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Part IV: Appendix > Commenting Systems

Commenting Systems

Adding reader comments to your blog is a great way to encourage conversation. Reader contributions can help make your blog more valuable than the sum of its parts. When it comes time to build reader commenting into your blog, start your homework with the addresses shown in Table A.2. Many commenting systems launch and later close their doors when they have reached maximum capacity, but these URLs will help give you an idea of what you’re looking for and point you to a solution that’s good for you.

Table A.2. Commenting Systems
Title URL Description
Aspcomments http://www.sneaker.org/projects/aspcomments.shtml Simple to set up if you already have ASP support on your web server.
BlogBack http://www.tecknik.net/blogback/ BlogBack allows visitors to comment on your blog posts for free, without the need to host the service yourself. You don’t need special web hosting. You don’t need to have elite programming knowledge. You just need a blog.
blogKomm http://www.blogkomm.com/ BlogKomm for (blogger) blogs allows the reader to place comments on your posts, but comments appear within your blog, below the posts, without any popups. Comments are stored in a text-file on your web server.
CgiComments http://www.knurdle.com/commenting.php CgiComments is a Perl-based commenting system for use with blogs.
Reblogger http://jsoft.ca/reblogger.php Allows readers of blogs managed by Blogger to post comments on a post. Features a post counter, which indicates how many comments have been made on a certain post.
Xcomments http://www.groovetheory.net/xcomments/ Xcomments is an XML-based commenting system written by Josh, of groovetheory.net. Its intended use is as a companion to blogger. As you delve into the code, however, you will find that the Xcomments system can be use for many purposes.
YACCS http://rateyourmusic.com/yaccs/ If you use Blogger, then YACCS does all the work for you! But even if you don’t use Blogger, adding YACCS requires you to add only two lines to your template/layout. To use YACCS, you don’t need a host that supports scripting, and you don’t have to know anything about programming. YACCS has currently reached maximum capacity but is an excellent example of an easy-to-add commenting system.



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