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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 2:38am
Hey Necmettin 👋🏻, thanks for that! 😀 Aside from the main topic, do you know how to make the "like" functionality as well? I mean, should I have back-end for this (with database setup) or is there easier way?
disqus also provides like logic.
if you want to use something else, yeah you would need back-end
Interesting.. Thanks Necmettin, will consider that thoroughly. 🙏🏻
you're welcome.

November 21, 2017 at 3:35pm
Hey, if you're familiar with WordPress, it seems like it wouldn't take too much time to hook into their build-in commenting system.
It looks like you'd send a POST request through a form from your Gatsby site to your WP backend, which would have to have the 'post_id', 'author_name', and 'content'. There are other options that you could make required:
I've build a plugin to hook into the 'save_post' action to send a POST request to an endpoint when a post is created, deleted, or updated. Using Netlify, you could have the site auto-rebuild:
I think you'd need to modify my plugin ( to also hook into the 'edit_post' action, because it looks like that's the one that WP fires when a comment is added or updated: (search for "edit_post").
And full disclaimer: I haven't build this. It just looks like it wouldn't be a huge amount of effort, since WP is providing all the backend infrastructure already.
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!
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