How can we make Ghost better?


Support comments (really the most basic blogging feature that's still missing).

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    Lukas Daniel KlausnerLukas Daniel Klausner shared this idea  ·   ·  Admin →
    John O'NolanAdminJohn O'Nolan (Founder, Ghost) responded  · 

    At present we have no plans to add native commenting to Ghost. There are tons of options out there from Disqus, Livefyre, Facebook, Google Plus and IntenseDebate to name just a few. All of them have already built very comprehensive products which are used by most of the biggest sites in the world.

    Definitely still interested in hearing comments about any other use-cases, though!


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      • Tom BartlebyTom Bartleby commented  · 

        Lack of comments is the single biggest factor holding Ghost back from widespread adoption, in my opinion.

        I believe this so strongly that I wrote a [1,500-word blog post]( explaining how comments would help make Ghost more popular. In that post, I present three use cases for comments in Ghost--use cases that I believe cover the vast majority of (potential) Ghost users. Please let me know--maybe in a comment!--if you think I'm missing something in that post.

        If Ghost had a native comment system, I believe that would have more paying users and the Ghost GitHub repository would see more pull requests from non-employee coders.

      • DavidDavid commented  · 

        I don't think this is needed. Use Disqus or Facebook.

        That said, I think a native integration with Disqus or Facebook would be awesome.

      • ZdeZde commented  · 

        Or go other way - add "article-related links" in the end of article, which will be lead up to articles of another users (containing theirs comments).
        I hope that is understandale idea...

      • PaszaVonPomiotPaszaVonPomiot commented  · 

        Not a "must have" but would be really nice to have native comment system.

      • Mary DeanMary Dean commented  · 

        I have seven Ghost blogs running and my absolute biggest problem is the lack of a native commenting feature. I make family archive sites where family members share stories and memories of their loved ones. I need those memories to be permanently stored in the database. They shouldn't "belong" to disqus or Facebook. Attempting to install Discourse has been a total fail... it seems to require a separate server for each domain, and confusing nginx subdomain tweaks, as far as I understand it. It would be nice if comments could be stored as JSON objects linked to each post right in the same database, so they get backed up and preserved forever. What if we at least provided a way for database "authors" to make comments, not necessarily outsiders? Right now I am asking people to email their comments to the author, who then copies and pastes them into the bottom of the original post... an obviously unsustainable solution.

      • JonJon commented  · 

        I will never, ever integrate Facebook and Google with my site due to privacy concerns. In fact, I have these concerns for all third party services. The true cost of a free product or service is hidden. What does disqus do with the data it collects? Will IntenseDebate change their T&C one day that affects ownership of content?

        Native comments mean I don't need to inject javascript into my site. It means I don't need to think about who owns the content. It means I know my users are protected.

      • pmospmos commented  · 

        If Ghost supports privacy, this is a very important task, as the 3rd party commenting systems track their users. And without commenting Ghost is not a blog but a public diary.

      • ImaginaryGirlImaginaryGirl commented  · 

        there needs to be support comments otherwise we will never get help if we ever need any. I think that you will get a lot more users if we were allowed to comment on each others posts! I love blogging and i think that you should definitely allow there to be comments

      • ChrisChris commented  · 

        I'm not a fan of Disqus or a lot of the other third-party options either (for many of the reasons already mentioned). I'm sure it's a lot more work than I realise, but I'd love to see a simple, clean commenting system built in to Ghost, for those who want it.

      • Meyer ZinnMeyer Zinn commented  · 

        This is needed to support a fluid UI and publishing experience (IMHO).

      • AlbertAlbert commented  · 

        I really think comments should be supported from within Ghost itself because of a variety of reasons.

        First of all, my blog is in the investing niche. People in that niche don't want to post under their real names. Everyone uses screennames/nicknames to leave comments. This completely makes Facebook comments and Google comments useless, as they only allow you to post comments under your own name. There's quite a few niches out there that people want to remain anonymous in.

        Now, you might say 'use Disquss', but I personally (and a lot of other people as well) just don't like Disquss. It's way to bloated. I just want a simple commenting system without any bloat.

        Secondly I would like to make an argument for 'owning' the comments. I'm not comfortobale with content of my site (in this case comments) to be stored on some third party service. What if they close it down? what if they decide they don't want to support my blog? What if their company goes bankrupt? I just want my comments to be stored on my own website, without having to rely on some other company.

        Comments are a primary feature of every blog, so in my opinion it's kind of strange that a blogging cms doesn't have this built in.

        If I buy a car, I expect it to have tires. If I buy a smartphone, I expect to find a charge cable in the box. If I buy a blogging service, I exptect it to have comments ;).

      • Massimo GentiliniMassimo Gentilini commented  · 

        I've added Disqus in about 15 minutes, from start to end and including the setup of Disqus account. So I agree, no need for this.

      • AlexAlex commented  · 

        Not supporting native comments is fair enough, but a blog with 1 million users should not need to be hacked with an editor to inject a simple JS snippet enabling comments. I.e. to enable Disqus - which John himself uses... see his Moving to Singapore article.

        If John does this... then is it really an edge case?

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        I have a very specific use-case for my blog. Comments moderation / analytics. We are in the big data year and each piece of information should be analyzed. Actually, I forked ghost and I will try to make some sort of implementation, seriously I will invest all time I can doing this, because I really need: 1. Only users of my site commenting and 2. Get comment usage statistics.

      • Xin XuXin Xu commented  · 

        I don't expecting local commenting for Ghost, but how about have a convenience way to adding 3rd-party commenting?

        It's really annoying to download and modify theme every time when there's new update, especially for Pro users.

      • Tim AppleTim Apple commented  · 

        I really think local commenting is needed. If I am hosting my own blog, I would like control of comments locally.

      • Beau NouvelleBeau Nouvelle commented  · 

        I'm against support for comments. Like already mentioned, it can be added as an app, plus there are plenty of alternatives you can plug in into your blog anyway.

      • MaX FalsteinMaX Falstein commented  · 

        Comments sections need to be configurable, in settings panel, for enabling on each and every article.

        Some articles may not be appropriate to have comments. Some admins may be experiencing hate messaging - simply disabling the comments will solve this pretty quickly.

      • Justin StahlmanJustin Stahlman commented  · 

        Medium-style contextual comments. I realize this would be difficult. Medium described it as a huge challenge, but it makes comments pertinent to have them right next to the particular paragraph or phrase.

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