We love getting comments! Sometimes we love them so much, we want to show them off right on the front page of our blog. We have received requests asking if there is a way to display comments under blog posts as part of the front page of the blog. There is a reason why you don't see this more with blogs, because it is not recommended. It may appear fine if a blog post has up to 5 comments, but the more comments a blog post receives, the longer it will take your blog to load. There are other options to show off your wonderful comments.
If you are using Typepad, Typepad Connect, or Disqus comments, you can easily display your most recent comments in your sidebar by going to Design > Content, select "Recent Comments" from the Modules box and click the "Add this module" button:
If you use Disqus for your comments, there is a separate option which displays more of the comment along with the the commenters thumbnail image. We have a quick and easy way to add a similar feature to your sidebar which involves adding a small piece of code to your sidebar. In this case, you would go to Design > Content > Embed Your Own HTML and paste the following code:
<div id="RecentComments" class="dsq-widget">
Replace "example.disqus.com" with your Disqus URL (ie: everythingtypepad.disqus.com). You can also change the number of comments display. This code is set up to display 5 recent comments (num_items=5).
Because this a module and not a Typelist, a title for this module will not display unless you include it in the code like the example we provided:
Here is an example of how Disqus Recent Comments will appear in your sidebar using this code: