Comments are back, and I’m curious to see if this can spark some interesting discussions and be worth the hassle of self-hosting the comments.
Ah yes, I’m self-hosting the commenting system using Commento.io!
The interface is pretty slick, both on the admin and user-facing side.
The self-hosting procedure was super easy, except perhaps getting the email delivery to work on Linode and Sendgrid.
I tried Mailgun before but Linode (rightfully?) block common email delivery ports (25, 465, 587).
BUT you can get around that following a DNS verification procedure, which I tried but wasn’t successful.
So I switched to Sendgrid, which also allow to send emails through port 2525 and it worked like a charm.
So, +1 for Sendgrid, meh for Mailgun.
UI and moderation
This is what the Admin panel looks like:
And on the user side
Every comment is moderated, since I allow anonymous comment and email login.