Note: This setting will enable embedded comment form on your posts. Currently threaded comments are working only on embedded comment form.

6. Save your settings.

7. Next, jump to Other sub menu under Settings tab.

8. Select Custom option for Allow Blog Feed setting listed under Site feed heading.


Note: You can set Full for Allow Blog Feed setting and skip next step if you don't wanna manage your site feeds separately.

9. Now change Per-Post Comment Feeds setting to Full.

10. Save your settings now.

Notes:

* Now you are ready to experience threaded comments and you will find Reply link beneath each comment on your blog.

* Still if you couldn't see Reply link beneath your comments, it might be due to your corrupted template. You may try reverting your widget templates back to default and see if it helps.


Enjoy :-)




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Lisa said...

Will this have you lose previous comments? I tried to install CommentLuv and lost all and then when I disabled it they returned back. Thanks!

Mayura said...

No Lisa :) You won't lose your previous comments. And it's official Blogger feature. You are safe with this :)

Cheers...

Alex Withrow said...

This blog post of yours just saved my blog. Thank you so much for making it so clear and easy. Seriously, thank you.

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Alex,

You're welcome mate :) Glad to help you save your blog and I feel your gratitude... Thanks for your compliments too mate :)

Cheers...

Hammad Baig said...

Awesome feature for blogger user thanks

Mayura De Silva said...

Hi Hammad,

You're welcome mate :) Hope now you have it on your blog.

Thanks for adding your thoughts mate :)

Cheers...

joy adalia said...

Thanks a lot :) I got the reply button now :)