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Sunday, March 07, 2004

Adding Comments Service to Blogs 

Yesterday, I decided to look for a Comments service that I could add to my blog (Blogger/BlogSpot doesn't support it). After a few Google searches, I found a couple of pages that had useful lists of such services. Here they are in case anyone else is interested:

I decided to go with Haloscan. It was pretty simple to implement, just a couple of html and script tags in the appropriate spots. And, they provide wizards to create specific code for your blogging engine (like Blogger/BlogSpot). Also, they allow you to customize the comments UI with additional templates, and provide Trackback functionality too. All in all, it took me about 30 minutes to get it all up and working -- not bad. Actually, it took longer to do the search on Google and get to the right information.

And, the best part -- this was all free using: Blogger (posting), BlogSpot (hosting), Haloscan (comments/trackback), and Rssify (RSS feed for Blogger atoms). This is really what stitching together web services into applications is all about. Now, we just need more of these types of reuseable services...

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