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nodebb-plugin-blog-comments

NodeBB Blog Comments

Lets NodeBB act as a comments engine/widget for your blog. Currently supports both Ghost and WordPress. There is a separate repo for PencilBlue support. If you'd like to see support for other CMS/blog systems, please submit an issue on our tracker.

The comments are exposed to any plugin you have built into the core, so it is completely possible to have emoticons, embedded video, and/or whatever else you want in the comments section of your blog.

Articles are published to a forum category of your choice, and will gain a tag that links it back to the original article.

What's new in 0.3x

  • Fixed quite a few server crashes (especially when publishing)
  • Compatible with NodeBB 0.6x+ and Ghost 0.5.10
  • Added tags support for Ghost
  • Added comment support in general

Screenshots

blog comments

Installation

First install the plugin:

npm install nodebb-plugin-blog-comments

Activate the plugin in the ACP and reboot NodeBB. Head over to the Blog Comments section in the ACP and select the Category ID you'd like to publish your blog content to (default is Category 1). Make sure you put the correct URL to your blog.

Ghost Installation

Paste this any where in yourtheme/post.hbs, somewhere between {{#post}} and {{/post}}. All you have to edit is line 3 (nbb.url) - put the URL to your NodeBB forum's home page here.

<a id="nodebb-comments"></a>
<script type="text/javascript">
var nbb = {};
nbb.url = '//your.nodebb.com'; // EDIT THIS
nbb.cid = 1; // OPTIONAL. Forces a Category ID in NodeBB.
                //  Omit it to fallback to specified IDs in the admin panel. 
 
(function() {
nbb.articleID = '{{../post.id}}'; nbb.title = '{{../post.title}}';
nbb.tags = [{{#../post.tags}}"{{name}}",{{/../post.tags}}];
nbb.script = document.createElement('script'); nbb.script.type = 'text/javascript'; nbb.script.async = true;
nbb.script.src = nbb.url + '/plugins/nodebb-plugin-blog-comments/lib/ghost.js';
(document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(nbb.script);
})();
</script> 
<script id="nbb-markdown" type="text/markdown">{{../post.markdown}}</script> 
<noscript>Please enable JavaScript to view comments</noscript>

If you wish, you can move <a id="nodebb-comments"></a> to where you want to place the actual comments widget.

Wordpress Installation

First, install the Wordpress JSON API plugin.

Replace the contents of /wp-content/themes/YOUR_THEME/comments.php with the following (back-up the old comments.php, just in case):

<?php
if ( post_password_required() )
    return;
?>
 
<a id="nodebb-comments"></a>
<script type="text/javascript">
var nodeBBURL = '//your.nodebb.com',
    wordpressURL = '<?php get_site_url(); ?>',
    articleID = '<?php echo the_ID(); ?>',
    categoryID = 1; // OPTIONAL. Forces a Category ID in NodeBB.
                     //  Omit it to fallback to specified IDs in the admin panel. 
 
(function() {
var nbb = document.createElement('script'); nbb.type = 'text/javascript'; nbb.async = true;
nbb.src = nodeBBURL + '/plugins/nodebb-plugin-blog-comments/lib/wordpress.js';
(document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(nbb);
})();
</script> 
<noscript>Please enable JavaScript to view comments</noscript>

General - PHP example

Paste this any where that you want load commenting system. All you have to edit is line 3 (nodeBBURL) - put the URL to your NodeBB forum's home page here. You can also use any template engine (hbs, eco...) instead of PHP.

    <a id="nodebb-comments"></a>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    var nodeBBURL = '//your.nodebb.com',
    
    <?php 
        echo "articleID = " .getId().";";
        $obj = new stdClass();
        $obj->title_plain = "";
        $obj->url="";
        $obj->tags = [];
        $obj->markDownContent= "";
        $obj->cid = 1; // OPTIONAL. Forces a Category ID in NodeBB.
                        // Omit it to fallback to specified IDs in the admin panel. 
        echo "var articleData =" .json_encode($obj).";";
    ?>
    
    (function() {
    var nbb = document.createElement('script'); nbb.type = 'text/javascript'; nbb.async = true;
    nbb.src = nodeBBURL + '/plugins/nodebb-plugin-blog-comments/lib/generalphp.js';
    (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(nbb);
    })();
    </script> 
    <noscript>Please enable JavaScript to view comments</noscript>

You must have some getId() function on your website, for example:

For a PHP website

    <?php
        function getId(){
            $id = 0;
            // unique id for each page of your website 
            return $id;
        }
    ?>    

If you don't have such ID, you can use this function that generates a unique ID from the URL:

    <?php
        function getId(){
            return stringToInteger($_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']);
        }
        function stringToInteger($string) {
            $string = md5($string);
            $output = '1';
            for ($i = 0; $i < strlen($string); $i++{
                $output .= (string) ord($string[$i]);
            }
            return (int) $output;
        }
    ?> 

Comments Counter

You may optionally put a "# of comments" counter anywhere on the page with the following code:

<span id="nodebb-comments-count"></span> Comments

A mechanism to query the number of comments on another separate page will be available in a future release.

Author and Category information

To use NodeBB's category and author information (instead of using Ghost's user/tag system), there are two elements that this plugin searches for:

Published by <span id="nodebb-comments-author"></span> in <span id="nodebb-comments-category"></span>

Publishing

Head over to the article that you'd like to publish. The code will detect if you're both an administrator of your blog and NodeBB (so ensure that you're logged into both) and will display a publish button if so.

You may also create a publishers group in NodeBB to allow a group of regular users to have publish rights.

Multiple blogs

You may use a comma-separated entry of blogs in the ACP to support publishing from a network of separate blogs to your forum. You can also choose to put each blog in its own dedicated category, or place them all into one category.

Sites using this plugin

Please submit a PR to add your site here :)

TODO

  • Republishing (for now you can just edit both the article and the published blog).
  • Pull CSS files from appropriate plugins? Ability to load custom CSS to style widget.