Disqus the Frustration

Sad about it but my Disqus is still not working properly.  Only maybe a hundred or so of the comments actually imported.  As you can see in the screenshot below, the “latest” fourteen comments came in over the last two years.  Now, I know my blog isn’t BoingBoing.net or LifeHacker but I’ve gotten more than fourteen comments over the last two years.

Disqus Comment Moderation Panel

So, where do we go from here? How do we get the missing 1,500 comments imported?  How do I active posting a comment on an older post?  Yeah, another problem I just came across.

While I’m sure this is just a setting issue, I sure can’t find it.  That option is unchecked in WordPress and I don’t even see it as an option in Disqus.  Help?  I don’t want to poke and poke Disqus but I’d really like this to work.  I’m pay for Disqus, I like the platform that much.  But if this is how it’s going to work for, maybe I’ll look again for another option. JS-Kit Echo?  Any other suggestions of where I should send my comments should Disqus never work properly?

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Disqus the Disappointment

UPDATE: And just like that, Gianni at Disqus has my comments imported and everything works.  Fantastic.  A testament to Disqus and their support staff.  Resolved the problem less than an hour after I blogged about it! – Turns out not so lucky, click here to learn why.


Yesterday I shared my ultimately negative experience with the blog comment system, IntenseDebate.  The system was at first promising, before it fell flat on it’s face with a beautiful front end but clunky backend, inability to properly manage logins and artificially limiting features.  You can read more about why, just click back to that post.

So I switched back to Disqus, the commenting system I tried out a couple of years ago before ultimately abandoning it.  The early versions of Disqus wouldn’t synchronize comments with the WordPress database.  If Disqus ever went away, so did your comments.

I installed the latest Disqus as a plugin for the latest version of WordPress.  I rand the installation, followed the directions to import my comments and this is what happened and continues to happen.

No comments are imported! I went to Twitter and talked to @Disqus a few weeks ago.  I even emailed them about the problem and they said they’d take care of it.

And yet, still, there are no comments from my previous posts.  They all still exist in my blog, you can see there are over 1,600 of them.

If I go to Disqus to see my comments, only five show up!

There is certainly no way I can really review Disqus until I get it to actually work.  I really want to like the system and the people behind it.  They have been so quick to send help my way, even on this blog, but sadly the help never fixes the problem.

For right now though, Disqus is just a disappointment.  Even more so than IntenseDebate.  At least that would import my comments…

So why not discuss this Disqus problem but logging your comments on the form below.  See, any new post and any new comments show up just fine. It’s those pesky historical comments and conversations that never showed up to the party.

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The Cake and a Movie Movement

Wow, this Cake and a Movie thing seems to be taking off, at least on Twitter. There are reports of #CaaM being held from California to Illinois to North Carolina to Florida and all the way across globe in Australia. How awesome is that?

I registered CakeandaMovie.com today but haven’t decided how I want to build it out. Another WordPress blog? A Joomla or Drupal content management system? I’m taking ideas from anyone that has them.

With this site I want to help other people host their own Cake and a Movie gatherings with movie reviews, recipes, tips… etc etc. I’d love to figure out a way to have a live stream of the #CaaM hash tag from Twitter. Anyone know how to do this?

Another cool feature would be for people to post their Cake and a Movie events for others to join, a GoogleMaps integration would be great. Plus people could submit their movie reviews and recipes, how fun would that be?

Make this whole #CaaM thing go big. I feel that in a time where there is so much uncertainty, when we are all a little bit down, something like this could be the very thing that helps pull us up. Sometimes it’s just the simple things.

Plus… these get-togethers are a blast! Just search for #CaaM on Twitter and see what everyone is talking about!


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Optimize Your WordPress

I have been dealing with some sluggish blogs for a while now.  Seems like it has been getting worse and worse every day.

PowWeb is my host for all of my sites and I really love their service, but recently my blogs have gotten several 500 series error messages, especially on my PiczarPhoto.com website.  I talked with their support people and, well I haven’t been too impressed.

Their servers for regular data are blazingly fast and the features are amazing, especially the database and entire site nightly backups.  Incredible.

Plus unlimited bandwidth and storage and MySQL servers.

Sadly, the MySQL server I’m on seems to be on the fritz.  I went ot Pingdom.com to figure out just how slow the site was and did some research on how I could fix some things on my end., even if PowWeb couldn’t or wouldn’t fix things on theirs.

This is what the speed of my site was like when I first tested it.

It’s Just Justin

IJJ Ping1

Piczar Photo

Piczar 1

Anyone find it interesting that both sites take 18.7 seconds to load?  Crazy huh?

Well, then I ran the most awesome WP-DBManager plugin on both sites.  This plugin will allow you to easily backup/restore/delete/repair/optimize your site’s database.

I especially like the repair and optimize options.  I had never really noticed a difference but decided that I’d run both of these and then do the same test through Pingdom.  Check out the results.

It’s Just Justin

IJJ Ping2

Piczar Photo

Piczar 2

What did that addup to?

It’s Just Justin was 40% faster

Piczar Photo was 52% faster

That’s a huge improvement.  The MySQL server is still too slow, 11 freaking seconds?  Bullshit. However, a 40-50% increase in speed is always welcomed.  Next I will try a few WordPress Cache plugins, though I think WordPress already had a caching system built in.

Hope this helps someone else out!  So go out and download Lester Chan’s awesome plugin WP-DBManager and any of his other awesome plugins.  I also use his Blog Poll plugin, awesome.

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Get Zemified! with Zemanta

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I have written about the wonderful plugin Zemanta before on my blog.  It has become, by far, the most used and useful plugin when writing a post, period.

Just as I wrote the last time, Zemanta takes information from your posts and creates relevant links, tags and even embeds pertinent images.

With the newest release of Zemanta you can customize the sources of information by importing your Twitter stream, an OMPL file from your favorite RSS feed aggregator, MyBlogLog or a specific website.

So far, after setting up my Zemanta with these preferences, I haven’t noticed much of a change, however, I will keep a close eye to see how these changes affect my posts.

Some changes I would like to see would be multiple images, multiple image sizes, adding your own links as a suggestion (follow the Zemanta write up on self embedded links) and YouTube video/Google Maps embedding instead of just linking.

I would prefer to click a suggested link to select the source instead of hovering, on a laptop with a touch sensitive track pad, it can be a pain.  I have also noticed that I quite often the top two links are exactly the same and I miss the ability to add all the suggested links and tags.

Adding the social networking to Zemanta is a great idea and well implemented, so far as I can see.  I look forward to actually seeing my OMPL feeds show up as suggestions.

Overall Zemanta has increased my sites’ visibility and usability and I recommend it to everyone.

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