Want to empower your community? Try the new Disqus widget!
Adding support for commenting and ratings on your website is a great way to encourage your visitors to engage with you and other users. With the release of Kentico Xperience 13 Refresh 4, it’s never been easier. Now, there’s no need to worry about code— just drag-and-drop our new widget onto your pages and comment on!
Allowing users to comment and leave ratings on your site is a great way to improve your traffic. New visitors are likely to spend additional time browsing your site and return to it another day if they are engaged with other users in conversation. We’ve just released a new Xperience page builder widget to make it even easier to integrate your site with the leader in commenting services: Disqus.
Adding the widget to your pages couldn’t be easier! You’ll find the instructions in our GitHub repository here: https://github.com/Kentico/xperience-disqus. All you need to do is install the package in your .NET Core project, create a Disqus site using their administrative interface, and set one key in your appsettings.json file. With this setup complete, you’re ready to start adding the widget to pages!
The widget can be added directly from the Pages application in the Xperience administrative UI, but you may find it more useful to add it directly to a view. For example, you may want comments enabled on all blog posts or products which utilize a certain page template. By adding this code to the template once, comments will appear on all of those pages!
Go beyond commenting with Marketing Automation
The fun doesn’t stop at just commenting and rating; the Disqus integration can also log On-line Marketing activities whenever a comment is posted, and will even determine the sentiment of the comment, if you’ve enabled Microsoft Azure Text Analytics. This enables your marketers to determine which contacts are commenting on your articles directly from the Xperience administration, and you can create reports to see comment counts, average comment sentiment, and more!
You can also harness the power of Marketing Automation to perform certain actions when a comment is posted on your site. For example, you can send an automatic follow-up email whenever a negative comment is posted, or set up a contact group that includes visitors that left positive comments. We’ve got some great examples of processes and custom macro rules in the GitHub repository- check them out!
Try out the new Xperience Disqus integration and see just how easy it is to add commenting to your website! Make sure to browse the repository for more tips and tricks: https://github.com/Kentico/xperience-disqus. If you run into any questions or issues while adding Disqus to your site, let us know by leaving a GitHub issue!