Using Disqus Accounts With Vanilla Forums

Posted by Adrian Speyer on Jul 10, 2015 9:23:07 AM
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Disqus is a popular commenting system that's installed on over 3 million websites. There are also over 60 million community profiles, so Disqus is a pretty big player in the commenting sphere. Did you know that you can harness all these profiles to allow  people to join your Vanilla powered community and comments? The following article shows you how:

The Setup


The first step in allowing members to use their Disqus accounts with your Vanilla community is to enable the Disqus Sign In add-on. If you don't see this in your add-on section, contact our support team to enable it for you. Please note, this add-on is only available for paying cloud customers.

The next step is to click on the "Settings" button for the Disqus add-on. You will see the following:


As you can see, you will need to register your application with Disqus. Once at Disqus, you will be presented with the following form:


Fill in the form with the necessary information and ensure the website field has the URL of your Vanilla Community. Once submitted, you will have a secondary menu to add some other information, including an icon and domains linked to your public key. The most crucial step is adding your domain under settings, like so:


Click save and then click on "details" from the nav bar to get the API key and secret you need.


Copy and paste the key and secret into your Vanilla Forums dashboard. Click save and it's ready to use.


In Action

Now let's see what it looks like in action! New users who come to your site will now have the option to login with their Disqus account:


Members will be asked by Disqus to authorize your community.

Disqus_– Authorize_an_application

They'll have a chance to add an email, a username and even a separate password for your community if they choose.


Once they click connect, they'll be able to join the conversation in your community. If you are using Vanilla Comments, members will also be able to comment on your blog.


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