How to Make a Comment Box for a Tumblr Blog

Written by sarah barnes
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Microblogging platform Tumblr makes it easy and intuitive to post just about any type of content -- except comments on others' posts. Although you can receive replies from other Tumblr users who follow you, the global comments box -- a staple on other blogging platforms -- is not automatically installed. Fortunately, a service called Disqus makes it fairly easy for you to add comments to your Tumblr page; the level of difficulty depends on the style of blog theme you use. Other services, such as Linebuzz and Flooble, also offer comment-like products for Tumblr blogs, but Disqus is the option recommended by Tumblr itself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Easy Install

  1. 1

    Sign up for an account at Disqus.com. Disqus is a service that allows you to install a commenting system on a variety of websites.

  2. 2

    Register your site under your Disqus account and assign it a shortname. Site shortnames are different from your Disqus username.

  3. 3

    Go to "Customize" from the Tumblr dashboard.

  4. 4

    Click the "Appearance" tab and scroll down to the Disqus shortname field. Enter your site's shortname and click "Save."

    Manual Install

  1. 1

    Install comments manually if your "Appearance" menu does not contain a spot for a Disqus shortname; not all Tumblr themes support the easy installation method. Click the "Theme" tab on the "Customize" page, then click "Use custom HTML."

  2. 2

    Paste the Disqus embed code into the HTML immediately after the line that reads "{/block:Posts}." You can find the embed code on the Disqus installation instructions page; from your Disqus dashboard, click "Install," then "Tumblr."

  3. 3

    Save your changes and test the comments to make sure they work. If you experience issues, check out the Disqus help page.

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