How To Add IntenseDebate Comment System to Blogger

Posted by Lasantha Bandara on February 11th, 2011 File Under : change template, comments, widget28 Comments

IntenseDebate is one of the most popular a feature-rich comment system for WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and many other blogging/CMS platforms.In this tutorial I am going to explain how to add IntenseDebate comment system to Blogger blog.

With IntenseDebate,you can do many things than your default comment system.These are some main features of IntenseDebate comments.

IntenseDebate features:

  • Comment Threading.
  • Reply-By-Email.
  • Email Notifications.
  • Commenter Profiles.
  • Moderation/Blacklisting.
  • Reputation Points & Comment Voting.
  • Plugins API.
  • OpenID.
  • Widgets.
  • Twitter Connect.
  • Facebook Connect.
  • RSS Readers & Tracking.

HTML Formatting

You can also customize your links and add some photos to your comments. IntenseDebate supports the following HTML tags: <a>, <b>, <i>, <u>, <em>, <p>, <blockquote>, <br>, <strong>, <strike>, <img>


Intensedebate offers full Gravatar support. If you have a Gravatar they will automatically upload your Gravatar when you signup for IntenseDebate. You can choose to use your Gravatar or upload a different profile pic.

Before start this process,you must backup your blogger template first.Save the backup template file on your hard drive.

1.Create a Account on

2.Now add your blog to IntenseDebate :

3.Then you can see this window. Now you have to select some option.

1.How would you like to install IntenseDebate?

select "Template" option.

2.Which blog posts should have IntenseDebate comments enabled?

Only on new posts
- Your old comments will be displayed using your blog's native comment system

On all blog posts
- IntenseDebate comments will be available on all posts, but your existing comments will be hidden.

Select "On all blog posts" option.

Note : If you want to keep "Blogger default comments of your old blog posts",then select "Only on new posts".

4.Scroll down to the bottom of the instructions.

Now upload the template you have backup.

5.After uploading it you can see a screen like below. Copy modified template code from the textfield.

6.Login to your blogger dashboard--> Design--> Edit html.

7.Select entire code in the Edit Template text Box and delete it.Now you must have a blank text box.

8.Now paste the code we have copied in step 5.

Save your template.You are done.

You can see IntenseDebate comment form under your blog posts.

File Under : change template, comments, widget

28 Responses to “How To Add IntenseDebate Comment System to Blogger”

  1. Beben says:

    if used comment with it, all comments will be lose my bos?

  2. Blogger Tips And Tricks|Latest Tips For Bloggers says:


    still you want to show your old comments choose the option "Only on new posts".

    If you don't want to show old comments choose the option "On all blog posts".when you select "On all blog posts", your old comments will be hidden(not delete).but if you want to show them again you can uninstall IntenseDebate comments through your IntenseDebate control panel.

  3. runewake2 says:

    Is their a way to make this work with your Google Account? Would be nice if my members didn't have to log in every time.

  4. Blogger Tips And Tricks|Latest Tips For Bloggers says:


    They can use their Open ID or Facebook Account or Twitter Account to comments.

  5. kader says:

    Thank's I used it in my blog

  6. MUXLIMO says:


    [We were unable to save your template

    Please correct the error below, and submit your template again.
    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: Element type "b:if" must be followed by either attribute specifications, ">" or "/>". ]


  7. Vacanze in Albania says:

    thank you

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  9. Fairooz says:

    IntenseDebate is really awesome. I have been using this for my blog

    In my blog, i modified a little bit of it's CSS style.. and now my commenting form is looking very similar to WordPress blog. 🙂
    You can take a look at it:

  10. مهدی says:

    I've used IntenseDebate. But, after Installing, There is a Text on the buttons. for example(see the link), u Can see " IntenseDebate" text on intenseDebate logo. I've forced to delete much of it's cool things. Any CSS or another way to fix this ?

  11. Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife says:

    I tried to install Intense Debate both ways and neither worked. I contacted Intense Debate and they could not get it installed on my template. Is there anything I can do to the template? I really liked having ID on my blog.

  12. Rádio J.O.Net says:


  13. ruudolff`11-.- says:

    Thank you very much!!! Its JUST AWESOME!

  14. ricardo M.H says:

    ESTA Buenisimo ! gracias...!!

  15. willie says:


  16. Chrissy says:

    Arggg I LOVE instense debate but I installed and it worked great EXCEPT when you load the blog it shows a set of old comments from yesterdays post on todays post---BUT if I click the blog post title it will load the article with the correct comment I uninstalled, re installed, did it as a widget, tried as a template and it simply didnt show up at all

  17. runewake2 says:

    Hey, maybe you can help me. I installed IDC on my new site and it is acting really weird.

    I follewed the template installation per this post and intense debates instructions. Everything works, but when you look at the comments the form goes to far to the left. I have tried moving stuff around and have had no success. I thought I could fix it by sticking the comments directly below my post but all that did is change where the Comments (#) appeared.

    You can see what I mean here:

  18. ilman says:

    Brilliant man some captivating stuff is here. I would like thanks for this great stuff. Awesome post!

  19. mattiasg4 says:


  20. Anirudh ~ Except Nothing | says:

    I pasted the code everything in my blog correctly .
    But it gives a message
    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly.
    XML error message: Element type "b:if" must be followed by either attribute specifications, ">" or "/>".
    I use your Fives Template ... Please give me the answer for it .
    I change to Intense Debate due to Comment Moderation isn't working . I have checked the Comment Moderation Always box But still it does not ask for moderation it publishes the comment ... Do you have any idea about the Comment Moderation or Intense Debate ?

  21. Best PTC says:

    Thank you very much.........

  22. Fingers says:

    I installed this and it o ly shows when the comment link is clicked. If I change the options to either pop up or appear below posts nothing happens. I only get the one location. Any thoughts to fix this? I already uninstalled the widget and reinstalled using the template way and nothing. Also, if I uninstall, will I lost the comments I got using comment luv? I notice they aren't listed on my blogger dashboard like the others. Any way to save them there?

  23. File Search Engine says:

    As someone who used both, Intense Debate and Disqus I decided to go with Disqus. Part of the reason are my two complaints are really minor issues I'm sure they will fix in the future. One being lack of an ability to subscribe to a full rss comment feed, and secondly the problem of easier moderation control. The moderation control is easy for a blog like mine.

  24. kaksebe says:

    intensedebate is the best just now removed disqus from one of the blogs to install the intensedebate

  25. JasonKidwe says:

    I currently use Disqus on my multi-author blog but because of the automatically synced commenting feature that makes a reconsideration an inevitable possibility.

  26. Zubio says:

    Thanks for the easy to follow instructions. I have installed it in my blogger and it looks clean and professional.

  27. Stephen says:

    I have implemented it on my blog but with some css code

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