Most blog owners that uses the Disqus comments system want to display the comment count for each page with comments, on their home page. Luckily Disqus has built in support for comment count. The setup isn’t difficult, but does require a bit of theme editing.

Adding a comment count to your blog with Disqus

Add the Disqus comment count script

Find the file of your theme that is responsible for display the Home page of your blog. Depending on your website platform (WordPress, Joomla, Jekyll, and etc) this file may have the name such as home.php, index.html, default.html, or another name.

Then place the following code before the closing </body> tag in this file:

<script id="dsq-count-scr" src="//" async></script>

Note: Change the EXAMPLE to ShortName of your Disqus forum. Your ShortName can be found on your forum’s AdminSetupIdentity page.

Add the comment count link

Find the place where you want to display the comment count. I chooses a section of post meta-information (section with the date and name of the author). Then place the following code to this place:

<a href="URL#disqus_thread">Comments</a>

Note: Change the URL to URL of your post. This will tell Disqus which links to look up so it can return the correct comment count.

And you’re done! Now your posts will have comments counts that will update automatically, and you can style the output the same way you would style any other part of your blog’s theme.

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