Disqus is one of the most popular comment systems on the web. This is because, not only it can be used in WordPress, it can also be used to integrate with other content management systems such as Drupal, Wix, and Joomla.
But, there are other reasons to why it’s popular besides its multi-integration capability.
One of it which I think should be mentioned at the top of this review is the social login feature. This social login feature allows readers with a Facebook account, Google account, or a Twitter account to leave a comment without having to sign up. It removes the hurdle of signing up for an account and activating it before being able to leave a comment. And I’m sure this is the way to encourage readers to comment too as they get to comment in the comfort of their own preferred account. And, it is also the best way to combat spam comments.
Besides that, there’s also a Disqus community built around it. Readers can follow other commenters and stalk other commenters history which makes commenting more lively and fun at the same time. This is something not to be seen with any other commenting system except for Facebook. However, be warned that the Disqus community is not as happening as what you get with Facebook’s community.
On the other hand, if compared with Facebook’s comment system, Disqus has a way-way more advanced system. That’s for sure. To prove my point, here’s a list of things Disqus commenting system can do which Facebook commenting system can’t:
But if you compare Disqus to the standard WordPress commenting system, Disqus is the Almighty. Here’s a list of things Disqus can do which the standard WordPress commenting system can’t do (on top of the ones listed above against Facebook):
In other words, Disqus is sort of the best of the best in the commenting system industry. However, you can’t really argue with it as that’s what they are specialized in. And they have been perfecting it since 2007.
Speaking of perfecting it, they also recently released something called Reactions not long ago. This
It’s very similar to Facebook’s Reactions which you come across on Facebook News Feed.
But, if you are not a fan of it, you can easily disable it.
Other than that, Disqus allows you as the website owner to manage comments from the Disqus dashboard. You can view the latest comments posted, moderate comments, restrict the usage of certain words, and ban users. It really makes you be in control of it.
On top of that, if you are too lazy to access the dashboard, you can also moderate comments directly from your email inbox.
Disqus sure seems like the perfect comment system there is out there. Well, in fact, it is. As I mentioned earlier, you really can’t argue with it as they have been perfecting it since 2007.
However, there is a downside to it. And this downside is not coming from the comment system, but it comes from the way you set the whole thing up. It requires additional work such as signing up for an account with Disqus, installing the plugin and some other minor configurations.
The upside to the downside is, if you get past through the mentioned downside, you will never want to associate yourself with another comment system.
Other nifty features include:
Pricing wise, it’s free. That’s right. No charges no matter how many websites you integrate it with. But, you won’t be able to get any help from their support team if you need it, no advanced moderation tool, no email subscription, no audience analytics, and no content analytics. All these premium stuff only comes with their paid plans.
In short, I think Disqus comment system is the way to go although it doesn’t have the premium stuff and I don’t think I’m wrong in this when a lot of other established websites such as Android Police and Entertainment Weekly are using it without any complaints.