Isso for comments

As I said in my latest post, I wasn’t very happy with using Disqus to store my comments, mainly because I do not want my data to be hosted by someone else. Thanks to some commenters, I was made aware of an alternative, called isso.

After reading the online documentation, I decided to set it up with It was all a matter of creating a new user called isso, setting a virtualenv to its home dir, and then installing isso itself and uWSGI:

virtualenv ./

And then just start installing:

pip install isso
pip install uwsgi # for deployment

I then set up a system-wide configuration in /etc/isso/ which included the uwsgi configuration and isso’s own file. The last bit needed was to create a systemd unit file to run uWSGI properly (as inspired by the uWSGI docs):


ExecStart=/home/isso/bin/uwsgi --ini /etc/isso/uwsgi.ini


And here’s my uwsgi.ini, for reference:

http = :8050
master = true
; set to `nproc`
processes = 8
cache2 = name=hash,items=1024,blocksize=32
; you may change this
spooler = /home/isso/spool/
module =
; uncomment if you use a virtual environment
virtualenv = /home/isso/
env = ISSO_SETTINGS=/etc/isso/isso.conf

Lastly, I needed to create a new domain for and set nginx to proxy over to port 8050. Everything else was done as the isso documentation suggested. And that’s where you see it now. I have imported the comments from Disqus, so everything should be hopefully in place. Let me know if there are issues.

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