Setting Up Disqus Comments Plugin on WordPress

I wanted to change from the default commenting setup of Wordpress. The best thing about Wordpress is how customization is so easy.So why not get to customizing? I’ve really been digging the Disqus comment software, the experiences that I’ve had with it so far have been great and I wanted to share that experience with the community that I am trying to build here at OnethingSimple. Starting tomorrow, I will check out their API a little bit. As far as being able to setup Disqus on your own without knowing code… you’ll be fine! It’s super easy to do. If you like the commenting system here at OTS, or if you have seen Disqus out in the wild and would like to get it up and running on your Wordpress blog. Just sign up for an account at Disqus.com and then follow these 3 simple steps…

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I wanted to change from the default commenting setup of Wordpress. The best thing about Wordpress is how customization is so easy.So why not get to customizing? I’ve really been digging the Disqus comment software, the experiences that I’ve had with it so far have been great and I wanted to share that experience with the community that I am trying to build here at OnethingSimple. Starting tomorrow, I will check out their API a little bit. As far as being able to setup Disqus on your own without knowing code… you’ll be fine! It’s super easy to do. If you like the commenting system here at OTS, or if you have seen Disqus out in the wild and would like to get it up and running on your Wordpress blog. Just sign up for an account at Disqus.com and then follow these 3 simple steps:

1. Go to the plugins menu in your Wordpress Dashboard, click ‘Add new’ and search for “Disqus”. The first plugin that shows up should be theirs. The plugin author is actually the company name Disqus. Click “Install Now” and install just like any other WP Plugin from the WP Plugin Repository.

Disqus on the WP Repository

2. Alright, on Disqus.com, login to your account, then click “Add to Site” in the settings menu (Check out the picture below). This will bring you to a page that will ask you for the name of your site, and it will give you an address such as yoursite.disqus.com where you will moderate your comments. So even if you have an amazing website, you will still come here to moderate your comments through the default setup. It’s very cool setup.

disqus-signup-site

3. This is the final step, goto your Plugins menu in the Wordpress dashboard, find the Disqus plugin and click “Config”. Here it will ask you for your username and password to the Disqus site. (It is because of this reason that I will only reccomend that you use the official Disqus Comment plugin. And that’s it! you’ve got Disqus instead of WP commenting now. That’s all you have to do, well besides leave a comment on OnethingSimple saying thank you! Enjoy.

Yea, so that’s an easy way to get some cool software on your blog. I’m looking forward to getting the community at OnethingSimple built up and I’m excited to be doing it with Disqus. I remember last year reading a book or a blog written by one of the Disqus coders. He really knew what he was talking about and I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, Disqus must be a pretty cool commenting platform, I wonder why I’ve never heard of it.” Then, like anything new that you hear about, you begin to notice it more here or there. So I decided a couple weeks ago that once OnethingSimple had a few articles up and things were getting ready to move, I would add Disqus, and now I did, and now I’m off to bed!