Installing IntenseDebate Comments in Blogger

Intense Debate for BloggerIntenseDebate is feature-rich comment system which can be used in place of the default Blogger commenting system. The Blogger's commenting system is improving by the day with features like Threaded Comments being introduced but still it lacks some features that are inherent in many other commenting systems available across the net. In this tutorial we will seeing how to install Intense Debate on your blog and then some options that can be customized. Also we will be seeing how to enable IntenseDebate Comments on the Mobile Version of the blog


Video Tutorial

Steps by Step Guide
1. Go to  and either Sign Up if you are new or Login if you already have a account.

Intense Debate Home Page

2. Once logged in you will be in the Dashboard , Here in the Menu above , select Sites option and then select Add blog/site option

Add New Site in Intense Debate

3. Now enter the URL of your blog and proceed further

Enter URL of website for intense debate

4.  Here you will be asked to upload the template of your blog. To do so you will need  Go to Template tab in your blog , there in the Upper Right corner you will see a Backup/Restore option , in it there will be option to download the template . Now coming back to the IntenseDebate site , upload the downloaded copy and proceed further

Upload template to intense debate

download template from blogger

5. Now you will be presented with the code which you have to put inplace of the current template . To do that go to Templates > Edit HTML and then paste all code their and Save

copy whole template from blogger

Blogger Edit HTML

6. This will install IntenseDebate Comments and you will start seeing them inplace of the default commenting system


To checkout the various options available , in the Dashboard ,select your blog's name from the Sites Dropdown Menu

select your site from dashboard

Comments Settings

It contains all the options related to type of login that you allow , like the Facebook login , Twitter login ,etc . Also there are options for enabling Subscribing to the comments , threaded comments , voting on each comments , etc.

comment settings for Intensedebate comments

Layout Settings
This contains options for changing the Thumbnail size of pictures and basic styling of the Reply button

Layout settings IntenseDebate comments

This is one of the biggest reason why people shift to Intense Debate . It allows installing custom plugins in the Commenting system itself. The most used one is the Comment Luv plugin . Other plugins  like ReTweet button for each comment and PollDaddy polls are also available.

Plugin menu intensedebate

Enabling it on Mobile Device

After installing IntenseDebate I witnessed that the Mobile version of the blog still showed the Blogger commenting system . To overcome this I came with a simple solution. Go to Template > Click the Gears Icon under the Mobile View of the Blog and in the template select the Custom option . This is will enable IntenseDebate on mobile devices as well

Mobile Demo

mobile template select for blogger new dashboard

Hope this tutorial helps you in installing Intense Debate on Blogger , If you are using a highly customized template then these steps might fail to work , In that case I would be glad to help you setting it up on your blog .


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