Disqus Comments is a powerful alternative to the default WordPress comment system. In this post, I will highlight both the pros and cons of using both platforms, and share with you a great alternative!
Around 4 years ago, I made the decision to stop using the native WordPress comment system and switch over to Disqus.
I'll explain the reasons why I made the change shortly, however, I should also highlight that at the time of updating this post, I'm no longer using Disqus.
I now use another plugin called Thrive Comments which I'll talk about shortly.
If you’re thinking about upgrading your blog from the default comment system to Disqus, first let me share with you some of the pros and cons of using either of the two commenting platforms.
Now, I am well aware of the downfalls of using a third-party commenting system plugin in WordPress.
Yes, Disqus may throw up some challenges for new users. And, it takes time to get used to from a usability status.
And, yes, page response and loading time might increase ever so slightly, but I discovered that the benefits of using a plugin like Disqus certainly outweigh the downfalls.
One of the things that I immediately noticed within a few weeks of adding Disqus on my blog, was the level and depth of engagement I was receiving.
As you know, engagement is crucial to the success of any blog, and I was so pleased to see the increased engagement.
I can honestly say that immediately after installing Disqus, my spam problem came to an end.
Now, once again, I'm well aware that spam comments were probably still trying to get through somehow, however, Disqus simply wasn't picking any of it up.
Sure, a few slipped through the next now and again, but nothing compared to what I was dealing with before.
Plus, as I continued to moderate comments, whitelisting the ham and blacklisting the spam, the platform began to recognize the pattern I guess.
Using Disqus over time improved the spam filtering, and eventually, I was able to let the plugin take care of the rest.
A very useful and clever 'machine learning' feature which I still think to this day to be amazing.
OK, so I've shared with you some of the reasons why I personally loved using Disqus based on my personal experiences.
So now I want to share with you a list of other pros and cons of using either Disqus or the native WordPress comment system on your blog.
Let's start with the default comment in WordPress
OK, so now let's dive into the pros and cons of using Disqus comments. Let's start with the good old pros.
Changing from native WordPress comments to Disqus, or anything else is a big decision to make, especially if you’ve built up a decent community on your blog where your audience is used to what you already have in place.
In an ideal situation, you might want to get their thoughts first before making such a change.
Simply send out an email asking for their thoughts on whether a change over to Disqus would benefit them at all.
Your readers will appreciate it and it will make them feel special that you're including them in your decision making.
Sure there are pros and cons of using a third-party comment system like Disqus, but recently, a lot of bloggers and website owners I personally know have been making the switch.
Of course, I'm not saying just because everyone else is switching over so should you, I'm saying that Disqus could work for you if you're considering it.
It’s a complete solution, but probably not the best alternative solution...
Now, I want to talk about a plugin that I started using last year called Thrive Comments, which to me is the perfect alternative to both comment systems mentioned above. (Update: I no longer use Thrive Comments).
Why do I think it's perfect?
Because Thrive Comments is a conversion-focused plugin, plus, using it is a great way to reward your readers for commenting on your blog.
Check out the short video below.
Do let me know your thoughts.
Are you currently using the default comment setup in WordPress? And, are you looking to switch to Disqus or anything else?
Maybe to a more conversion-focused comment system like Thrive Comments?
Perhaps you're already using Disqus right now!
If you are, do let me know here how you're finding it and whether it's improved engagement on your blog, or not!
The best of luck.
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