WP Comment System + CommentLuv Out, Disqus In: Why I Made The Change?

I have made an experiment on one of my blogs by changing WP’s default commenting system to disqus commenting system. Regular readers of that blog will have no doubt noticed the change in the commenting system this week. Yep, I finally decided to make the change from the default WordPress commenting system with various plugins (CommentLuv and GrowMap Anti Spam, etc) to using the Disqus commenting system.

For those of you not sure what Disqus is? Disqus is a commenting system available for WordPress, Blogger, tumblr, Drupal and also works with HTML and JS. Disqus beautifully promotes real-time, engaging and social shareable conversations on your blog or website.

Ditching WP Default Comment for Disqus

I experimented with Disqus back in the early part of this year for 4 weeks just to see how readers would get on with it and I’ve had some positive response and feedback from many readers, I went back to the default WordPress comment system shortly after as I hadn’t completely made up my mind about it.

Anyways I finally made the decision to ditch the default WP comment system and various plugins once and for all, and for the following reasons which I’ll talk about in this post.

Please be assured that I don’t have anything against either the WP default system or CommentLuv or any other plugins that I removed, I continue to use CommentLuv on my other blog’s and I think it’s a fantastic plugin to encourage engagement.

If you’re not too sure what CommentLuv is then I urge you to take a look at it and if you’re not using it, give it a try on your blog. It works simply by allowing commentators to add a link back to their most recent post on their blogs for commenting on your blog. Not only do they get a valuable backlink, but it helps to increase referral traffic to your blog too. Thousands of bloggers use CommentLuv so there is a growing community there.

Anyways, why did I make the change to Disqus?

I understand that respectively Disqus is NOT for everyone and that there are some issues with using it which I’ll talk about at the end of this post. But here are the reasons why I decided to change to Disqus on this particular blog.

1. Professional Solution

First of all there is no doubt or argument that Disqus is a professional solution for promoting engagement, content interaction, social sharing and all the rest of it all from one place, because it really is. Major sites like CNN, IGN and The Telegraph who use Disqus can’t be wrong.

Non registered users can easily sign in using their email address, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ account to leave a comment or if they prefer they can leave a comment as a guest only.

Disqus is simple to setup using their dedicated WP plugin, and after changing a few settings Disqus automatically adapts to your community and fits seamlessly into the WordPress commenting environment.

My aim with my blog has always been to create a professional blog offering professional tips and advice with awesome content, and Disqus fits in perfectly as a direct replacement for the default WP comment system.

2. No Need for Additional Plugins

One of the other reasons and advantages for using Disqus was that I was able to get rid of a few plugins that I no longer required. The plugins I removed being –

CommentLuv
Subscribe to comments
Growmap Anti-Spambot Plugin
Twitter Link Plugin

Now like I said earlier, all of these plugins are amazing, and they serve well on all my other blog and website projects, but for this particular blog I wanted to have a more cleaner and professional function, and so felt that the WP default comment system with those plugins although worked well, did make the commenting system look somewhat dated and non-professional.

3. Less Spam More Real Comments, seriously…

The other great element about Disqus is that comments are made in real time, and an email notification is sent out to all commentators involved in a discussion, so that means the conversation takes place in real-time as it’s happening as it should, and that is definitely one over the WordPress default commenting system.

Disqus uses it’s own anti-spam algorithm, which becomes smarter and more accurate with time and taking into account your moderation activities. During my 4 weeks test of using Disqus I gradually saw the number of spam comments come down significantly, which is another major plus point, and almost eliminates the need for Akismet.

4. Seamlessly Integrates with Social Media

Social media is a big deal and one of the other major reasons for changing to Disqus is because of the massive integration the platform has with social networking sites, such as signing in with Twitter, Facebook or Google+, sharing discussions on social sites, displaying activities on twitter and more. Moreover all this takes place in one single place, in the comment section of your blog.

Ditching WP Default Comment for Disqus

5. Larger Network

Lastly but not least, Disqus is an ever-growing network, the more bloggers integrate it into their blogs the more commentators register with the site, thus ensuring the network continues to grow and flourish, a larger network could mean more traffic.

So those are just some of the reasons why I personally decided to change the comment system over to Disqus, however remember what I said at the begining, just because I think it’s great it doesn’t meants for everyone. There are some minor or major issues (however you want to look at it) that I needed to weigh out first, and I’ll now share them with you.

