Hi everyone, and welcome to Tubetorial. I’m Lorraine Nepomuceno.
Today, I’m going to show you how to install IntenseDebate on your WordPress blog. IntenseDebate is a commenting system that you can install on your blog to enhance how your blog handles comments. It includes a lot of features… for example, it allows you to respond to and moderate comments via email- very useful when you’re away from the computer. It also gives your commenters the option to send their comment as a tweet simultaneously, which is great for traffic.
So let’s get started installing IntenseDebate.
The first thing you want to do is go to their website, at intensedebate.com. Click the Sign Up button, and fill in the form. If you already have an OpenID account, you can sign in using that. Make sure you select the option “I want to install IntenseDebate on my blog or website”.
I’m going to install IntenseDebate on my personal blog, iLorraine.com – so that’s what I’ll put in the URL field. As you can see, it automatically identifies my blog as a WordPress.org blog, and provides a download link for me to download the IntenseDebate WordPress Plugin.
So I’ll go ahead and unzip the plugin, and upload it into the Plugins folder in my blog directory. Then I want to activate it in my Plugins window.
Once the plugin is activated, I want to go into its settings, and login here using my account information from the IntenseDebate website.
Now, IntenseDebate will import my existing comments. This could take a while, especially if you have a lot of comments on your blog.
Finally, IntenseDebate is fully activated… and I can tweak certain things in the Tweak window. I’m going to leave it all on the defaults, and reload my blog to see how it looks.
As you can see, my comments are now “by IntenseDebate”.
Before I go, I want to show you some other things you can do at the IntenseDebate website. This is the Layout page, and you can enable or disable user pictures, change their sizes, select whether you want transparent or solid blue messages, and so on. You can change Moderation Settings as well- and if you go to their Widgets page, you can get widgets to place on your blog announcing how many comments you have, or even what the latest comments are.
As you can see, there’s a lot you can do with IntenseDebate… so give it a try!
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