Test over. I love Disqus, but I’m back to the WordPress comment system.
Here’s what I loved about Disqus, why it might work great for you, and why I turned it off (at least for now).
- Disqus handles filtering comments, auto approves and generally takes care of a lot of the admin side of comment management. It did save me time. For this reason alone it’ll stay a possibility for the future.
- The layout is beautifully clean. I like that. It just looks neat and orderly.
- It allows sign in through multiple sites, helping improve your reach into the social networks.
- It brings in Tweets as reactions and lists them below the comments. Awesome for social proof as well as a nice little ego-boost.
- It doesn’t show trackbacks. I like knowing if I’ve been talked about somewhere else. They still show up in WordPress and I can moderate them there so it’s not a huge deal, but it’d be nice if they were handled in Disqus.
- I had to give up CommentLuv (the plugin that shows the poster’s last blog post below their comment). I love, love, love CommentLuv. It’s awesome. It makes it easy for me to visit my commenters.
- Also had to give up the Twitter Link below usernames and I found I missed that more than I expected. I really like to connect with my commenters on Twitter and get familiar with their names/IDs.
- Gravatars weren’t showing up. I have no idea why. I miss seeing faces though.
Some of these are probably settings issues. I’ve played with it some but I haven’t been motivated enough to really mess with it — so in other words, I didn’t give it a totally fair chance and you shouldn’t hold this against it. Some may be related to my theme (although it’s a popular premium theme and I have to think it was tested with Disqus at some point). And most are really minor (except the top one and the CommentLuv one). In fact, the awesome almost outweighs the less awesome list. It’s really close. I can see Disqus being the perfect solution at some point in the future for me–especially if they implement something like CommentLuv.
Did you like Disqus here or are you happy I’m back to CommentLuv and WP powered comments? I’m willing to keep re-thinking this one.
But for now I’ve pulled my comments back out of Disqus. CommentLuv is back. So comment away and get links back to your site, your last blog post, plus a link to your Twitter.
I’d love to hear your two cents on comment management. Do you prefer a system like Disqus with the profiles and other cool features? Or have you stuck with what’s built into your blog and just added plugins for more functionality?