Hey there, this is Brad with Firstsiteguide.com, and in this video, I’ll be taking you through how to add on the Disqus commenting system to a WordPress blog by using their free plugin. So let’s crack into it, and I’ll show you how easy it is to install and set up.
Like I mentioned a moment ago, the Disqus commenting system is a platform and API that manages your WordPress comments and allows for different functions and features. There’s a free plugin, called Disqus Comments, that syncs up with the Disqus.com commenting platform that will allow you to switch commenting features and replace WordPress’s default comments setup.
So we’ll start here in the WordPress dashboard, hover over “Plugins” on the left-hand side, and then click on “Add new”. Move your mouse over to the “Search plugins” box, click and type in, “Disqus Comments”, and that’s, Disqus, spelled D-I-S-Q-U-S, and hit “Enter”. Here it is on the left-hand side, so we’ll click “Install now”. We’ll click “OK” to confirm the install and then click on “Activate” once the install finishes.
Once installed, we’ll need to configure the plugin. So click over here on the left, where it says “Comments”, and you may need to upgrade your database at this time. So if you see this page, and you see the “Upgrade” button, go ahead and click it, and then we’ll continue on here.
To use Disqus, we need a Disqus profile. So if you have one, you can go ahead and enter your username and your password here. But if you don’t, we’re going to need to use this link right here and open it up in a new tab. Depending on how you choose to set up your account, you can use their registration system here at the top, or you can sync your account with Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. I’m going to go ahead and use the top registration area, so I’m going to put in my settings. And then once you have those entered in, go ahead and click on “Create account”.
All right, after you’ve walked through that setup, you’ll need to check your email and click to verify your account. So here’s my email, and I’m going to verify it by clicking here. All right, great. That’s taken care of, and now we’re logged in to our account here, and what we’ll need to do is look for the fore website to link on the top navigation and click there. And then up here at the top, we want to find “Add Disqus to your site” and click that link. All right, begin filling in your site name, choose your unique Disqus URL, which is where you’ll moderate your tools and site settings, like approving comments or deleting them, and then select a category that fits for your blog.
I’m going to go ahead and fill these in real quick, and then now I’m going to go ahead and click “Finish registration” at the bottom. Okay, and for this part, we don’t need to do this, because we already have the Disqus plugin installed on our WordPress blog. So we’re going to go back to the Disqus settings here and enter the email and password that we just created. So once you have those entered in, click “Next”. Here, we’ll select the site that we just added inside of Disqus and then click “Next” again.
Excellent. Now, this page confirms that we’ve installed Disqus correctly, and your new commenting system is ready to rock. You can click this link here to continue to the moderation dashboard and then open up this button in a new tab. This is where you’ll be able to approve comments, delete them, and mark them as spam. And then if we go to our blog post and refresh the page, I’ll scroll down here, and we see the Disqus platform commenting system has been installed successfully. Now, your visitors, as well as yourself, will be able to use this system to leave and respond to comments.
I know this video gets a tiny bit technical, so if you have any questions or need help, please visit us at Firstsiteguide.com. We’d be happy to help you out. Take care and enjoy your new blog.