Yesterday, I announced a new commenter appreciation program in my post, Comments Are a Blogger’s Best Friend. Lately, I have been hearing some grumbling about DISQUS in some comments that have been left on this site, and from what I’ve been reading other blogs.
When I originally thought about writing this post, it was simply going to be a comparison between DISQUS and CommentLuv; however, there have been some recent developments which have made IntenseDebate a viable option. Of course, there is always the option of just sticking with the vanilla WordPress comment system, but I prefer the features the other comment systems provide.
Why I Chose DISQUS for This Site
I hate it when people say this, but I chose DISQUS as the comment system for this blog because Keller Hawthorne uses it. Starting out a few months ago, I tried to mimic as much as I could from Keller. Given her success, can you blame me?
It’s been over two months since I’ve started using DISQUS, so now it’s about my experience with it. Overall, I am very satisfied; however, the past few weeks it’s been pretty erratic which is causing me some concern.
Things I Like About DISQUS
- The way the comment box and comment section is formatted
- How commenters can go from blog to blog without re-entering their information
- Get to know commenters better by reading other comments on their DISQUS profile
- Social media integration with Facebook and Twitter
- Multiple options available for signing in
- Moderation and spam filtering features
- Includes widgets like robust recent comments and popular posts
- Ability to edit your comments
Things I Don’t Like About DISQUS
- It uses an iframe for the comment box (antivirus software issues)
- Too many of the links take you to the DISQUS site unexpectedly
- Can slow loading times for my pages when DISQUS server is slow
- Reactions have been very erratic for last several weeks
- Widgets have not worked for several hours at a time recently
- Does not have option to show commenter’s latest blog post
Why Not CommentLuv?
CommentLuv seems to have two features that draw people to it.
First, it gives you the ability to DO FOLLOW comments which is a great motivator for people to leave comments. Giving away Google link juice is always popular.
Second, it provides a message below the user’s comment displaying their latest blog post. I love this, but from a blog owner’s point of view a great comment could be ruined by the title of the commenter’s latest post.
Does CommentLuv Develop Community?
From a comment marketing point of view, there is nothing better than a relevant DO FOLLOW CommentLuv enabled blog. If you want a ton of comments, this works well. How great are the comments though?
I must confess to posting on some of these type blogs solely for the links, and I really struggled to come up with comments that added to the conversation. I don’t want that to happen here. While CommentLuv encourages comments, I’m not sure it really encourages community.
CommentLuv for DISQUS?
I could add some of the features DISQUS provides to CommentLuv with other addons, but then you have to worry about them causing issues. There was hope earlier in the year that CommentLuv would be integrated with DISQUS, but here’s the latest…
What About IntenseDebate?
IntenseDebate has many of the same benefits as DISQUS; however, the major issue I have is that the aesthetic qualities are not great. The other comparisons with DISQUS seem to be a wash with any lost features made up for by a feature DISQUS doesn’t have.
I’ve only seen IntenseDebate used on two other websites that I’ve visited, but the number of DISQUS websites has not been much higher. The overwhelming choice among blogs that I have visited is plain vanilla WordPress or CommentLuv.
Andy thinks the new integration with IntenseDebate will be popular.
I am more concerned with what you think about the comment system here though.
What Say You? Help Me Decide.
Okay, so here are the options as I see them.
- Keep DISQUS as my comment system.
- Switch to CommentLuv giving up the features of DISQUS.
- Change to IntenseDebate with CommentLuv.
I am okay with #1 as long as DISQUS stabilizes soon. I don’t like the idea of giving up so many features for #2, but am not completely opposed to it. I am intrigued by #3, but I don’t know too much about IntenseDebate.