This is a test post for the newly installed Disqus commenting system. I followed their manual html install, since the template is so heavily customized. Seemed to be okay but I don’t see the comment form on older posts. I had specified that older comments be imported and synced.
Later I had to unpublish the test post since the comment form disappeared — after several comments were made. Typical of how erratic things were last week. I was most concerned that there was no comment form for older articles. Often new readers used to leave questions that I try to answer as soon as possible. Then I lost the form for new posts! After going back and forth with support, I was told my only option was to change templates. As I told Cheryl, this was the last thing I wanted to hear!
I had depended on the third party systems to hold my hand through the various uninstalls — I sent Intense Debate the template to remove JS-Kit and add their code; sent that to Disqus to remove Intense Debate. However Disqus did not offer to manually update my template when their online install failed.
Their instructions for me to manually install eventually did not work — probably due to left over bits and pieces from other commenting systems. Of course the template is complex with many hacks (subject of my tutorials) and I may have misunderstood the various Disqus optons about importing comments and whether new post should have comments!
You know the old saying “if you want it done right, do it yourself.” Well, today I got the Disqus to work by:
- installing the code on my test template which never had any third party commenting code and only a few of the tuturial hacks.
- comparing the test disqus code sections with the incorrect installation and copying to the current template.
- deleting some extraneous and complex nested code statements
- saying ‘Ureka!’ when it worked.
I can maybe now start to appreciate the nice features of Disqus. I can most certainly breathe a sigh of relief that older posts have comments. My only regret is that when JS-Kit was removed, all older posts lost nested comments and urls that used to point to commentators’ blogs.