Comment capability is already built into Squarespace Journal pages, but you can also use a third party option such as Disqus — a popular commenting system that can be incorporated directly into your Squarespace site. Below are the basic installation steps you'll need.
Note: Disqus will replace any existing Squarespace comments as well as remove guestbook and discussion page commenting features. It may not be possible to recover any comments lost.
Step 1: Sign Up
To begin, sign up with Disqus here. You will be asked to provide your Squarespace site url and select a username. Note that once you've completed a step, be sure to click the Continue button at the bottom of the page to proceed to the next step:
Step 2: Setting Comment Options
After signing up, you'll be presented with a Quick Setup screen where you can choose what Disqus comment features to include such as allowing / disallowing track-backs or reactions, enabling image uploads as well as set other options.
You don't need to make decisions on every feature during the set up process and can change setting options at any time directly from within your Disqus admin dashboard:
Step 3: Choose Platform
After setting your comment options, you'll be taken to a screen to select your platform. Click on the link for Squarespace to retrieve your embed code and copy the code to your clipboard:
Step 4: Embed Code
You will need to paste the code Disqus provides you into the Footer area of your Squarespace site.
scroll down and look for the Edit Website Footer link. Click this link to access the footer area and paste your Disqus code there. Note that you'll want to click Save & Close to save the change and correctly add this code to your site.
Step 5: Review Your Code
After adding Disqus code to your site, you will now see their commenting options appear within your Squarespace journal entries — as in the example below. Also note that the commenting interface may vary depending on your Disqus configuration settings.
You'll also notice within Disqus that the public can comment using various profiles for example, they can comment as a guest, via a social network or open ID login:
You as the administrator have control over all commenting permissions and other settings directly from within your Disqus admin dashboard. You'll see a tabbed interface at top with sub-level pages on the left side where you can configure more advanced options for Disqus to your preference.
Here's an example screenshot showing the Disqus admin dashboard interface:
Note: Squarespace does not provide support or troubleshooting for third party applications. For more information about using Disqus and advanced installation options please see the Disqus Help Center.