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gatsby-plugin-talkyard

Source code: https://github.com/debiki/gatsby-plugin-ed-comments

Talkyard adds embedded comments to your website or blog, in an iframe. It’s open source: https://github.com/debiki/talkyard. Serverless hosting: https://www.talkyard.io/plans, choose Blog Comments.

Talkyard is also forum software with chat and question-answers features: you can create a community for your website, integrated with the blog comments.

Example blog post: https://www.kajmagnus.blog/new-embedded-comments
(scroll down to the bottom)

Installation

npm install --save @debiki/gatsby-plugin-talkyard  # with npm
yarn add @debiki/gatsby-plugin-talkyard            # with Yarn

And tell us that you’re using this — so we get the chance to notify you about security updates and other things. Send us an email: hello at talkyard.io.

Getting started

To try out Talkyard, do this: (this is for Gatsby 1, might not work with Gatsby v2)

// In your gatsby-config.js
plugins: [
    {
      resolve: `@debiki/gatsby-plugin-talkyard`,
      options: {
        talkyardServerUrl: 'https://comments-demo.talkyard.io'
      }
    },
]

The URL above is to a demo test site, so you can try out Talkyard, without signing up for hosting, or getting your own server. Comments people post might get deleted at any time (because it’s a test demo site).

Then, in your blog post template:

import TalkyardCommentsIframe from '@debiki/gatsby-plugin-talkyard';

// And where the comments shall appear:
<TalkyardCommentsIframe />

Now, restart Gatsby and look at the comments that should appear below your blog posts.

Real installation

Follow the Getting Started instructions just above. Then, go to https://www.talkyard.io/plans and choose Blog Comments. Follow the instructions, and then copy-paste the URL to your site into the talkyardServerUrl config value above, e.g.:

    talkyardServerUrl: 'https://comments-for-your-blog.talkyard.net'

And restart Gatsby.

Changing the URL of a blog post?

Comments are remembered, per blog post URL. But what if you change the URL? Then all comments will be gone — unless you instead of URLs, use permanent discussion ids that stay the same when you change the URL. For each blog post, add a discussion id: (for all blog posts, otherwise weird bugs)

---
title: Blog post title
author: ...
date: ...
description: ...
discussionId: "2018-01-01-page-slug"   <—— look. You can type whatever, but avoid weird chars
---

Blog post text ...

And also tell React to include the discussion id in the props. At the GraphQL query at the bottom of the blog post template page:

export const pageQuery = graphql`
  query BlogPostBySlug($slug: String!) {
    site {
      siteMetadata {
        title
        author
      }
    }
    markdownRemark(fields: { slug: { eq: $slug } }) {
      id
      html
      frontmatter {
        title
        date ...
        discussionId        <—— look
      }
    }
  }
`;

And also change from: <TalkyardCommentsIframe /> to:

<TalkyardCommentsIframe discussionId={post.frontmatter.discussionId} />

Getting help

Here’s our support forum: https://www.talkyard.io/forum/latest/support

Changelog

  • v0.5.8, 2018-12-27: Change CDN address to a separate eTLD+1 domain.
  • v0.5.7, 2018-05-17: Update email addr.
  • v0.5.6, 2018-05-17: Add talkyardDebug config value, set to false to disable debug log messages.
  • v0.5.5, 2018-01-23: Edit readme.
  • v0.5.4, 2018-01-23: Rename to talkyardServerUrl.
  • v0.5.3, 2018-01-21: Use CDN CNAME: cdn.talkyard.net, use comments-demo not .demo.
  • v0.5.2, 2018-01-21: Use CDN CNAME: cdn.talkyard.io.
  • v0.5.1, 2018-01-18: Fix ‘undefined’ bug.
  • v0.5.0 Rename npm package to @debiki/gatsby-plugin-talkyard.
  • v0.4.5 Rename to Talkyard, should be backwards compatible.
  • v0.4.4 Fix compilation error: don’t use window.location.
  • v0.4.3 Bug fix: Reload comments if navigating to new blog URL.
  • v0.4.2 Initial release.

Building and publishing

To “publish” this Gatsby module locally, and use in another project on your localhost:

  • Build this lib: yarn prepublish.
  • Then type yarn help link and read the docs.
  • Then type yarn link in this directory.
  • And type yarn link @debiki/gatsby-plugin-talkyard in the project where you want to use this local build.

To publish to the NPM registry:

  • Edit the version in package.js or maybe type npm version patch (or minor or major).
  • Type npm whoami — are you the correct user? If not, create an account over at https://www.npmjs.com, then type npm login.
  • Type npm publish
  • Go to https://npmjs.com/package/<package> and see what happened.
  • Type npm logout

License

Copyright (c) 2017-2018 Kaj Magnus Linberg. The MIT license.


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