In my October’s post about the reasons behind my switching to CommentLuv+DoFollow a lot of people commented their impression and view on this change, and their personal experience with the blogs they run (and I thank all of them, that’s still one of the most successful posts of this blog).
I keep getting comments on that, especially from people who are using different commenting platforms (for example, IntenseDebate), so, in light also of the latest Facebook commenting system, I decided to write this post as a sort of repository for everything there is to know about all the various systems laying around.
But I won’t simply write my opinion on them or an HowTo or in-depth description of each of them. I will limit myself to naming them, giving a quick overview and asking YOU readers to give your opinion on them, because, quite frankly, no one can speak about a product better than the people using it in first place.
A Wild Jungle
There are many commenting systems out there, as you all know.
Let’s see more in detail, trying to keep it descriptive and neutral:
A wildly popular system which interfaces with your WordPress commenting system providing a very cool front-end and adding a “social” layer to the whole experience.
Disqus uses an internal anti-spam engine and manages several posting preferences, like various login systems (Twitter and Google included), user’s profile, customization of the posting form and so on.
The centralized website allows you to register and setup your personal commenting platform within minutes.
This WordPress plugin adds the ability for people commenting on a post to show a link to their latest post, which can be selected from a drop-down menu among the latest 10 posts (this behavior can be changed and functionalities added with a paid option). Additionally, one can check the commenter’s profile and their latest activity in CommentLuv enabled blogs.
It is an addition to WordPress own commenting system adding the chance to make your blog become part of an ever-growing blogging community.
Popular additions to this are the DoFollow plugin (so that your commenters will be rewarded by Mr. Google for leaving a comment in your blog with a backlink to their own) and the KeywordLuv one (which allows you to add a custom way to link back to your website with relevant keywords instead of using a ridiculous name like many do).
This system is similar to Disqus, adding commenter’s profiles, reply-by-email, reputation, comment-voting and many other options to your WordPress comments.
I honestly never used this platform from an admin’s perspective, so it’s only fair to link to their official Features list.
As I mentioned before, Facebook recently launched its own commenting platform. Of course it makes use of every feature Facebook is popular for, for example you can Like any comment and make it appear in your personal stream.
Comments posted this way will appear with your Facebook first and last name, this helps fighting spam at the cost of privacy (which is a good deal if you ask me). However people without a Facebook account will be locked out, if this is your only source of comments.
Now It’s Up To You
I listed the 4 most popular systems, but I am sure there are many out there. Perhaps you use them, perhaps you don’t and just go with the basic WordPress comments, or maybe you use something else.
My question to you is very simple: can you name 3 reasons why anyone would want to use the commenting system you use in your own blog?