Knowledgebase: SocialCommerce
Can I add Disqus to my Blog?

3dcart has made it easy to integrate your 3dcart blog with Disqus for to offer you more robust blog commenting functionality.

What You Will Need:

Retrieving your Shortname

Important Information
If this is your first time using Disqus, please be aware that - during the initial registration of your site - you will be asked to "install" the comment system and to select which platform you will be using. This is only necessary for DiY coding to add disqus to your website. In 3dcart's case, this is already done for you so the "install" process may be skipped.

After signing up and setting up your Disqus account, you will need to retrieve your Disqus account's "Shortname." This is a unique identifier that is used on Disqus to identify which site(s) you are using for blog comments. To retrieve it, please use the following:

  1. Log into your Disqus account at www.disqus.com
  2. From the Disqus home page, click on your profile image and select "Admin"

This will take you to the Moderation pages for your Disqus site profiles.

  1. Click on the "Settings" tab for the site you would like to retrieve the shortname for.

Note
If you have multiple sites using Disqus, be sure to select the settings for the profile that you would like to use.

  1. On the "Settings" page, scroll down to "Site Identity" and your shortname will be listed for you.

Save this information so that it can be added to your 3dcart store (see next section)

Adding your Shortname to your 3dcart Store

The next step in the process is to add your site's shortname to the 3dcart interface so that you can begin using Disqus on the store's blog. Please use the following steps to accomplish this:

  1. Log into your 3dcart Online Store Manager
  2. Go to Content ->Blog
  3. Next, click on the "Blog Settings" button at the top right
  4. Place a mark in the "Use Disqus Comments" checkbox
  5. Enter your shortname in the "Disqus Shortname" field.
  6. Click Save Settings at the top right.

Congratulations! Your 3dcart powered blog is now using Disqus Comments for its commenting system oferring both you and your visitors a more robust and lively commenting experience.

Note
If both checkboxes for using 3dcart's built-in comment system and Disqus are checked, the store will typically use the Disqus commenting system as long as a shortname is specified.

Sharing Your Blog URLs

Be aware that Disqus is very dependent on the URLs that are used when comments are entered into a blog posting. Therefore, before sharing your blog postings with your Social Media channels, be sure that you are NOT viewing the post via its "preview" link inside the 3dcart Online Store Manager.

The reason for this is that the Preview Link will add action strings to the URL since it is coming from within the admin control panel. The preview URL will be similar to yourdomain/blog.asp?id=x&action=post&draft=1

If you were to share the URL in this format on Social Media channels, any Disqus comments left on the article will only be seen when viewing the article via this same exact URL. This means that anyone organically navigating your articles will not see the Disqus comments left on it from people

Instead, navigate directly to your blog posting organically (as your normal site visitors will) and share the resulting URL to social media channels.


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