Comments and moderation are stored on Disqus servers and not on my own, although copies of comments are created in WP.
Disqus scripts could hamper the loading time of my blog, though I’ve not yet tested or monitored this properly.
It could turn some people off commenting on my blog altogether, again not something I’ve seen happen, if anything I’ve seen more comments since using Disqus.

I’m sure there are a few more other niggles but I can’t think of them right now. So please let me know your thoughts on Disqus, would you like to see it here on this blog also or not? do you use it on your blog and if you don’t let us know why. Leave me a comment below as always.

Thank you so much for reading one of my posts. I hope you’ve found incredible value in it. Stay connected & I have lots more great stuff to share with you.

6 thoughts on “WP Comment System + CommentLuv Out, Disqus In: Why I Made The Change?

  1. Hi Gaurav, I enjoyed your post about Disqus, In addition involve some OCD about performance, security and consumer experience design. Yesterday I moved from Disqus to my very own commenting system within my blog, for the reason that it slowdown my page, but in addition because privacy concern.

    Indeed, Disqus has an alternative to allow guest comments, however, it require your current email address and it’s also not optional. Obviously you should use a fake current email address, however it is not obvious for several people and Disqus should allow people post their comments without the private information.

    About the DCL plugin which you mentioned, there’s also some drawback. Within my case as an example, I scrolled all down and I also would not see any comment to start with, and so I believed that your site just isn’t permitted to comment, and I also realized that i will comment once I saw the Disqus loading animation and waited for around 2 seconds. Is it possible to see any difficulty with this? You can easily lose user comments in the event that user will not recognize that there clearly was a commenting system, therefore the user need certainly to watch for more hours to help you to see comments.

    Also, for individuals which use NoScript or have javascript disabled, the individuals also cannot see any comments. This may possess some negative impact on SEO too.

    Please check my blog for my very own commenting system, it really is a little site yet, nonetheless it load extremely fast, and I also genuinely believe that I’m not planning to have any spam comments because my peculiar comment submitting system.

    I will be also likely to write my seriously considered Disqus, so please stay alert! 😀

    1. Hi Fong,

      Many thanks for your detailed feedback. I wish to correct a little wrong belief you currently have about lazyload and about DCL plugin. The circumstance you have pointed out that you scrolled downward and rather quickly there was no comments, that particularly will only take place if you scroll down simply after loading the webpage.

      Thanks..
      Gaurav

      1. Was going to be simply sound in right here… If you have got caching support enabled in the DCL plugin, and lazy load enabled, Google will not be able to crawl your comments. This has-been tested & confirmed by the author.

        1. Alright I observe what you’re suggesting here. It applied to work. Tomorrow morning i will check out the dcl codebase and perhaps try to correct this problem. If I actually correct it will submit the patch to the creator.

  2. Hi Gaurav, thanks for describing.

    Mostly I do not prefer bonding with 3rd party networks while commenting (or doing any such thing) on a blog, and I instead not really have actually my traffic spotting 3rd party systems also. It means that I (they) have to provide my email address not just to the website I (they) connect on, however nowadays also to disqus. Implementing the build in feedback system of WordPress offers me that enclosed discussion with only the website of my choice.

    It really is the cause why I applied your earlier guidance on my website instead of the jetpack method that confronts my site visitors with e-mails from wordpress.com instead of my website. I speculate if you’ll observe an alter in the comment rates. Would be an interesting concern.

    I also inquire if a plugin might do the same technique on the build-in comment and simply showcase them when the user is scrolled downward to that particular aspect and thus will probably be interested in the comments (or actually presses a key for them to display). That may possibly be an beneficial concern too.

    As well as how regarding the currently existing subscriptions on a blog when altering subscription system? Are they removed (a new start) or are they also imported to disquss when altering comment service provider from your own website to disquss?

    Actually you have made your alternative, and I now respond via WP, but it required certain time period to decide if I wished to follow you there. I’m not that excited about the UI though. It has more choices, but isn’t as obvious as the traditional WP, me personally thinks. And on my own personal blog I usually don’t like needing promo web links and brands of external services and plugins But that’s me. Enjoy!

    1. Hi Mark,

      Welcome to my blog…

      Believe me I have an understanding of you perfectly but when your website will grow you have to priority to what exactly your site visitors exactly what than you need. The cause the majority of people use disqus is that these guys do not have actually to come on any specific site to comment. Because of to disqus’s seamless system, you could constantly stay check out who has recently commented or upvoted your comments on whatever other site which usually uses disqus system too. That’s why the majority of user stick to disqus as they don’t require to login or each website or has to provide their information on each comment form.

      Cheers….

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