There’s always a debate on the best comment system in blogosphere. Some like the default comment system of their CMS while some prefer to stick with a third-party and more powerful comment system. I fall in the latter category. I am a strong supporter of DISQUS and in this post i will share 8 amazing features that give DISQUS a sharp edge over its competitors.
1. Fast, Fluid and Real-Time
Leaving comments on a DISQUS powered blog feels so light and effortless. Your comments get posted within seconds of clicking the post button! What’s more? For logged-in users, the entire conversation (including new comments and replies) appears as if it’s happening in real-time. I have recorded a video that walks you through the entire UI of the new DISQUS. Here it is:
2. Less Spam
This is one of the key features that separates DISQUS from rest of the comment services (especially CommentLuv). Its wonderful spam detection technology powered by akismet keeps fake/spam comments away!
3. Social Integration
With DISQUS, It’s possible to leave comments using your favourite social media networks. Currently it supports all the 3 major social networking websites – Google+, Twitter and Facebook. So if you don’t want to register an account with DISQUS, you can always drop your comments using anyone of these social networking websites! Moreover, you can also share interesting comments on Twitter or Facebook 🙂
4. Complete Control
Under the hood, DISQUS gives you full control to manage the look and feel of your comments. You can change the default comment avatar, add CSS to personalize the look of your comments and you can even export, import and migrate entire threads, if you ever wish to make a switch 🙂
Community is another great feature of DISQUS. As the name suggests, it highlights the name of the people who interact the most with a blog powered by DISQUS, thus working as an integrated top commentators widget! The feature can be accessed by clicking on the community tab in the DISQUS widget. Here’s a screenshot of the latest community of Budding Geek:
6. Remote Moderation
DISQUS email notifications make it possible to manage the comments on your blog via e-mail, right after the moment comments are posted on your blog! You can approve, delete and can even reply to the comments right from the comfort zone of your inbox. I bet, it can’t get better than this!
7. Discussion Stars
DISQUS makes subscribing to a comment thread as easy as clicking on a star(icon), literally! It’s called starring a discussion. Now that’s a treat for lazy people 😀 Isn’t it ?
8. Internal Discovery
Discovery is a feature introduced in DISQUS 2012. It’s of two types – internal and external. While internal discovery brings other popular discussions on your blog in focus, the external discovery points to related external links from other websites on your blog. DISQUS has a monetization program associated with latter one that apparently works on CPC model, but pays only cents 🙁 Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to implement the former one as it does help to keep your visitors engaged 😉
So, have you tried DISQUS? What do you like the most about it? You can share your thoughts in the comments below 😉