Lately, I’ve watched blog after blog that I visit say goodbye to outside comment systems like DISQUS and IntenseDebate.
The response from their readers has been overwhelmingly positive. I was surprised by the number of comments that were avidly against outside comment systems.
Personally, I like all of the bells and whistles they provide. In the first few months of this blog I used DISQUS, but I started getting complaints about it from my blog community. I decided to let my readers decide which comment system to use, and they chose against the bells & whistles opting for the generic WordPress comment system.
What about CommentLuv?
I was unable to get CommentLuv to work with my theme so I chose to go with IntenseDebate over DISQUS since CommentLuv had announced it could be integrated with IntenseDebate. Most of my readers are bloggers so they really like CommentLuv.
I was happy because it was a convenient excuse for me to keep the social media integration, widgets, and multiple login options an outside comment system provides. Guess what? My theme designer sent out an update a few weeks back.
Yep, you guessed it. After reading all those posts I decided to disable IntenseDebate to see if the CommentLuv plugin would work on its own. It did (insert sad blogger face here).
Now Announcing – A No Frills Comment System
With my last decent excuse not to ditch the outside comment systems gone, I have switched to the generic WordPress comment system. Here are some of the benefits:
- Much faster page loads
- Less confusion logging in to comment
- No longer dependent on outside servers to be up
- Comments now viewable using mobile devices
- No links routing you to their comment site
- No more sync or lost comment issues
Oftentimes, simplicity is the answer. While I will miss the shiny features that outside comment systems provide, it feels good to eliminate some of the clutter.
What Do You Think?
In the end, I want to use what works the best for my readers. Did I make the right choice?
I’d appreciate any feedback you have.