Threaded Commenting in Blogger Has Arrived!!!
At long last, Blogger has finally updated their commenting system to allow for threaded commenting. Which means that you can now reply to each other’s comments like you can on WordPress blogs. I bet this new update is changing some people’s minds about moving their Blogger blogs over to WordPress, isn’t it? Be honest.
There are only two requirements for having threaded comments on your Blogger blog:
From your Blogger dashboard, click on the drop-down tablet beside your blog name and click on SETTINGS.
- Set “Allow blog feed” to FULL (Settings > Other > Allow Blog Feed -> FULL)
- Set Comment Location to EMBEDDED (Settings > Posts and Comments > Comment Location -> EMBEDDED)
If those two options are selected, you should automatically have threaded commenting on your blog.
But, if you don’t, it’s probably because you have customized your template, either by hiring a blog designer (like me) to create one for you, purchased a pre-made, or by editing it yourself. Never fear – you can still have threaded commenting by making one more simple change to your blog. So save the frantic emails to your blog designer, and just follow along with me. Besides, I am very much a do-it-yourself blogger, and I think it suits every blogger out there to know a little more about their blog other than typing a post and hitting publish.
So, here we go:
From your dashboard, click on the drop-down tablet beside your blog name & select TEMPLATE.
From there, in the upper-right of your screen, click on ”Backup/Restore” to save a copy of your current template to your desktop. Then click on “Edit HTML.” (While you’re there, please enable your mobile template. Thanks in advance.)
(Click on images for a larger view.)
A warning box comes up. No worries. Just click PROCEED.
Below the HTML code box is a small clickable text area that says “Revert widget templates to default. “ Click on that.
Another Pop-up warning box comes up. Don’t freak about that either. It won’t affect your design – it might just rearrange your sidebar widgets, if it all. So just click OK.
That’s it. Now view your blog and verify that the threaded commenting is showing up. It should be.
If your sidebar widgets have been rearranged, just arrange them back to the way you like them via the LAYOUT tab in your dashboard. Sometimes, if you had a custom signature on the end of your blog posts, that might disappear, too. So if something bad happened to your design (which it shouldn’t – trust me! – but if it were), you can always re-upload the saved template that you downloaded to your desktop. Just know that the threaded commenting will disappear again. So, basically, you need to decide which is more important to you – the threaded commenting or the custom signature.
And if you really want both, it’s entirely possible -> just follow my tutorial on how to create a custom signature and insert it back into your template, as described.
None of this should cause an anxiety attack or tears of any kind, I promise. If it does, it’s probably cuz you’re wound just a little too tight, and I can’t help you on that – see your doctor. Or a massage therapist. Or your liquor store or something.
Thanks for reading!