I have been wanting to add an in-blog feedback mechanism (i.e., comments) for years, but never got around to it. During my recent Spring Cleaning My Blog, I had the chance to try out Disqus, but soon rejected it as bloaty and not very portable. Most importantly, it doesn’t support Markdown.
So I looked at some other alternatives and filtered them down to Schnack and Commento. Both support Markdown, and both require that they be installed and hosted on some cloud server, under my control. I treat this requirement as a feature, although both products will likely encourage SaaS versions for users not wanting to run their own server.
Installing on Ubuntu on AWS
I created a user with an unmemorable password, and I use:
sudo su - commento
to become the
commento, clone the Commento GitHub repo into your home directory, as described in Commento in GitHub.
cd /home/commento git clone https://github.com/adtac/commento.git
commento, as per the instructions in the Commento README.
Because the way that the
commento binary discovers its
.env files seems to be incompatible with being launched as a
systemd unit, I created a little script that will be invoked by
systemd and then will invoke
commento the way that it expects, so that it can read the
COMMENTO_DATABASE_FILE variables. I’m sure that I’ll eventually figure out the proper Go way to use these tools, but right now, this works. Here’s what my
commentoStartup looks like:
echo "Starting Commento..." cd /home/commento ./commento/commento
Setting up a
I’m using Ubuntu 17.10, currently. These instructions worked for me
cd /lib/systemd/system sudo vi commento.service
commento.service file above (using your favorite editor; mine is
vim) to contain the following contents:
[Unit] Description=Commento server After=network.target [Service] User=commento #EnvironmentFile=/home/commento/.commento_env Restart=always RestartSec=5 ExecStart=/bin/bash /home/commento/commentoStartup [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target
commento service to start at boot
sudo systemctl enable commento