In this series of Disqus articles, you will learn how to incorporate Disqus into your own site, or incorporate it into Galaxie Blog. Galaxie Blog requires two keys- the Disqus Blog Identifier (or Short Name), and optionally, a Disqus API Key. I will try to write this for Galaxie Blog users of course, but also for others who may want to follow along the same footsteps to incorporate Disqus into their own blog. I will walk you through the steps to register with Disqus, and share my approach and code that I used here. I will also show you how to use multiple Disqus comments on one page, how to get the comment count, and walk you through the steps to build your own recent comments widget.

To incorporate the Disqus comment system into your own blog, you first need to create a Disqus account to obtain your Disqus Blog Identifier, otherwise known as your blog's short name. You should also create a free developer account in order to acquire a Disqus API key. I will briefly walk you through the required steps to obtain both keys. If you already have a Disqus blog identifier and API key, you should skip this article and read part 3.

Register your site and obtain your Disqus Blog Identifier

  1. First, sign up for a free Disqus account at
  2. Click on the get started button
  3. Enter your name, email, and create a password. You will need to verify your email with Disqus before you continue.
  4. Once you're done creating your profile, click on I want to install Disqus on my site.

  1. Register your site by including the name of your site, and choose an appropriate category.
  2. Prior to clicking on the Create Site button, you'll notice the short name of your site. I highlighted the short name with a circle. If you didn't notice this before registering, don't worry- you will be able to look it up later.
  3. Click on Create site.

  1. For a personal blog, I recommend selecting the Basic plan. The basic plan does have a Disqus label at the bottom of the comments interface, but it is free. You're welcome to choose a paid plan if you want, but it is not necessary.
  2. You don't need to do anything on the Select Platform interface. I have integrated Disqus into Galaxie Blog. We need to move on to the configuration settings.
  3. In the configuration settings, enter in the website name, url, category and description. You don't need to enter pages for your own policies right now, you can come back to this later.
  4. Click on Complete setup button

  1. On the next Setup Complete page, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Configure your sites community settings link.
  2. Take note of your blogs Short Name in the 2nd setting. Copy this string. You will need it later to paste into Galaxie Blogs disqusBlogIdentifier setting.
  3. Make sure that the color scheme is set to automatic. This is needed to have Disqus adjust the comment interface with Galaxie Blog's multiple themes.
  4. Click on Save button

That's it, your set! In part two, we'll go over the steps needed to get your own Disqus API key.