As WordPress comes with a commenting system that has limited features and flexibilities, we’re going to walk you through how to set up a full-featured and scalable comment system by using the “Disqus Comments” plugin. Pay attention that, the reasons to use this third-party commenting system other than the default one will be explained as below.
Now, let’s move on and get to the key point in the following parts.
Why Should You Switch to the Disqus Comments?
As is noted above, WordPress is included with a comment system, but it is not enough for your growing blog site. For instance, you may find the need to offer users more options for logging in, and in the meantime, connect them to other comments like Facebook comments across the web.
In the further, this third-party Disqus service will help you totally get rid of the spam comments that couldn’t be identified and removed by the inbuilt WordPress commenting system. By using this interactive comment tool, you can not only get SEO-friendly comments that can be indexed by search engines, but also import comments from Disqus to WordPress or from WordPress to Disqus. To learn more features provided by this Disqus plugin, you can refer to the following plugin URL.
Download URL: https://wordpress.org/plugins/disqus-comment-system/
How to Set Up Disqus Comments on Your WordPress Site?
Generally speaking, there are two different ways to get Disqus installed on your WordPress powered website. One way is to register your blog site with Disqus firstly by going to Disqus.com. As most of the WordPress users prefer to install and activate a plugin firstly, we’d like to adopt the second method and begin with the installation of this “Disqus Comments” plugin. Note that, either method will work, and there is little difference between them except the taken steps.
Step 1 – Initialize Disqus Comments System
At the very beginning, you should enable this “Disqus Comment System”, which is the same as the process of installing a WordPress plugin. Upon activation, this Disqus plugin will be added to the “Installed Plugins” page where you are able to “Configure”, “Deactivate” and “Edit” it based on personal indulgences.
Step 2 – Go to Comments Disqus Section
The next step is to go to “Comments” > “Disqus” to further customize this Disqus service. If your database is outdated, this plugin will prompt you to “Upgrade” database in advance. To connect your blog site with the Disqus system, you should enter the current username and password (if you have a Disqus account), or you set up a new account. Assuming that you haven’t had an account, we will explain the whole set-up process in the following parts.
Step 3 – Sign Up with Disqus
From the next screenshot, you can see a login form asking for your Disqus username and password. At the same time, there is a registration link for you to create a profile next to the blank checkbox. Just hit this link and start creating a new Disqus profile or account.
Step 4 – Set Your Site Profile
If you choose to create a Disqus account by using an email address, you will receive a verification email after the completion of this sign-up. Now that you have had a Disqus profile, it’s high time to revert back to the WordPress dashboard and fill in the mentioned boxes of “Username” and “Password.” If there aren’t any websites connecting with this newly-created account, you will be prompted to create one site.
Just type in this address https://disqus.com/admin/register in the browser so that you can tell Disqus more details about your website. To create a “Site Profile”, you will have to enter your “Site Name”, choose one unique “Disqus URL” and select a “Category” from various options. Disqus will automatically generate a short name that excludes any special characters or spaces after you input the name of your website. As this short name is the very URL that you will need to access the moderation settings and tools, you’d better make it as memorable as possible.
After done all settings, do not forget to click the “Finish Registration” button to proceed. As is displayed, Disqus will require you to choose your site platform. Just choose the WordPress platform so as to view the detailed setup instructions for this content management system.
Step 5 – Select a Website
And then, revert to the backend of your WordPress site again and navigate to “Comments” > “Disqus” like before. Now, re-enter your own password and username, and your WordPress site will be listed in below. Just click on this radio button and press “Next” to go on.
In this section, you are provided with the ability to export the existing comments from the default WordPress comment system to the new Disqus system. If you choose to skip this step directly, then all of the comments made before won’t appear on your WordPress website. It is quite easy to export comments to Disqus and sync Disqus with WordPress, which only requires a few clicks on the below buttons.
Till now, you have this Disqus commenting system enabled and working within your WordPress site, and it is recommendable to leave a trail comment on any of your post to ensure nothing goes wrong.
Step 6 – Moderate Disqus Comments
If needed, you can click the offered link to enter the moderation dashboard. Note that, it is also possible to moderate comments by going to “Installed Plugins” > “Disqus Comment System” > “Settings.” Within the “Appearance” section, you are able to decide whether use the Disqus comments on all your blog posts.
From the above “Sync” section, you can also disable automatic comment importing and the server-side rendering comments by checking the correspondent boxes. If you couldn’t understand what you’re doing, you’d better leave the “Sync” options as they are. The rest of the options are quite self-explanatory, and it is advisable to leave the “Single Sign-On” section blank if you don’t know what that really means.
Ultimately, you can check the last “Reset” option to remove all Disqus related comments from a new page in below. At this place, you are capable of re-configuring the appearance of this comment form, and specify how to sort your comments, and define how your readers can log in. It is worthwhile to check these options out there especially when you have a problem.