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Import your Disqus Comments to Eleventy

April 19, 2018 Tagged: Eleventy

I’m slowly migrating off of Disqus. I want to keep my existing comment content though.

Migration is an easy sell:

  • A few KB of static HTML is faster than the Disqus JavaScript. I lazy-load Disqus but it’s 430KB ⚠️.
  • No third party JavaScript—no prying eyes!
  • Comments available without JavaScript.
  • Full control over markup and style of comments (samples provided below). Finally, I can use my web fonts 😎.
  • No annoying loading delay when someone direct-links to a comment on your page.

I wrote up the steps I took to import the Disqus export XML in my eleventy blog. This method:

  • Properly maintains comment threading as shown in the Disqus interface.
  • Uses gravatar for avatar images.
  • Works with any existing links to Disqus comments in the wild (and no annoying delay waiting for Disqus to load and jump to the comment).

As an intermediate step, I still allow users to load the Disqus interface to participate in the discussion but these comments will not be available statically until I do another export/import—this is super easy after you do it once.

My goal is to add webmentions (thanks Nicolas for the tip!), but full credit to Staticman and utterances which look great too.


Find out more about Eleventy:

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Zach is a builder for the web with IndieWeb Avatar for https://www.netlify.comNetlify. He created the IndieWeb Avatar for https://www.11ty.devEleventy site generator and is still fixated on web fonts. His public speaking résumé includes talks in eight different countries at events like Jamstack Conf, Beyond Tellerrand, Smashing Conference, CSSConf, and The White House. He is an emeritus of Filament Group, NEJS CONF, and still helps out with nebraskajs’s AvatarNebraskaJS. Read more about Zach »

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