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Create a disqus App for DNN in 5 minutes

What I really, really love about 2sxc is they way you can leverage existing tools and integrate them into DNN in minutes. 

So I really needed a commenting feature for 2sxc.org and for the blog I have there. I had created a simple, multi-language blog app a few months ago and I needed a trivial way to add commenting. Now I know from past experience that this isn't trivial - with robot and spam-detection, user login, threads and more - commenting is something that looks so simple you could implement it in a few hours, but reality will hit you hard. 

So I figured it's time to go cloud-style and just use a free, external commenting solution. Since I spend a lot of time in projects with a node/grunt/angular style, I see a lot of sites using disqus. So I figured it's time to try it myself. For the impatient - you can download the disqus app for DNN here. 

So as a potential disqus-user, here's what you do:

  1. Create an account on disqus.com and activate it (verify your e-mail)
  2. Add an HTML-fragment to your site, but...
  3. ...it should have a few customizations to ensure unique page assignment

Fairly simple. Many CMSs have a plugin available, but DNN does not. But since it's so easy to add HTML fragments as a 2sxc-view/template, I just 

  1. created a new App called disqus
  2. did not create any content-types as they are not neded
  3. created a token-view called "disqus" and added the HTML
  4. replaced the page-id in the source code with https://www.dnn-connect.org/blogs and another placeholder with //Blogs

And that was it - voila, it works. In less than 2 minutes I had a disqus app. So what about the remaining 3 minutes? I needed those to make the app configurable so I could share it with you. The original code provided by discus had my personal domain 2sxc-org.disqus.com in the source - which wouldn't work when I share the app with others. So I spend another 3 minutes to

  1. Go to the app-setup and add a setting called DomainKey, which I then filled with 2sxc-org.disqus.com (my key)
  2. Adapt the template to use .disqus.com
  3. Test
  4. Publish

Is that it? It is for those 5 minutes. I then spend another 5 to add some more cool features, but more about that another day :). 

Love from Switzerland,
iJungleboy

 



Daniel Mettler grew up in the jungles of Indonesia and is founder and CEO of 2sic internet solutions in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, an 20-head web specialist with over 800 DNN projects since 1999. He is also chief architect of 2sxc (see forge), an open source module for creating attractive content and DNN Apps.



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Daniel Mettler learned programming with the bible translation computer of his parents, deep in the jungles of Indonesia. Since he was only 12 years old at that time and the BIOS only had a version of BASICA, that's what got him started. With 16 he went back to Switzerland and learned German and basic city-survival skills. Equipped with this know-how he founded 2sic internet solutions in 1999 which was focused on web solutions on the Microsoft platform. After a few self-developed CMSs 2sic switched to DNN in 2003 and has been one of the largest partners (17 employees, 700+ projects) in Europe. Daniel is also the chief architect behind the open source 2sxc, a strong promoter of standardization (boostrap, patterns, AngularJS, checklists, etc.) and loves to eat anything - dead or alive. His motto: if the natives eat it, it game.
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