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How to add a comments section to a web page.

Explorer ,
Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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Hello,

 

I'd like to add a comments section to a webpage. The sort of thing I'd like can be seen at the bottom of this page.

https://viewcameraaustralia.org/2022/06/05/view-camera-australia-online-exhibition-june-2022/

 

Is there anything in Dreamweaver that can do this or do I need something else?

Thanks

Mark

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Community Expert ,
Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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This looks like a site that was produced using WordPress, in which case you can only use Wordpress to modify the contents.

Wappler, the only real Dreamweaver alternative.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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No, nothing in DW can do that.  You need server-scripting and a database for that. 

Use WordPress.  Commenting can be enabled in blogs if desired.

 

Be careful what you wish for though.  Spambots and trolls will be all over it in no time. 

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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LEGEND ,
Jun 08, 2022 Jun 08, 2022

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Unless comments are vetted before they are published its probably not a great idea to have a comments section on a small website. Most of these big web forums have some kind of moderator team who should be able to take down comments quickly if they are not suitable. On a small website you could have  a war of words going on why you are sunning yourself in the Carribean.

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Jun 08, 2022 Jun 08, 2022

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WordPress' commenting has options to decline/approve comments before they are posted publicly.

 

  • Pending: comments submitted by your visitors, but won’t be visible on your blog posts unless you approve them.
  • Approved: comments published and are publicly visible on your blog posts by all your website visitors.
  • Spam: comments flagged as possibly unwanted or irrelevant, and aren’t visible to your site visitors.
  • Trash: comments marked as unwanted and will be automatically deleted for good after 30 days.

 

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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LEGEND ,
Jun 08, 2022 Jun 08, 2022

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Yes but you have to be fairly dedicated to want to check if you have any feedback on a daily basis or even sooner. I suspect this wares off quickly and those that  do post won't because they expect instant approval. So unless you are running a website 24/7 I would forget a comments section.

 

It's like I've provided numerous clients over the years with the ability to write blog posts or post news articles. There is initial enthusiasm for about a week and then nothing for 5+ years, lol. Youre better off not bothering if the last post is 5 years old, makes the company look defunct.

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I've provided numerous clients over the years with the ability to write blog posts or post news articles. There is initial enthusiasm for about a week and then nothing for 5+ years, lol.

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@osgood_,

With the possible exception of food & technology writers, I don't see much active blogging anymore. 

 

Vlogging on TikTok or YouTube has replaced blogging.  Most people prefer to interact on social media (FB, Twitter, Twitch, Instagram) where all their "friends" can see it.   As much as I personally despise social media, I admit it's a cheap & powerful way to reach lots of people.

 

Speaking of cheap, looks like Elon Musk is wiggling out his Twitter deal.  The world's richest man can't afford it.  🙂

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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LEGEND ,
Jun 08, 2022 Jun 08, 2022

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No one does this. Modern solutions produce data points and analytics for you to review based on volume, raiting and even word count and information. You do not review all comments until you need to.

Also people saying it is a server side or CMS feature - Not actually true.

You can use 3rd party services including facebook comments (which is free to do) and its just embed code into the site pages, making sure some data values are correct and you are away.

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Jun 09, 2022 Jun 09, 2022

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Also people saying it is a server side or CMS feature - Not actually true.


By @Liam Dilley

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Facebook is database driven so in fact their commenting system does depend on behind-the -scenes server-side technologies. 

 

That said, I don't trust Mark Zuckerberg.  FB has a terrible track record with user data & privacy.  I am loath to embed FB widgets into any sites I build because it opens up all sorts of privacy issues that I prefer to steer clear of.  Let Facebook chatter remain on Facebook, away from the main website. 

 

Just my 2 cents.

 

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Jun 09, 2022 Jun 09, 2022

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It is more than obvious that social networks provide all these types of tools for free, so that we can open even more widely the doors of our sites, and so of our users, to their databases ...

 

this one is 6 years old https://www.seuil.com/ouvrage/a-quoi-revent-les-algorithmes-dominique-cardon/9782021279962

and this one already 5 https://www.babelio.com/livres/Vion-Dury-La-nouvelle-servitude-volontaire/904088

well they are in French... but you can deepl easly their back cover 😉

 

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LEGEND ,
Jun 09, 2022 Jun 09, 2022

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I think it's the same issue, whether you use social media feeds or not, you need to be active on a regular basis. I do have clients with Twitter feeds and they haven't been updated since early 2021. As I said, initially the client is very enthusiastic but that soon wanes and becomes less and less over time. IF you arent going to post regularly regardless of if it's a social media feed or a bespoke solution don't bother, as it looks like the company is inactive.

 

Small companies or personal websites don't have time to post regularly or have very little 'interesting' news to share. I dont want to know when someone has had a 'f**t' thanks.

 

 

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