It's been a week since Google launched the new Google Plus commenting system for blogger.In this post we will look at how to use Google+ Comments on Wordpress, Bloggger and the custom blogger templates.
With Google Plus trying to compete in the social network scene with Facebook it's no surprise like Facebook they launched their own comment system.The question for us bloggers and publishers will be "Should We Use Google Plus Comments ?".
The thing that first struck me was the fact once implemented only people with Google plus accounts would be able to comment on your blog.With the current blogger treaded comments or indeed Discus and Intense debate readers had a number of options as to how they wanted to comment.I think the real let down with Google+ comments is the lack of an option for people that don't have a G+ account to comment either as anonymous or with name and email.
So the other comment systems defiantly have the advantage of choice but that is just one aspect.Google plus comments do look great, are lightweight and Google+ is a fast growing network.
If you think Google+ comments is for you below we have information on how to add them to Blogger and Wordpress.
Add Google+ Comments To Your Blog
Using G+ Comments On Blogger
Adding Google Plus comments to standard Blogger templates is very straight forward.Simply click the drop down menu for your blog and tick the "Use Google+ Comments on this blog" box.Remember all previous comments on your blog if you used the standard Blogger comments will be imported.
Using G+ Comments On Custom Blogger Templates
Google+ comments may not work on all templates so if they are not working for you there is a snippet of code that can help :
Step 1. In Your (New Design) Blogger Dashboard Click The Drop Down Menu For Your Blog > Choose Template > Then Edit Html > Now Proceed as shown in the video Below :
Step 2. Find the following piece of code in your blogs Html : (Click Ctrl and F for a search bar to help find the code - How To Find Code In Blogger Template Template)
<div class='comments' id='comments'>
Step 3. Copy and Paste the following code Directly Below / After <div class='comments' id='comments'>
<div class='cmt_iframe_holder' expr:data-href='data:post.canonicalUrl'expr:data-viewtype=' data:post.viewType'/>
Now save your template.Thanks to our friends at MBT for this code.
Using G+ Comments On Wordpress
While Google have not yet made G+ comments available for Wordpress there has been a plugin created.
Follow this link to download the Google Plus Comments For Wordpress Plugin.
That's it for now although I'm sure there will be more updates and changes to the G+ comments over the coming months.
Drop your comments and questions below.