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Disqus plugin

Last Updated: Jan 23, 2014 09:42AM EST

For displaying discussions alongside essays, content or other pages using a Disqus account.

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Click the button below to download the plugin, then read our installation instructions to learn how to install the plugin.

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Installation and setup

Head over to Disqus.com. If you don't already have an account, sign-up for one. Once your account is ready, register your site. Disqus will then publish a site "shortname" on your Dashboard page. Copy this shortname to your clipboard.

Next, click on "Settings" in Koken's main navigation, then "Plugins" in the left column. Click the "Enable" button next to the Disqus plugin you just installed. A button labeled "Setup" will appear. Click "Setup", then paste your Disqus shortname into the field provided. When finished click the "Save" button. The Disqus plugin is now enabled.

Theme usage

All of Koken's default themes include support for discussions on essay and content pages, so once Disqus is setup you should start seeing comment areas on applicable pages.

Discussion color and style

Disqus reads the styles in a comment form's parent HTML page to determine whether it uses a light or dark color scheme. You can read more about that process in their documentation. If the color scheme Disqus chooses for you doesn't look right, you may override this through your Disqus account. Here's how.

  1. Sign-in to the Disqus account you created earlier.
  2. Click on your site link under the "Your Sites" header in the left column.
  3. Click on the "Settings" tab at the far right of the following page.
  4. In the "General" tab will be a "Color scheme" drop-down (see screenshot below). Edit this accordingly.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and click "Save Changes".

Disqus color scheme

Eliminate discovery content

Another thing to keep an eye on is "Discovery" content. By default, Disqus pushes additional content below comments, which may include advertising. To opt-out of Discovery, do the following:

  1. Sign-in to the Disqus account you created earlier.
  2. Click on your site link under the "Your Sites" header in the left column.
  3. Click on the "Settings" tab at the far right of the following page.
  4. In the initial "General" tab, uncheck "Show links to discussions..." (see figure below).
  5. Scroll to the bottom and click "Save Changes".

Disqus discovery

Note: these discovery instructions were written on 1/23/14. If Disqus changed their site, please let us know.

Theme design tips

If you are designing your own custom theme we recommend adding the <koken:discussion> tag to any template you'd like to enable discussions with. This tag is used by the Disqus plugin to generate the comment area, and could be used in the future to support competing commenting services as well.

Additionally, if you'd like to display a comment count on a separate page (e.g., Essays) you can do that by adding the <koken:discussion_count> tag.

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