Have you ever commented on an article or a website? Well chances are that you’ve used Disqus, a commenting platform that helps websites build very active communities right where their content is as it further engages with viewers and readers. This free plugin can be easily installed on any type of website to make the comments section even more engaging and lively compared to the typical ones that you see online. So how does it differ from the usual comments section that you see in most blogs or websites? Let’s take a look at some of the interesting features that this commenting platform has to offer.
Just like the common comments section, it has a field where one can post their comments but the advantage of Disqus is that it has a more systematic and organized way of using the readers identity when posting. They can choose to use their social networking profiles such as Google+, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID and even their own Facebook account. This will then use the profile picture that they have used on the social networking account which will then be displayed on the comments section along with the link to their social networking profile. It’s a pretty cool feature if their readers want to establish their own identity which is also a good way to gain more friends online. If they don’t want to use any of these options and be anonymous they can choose to post as a guest which only requires to input their name and email. There’s also an option to use their Disquis account and it will show their chosen avatar when they post a comment.
And speaking of comments, your reader can use not only plain texts but also other media content such as YouTube videos, Flickr photos and a whole lot more. Not only can your readers post comments but they can also do other things such as like the specific comment or even reply to it individually. If there are many comments they can choose to organize it to view them accordingly. If they are interested with the topic they can subscribe to the comments by email so when new comments are sent in they will automatically be notified by email or they can choose to subscribe to it via RSS. If they like to continue the conversation without accessing the comments section all the time, they can do so by simply replying on the email notification that they will receive on their inbox.
Another interesting feature of Disqus is that the readers can pull in other people from around the web so anyone can mention people on the Disqus network or on Twitter and then pull them back into the conversation that you’re having. This is an interesting way for people to grab their contacts and other people that may be interested in the active conversation.
With all these amazing features you can make your comments section more interactive and more lively using this innovative commenting platform.