Why I Went From Disqus to Jetpack Comments & Back
As a blogger, we all want to make it super easy AND fast for our visitors to comment on our blog posts. Over the years I tried out a number of commenting systems from livefyre, Facebook/Google comments, WordPress native comments, Disqus to Jetpack Comments etc. and finally chose Disqus. But every other year or so I get this feeling that there might be another system out there that’s even better that the one I have installed. That’s what went on this week.
I had been using Disqus for the last 2+ years but after coming across some blogs using Jetpack via design on BlogLovin, I thought of testing Jetpack; after all it’s pretty much the only system I hadn’t tried yet.
Why? For 3 reasons:
1. It seemed much more simpler than Disqus.
2. I was already using the Jetpack plugin for some other features like publicize, Photon etc. so using the built-in system that the same plugin provided made sense.
3. Jetpack is pretty much the native WordPress commenting system on steroids so there’s no third-part involved
4. Jetpack let me keep my theme’s comment styling (which I like) as is.
5. At the time I was thinking of getting my blog more connected with the WordPress.com community so I figured Jetpack comments with their WordPress.com log-in & like button integration would help me fit in.
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Here’s why I chose Disqus (again) over Jetpack Comments
I used Jetpack Comments for a month and decided to move back to Disqus.
1. I haven’t checked the statistics, but from my personal experience, the Disqus community is much more professional, active and includes a much wider range of topics compared to the WordPress community. So disqus not having the WordPress.com login option by default doesn’t bother me at all.
2. Disqus lets your readers attached photos with their comments. Jetpack is too simple a system to even think of this feature. I love this feature because it works great for contests where you want your readers to send you photos.
3. It seems with Disqus you CAN now have a WordPress sign-in feature but you need to Disqus WordPress single sign-on. I did that today and am waiting for the feature to be activated for me. If that works, nothing like it!
4. The disqus discovery box helps your readers find other interesting content on your blog which means they might stick around longer. It basically gives you a related posts feature without touching code.
5. The Disqus ‘Recommend’ button works just like the WordPress.com ‘Like’ button but I think the ‘Recommend’ button will help you reach a much bigger audience because it’s not restricted to just one blogging platform.
6. I really like the quick comment sharing feature that Disqus has. Sometimes sharing a nice comment someone left on your post to your social networks attracts new visitors to check out the post.
Pro Tip: Don’t just create a profile and add Disqus to your site. Be active on the community. Read and follow other blogs you like, post comments. That will get you more visitors, followers and in time, leads.
So, I think I’m all set to use Disqus (for the foreseeable future) without a doubt in my mind about its superiority over all other commenting systems available for WordPress right now.
What Commenting System Do You Use?
What do you think about it? Is it working for you?