We scrapped it back in 2012 mostly due to confusion with Disqus and HLS logins being different and having no way to link the two together. That is now a thing of the past. You will notice that “HLS Login” is now one of the available options to log in to Disqus. This will automatically create a Disqus account that you can log in to at anytime.
This of course is just one option to log into Disqus. You can also do so via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or create a Disqus profile by just entering your desired handle, valid email, and password.
Don’t want to do any of the above? No problem. Simply check the “I’d rather post as a guest” box as shown below:
After you check that box, the password requirement disappears and you just have to enter a handle and valid email to comment just like you’ve always been able to at HLS.
So why use Disqus? Simply put, it has many more features than WordPress commenting. For example, by just pasting a link, you can embed pictures, GIFs, and YouTube media into your comment. Disqus also features a robust up-vote/down-vote system, a great reply notification system, the ability to customize your avatar without having to mess with Gravatar, and much more.
Furhter, if you happen to already have a Disqus account, your HLS account can be linked as long as the email on your Disqus account matches the email that you used to register at HLS. Simply log in to Disqus with your HLS credentials, make a comment, then log back out of Disqus and log in with your Disqus user name (or via Twitter, Facebook, G+ if they are already linked) or head over to Disqus’ website and log in there. The next thing you will want to do is bring up your profile. On HLS it’ll look like so:
Next, you will want to click the Edit Profile button on the resulting pop-up:
This will send you over to Disqus’ site and open up your profile editing interface. When that opens, click “Merging” on the left side:
Here, you will have the option to merge any account that Disqus associates with your email. Simply check the account, merge it, and you’re done (I’ve already merged my profile thus it doesn’t appear in the above). Now, you can log into HLS via any format: HLS Login, Twitter, Facebook, G+, or Disqus and everything will be 100% linked from that point forward.
I’m excited to have Disqus back on HLS as I think it’ll bring new life to our commenting discussions, plus make it far easier to engage in real time.
Have any questions/concerns? Let me know in the comments below!