RT Cunningham

I’ve Replaced the Native Comments with Facebook Comments

I just replaced the native comments on this website with Facebook comments. I’ll explain everything in just a minute.

Since I use WordPress as a static site generator, I can’t use most plugins. I found the code to do it without a plugin at New Media Europe. I had to test it before going live with it, of course.

Why did I Switch to Facebook Comments?

It’s a long story but I’ll try to shorten it. A few days ago, my Linux operating system went belly up. It was my fault and that’s all I’m going to say about it.

I was able to reinstall Linux Mint once again (the Cinnamon edition this time) and restore backups. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the comments backed up, which were all contained in separate files. I was updating those files manually and it wasn’t a big deal because I didn’t get many comments.

I remembered saying (sometime in the past) that I got more comments on Facebook than I got here. So, I figured I’d just embed them here. To be honest, I almost decided to go without. But then I remembered it isn’t all about me.

I’ve gone back and forth over the years. I started with WordPress native comments when it was all online. When I switched to static files, I used Disqus, which became a royal pain to use just before I switched to doing it manually.

The disadvantage with using Facebook comments is that you have to be logged in to Facebook to post them. Most people who use Facebook stay logged in. Unfortunately, you can’t do anything without a Facebook account.

My Apology for the Missing Comments

I’m sorry about it but there’s nothing I can do. I sincerely hope there wasn’t anything important in any of them (including mine).

I’m planning to repost all the articles on Facebook, one at a time, for those that are still worth reading. I wrote many of them when I only had a few Facebook friends. Now that I have well over a thousand, maybe I’ll get some responses to articles that didn’t get any before.

March 20, 2018
Web Development

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