Today we will take a look at Disqus and how to integrate Disqus into WordPress.
The native comment infrastructure of WordPress may be enough for your need, but if you want your commenters to connect to your website with social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc), you must install respective plugins.
Disqus can be a very good option.
Disqus, pronounced “discuss”, is a service and tool for web comments and discussions. Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.
Here are some of the features of this plugin:
Disqus for WordPress
Uses the Disqus API
Comments indexable by search engines (SEO-friendly)
Support for importing existing comments
Auto-sync (backup) of comments with Disqus and WordPress database
Threaded comments and replies
Notifications and reply by email
Subscribe and RSS options
Aggregated comments and social mentions
Powerful moderation and admin tools
Full spam filtering, blacklists and whitelists
Support for Disqus community widgets
Connected with a large discussion community
Increased exposure and readership
The Disqus for WordPress plugin seamlessly integrates using the Disqus API and by syncing with WordPress comments.
The easiest way to integrate Disqus into WordPress: You register a new Disqus account and install the WordPress plugin. It even synchronizes with your native WordPress comments, so it will automatically import existing comments. Also it keeps them synced.
To start using Disqus for WordPress, follow the next steps.
Step 1 – Register a New Disqus Account
Go to Disqus.com and register a new account as presented below:
Step 2 - Set Up the Plugin
Go to your WordPress Dashboard > Plugins to set up your plugin. First you need to log in with your Disqus credentials:
Then, choose your website. Now Disqus should be installed on your blog.
The next step is to click on your Comments page > Advanced Options link at the top-right of that page. There will be several options to be checked:
Disqus short name: This is the short name (or username) which you set while registering to Disqus.
The API keys: API keys will be automatically inserted, so you shouldn’t change them.
Public & Secret Keys: These can be used for single sign-on (SSO) applications. Now, you don’t need them.
Where to use Disqus comments on: You can choose to show the Disqus comment system only on your posts which you disabled commenting, or you can enable Disqus for every post, or just leave this option.
Automatic synchronization: If you don’t want to sync all new comments with your native WordPress comments database, check this option to disable it.
Disable server-side rendering: This option allows you to place a text list of the post’s comments before Disqus is loaded on the page.
Step 3 - Export/Import Existing Comments to Disqus
Click the “Export” button and wait for Disqus to finish “importing” your comments into its new database:
The time you’ll have to wait depends on your number of existing comments on your blog.
So, that’s all for the moment. You have your comments into Disqus system.
As you can see, the whole process is not that hard, you just need to follow some really easy steps and you can enjoy the power of Disqus. We hope it will help you to build a big community.