In the run-up to Christmas, an exciting new version Comentario 3.1.0 has been released!
Comentario is a fast and powerful free comment server for web pages, written in Go.
There’s been a number of changes in this release, and the most noteworthy ones are as follows.
Gravatar has become a de-facto standard for low-maintenance user profiles. You register on the service once, add an avatar image, and it will automatically appear on every other website that supports it. From now on, Comentario’s on that list, too.
Users were already able to upload a custom avatar in their profile, this upgrade adds the Download from Gravatar button:
There’s more: if Gravatar is enabled in Comentario Configuration, it will also be downloaded automatically upon registration, and updated whenever the user logs in.
Import from WordPress
Following up on the subject of import, 3.1.0 adds support for importing comments and commenters from WordPress. WordPress is arguably one of the most popular website engines, and now Comentario is able to load its RSS (a.k.a. WXR) data dump.
The Domain Import screen has also got a facelift:
Moreover, Comentario now supports direct import from
.zip archives, as well as from uncompressed files. It can also handle
.zip archives containing folders.
Among other things, this change enables for a better control over the used Markdown features.
One of them is so-called hard line breaks: a line break in the comment text will now be properly rendered in HTML:
will make two lines, and not one as before:
HTML sanitizing has been largely improved. The rendered HTML will now only contain a restricted subset of enabled tags.
The Comment Deletion dilemma
Historically, any deleted comment in Comentario was only marked as such, and its text removed, but it would still be visible in the comment list. The main reason for that was preserving any replies to that comment.
Commento, the predecessor to Comentario, had a special
data-hide-deleted tag attribute to completely hide removed comments on a page, but that seemed a poor design decision. To encourage consistent behaviour, it should be configured either globally, or at least on a domain level.
That problem belongs in the past now. The new release provides several options for handling of deleted comments.
The Show deleted comments setting controls whether deleted comments are shown in the comments list. Its default state is
On, which is compatible with the previous behavior.
When set to
Off, a deleted comment will be hidden in the comment tree immediately, as well as all its child comments.
This switch doesn’t affect comment display in the Administration UI, though, since it has a separate filter button for that.
Purge Comments operation
The Domain Operations page’s got a new Purge Comments button that will permanently remove all comments marked for deletion, as well as any replies to those comments.
Another option allows you to delete all comments by deleted authors (previously, those weren’t deleted either):
Removal options when deleting/banning user
When the user is about to delete their profile, there are new options that control their “legacy” in the service:
The user can opt to mark all their comments as deleted, or to remove them permanently (including replies).
Exactly the same options are also available in the Administration UI when banning or deleting a user.
Snippet attribute editor
The Domain Properties page has now a special Options button that reveals a form helping you configure the HTML snippet used to render comments:
Maximum nesting level
An attentive reader will have noticed a new setting on the above screenshot: the Maximum visual nesting level. It affects the way nested comments are rendered and defaults to 10. It doesn’t limit the actual comment nesting level, only how they are displayed.
Here’s an example of a comment tree with the maximum level set to 2:
… And More
Other changes include:
- User avatar display on the User Properties page (Admin UI).
- Commenter Signup dialog now enforces strong passwords.
- Fixed image rendering in comments so that it’s never wider that the comment itself.
- Fixed statistics display so that it doesn’t take deleted comments into account.
- Numerous other bugfixes.
See CHANGELOG for a complete list of changes.
You can see the new version, as well as its Administrative UI (login with email
admin@admin and password
admin), on the demo website:
If you’re interested in trying out Comentario, you can start with these documentation pages:
There’s more to come — stay tuned!