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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 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 and activate it (verify your e-mail)
  2. Add an HTML-fragment to your site, but...
  3. 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 [Tab:FullUrl] and another placeholder with [Tab:TabPath]

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 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 (my key)
  2. Adapt the template to use [App:Settings:DomainKey]
  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,

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 github), an open source module for creating attractive content and DNN Apps.

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