@herself I don't know of a better option than Disqus for comments, but I feel your concerns with it. HTTPS should "just work" once your domain stuff is figured out. Have you added discombobulated.co.nz to the Domains section of Blot's settings? I looked at my baty.blog DNS settings and
www.baty.blog is a CNAME (alias) pointing to
blot.im (IP 126.96.36.199).
discombobulated.co.nz is pointing to 188.8.131.52 so it looks like you need to make some DNS changes first. Clear as mud?
@herself I just show webmentions as comments, I do not like comments forms. They are prone to spams. And I eventually learn to ignore them. But I understand why a simpler commenting system would be important.
Blot supports https once domain is setup, so I use it. And on domain, do you want root to point to a different host and only a subdomin to blot? I have a similar setup, not sure if that’s what you are looking for.
@herself I’m sure people have already replied, but there should be a setting in the Blot settings that allows you to force https automatically, as long as you have your domain set up. As for comments, I’ve been thinking about enabling webmentions; don’t need to rely on a tool, and all the conversation you have on m.b (and others who link to the blog post!) gets captured as “comments” on the post. No clue how to do that yet, though; hoping to spend some time next week and learn.
@herself I don't remember having trouble authenticating but I think I used github.com as an authentication provider at webmention.io, not micro.blog. I'm not sure if you can use micro.blog or not, I'm afraid. Maybe you could add a link to discombobulated.co.nz on your Gitlab or Twitter profiles if you have accounts there.
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