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>Technophobes Training Club – the guru says we’re open for Disqussion!

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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!

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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.

Plug-ins

  1. Firstly go into your dashboard.
  2. Go to Plugins (it’s on the left hand side in the list)
  3. Add new
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. If you want to pick up your old comments go to Advanced then Export
  7. Now all your comments through your past blog pages will be picked up, and all comments from now on will be processed through Disqus.

Problems

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 vix@vegemitevix.com and I’ll see what I can do.
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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!

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8 comments to >Technophobes Training Club – the guru says we’re open for Disqussion!

  • Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy

    >Oh Disqus. As a non user I have to say that I HATE it. Absolutely hate it. I have to log in everytime I want to leave a comment. It never remembers me. I have to log in and then log in once again.

    I know I'm in the minority here, I know people love the way that you can start conversations and can respond to everyones comments easily. But, I find it so unfriendly to use that often I will not leave a comment because I can't face the faff of logging in.

    What are the benefits of Disqus over, say, IntenseDebate which a lot of people use and I find to be much easier to use as a commenter?

  • Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy

    >Oh Disqus. As a non user I have to say that I HATE it. Absolutely hate it. I have to log in everytime I want to leave a comment. It never remembers me. I have to log in and then log in once again.

    I know I'm in the minority here, I know people love the way that you can start conversations and can respond to everyones comments easily. But, I find it so unfriendly to use that often I will not leave a comment because I can't face the faff of logging in.

    What are the benefits of Disqus over, say, IntenseDebate which a lot of people use and I find to be much easier to use as a commenter?

  • The Dotterel

    >Personally I love it, as I like the conversation it affords with commenters. And Brit – are your cookies enabled? If not that would explain why you have to log in each and every time.

    And a as a footnote, if anyone would like a couple of pages of screenshots showing the installation process for blogger, I'm be happy to oblige (having done it for a couple of bloggers already). Just ping me an email (addy on blog)!

  • make do mum

    >I've had a few techy problems with Disqus but on the whole it's great. I like being able to reply to comments from my email instead of going into my blog each time. You also get replies to comments you've made on other blogs emailed directly to you which is handy.

  • cartside

    >I've experienced the same problems as Brits in Bosnia – but only on my work computer – so it may well be a cookie thing. As a commenter, I like the way I get the response of the blogger emailed to me – I don't comment a lot and if I do it's often something where I'm interested in the response if the blogger does respond. So much easier than having to check back.
    As a blogger I like the threading.

    I found the installation process on Blogger really easy, though felt a bit out of control as it's automatic rather than me changing the html (I'm a control freak!) but it worked like magic!

  • JulieB

    >I discovered disqus after seeing it "in action" on Vegemitevix's blog, and am a fan too. I like the interactive nature, and the way it emails you comments so that you can see which posts have been commented on without having to trawl through them. Was a doddle to install as well.

  • vegemitevix

    >Thanks guru Dotterel for offering to lead the blogger bloggies by the hand.

    I haven't used Intensedebate BritsinBosnia, though I have on other sites. Once you have a profile it's straightforward to login. Maybe the cookies is the issue?

  • Very Bored in Catalunya

    >I LOVE Disqus, I really honestly think it has made my blog more interactive and less one dimensional. I love the fact that I or anyone else, can reply to any comment and real conversations can ensue.

    Everyone should have it!

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