Are disqus comments searchable using a website's own search tools?

by therobyouknow   Last Updated May 11, 2019 08:04 AM

I'm evaluating comment systems and although I see disqus used in many cases I'm not sure if it is the best choice for me as I am uncertain that my site's own search system could show comments in search results.

Can built-in search or Apache Solr find comments on the site made with Disqus ?

Research I have shown so far is that Disqus has Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) -- for external search engines e.g. Google:-

But what about your own search system on your site, or using Solr for example. I'd prefer not to use Custom Google Search to search my site as I want control over how my results are shown.

Answers 3

That depends. If you integrate the disqus commenting system with the default javascript they provide, the content is loaded in the client browser, not on the server. Most search engines "don't speak" javascript, but only see the code the server delivers. So when you use the client side solution, I think most indexing systems will not be able to process the comments.

As disqus also has an API there is a possibility to load the content on the server and render your own html code (e.g. with PHP). In this case, the content should be indexed by the default crawling mechanisms the common search tools use.

August 21, 2013 13:21 PM

You can use the wordpress plugin to see if they can index the disqus comments

October 14, 2014 12:48 PM

There is now which supports searching by username. I could implement searching by site as well if time permits.

May 11, 2019 07:28 AM

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