What's Wrong with Blogger Comment Form?
What is Best for Blogger?
When I was considering comment platforms, I've had few absolute features in my mind that I need so badly. I think you may agree with them too.
The new comment platform,
● Should be able to import existing Blogger comments without any error and able restore all comments back if I need to go back to Blogger comment form
● Should be able to easily migrate with comments to another platform or if wanna go self-hosted, without lots of to-dos
● Should have automatic spam prevention capability
● Should have threaded commenting feature
● Should be able to view HTML and such codings
● Should be lightweight and able to view on mobile devices
● Should be able to show avatars for most of users and provide more login options preferable for users including guest commenting
● Should be able to notify new comments and commenters could be able to subscribe for comment replies
● Should be stylish and have no redirections after publishing comments
● Should be able to display comment form on all pages and disable it on specific pages
● Would be better if it supports smilies or emotion icons
○ Can have additional spam protection with Akismat in addition to Disqus automatic spam prortection
○ In addition to import, it will sync future comments with Blogger
○ You can export comments in XML format
○ Commenters can mention other commenters in their comments
○ Disqus made available to works even with Blogger mobile templates.
○ If you were using Blogger threaded commenting feature on your blog, then after importing existing comments to Disqus they will not displayed as threaded anymore, but list them all one after another based on time it was made.
○ Eventhough Disqus won't integrate with static pages, you can enable it manually for all static pages. But that way you can't disable comment form on a specific static page. (Still working on it and update this post if it's possible in anyway)
○ Blogger avatars on existing comments will not show up after importation and will be replaced with default avatar.
○ No smilies or emotion icons available.
Before You Go:
* If you are using Google+ comments on your blog, you need to revert it back to default comment system before you install Disqus comment platform.
1. Register your blog with Disqus and enter your personal information to create an account for you at Disqus sign up page. Then click Continue button.
Note: If you have already signed up for Disqus, click on Already have a profile? link under Primary Moderator to login with your existing account and register your blog.
2. Now you will be directed to the installation page. Click on Blogger icon.
3. You will get Install Disqus on Blogger page. As you have already finished with first two steps, jump to 3rd step on the page and click Add site "Your Site Name" to Blogger button.
4. Right after, you will get a new browser tab or page to add Disqus widget to your blog, click Add Widget button to add Disqus widget on your blog layout and your Blogger comment form will be replaced by Disqus widget immediately.
5. Now view an individual post in your blog and see if Disqus is in action.
* If you have any problem with displaying Disqus comment form on your blog, you may see Blogger Installation Help, try Disqus Support or feel free to shoot me a comment.
* In case if you can't see Disqus working for you, don't jump to next steps. Continue with next steps after you confirm that Disqus is rendering on your posts.
6. If you have existing comments on your blog and wanna import them to Disqus, follow steps below. And also you can synchronize new comments made via Disqus with your Blogger account too.
Note: If you are not interested in any of those features, you may skip this step. But I highly recommend enabling comment synchronization feature eventhough you don't wanna import existing comments.
Import Blogger Comments to Disqus
This process will import your existing comments to Disqus and they will start to appear with Disqus on each post after completing importation.
i. Come back to Install Disqus on Blogger page and navigate to Tools tab.
ii. Jump to Import tab and click on Blogger.
iii. Now click on Import Comments from Blogger button.
iv. Now Disqus will need you to grand access to Blogger. Click Grand Access button on the page and it will import your existing comments and will let you know via email at the end of the process.
* Usually they claim that it will take up to 24 hours to complete comment importation process. But for me it was about 18 hours and if you have small number of existing comments it may be even quicker. If it takes more than 24 hours, you may check Disqus System Status to see if something wrong with Importer.
* Don't try to import again once after you requested to import and wait until it finishes if you wanna import again. Else it will takes more time to complete the process.
Synchronize Disqus Comments with Blogger
This will sync your new comments made via Disqus with Blogger. So you will be able to access all comments via Blogger Comments tab too. However deleting a comment from Blogger Comment tab won't reflect in Disqus, and vice versa.
i. On Install Disqus on Blogger page and navigate to Tools tab.
ii. Jump to Import tab and click on Blogger.
iii. Click Enable Syncing button to keep comments on Disqus synchronized with Blogger.
Note: You will have to grant access to your Blogger account.
6. Now navigate to Settings tab.
7. Go through available tabs and make necessary changes as you preferred. Settings are quite understandable. If you have no idea about a setting, go through help documentations before make changes. Changes will be reflected on your implemented Disqus comment system.
General - Here you can changes basic settings, add/remove features, change permissions and email notifications, and delete your site from Disqus.
* If you wish to gain extra control over Facebook login on Disqus, you can provide your own Facebook Application ID or API key. Read How to Create a Facebook Application for Your Site to create new app and grab API key.
Moderators - Here you can add or remove moderators and set up settings related to comment moderation.
Blacklists - Here you can restrict publishing comments with specific words where moderator needs to approve them. Also you can block suspicious commentators and allow trusted ones using their email, IP address, username or domain.
Appearance - Here comes favorite part. You can change theme of your comment form and various attributes related to Disqus comment form including avatars, position, date/time formatting, threading and more.
* If you wanna disable commenting on a specific post page, you won't find specific option at Disqus settings. As it's integrated with Blogger, just follow same old method to disable comments on post pages. Read How to Enable or Disable Comments in Blogger.
Disqus on Mobile Template
Enable Disqus Comment Form on All Static Pages
i. Navigate 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. Now search disqus in your template.
vi. You will find several matches and among those find a line similar below,
vii. Now replace above line with the one below,
* You can install Disqus on multiple blogs and manage via same user account. Just register your new blog and follow steps from the scratch.
* Navigate to Disqus Dashboard and click on your blog name from left pane to moderate comments, find related tools and widgets, and to access settings for your blog.
Note: Also you can access basic moderation options for each comment while on the comment form. Just click Moderate link appears beneath the comment after hovering it and a pop up will appear with basic options.