Before, adding comments to blogs was just plain and boring. You type in your name, URL, email address, message and you’re done. But now, readers have a more interactive way of adding comments and even make an active channel for conversations in your blog. In this blog post we will list the top commenting platforms that you can use on your blog to make it more lively and interactive for your readers and potential viewers.
Disqus continues to be the top pick of most blogs and websites. This free plugin makes the comments section of almost any type of site even more engaging and lively with its flexible options for displaying comments and making it more engaging to the readers. Disqus has creatively made their commenting plugin more appealing to their users by integrating several social networking profiles such as Google+, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID and even Facebook so it shows their profile picture and a link to their profile. You will be notified via email if someone leaves a comment on your site and you can even keep the conversation going by simply replying to the email. You’ll easily know who is sharing your post on Twitter which is a great channel for advertising your site. And if somebody spamming your comments section, you can ban these users to avoid further abuse.
If you want to tap the world’s best social networking site then this plugin is definitely what you need. Facebook Comments allow your users to post comments on your site using their own Facebook account. This plugin is mostly compatible with WordPress and other static sites so you won’t have any compatibility issues. The advantage of using this commenting platform is that it can be shared in the user’s Facebook wall which offers a great opportunity for promoting your site in the social network. Even other Facebook users can join the discussion and turn it into an active commenting section.
IntenseDebate has the same features as Disqus. It features threaded comments where your readers can reply to an earlier comment that was posted on your site. They can even add emoticons just like the ones used in forum sites and they can even do a little spell check before posting. As an admin, you can reply on the comments and even moderate them by simply using your email. And if you would like to do some major moderation on your comments section, IntenseDebate can filter them by keyword, email and even the users IP address to prevent spam. Users can also use their social networking profiles such as Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or even their IntenseDebate if they have one. There’s also an option to share the post via different social networking and bookmarking sites if they wish to.
LiveFyre offers a real-time commenting system where a new comment pops up to notify you if someone has posted a new comment. Threaded comments are also allowed and even users can rate or vote on a specific comment. It also allows your visitors to link their social networking profiles in Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and even tag your contacts if you want to. Blacklisting is also allowed so your comments section is spam protected.
Echo also offers real-time comments that automatically updates on the site without the need to refresh the page. The plugin also offers advanced moderation tools such as blacklisting and bad word filtering to combat spam and keep your comments section clean and moderated. As a moderator, you can choose to feature a comment by labeling it as a top comment so it shows at the top of the comments section. You can also label a specific user as a top commenter to automatically feature their comments above any other user’s comments on your site. Social networking profiles can also be linked so you can share the conversation in Facebook, Twitter and soon in Google+.