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Using Jimdo's blog comments

The Jimdo Blog has a simple built-in commenting system that is easy to use and that meets most users' needs. If you want more advanced features like verified identity or threaded responses (being able to respond to a particular comment instead of just adding a response at the bottom of the list), scroll down for instructions on how to use a third-party system like Disqus or Facebook.

 

Activate Jimdo comments for a blog post

By default, each new blog post has commenting enabled. You can turn off comments for a post by clicking the little speech bubble button (see above) in that post's settings.

 

  • By default, when a visitor leaves a comment, you will receive an email alert.
  • Comments will be visible on the post itself, but not in a Blog Display Element. A visitor must click into the actual Blog Post Page in order to read the comments.
  • There is no way to modify the visible and required fields of the comment form.

 


Moderating Jimdo Comments

When you have the Jimdo commenting enabled for a blog post, you can click on the Comments block that appears at the bottom of your post to access the settings. This is where you can choose how you want to moderate comments, receive email notifications, change the order in which comments appear, and more.

 

Using Disqus commenting on blog posts

Disqus is an advanced comment system that can be integrated directly on your Jimdo website. Disqus features include:

  • Threaded comments
  • Easy comment moderation
  • Comment ranking
  • Commenters can login via social media sites
  • Commenters can follow conversations



Follow these directions to replace the default Jimdo commenting system with Disqus for any single post:

 

1. Deactivate the Jimdo comment on the post

Click on the Blog icon in the Site Admin and then click on the blog post that you want to change, or create a new post. Now click on the blog post's Title to view the settings. Click on the little speech bubble icon to turn off Jimdo's commenting feature. 

  

2. Sign up for Disqus

Start by going to the Disqus website and creating an account. You will need to create a username, password, and give them the address of your website.

  

3. Follow instructions for Universal Code

After creating your Disqus account, you will be presented with a large array of options for what type of website you operate.  Select the Universal Code option and follow the instructions.  They will provide a block of code that you will need to copy and paste into your Jimdo website.

  


4. Add a Widget/HTML Element to the bottom of your blog post

The Widget/HTML Element is in the "Additional Elements..." area of the Elements Menu. Once you add the new element, paste the code that you copied from the Disqus website and hit Save. You should now see the Disqus commenting options when you look at your post in View Mode.

  

Note: When you first add Disqus comments to your website, you'll notice that it contains ads. To remove those, log back in to your Disqus account, go to Settings > Discovery, choose the Just Comments option, and save using the button at the bottom.

5. Use the same block of code for each blog post where you want to use Disqus comments

If you want to save a few steps, instead of making new blog posts, copy an existing blog post that already has Disqus comments set up.  To do this, go to Blog and click "copy" next to the original blog post. Then change the title of the blog post and save.

  

Using Facebook commenting on blog posts

With over  1 billion users, it is a safe bet that most, if not all, of your visitors will already have an account with this social media giant. Why not take advantage of that ecosystem and use their login for people who want to comment on your blog?

 

Follow these directions to add Facebook Comments to any blog post on your Jimdo website:

 

1. Deactivate the Jimdo comment on the post

Click on the Blog icon in the Site Admin and then click on the blog post that you want to change, or create a new post. Now click on the blog post's Title to view the settings. Click on the little speech bubble icon to turn off Jimdo's commenting feature. 

  

Facebook Comments require visitors to be signed in with Facebook, which removes the option of anonymous posts.
Facebook Comments require visitors to be signed in with Facebook, which removes the option of anonymous posts.

2. Publish the blog post, view it, and copy the URL

You will need the exact website address (URL) of your blog post to generate the code to add the Facebook comments to you post. You can get this by publishing your post, then opening your live blog post in a browser and copying the URL from the browser's address bar.

  

3. Generate the Facebook Comment Plugin code at Facebook's site

Go to Facebook's Comments Plugin page and using their Comments Plugin Code Generator to create the code you need to paste into your Jimdo website.

 

You will need to provide the URL from step 2, a pixel width to display the comments, and the number of comments that you would like to display at any given time. Try 500px wide for templates with a sidebar and 800px for templates with more space. Adjust the pixels to your taste. 

  

4. Paste the Facebook code into your blog post

After pressing the "Get Code" button, Facebook will provide you with two blocks of code. Copy the first block of code, then open a new browser tab, and go to your blog post. Add a new Widget/HTML Element right below the Blog Post Title, paste the code and save.

 

Go back to the Facebook tab and copy the second block. This time add a new Widget/HTML Element at the very bottom of the Blog Post page, paste in the code, and save.

   


5. Repeat these steps for each post you want to use Facebook comments on

  

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