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What's The Best Way to Make Commenting System

November 21, 2017 at 12:37am

What's The Best Way to Make Commenting System

November 21, 2017 at 12:37am (Edited 5 years ago)
Hello folks..,
I have a plan to make commenting system on my blog. Since Gatsby is a static site generator, is that possible to achieve that? If yes, what's the best way to achieve so?
Any kinds of direction will be appreciated.
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November 21, 2017 at 7:42pm
I updated my plugin to send POST notifications when comments were approved, unapproved, and deleted. If you template it out, you could have a pretty easy commenting system, I think. Still haven't built it myself, though. :-)

November 22, 2017 at 2:34am
Hey Ben , thank you so much for giving some insights! I'm not a WP fan, but will definitely consider this.. 😊👌🏻
Yeah, I really wasn't either until Gatsby v1. :-) But it's pretty awesome as a CMS (with a little tweaking).

January 19, 2018 at 3:43am
Hello and and , I built an open source commenting system for Gatsby. Here's a demo video & instructions:
What are your thoughts? Feedback please :-) if you have time.
What do you like about it? Or what's the main reason you would hesitate to use it?
If you want to use it and/or have questions, I'd be happy to help you. There's hosting too, if you don't want to provide your own server.
No ads, no tracking, & more lightweight than Disqus, + some new features (work in progress), see:
I was gonna say Disqus is your best choice but Talkyard is awesome too. I think both can are good & there are many different alternatives I've found Googling but Gatsby is all about making your site fast so if you're using Comments, don't fetch it first. Just use a button below "Show All Comments" & then when someone clicks you can fetch all the comments. Whether its Disqus or something else. Also, if you want to learn something build your own 😉
if you see any benefits with Disqus that Talkyard maybe lacks, it'd be interesting to know about — maybe it's something I can improve.
Both Talkyard and Disqus load comments after the main page has loaded, so doesn't affect the initial load.
(B.t.w. if someone wants not just embedded comments, but a forum/chat/Q&A site next to the embedded blog coments, with the same logins, then that works with Talkyard.)
Ohh that's good to know
& awesome job on Talkyard

January 24, 2018 at 1:56am
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July 31, 2018 at 4:03am
Can I update my Talkyard link above too — it's broken, was http but https required for it to work (& apparently cannot edit old comments here in Spectrum). (better & different link)

August 20, 2018 at 3:12pm
Hi, is there any guide to integrate Talk into a Gatsby site? I'm needing to setup something like this for a client site; unfortunately they do not have the budget for recurrent/monthly subscription (so I cannot use Talkyard).
Thank you!

August 21, 2018 at 4:20am
Hi , you write that you cannot use Talkyard, because of a monthly subscription fee. That sounds as if there's a misunderstanding. Both Mozilla Talk and Talkyard are free and open source, both of them can be installed on one's server for free. I suspect my about-Talkyard-page is confusing. So now I edited the page to hopefully remove this misunderstanding. (Is it more clear now? if you have time and want to have a look at the updated about page)
In addition to open-source & free, there's hosting, for Talkyard, which costs money. And there's hosting for Mozilla Talk too: — which also costs money.
So, both the same: install open source for free, or pay for hosting.
I don't know if there's a guide or plugin, for using Talk with Gatsby. I websearched a bit for Talk + Gatsby, didn't find anything.
To make Talkyard work with Gatsby, I had to write a Gatsby plugin, because Gatsby is a single-page-app that does client side Browser-location routing, without "real" page reloads: When jumping between pages, in a Gatsby blog, the embedded comments didn't update when I went to a new page — the on-page-load Javascript didn't run, because no new page was loaded.
So, as far as I understand, Mozilla Talk could benefit from a Gatsby specific Mozilla-Talk plugin, that reloads the comments, when one single-page-app navigates to a new page. There's such a plugin for Talkyard, maybe someone can copy-edit it an re-publish for Mozilla Talk; it's MIT licensed.

August 22, 2018 at 6:15am
My two cents: I've followed the advice at and tried Staticman with help from here: The tutorial is a bit buggy but common sense should help. So all told this is finally a solution that works and is in concord with our GDPR.

October 25, 2018 at 12:05pm
`Thanks for the information. Nice blog. I understood the concept very well. This blog is very informative. And it’s very interesting topic.
I have an update about Staticman: you'll need to host it yourself. The GitHub-hosted version is blocked by GitHub several times a day.

November 1, 2018 at 8:50pm
Personally I use Facebook comments, which works really well for my sites.

November 5, 2018 at 11:50am
How did you config your Gatsby site with Facebook comment plugin? I had a problem with it.
import React from 'react'
import config from '../utils/siteConfig'
import theme from '../styles/theme'
import styled from 'styled-components'
import FacebookProvider, { Comments } from "react-facebook";
import Heading from './Heading'
const Wrapper = styled.div`
padding: ${props => props.theme.size.elementMargin} 0 ${props => props.theme.size.elementMargin} 0;
border-top: 1px solid ${props => props.theme.colors.border};
const PostComments = props => {
const { slug } = props;
const { facebook, siteUrl } = config
return (
<FacebookProvider appId={facebook}>
export default PostComments;
I develop a commenting system called JustComments. I wrote how to add it to a GatsbyJS website
It's not free if you want managed hosting, but the frontend is open-source

July 25, 2020 at 8:02pm
Hey, if you are using Netlify you can try their function and store all comments in a JSON file by URL or SLUG, the only problem here is to use google Recaptcha to not bypass there build limits by spammy comments.