Today we have a guest post from Vegemitevix who describes herself as -
Vegemitevix is a crazy Kiwi who swapped beautiful beaches for Blighty, sunshine for snow and sleet, and Vegemite for British marmite. Mum to three, wife to the gorgeous Englishman she met in Paris 2007, Vegemitevix blogs at http:www.vegemitevix.com about family life, expat experiences, and occasionally marketing stuff
Basically she’s been there, seen it, done it (twice, she has two different blogs!) and knows her stuff.
So over to Vix for today’s tutorial on my favourite commenting tool, Disqus – once I’ve managed to solve my current Blogger commenting problem I’ll be installing it on mine and be back with a Blogger tutorial.
If you have questions about this drop her a tweet to ask more!
If no one comments on a blog is it a blog?
The whole definition of blogging is to invite, nay inspire dialogue and discourse. That’s where Disqus comes in. This very cool commenting programme helps to spread the love and your ‘blog’s branding’ all over the blogosphere. But it does so much more than that!
I prefer to load Disqus as a commenting system on my blogs because of these main benefits:
• You can reply to each comment in turn and don’t have to batch comment.
• You can thread comments
• You can reply to comments from your email pane
• I can reply as Vegemitevix all over the place and don’t have to continually re-enter http details etc
So how do you load Disqus?
I’m going to give you instructions for WordPress blogs. Mine is a self-hosted blog but I assume it works for wordpress.com blogs also. First things first – make sure you back up your blog and put it somewhere on your hard disk so if anything were to go wrong you have it there!
Then go to http://disqus.com
Then go through the process, starting with register then settings. Then you’ll need to go through the install instructions.
- Firstly go into your dashboard.
- Go to Plugins (it’s on the left hand side in the list)
- Add new
- The Plugins page will appear. Hopefully you will have a tag cloud of plugins available. If you don’t that’s fine, go into Search and enter Disqus. Plugin will load, unpack and activate. Now go into Comments page to set up your specific settings
- Login: enter your website short name for your blog. If you’ve used Disqus to comment on other people’s blogs it will most probably give you a suggestion.
- If you want to pick up your old comments go to Advanced then Export
- Now all your comments through your past blog pages will be picked up, and all comments from now on will be processed through Disqus.
Disqus does seem to have a few problems from time to time. I’ve found if I make a comment on Twitter saying I’m having problems with Disqus I get an almost immediate response from a support team member! Cool eh?!
If you have any problems with your WordPress blog and need a little help then I can give you a hand on an hourly basis. Drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see what I can do.
As always, please comment and let us know what would be helpful to have up here.
We’ve new gurus joining us who’ll I’ll introduce on the main page soon!