A while back, I realized that visitors to this site really could use an opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions and report their experiences with the various projects. This site is built in an easy-to-use WYSIWYG web editor called NetObjects Fusion (NOF) and I will be doing an article about that in the future. To me, it’s all about the content and I try to stay as far away from arcane code (like server scripts and PHP) as possible.
The industry buzzword for a reader comment feature is a guestbook (GB). So I searched for GB solutions which would support separate GB’s for every article on the site and which would integrate well with NOF. It turns out that finding a suitable solution wasn’t easy. However, I ended up with an excellent and free package called Website Comments System® (WCS). A small donation is asked for the top version.
While WCS can drop-in without having to hack any code, I needed to make some simple tweaks which would make it look and act just the way I wanted. With kind help from the developer (with whom I am not affiliated) I was able to achieve the perfect solution, which you can see in action, at the bottom of this page. (Feel free to experiment with it!)
This article is about how you can install and customize WCS on your site, taking advantage of what I learned about the system. Read it here (free):