Installing Disqus on WordPress Is Amazingly Simple

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For a while I’ve been considering installing Disqus as my commenting system on this blog. Even with what I consider to be healthy traffic I get very few comments. I thought perhaps using a system like this might encourage a little more conversation. Then again…I am in the business of providing dating advice and sometimes I wonder if people shy away from being associated with needing such advice.

At any rate, I am simply amazed at how easily the install went. Not to suggest quality WordPress plug-ins are normally a problem…because for me they’ve all gone fairly smoothly. I just anticipated this could be difficult considering the entire commenting system will change.

I wanted to provide the steps I took so any of you out there hesitating because of concern over the installation would know there’s nothing to worry about. I’ll be listing the steps I went through although there’s more than one way to end-up at the same result.

Installing Disqus on a WordPress Blog

  1. Creating you Disqus account.
    I had created my Disqus account months ago so I could comment on some blogs I read. The process is fairly standard:

    • Browse to the Disqus Signup and then fill in your desired user name, password and email address.
    • At this point you could configure connections to your twitter, Facebook or other accounts but I’m going to skip this. Instead, click on Avatar Picture. If you are already using Gravatar, you can use that photo. If not, either sign up at Gravatar (this would be my recommendation since you may comment on non-Disqus sites) or upload your image.
    • Signing Up at Gravatar

      • Browse to the Gravatar Signup and enter your email address.
      • Check your email and click on the link from Gravatar
      • The link will redirect you to setting up your account. Enter your desired user id and password.
      • You will be able to upload an image from your computer or the internet as you avatar (or Gravatar I suppose).
      • Finally, you will rate the image of your Gravatar which, for most users, will be G or PG.
      • That should be it for Gravatar…back to Disqus!
    • If you added a Gravatar photo, click on “Avatar Picture” again. Your Gravatar photo should appear as an option. You may need to allow a few minutes to pass for your Gravatar image to register on Disqus.
    • Click on Public Info and fill in a display name, your website. You can also enter your location and a short bio if you want.
    • Now you’re done setting up your Disqus account.
  2. Installing the Disqus Plug-in
    Installing this plug-in is similar to most other plug-ins. Configuring the plug-in left me asking a few questions but not because things were unclear, just because there were many options to consider.

    • Log into your blog’s WordPress administrative page
    • Click on Plug-ins on the left and then click Add New and search for “DISQUS Comment System”. The results should show the official Disqus plug in first when searching this but be sure to verify that the plug-in is by Discuss.com (should be the last part of the plug-in description)
    • DisqusPlugin

    • Click Install on the far right and then click Install Now on the pop-up screen
    • The plug-in should install and a link at the bottom should appear “Activate this Plug-in”. Click this link.
    • After activating the plug-in, you should see a message at the top of the screen stating that you will need to configure the Discus plug-in before you can begin to use it. Click “configure the plug-in”.
    • You should see a log-in screen for your Disqus account. Enter your information and click Next.
    • At this point you will either see your blog as a choice to register the commenting system with or you may need to register it again. I’ve set up Disqus twice for WordPress now and once it recognized the blog associated with the Disqus account but another time it require that I register the information when configuring the plug-in. To register:
      • Click the Register a new one link
      • Enter your URL and a title for your web page. Click Continue.
      • At this point you can associate different applications with Disqus for your site but for now click Continue. You can always configure these later.
      • At this point you will need to go back to your Disqus configuration (WordPress Admin then Settings then Disqus)
    • Once your site is listed as an option, click the radio button and click Next
    • Disqus-Install

    • Now you should be done with one last important step.
  3. Importing Your Old WordPress Comments
    This was my main reason for not moving to Disqus: an assumption that I would lose all my old comments if I moved to a new system. Considering how few comments I get compared to my traffic, I’m not sure why I was worried about this at all really. Having seen what Disqus brings to the table, I now think losing my old comments would have been acceptable. However, that doesn’t matter since Disqus will allow you to import your old comments:

    • Within the Disqus moderation screen (which you can now get to by clicking on Comments in your blogs Admin screen), click on Advanced Options
    • On this screen, click Import which will sync your WordPress comments with Disqus

At this point, everything should be configured and working. It only took a few minutes for me to see my old WordPress comments appear as Disqus comments on some of my older posts.

You’ll want to review all the settings for Disqus and configure things as you wish. On the Manage screen click the Settings table to view these options. Steps I took included turning on Facebook connect, Twitter login, Yahoo! Login, OpenID and Akismet for WordPress (several of these will need API keys but none of it is hard to accomplish).

Overall, I’m very impressed with how simple it was to install and configure Disqus. Had I known things would have gone so smoothly I would have done this months ago!

Update 5/9/2010: I’ve decided to turn off Disqus, at least for the short-term. I’ve been trying to optimize the speed of this site and it appears that in most of my testing, Disqus has been the bottleneck when it comes to loading. If removing this has no affect on my site speed then I’ll happily go back to using it (since as a commenting system I do think it’s pretty cool). However, if my site performance does improve, I’ll likely be waiting for better performance from Disqus before I use it again.

 

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About the Author:

Brad initially struggled with online dating but over time became quite successful using it. He met his wife using online dating and has been giving advice and helping people improve their results since 2007. He has written a Free Online Dating Guide to help others find success with online dating. You can learn more about his personal experience using online dating and running this website here.

Comments

  1. Somin Thomas  February 17, 2010

    Disqus works wordpress is awesome and it's provides tight integration with Blogger, WordPress, Typepad, MT and Tumblr.

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  2. Saabira Robinson  March 2, 2010

    I integrated the Twitter Connect through Disqus pretty much right after as well. Now I'm all integrated out through by blogs.

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  3. Rebecca Stevens  March 11, 2010

    Disqus is by far the best comment system that we can get for free. Besides having a lot of awesome gadgets it also has the best support there is.

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  4. Elizabeth Murphy  March 17, 2010

    Disqus has ability to import existing comments as well as export comments. I didn't lose any comments when I moved to Disqus..Disqus is really good stuff methinks!

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  5. Catalina Porker  March 30, 2010

    I absolutely love Disqus and am happy that you guys are trying it out. I get all excited when I see other websites using Disqus, and it encourages me to leave a comment. 🙂

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  6. Partnersuche kostenlos  April 25, 2010

    Disqus is great. I just installed it on my WordPress Blog! Thanks for this great tutorial it worked very well for me.

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  7. SEO Miami  April 29, 2010

    Disqus is a free comment system. I use it. I'm all integrated out through by blogs.

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  8. Maya Bangel  October 4, 2010

    Disquss works fantastic. It is one of my highly recommended comment tools and plugin for WordPress, makes commenting life so much easier and more fun.

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  9. Harsh Agrawal  September 5, 2011

    How did you migrated DISQUS comments back to WordPress?

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  10. Brad  September 9, 2011

    I believe I just disabled the plugin. With DISQUS, the comments are logged in both places: in DISQUS but also in WordPress (just hidden). When you disable DISQUS, the comments will show again from the default commenting system…or I believe this is correct. It’s been quite some time since I looked at this.

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