One of the few challenges I faced as a blogger was dealing with spam. Initially, I had hoped to you use the default comment system which I greatly customized. But after an event in one of my articles surfaced, I had to think again.
In the article, one of my visitors who happens to be a troll didn’t like what I wrote and in an embarrassing attempt to get attention, he commented 10-times anonymously and dropped links to several unclad sites. What really pricked me was that he didn’t stop there; he went further by using my own name to drop more comments. I didn’t have to think twice, but what I did was to carefully analyze some of the popular commenting system available. I eventually picked Disqus and everything has been just perfect.
Overview: Disqus commenting system works like a charm, the installation is pretty easy for an average user. It is a universal system that incorporates all popular social networks. Meaning the likelihood that you will have an anonymous dude trying to spam your blog with annoying comments is eliminated since everyone has to be authenticated. Although, Disqus allows you to turn on or off guest commenting, spam is greatly reduced.
One of the greatest features of Disqus commenting system is the seamless interaction it brings, not only with blog authors but with other blogs that uses the system. You can track discussions and sub-discussions effortlessly. Disqus also implements threaded comments in an exciting manner and encourages more comments.
Disqus commenting system is one amazing tool you would like to try out. The flexibility you get while designing your comment area is simply mind-blowing. You can place your comments above or below your posts, sort comments by age, select gravata sizes, and select the kind of font you want to use and a host of other features that may come in handy. So whatever you may want, it comes most times out-of-the-box without having to do much work. If your blog generates so many comments, why not add moderators? Disqus will let you do that in 20 seconds.
The karma feature of Disqus is very well implemented. When a commenter drops a comment, visitors will use the voting snippet to rate the comment. Everyone would love an online reputation; this further reduces the chances of mediocre comments to the minimum.
Oh Yes! Disqus also has a feature called “Discovery”. What this does is that, articles from other blogs would be visible on the right-hand side, below the comments area of your blog to your visitors. Of course, it isn’t there by accident; Disqus gives you revenue from sales of those links on your blog. That’s a pretty nice extra bucks to get some gasoline.
One of the drawbacks using Disqus and not limited to itself alone is that all your comments are stored on one server, not your server but their own server. Should anything happen to Disqus, your comments are gone forever. Should Disqus also change their business model of operation, your comments might not be recovered also. A lot of people have dumped third-party commenting systems for this reason only, while it is not entirely out-of-place, they too have got valid points as I stated earlier.
Verdict: It might comes as a surprise that this review has more credits than negatives, and this can only suggest one thing; that Disqus is the ultimate commenting system to improving your blog’s comments. A lot of bloggers might find it difficult to change because of the time spent on customizing that part of their blog. The fact that Disqus is eventually the same interface across board may also turn-off other people. But if you love simplicity and want to experience a true commenting system, there is no other better time than initiating the process right now.
Don’t worry if you have got lots of comments, Disqus will effortlessly migrate all your comments to their server and have them show up on the pages where they were initially located. On a final note, Disqus currently works with Blogger, Tumbrl, WordPress, Drupal, HTML and JS.
Questions: I really want to read your thoughts about your experience with either Disqus or Default Systems for comments.
1. Do you get turned-off to drop a comment when you realized the blog’s comment system is powered by Disqus?
2. As a blogger, what inspired you to dump the Default comment system?
Looking forward to hearing what your thoughts are.