Issues installing isso as replacement for disqus and how to solve them
Due to extreme trouble with disqus (compare previous posts), I switched my discussion and commenting system to isso.
My server runs at this point Ubuntu 16.04 and therefore you can either
use the available isso package (just do
apt install isso) or install
a newer package from an external source as described
Both sources have similar issues: they do install well, but most of the
networking and startup related options in the respective configuration
options are wrong or described at wrong locations. As the native ubuntu
package didn't work for me, I describe here the way how I installed the
package from the external source. They ask you to install the key with
apt-key add, however as curl falls in a trap downloading the file,
and therefore I suggest downloading the file manually with your
browser and then install it locally like this:
cat /tmp/downloaded.key | apt-key add -v
You can follow the rest on that page.
Now make sure to have gunicorn installed (
apt install gunicorn) and
create a file /etc/isso.conf - use
as a base and configure as described here.
Just remember that the local server will always run on localhost, port 8000
independent of what you configure here or in
Make sure that both isso and Nikola either run normal http or both ssl only
and let your isso run on a virtual server with a name like
comment.yourserver.tdl. In my case isso runs on https over ssl on
comment.ulno.net and my webpage (as you know) on
However, as described in a previous post, I redirect now also normal
http requests to https. To make this work correctly, you might have to
create a valid certificate (you can get a free one and a
decent description how on http://letsencrypt.org).
In Nikola specify
COMMENT_SYSTEM = "isso"
COMMENT_SYSTEM_ID = "https://comment.ulno.net/"
ulno.net to your sever!) and recompile your blog.
Start isso with
systemctl restart isso, eventually restart your
web-server (nginx, apache, or lighttpd) and enjoy comments without spying
from a system that you can eventually even debug if some things
do not work.