Any way to add blog comments without clicking title?

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I understand using Disqus and have added their comment code to my blog. The issue is, I feel that there will be a lot less commentary since people will have to click the post title and scroll down before they will see the comment box. This also means I have to include instructions to the reader to do so which seems kinda cheesy to me. Is there any way (or if not, any plans to make a way) to have a comment link on the blog entry whereby a reader clicks the link and the box appears as it does on most every other blog site? I love yola, but this feature is important and makes me consider using one of the other blog tools which I'd rather not do since I have the domain with yola...
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Hi Funlayo,

Thank you for your post - this is something lacking in our current integration with Disqus and hopefully it is something we can improve in a future release.

Perhaps it would be an option to have your posts minimized so that people have to click on the link to the post to be able to read it and post comments.

Here's how to do that:
1. Click "Edit" on the widget tool bar of the blog post. That will bring up a "Customize your blog display" option and you will be able to make your selections there.
2. You will then be able to select the number of posts displayed on the first page, or whether to expand all posts, the first post only, or collapse all posts.
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Welllll ok, I collapsed the posts and I suppose that'll do for now. I am otherwise VERY satisfied with Yola.

Oh actually there is one other thing but maybe it should be a separate question post:
I'm all for folks getting credit for their work so the designer credit is fine, but I wonder if perhaps the wording "Template by" or something like that might be more appropriate than "Designed by"? I created my own banner, did the layout, etc. so the only thing I'm using from the original design is the navigation scheme. When folks see "Design by" they're apt to think the whole site design was done by whomever the credit names. I've tried to make it clear on my sites what the deal is but I wonder if others have expressed any concern about that?

Thanks.
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Hello Funlayo

I thank you for sharing your insight in regards to "Designed by". I will certainly pass this feedback to our development team.

In regards to the blog comment, I came across one Yola user who came up with an innovative way of doing this.

At the end of each blog post, they would add a text link that said something along the lines of "Click here to comment". Then that link would open up to the individual blog post which has the comments underneath the blog post.

I thought that was a neat idea and perhaps this may be something you would like to do for your own blog as well.
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Hi Littleus!

I actually tried that first, but it still requires the reader to scroll down the page after clicking the link and we know that the more folks have to click and scroll, the less likely they are to comment or even read. So I went with the collapse option.

Thanks much for the alternate suggestion tho!
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Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding this. I can certainly understand your point as well. =) I think you have selected the best option by going with the collapse feature.
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My problem is related to Funlayo's. I'm trying to improve my blog comment format. I've figured out how to set up the Disqus blog comment box feature, and I realize the comment box only shows up after you click individual blog posts and scroll to the bottom. I don't care for the truncated post option that was suggested.

However, this Yola site -- http://digital-retouching.net/blog.php -- seems to have a comment box at the bottom of every blog page, including the first one. You don't have to click the individual posts first. And it has links for "newer posts" and "older posts" right after each blog entry.

I thought it might be because she had her blog widget set to just 1 post per page, but I tried that and it only makes the "newer posts" and "older posts" links appear, it doesn't make the comments box appear on each page.

I could create a comments link after each of my blog entries as was also suggested, but this seems like a pair (having to do it manually every time for each blog entry). It's also unfortunate that yo can't tell how many comments there are for each post from the main blog page (my pages are brand new, so I don't have any comments yet, but would like the functionality for the future).

I also can't tell if Yola is still planning to roll out it's own blog comment feature. It's seems they've been saying they would for over a year.
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Hello andyspafford

You would need to ask the webmaster of that site how she created her comments to show up without having to click on the blog post title. That is definitely a neat feature!

Our blogging platform is currently a low priority for us as we have other upcoming projects and releases that we need to get out first.

If you require more advanced blogging features, it may be best for you to utilize specialty blogging services such as Wordpress or Blogger. I'm sorry that I don't have better news for you.