One of the main reasons I use WordPress for this web-site rather than iWeb 08 was the lack of functionality of the blog pages if I wanted the site hosted anywhere other than on MobileMe. Yes it has RSS but the search function and comments for example, did not work and, although I think I could put up without the ability to search a blog (I would just make sure that I had very good navigation) I don’t think that I could live without comments.
As many of you will know, iTweak has the ability to integrate Haloscan comments onto a blog but these appear as pop-ups rather than on the page itself. Not a bad solution but not ideal. So I did a bit of investigation on the Haloscan web-site, signed up for an account and now I have managed to get comments on my non MobileMe hosted blog on the same page.
If you haven’t already, sign up with Haloscan for a free account. Then open iWeb and select your blog. If you have loads of entries already this may take you a long-time so it may be better to do the last 10 or 15 entries.
Open the blog entry (or any page for that matter) that you want to add comments to and select where you want the comments to appear.
Insert a HTML Snippet and into the black transparent box paste the code below:
Now all you have to do is replace USERNAME with your Haloscan account username and PAGE_NAME with the name of your blog entry. By default iWeb saves these with the same name as the title you gave it but uses the underscore ‘_’ instead of spaces. It also adds the date to the front and ‘.html’ to the end of the page-name.
So, for example, if you called your most recent blog entry ‘My Umbrella Exploded’ and wrote it on the 15th of the month your file name would be ’15_My_Umbrella_Exploded.html’.
If you have published your site to a folder you can see examples of all your blog entries there.
Click ‘Apply’ and your in-line comments will appear on your blog.
A word of warning however, there is NO way of editing the font or formatting of the comments section as that is controlled by Haloscan, but I don’t think it looks to bad, and I certainly prefer it to the pop-up version.
Who knows, perhaps I will start to do this site in iWeb afterall.