How to Migrate Joomla Comments Away from Disqus with CComment

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How to Migrate Your Comments Away from Disqus to Joomla with CComment Extension

Did you start seeing sponsored ads above and below your Disqus comments on your Joomla based site recently? If you did, then it means that Disqus, without your permission, has included your site in their advertising program Reveal. We first wrote about this in "How to Opt-Out of Disqus Reveal".

The only alternative Disqus provides to avoid ads is to pay them $10 a month. But what if you don't want to? Fortunately, it is possible for Joomla users to migrate your comments away from Disqus.

In this tutorial, I'll show how you can move your Disqus comments to the CComment extension, created by Daniel Dimitrov at compojoom.com.

In order to be able to follow these instructions, you will need to buy CComment Pro extension and install it via your Joomla's Extensions Manager.

Step #1. Export your Disqus comments

  • Go to Disqus.com and login into your account.
  • Once logged in, click on the "Admin" link in the top-right corner:

The Disqus.com admin link

  • Click on "Your Sites" (1)
  • Select your site (2) 

Select your site inside Disqus

  • Click on the "Moderate Comments" button:

The moderate comments button inside Disqus

  • Click on the "Export" link on the left-hand side:

The export link inside Disqus

  • Click on "Export Comments":

The export comments link inside Disqus

  • Make sure Disqus displays the "Your export has been queued" message. If you don't see this message, then there is a chance that you won't be able to export your comments. Please contact Disqus support regarding this.

Your export is queued message inside Disqus

  • Check your email. Once Disqus has processed your comments export, you should an email saying "Export Completed":

Your export has finished email from Disqus

  • Open the email and click on the download URL link:

Download url link for Disqus exports

  • Save the downloaded ZIP archive file onto your hard drive. Then unzip it. You should now see the XML file named something like <your_site>-2017-03-23T12:57:58.171580-all.xml  Rename this XML file to disqus.xml.
  • Upload the disqus.xml file into the root folder of your Joomla site.

Step #2. Import your Disqus comments into your CComment Pro Joomla extension

  • In your Joomla admin area, go to Components > CComment > Import:

Ccomment import menu item inside Joomla

  • Click on the General import option.
  • Scroll down to the Disqus option, click on it and then click on the Submit button:

Disqus import option inside Joomla

  • You should now see your comments nicely imported from your disqus.xml file into your CComment Joomla extension. CComment automatically detects the disqus.xml file in the root of your site. This is how you will see comments in your Joomla admin area:

Disqus comments imported into Joomla

  • This is how you will see the comments on the front of your site::

Disqus comments frontend of Joomla

  • Now disable your Joomla Disqus commenting extension and that's it. You just finished moving your comments for your Joomla based site from Disqus to CComment extension.

Have you had any experience with Disqus or CComment in Joomla? If Yes, we would love to hear from you in the comments below.


About the author

Born from Ukrainian mother and Russian father, Alex migrated to the United Kingdom in 1999. He is a self-taught Microsoft Certified Professional. He enjoys learning content management systems and helping web site developers make the most of them.