If you have a blog then we are sure installing a comment system has been one of your biggest worries. You want your comment system to be easy to navigate for your readers but at the same time it shouldn’t be so easy that it attracts spam.
While there is no perfect comment system, it all depends on your requirements and the kind of readers you get on your blog every day. And that is why you need to understand the positives and negatives of each one of them.
Here are some of the comment systems available right now:
Base comment system
This is the default comment system available on the platform you are using. Most of the blogging platforms like WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger have their own version of it. There is no doubt that all of them have their own shortcomings, but most of the people still prefer it over third party plugins.
Why? Because they are faster. And also because installing a third party comment system takes a lot of effort. Blogger and Tumblr’s comment system cannot really detect spam that easily, with the Akismet plugin in WordPress it does make it easier to withhold spam comments. But again, even the plugin cannot guarantee you 100% spam filter.
Definitely one of the most famous commenting systems, it is preferred by most of the big websites. In fact, according to a recent survey, Disqus is preferred by 75% of the websites right now. Firstly because it integrates easily with any platform without any fuss and secondly because it is highly customizable.
If you are using Disqus for the first time or you have decided to migrate on to Disqus, integrating it with your blog is extremely easy. After signing up on Disqus, you can check the Import/ Export options that let you import your existing comments from other platforms like Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr.
It is absolutely mobile friendly. Even when its interface is swapped with different mobile devices, its efficiency remains absolutely unchanged. Disqus also offers iPhone and Android mobile apps to help website administrators in handling their comments.
And leaving comment on Disqus is absolutely convenient and easy. The commenting is real time which means you do not need to refresh the page to see new comments
The Disqus commenting system requires all the users to register through email, Facebook, Twitter or Google + in order to comment. Once you have registered, you can comment on any website which has Disqus as its commenting platform.
Every time someone leaves a comment, the other commenters are notified about it through email. Readers can like someone’s comment or directly reply on it. Disqus users can also tag any other user in their comment. Users also have the option of attaching photo, video or a link.
As for you as the website administrator, Disqus makes it easier to decide if you want all your comments to be put into moderation or you only want those users in moderation whose email hasn’t been verified yet. It also has the provision of adding several other moderators to clear out the moderation queue quickly.
But then, the compulsory registration could definitely be a turn off for some users and Disqus is a little slower than the native commenting system.
To set up your own Disqus commenting system, register here at Disqus Engage.
Facebook Commenting System
There is hardly anyone left on this earth who doesn’t use Facebook. With an embedded commenting system, you not only get verified users but this also means your users don’t have to login when they decide to leave a comment. If they are already logged into their Facebook account, they are good to go.
Choosing Facebook commenting system on your blog means a better exposure for your website. This kind of exposure is usually much bigger than a small mere like.
Users can also share the blog posts, receive notifications about the subsequent comments on their Facebook account and of course, like the comments. This is definitely great for users who like stating their views publically but this could be a bad platform for users who don’t want their name or profile pictures out in the public.
Also, Facebook commenting system is not linked to any other commenting system, which mean you are all set to lose to lose your old comments if you decide to migrate on to Facebook.
You can generate code for Facebook comment plugin from here and in case you are shopify user you can get your Facebook plugin here for $2.99 per month.
Similar to Disqus, Livefyre is also a great third party plugin. All users need to register on Livefyre before publishing a comment. They can register either by email, Facebook, Twitter, Google + or Linkedin.
Now, LiveFyre might be new but that does not mean they are naïve. Livefyre has all the features found in other commenting systems, it is engaging and super user friendly.
The users can follow a conversation, tag people on their comments using ‘@’, just like Facebook, share a particular comment on social media and also flag a comment if they find it inappropriate. A special feature of Livefyre is that you can know the number of commenters online and the number of commenters listening to a conversation.
Just like Disqus, Livefyre too has strong moderation features which includes multiple moderators, spam protection blacklists, whitelists and individual activity reports. And of course, it is completely mobile friendly.
You can install Livefyre for WordPress and Tumblr from here just by creating a free account.
The comment system you choose should completely depend on the technology you are using on your blog as well as what is more feasible to both you and your users.
Which comment system do you use on your blog?
This commenting system was actually created by the amazing people who brought to WordPress, Akismet and PollDaddy. So there is absolutely no way to side line this one.
If your website is backed up by WordPress and you are looking for a third party commenting system, then this is a sure shot bet for you. Since IntenseDebate was actually coded by the same people who created WordPress.
Just like Disqus and Livefyre, users are supposed to login to leave a comment. The users can get email notifications about follow up comments, which is a great way to keep your readers engaged.
InstenseDebate also allows you to flag a comment if you find it inappropriate in away, and not just that, it also lets you give a reason for flagging. One of the distinctive features of IntenseDebate is that, it allows users to tweet the same comment they have just posted on your blog, which of course means, more traffic.
One feature that we absolutely loved was that the users can reward and give points to good and thought out comments, and these comments appear on top of the list, far away from the less quality comments. This is a great way to encourage good quality content on your blog.
Users can login through an Open ID, Twitter, Facebook or their WordPress.com login. There are numerous widgets that website administrators can choose to install like top commenters, popular and the most recent comments.
And with its Plugin API, you add features like PollDaddy or embed video links.
This is a very simple comment system with a singular selling point – its colourful emoticons. Now we are sure that you might have actually not heard of Vicomi but that could actually attract more people to comment on your blog.
With Vicomi, you can be absolutely sure that you are not missing out on sarcasm in the context of any comment, because users can clearly share their emotion along with their comment.
Users can get credits for their comments by other users. If users like a comment, they can recommend it or if they find an irrelevant or an offensive comment, they can flag it. This is sort of self-moderation which can actually help you in the moderation process. It has a separate dashboard from where you can manage all your comments.
Of course, its biggest con is that it’s not so famous and users might just look confused when they see this but again, this could also work to your advantage. But because its design looks so fun and colour, it is definitely not suitable for those serious hard hitting blogs. It all depends on who your audience is and how you want your audience to perceive your blog.
With all that being said, the most important thing here to understand is that there is absolutely no perfect choice. Each one of these comment systems mentioned above have one or the other problem, but it is for you to decide which one of them best suits your requirement and your expectations.
Which comment system are you using on your blog right now?