This Blog + coComment

The lid was lifted off the interesting new coComment service at LIFT and I’ve started using it today. While coComment supports most popular blogging tools, it doesn’t have out of the box support, nor any documentation, for bending your home-brew blogging tool to support it.

Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to tweak things; I did a little reverse engineering of their forms processing, and the result is this little HOWTO that shows how I modified my own comments system, using coComment’s TypePad support as a model, to make comments here “coComment ready.”

Feel free to leave comments for this post if you’d like to test. Here’s what happens when I leave a comment for this post in my coComments “Your Conversations” page:

coComment Test: it worked!

coComment is in a closed beta right now, but Laurent is has advice for getting an invite code right now if you want to pick one up.


Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on February 6, 2006 - 23:31 Permalink

Okay, let’s see if this actually works. I think I’ve done everything I need to.

Andrew Chisholm's picture
Andrew Chisholm on February 7, 2006 - 00:05 Permalink

Did you do everything that needed to be done?

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on February 7, 2006 - 00:14 Permalink

Yes, it all worked just fine.

oliver's picture
oliver on February 7, 2006 - 05:24 Permalink

I have no comment on this development, but I am following it with interest.

John's picture
John on February 7, 2006 - 18:44 Permalink

Thanks for the info. Hopefully, they will move to a microformat.

Hans Mestrum's picture
Hans Mestrum on February 8, 2006 - 00:01 Permalink

Hi, this looks great. I am going to give it a try.
Another question: is this a TypePad blog? I think so, but how did you implement the gravat option?


Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on February 8, 2006 - 02:39 Permalink

Nope (Hans), this is a home-brew blog platform based on PHP and MySQL. So the Gravatar stuff is just custom PHP.

oldwain's picture
oldwain on February 9, 2006 - 06:55 Permalink

Thanks. I will try.

Johan Sundstr's picture
Johan Sundstr on February 9, 2006 - 12:32 Permalink

Does this page use the coComment custom mode for coComment tracking? I want to test my Greasemonkey script that automatically adds the coComment script to comment pages which use either mode they support, but haven’t found any using that one yet.

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on February 9, 2006 - 14:11 Permalink

Johan — not yet, sorry.