Top 4 Comment system for your website

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As promised, part 2 of the special content for this weekend. Here are 4 comment system that i find best usable and helps to engage your audience.

1. Facebook comments system, near universal reach and great social media integration and troll control has made it a choice for many popular sites such as TechCrunch and TodayOnline.

Pros:

  • Proof of a real person since Facebook require you to be a real person which should reduce that you are a spambot or a person that likes to post spam.
  • Near universal reach: 1.5 billion active Facebook user out of 2.9 billion internet users. The numbers speak for themselves. People are more likely to comment when they don’t have to create an account just to comment.
  • Increased shares of post. Facebook comments also allows users to share their comment and the post directly to their profile, this effectively gives you a wider organic reach. This is arguably the best feature of Facebook comments.

Cons:

  • Although there’s 1.5 billion active users, there’s still 1.4 billion that’s not using it. Hence it’s not a one size fit all solution. Consider your target audience before using it.
  • Some like being anonymous, so they will shy away from commenting even if they wanted to.

2. Disqus gives you everything you want in a comment system such as spam protection, social media integration, videos and pictures can be posted as comments as well.

Pros:

  • Disqus is integrated with social media such as Facebook, Twitter. It allows people to tag people in Twitter using their @mention.
  • Disqus tracks comments in real-time so users see the most recent comments first. In addition, Disqus provides user analytic, has a discovery feature to help increase traffic and has great spam control features.
  • Great admin controls. As the owner, you can easily moderate and control what comments get published from your Disqus dashboard or by replying to emails. This makes it simple to maintain your comment section as you check your email.
  • Get paid using their system by using Reveal by showing advertisements using the below-the-fold method.

Cons:

  • Greatest con and i guess real only flaw is that people have to register to comment. But this can be great as well for serious readers of your blog or site.

3. Vicomi comment system is a refreshing take on comment system. It lets users post emoticons along with their comments.

Pros:

  • Vicomi comments are unique. People might just be drawn to your blog or site due to the new commenting system but keeping them there is still up to your content.
  • Easy dashboard. Vicomi provides its own comment moderation dashboard, making it easier to get through your comments than some other systems.
  • It gives you an easy overview of your post by seeing the emotions posted on each article. This allows you to create content that generate more positive comments.

Cons:

  • As it is quite unique, it may not suit serious topics such as finance or politics blogs.

4. IntenseDebate is a threaded comment system which is what Facebook comments changed to where you can reply to a comment posted. This just proves they were in the right direction in engaging people since the biggest social media decided to follow their way of conversation.

Pros:

  • As mentioned, their threaded comment system is engaging and encourages readers to engage each other or for you to engage them easily.
  • There’s a self moderation feature due to the like and dislike where people can rate the previous comments and we all know we like to talk more when we feel appreciated. When users come back to reply, it is also repeated traffic and they may read more articles to comment.
  • The self moderation also helps you to monitor and moderate comments even when you’re not around. This helps to encourage overall higher quality of community replies on your site.

Cons:

  • Some configuration using html is required. If you don’t like to code, this may not be a good idea.

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5. WordPress Default comment system which i am still using. It is free, comes pre-installed and ready to go and can be customised by various plug-ins.

Pros:

  • Ready to go once you’ve installed WordPress onto your host. No further need to tinker with it unless you are looking to customized it.
  • Plugins are readily available. You can find most to fit your needs.
  • There’s no need for users to sign up in order to use it, encouraging people to comment.

Cons:

  • The spam protection when activate tries to get you to pay when signing up as free, remember to slide the what is akismet is worth to $0 on the slider at the sign up page to get rid of the payment option.
  • The comment system has not really changed and this results in it lagging behind other comment systems in terms of social media integration but this can be solved by using plugins.

Well that’s all i have for comment systems. Hope this is useful to you when you decide on what comment system to use. 

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