New Features: Disqus Comment Integration and More

Cool winds are a-blowin' and summer is all but a memory now. Yet, we're still squeezing more features into the great Summer of Love before it winds down completely. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, we'll be adding a few new niceties to the platform. Take a look at the details below.

Disqus Comments Integration

In another big boost for the LightCMS blog element, we're adding built-in integration with Disqus, the world's leading commenting and discussion platform. Simply check a box on your LightCMS blog element settings, enter your Disqus ID and LightCMS will replace its built-in commenting system with the Disqus system. Disqus plugs into your LightCMS website seamlessly. Users never leave your website when they interact with your blog posts via Disqus.

When using Disqus comments, you'll get access to Disqus's full set of features, including:

  • Real-Time Discussion.
  • Threaded Comments.
  • Social Sign On.
  • Integrated Moderation.
  • Moderation Dashboard.
  • User Analysis and History.
  • Spam Control.
  • Word Filtering.
  • and more...

Using Disqus comments will require you to set up a free Disqus account. For more details on using this feature, see this article on our support site.

Central Sign In via LightCMS.com

Have you ever forgotten where to go to log into your website? Do you manage a large number of websites under a single account and wish there was a central place to log into all of them? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you'll love this new feature — the centralized LightCMS sign in page. Simply visit the sign-in page, enter your LightCMS email address and password, and you'll be logged in and directed to your LightCMS website. If your email address is associated with more than one website, you'll be presented with a list of websites. Click a website and you'll be logged in and directed to that site.

Once this feature goes live next week, you'll find a link to the new central sign-in page at the top right of every page on LightCMS.com.

12 comments (Add your own)

1. tanuyu wrote:
Cool :D

Sun, October 7, 2012 @ 4:07 AM

2. Blair Rorani wrote:
What happens once I am signed in? What is the best way to navigate to my other sites on my account?

Mon, October 8, 2012 @ 2:14 PM

3. Tim Wall wrote:
Blair, once signed in, things will function just as they do now. To navigate to other sites under your account, you can visit Account->Websites and access your other sites from there. Or, you will now have a second option -> you will be able to return to the central LightCMS sign in page, log in, and choose a different site from the list.

Mon, October 8, 2012 @ 3:24 PM

4. Robert Williams wrote:
Very exciting!!! I was unable to add disqus manually, so I am glad it is now an option. It will be a great way to connect with clients too!

Wed, October 10, 2012 @ 7:51 AM

5. Crystal wrote:
Great! I add Discus to many of my sites. Some have been a pain and won't work but most do. However, I generally add this to new sites with no comments yet.

If I use the new built-in integration on older websites with lots of comments already, what happens to the old comments in Light? I don't want to lose them.

CK

Wed, October 10, 2012 @ 1:04 PM

6. Tim Wall wrote:
Crystal, enabling Disqus comments will replace/hide the LightCMS comment system including all comments that have been left previously through that system. Those comments won't be lost, but they won't be visible as long as you have Disqus enabled. So, Disqus is best used when you are implementing it on a new blog or a blog with very few or no comments existing.

However, there is a potential workaround if you really want to add Disqus to an established blog with existing comments. You can hide the blog element containing old posts and then set up a new blog element to replace it. Then, set the new blog element to show posts from the old blog element (you do this at the bottom of the Basic tab on the blog's settings). Then, enable Disqus comments only on the new blog element.

In this scenario, the posts that exist on the old blog element will continue to use LightCMS's built in comments system and all new posts added to the new blog element will use Disqus. To the website visitor, it will still appear as a single blog element with all posts listed together.

Hope this helps!

Wed, October 10, 2012 @ 1:47 PM

7. Crystal wrote:
Tim,

Thanks for the alternatives. However, the site in question has too many blogs for that.

Thu, October 11, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

8. DaveChap wrote:
Did I miss the global sign in link or has that not launched yet?

Thu, October 11, 2012 @ 1:17 PM

9. Tim Wall wrote:
DaveChap, good question. Central Sign In hasn't launched yet. There are still a few kinks getting worked out. I'm still waiting to get a firm word on when it's expected to go live. Sorry for the delay.

Thu, October 11, 2012 @ 1:52 PM

10. Timmy B wrote:
I flipping love this! Whoever did this is a genius, a mad "G", a lovely savior to my blog comment world. One check box and I'm done! It was almost like I wanted to keep clicking check boxes and make it harder on myself, but NO. You and the dev team just made my day. You made it easy. SIMPLE. I love this! I love LightCMS! I love Disqus! I love Joe!

Now for social media button checkboxes...

:)

Thu, October 25, 2012 @ 4:58 PM

11. Health Insurance wrote:
Disqus makes commenting easier and more interactive, while connecting websites and commenters across a thriving discussion community.

Sun, December 23, 2012 @ 9:22 AM

12. Iram wrote:
So Good .....!!!

Wed, April 23, 2014 @ 12:13 AM

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