What Is The Best Comment System For WordPress Blogs

Yes, the argument for the best comment system for WordPress blogs is continuing but I’m here to tell you, no matter what you read on other blogs, the best comment system for your WordPress blog is the default one. Don’t be like all those sheep out there who install third party comment systems like Livefyre, Intense Debate and Disqus just because others are doing it. Why, because if you do, you will get fewer comments.

I proved that when I wrote my post on how Disqus is costing people comments. Out of 183 people who took part in the poll, 54% said they would not comment on a blog that used Disqus. It would have been higher but some said they would comment if the blogger was someone they knew. So, if you’re a newbie I definitely would stick with the default system. Why the heck would you change when it has all the benefits a commentator would want, not to mention the added benefits from those bloggers who have installed commentluv and keywordluv?

Sure some of those comment systems might have bells and whistles but are theyAquarel birds worth it when you consider that it could well cost you valuable comments? Then there’s also the possibility if your third party comment system bites the dust that it would take all your comments with it! Now there is a horrible thought. I’ve had people using Disqus email me asking for help because they were scared of losing their comments knowing that their comments were held off site. Unfortunately I couldn’t help them because I was never silly enough to install it and so I didn’t know much about it.

You may be wondering why I dislike those commenting systems so much. It’s because I refuse to go through any extra hoops when leaving a comment, which my previous post proved to be the most popular reason for not commenting on those blogs. What’s that, I can register for free and then it’s easy to leave a comment? True, but there’s the rub, there is the extra hoop I have to jump through, and then if I delete my cookies, which I do a lot, I have to sign in again when wanting to comment on those blogs. Those damn hoops, I have enough crap to put up with without having more spoiling my blogging experience.

As far as I’m concerned I believe that old saying, ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’. But hey, don’t listen to me, you go ahead and install it, that’s just one less blog that I need to comment on. :drunk_tb:

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  1. I totally agree.
    I’d been using disqus for few months but the thing i didn’t like about it is, it doesn’t load properly in slower connection. WordPress’s comment system looks so familiar to me, I’m tempted to comment everytime I see it :)

  2. I agree that commenting system used by blogger should be simple and easy for reader to leave their comment. I have once browse through a blog that i mean to leave a comment on that post but later found that i must register to one of the community account in order to do so.

  3. I could not agree more; leaving a comment should be made as easy as possible. Extra “hoops” just discourage potential commenters.

  4. Hi,

    Good I read this while researching on the best comment plugin. I have not installed any plugin and wont do it now for sure. Although I will be using comentluv and keywordluv now. Thanks for this post.

  5. Completely agree with you on this one. If you want to encourage people to comment on your blog, you should make it as easy as possible for them to do so, not go out of your way to make it more complicated.

          1. :laugh_tb: Smilieys are easy on this blog Petra, you just click on the Smiley box above the comment form and then select from the many smileys.

  6. You’re right, I think commenting should be left as easy as possible. Sure, some of these systems offer advanced features (off site hosting), but in the end it just ends up adding problems for the admin and poster. If you’re looking for valuable input, comments should be as easy as possible to leave in my opinion.

      1. YES, I 100% agree. I’ve had terrible things happen to my entire comment system when using offsite comment hosting. We completely lost all comments it was not fun at all.

  7. I think a combination of commenting tools is always best. I have personally always been partial to comment luv and keyword luv together…

  8. Well said Mate
    Leaving a comment should be made as easy as possible – don’t make people jump through hoops, they are doing you a favour by leaving a comment on your blog.

    For some of these systems you actually have to register.
    Can you believe that?

    Use the default system combined with GASP antispam plugin and a trackback spam plugin and you are good to go.

    Good call Peter – if it aint broke don’t fix it!
    Keith Davis recently posted…The Coolest Voice on the InternetMy Profile

    1. Hey Keith, it had to be said mate. I know I talked about it ages ago but I just had to bring it up again when I noticed some of the blogs I frequent have added those systems. It’s entirely their choice and they probably won’t care if I stop commenting but I just needed to remind people of what the consequences could be.
      Sire recently posted…Your Guest Poster Breaks The Rules! Now What?My Profile

  9. Hi Sire,

    I kind of agree with you in this one. I think the less you use a third party system the less likely you’ll find all your “content” (comment here) gone one day.

    Now, the argument that you are less likely to be spammed with you use those system… oh well. I don’t know about this one.

    I’d say the WordPress commenting system, is quite fine as it is.

    Ben Wan
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    1. Hey Ben, strange that you brought up the spam aspect because I read one post today where the blogger went from Disqus but to the default because his spam was through the roof.
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  10. Twitter:
    Luckily one of those often-used 3rd party commenting system allows leaving comments without having to login, but I still find the default commenting system much easier to use because you know it so you don’t have to look around for which fields to fill out etc.

    For me, the default wordpress commenting system gets my vote!
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    1. Ah yes! And yet there are those who fail to see the benefits, or perhaps they are looking for something more? But then what more is there than looking after those who would grace your blog with a comment? :drunk_tb:
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  11. I think that commenting should only be a win-win situation. I remember those blogs that i wanted to comment on, but i found that they use Livefyre as a third party comment service which i think it requires you to register and finally you get a link not to your website, but to your Livefyre profile. How this could be a mutual benefit? Thanks for the good point.

    1. Yeah, I have to admit I couldn’t get my head around that Livefyre system. I read a really good blog post the other day and was itching to leave a comment but left without leaving one because they were using Livefyre. :tongue2_tb:

      1. Hi Edgar and Sire, Jenna from Livefyre here. While I understand your feelings on third party comment systems, I think we offer many benefits to bloggers to help them build community on their site. Our real-time and social features make the conversation an engaging experience and have proven to increase the quantity and quality of the comments, along with increasing pageviews and other core metrics on sites. We also write all comments back to the WordPress database, so if you want to turn Livefyre off at any time you still have all of the content. We’re about giving bloggers choice so we’re not trying to lock anyone in to our system.

        We will actually be changing the link on the username to default to the user’s website, and if you click on the avatar of Livefyre user you will see information about them, including social links and a link to their website.

        I understand creating an account can be a barrier to entry, but we see the benefits outweigh the negatives by far. It keeps people more engaged in the conversation and makes sure the quality is high as well, not to mention minimal spam.

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Livefyre. We’re interested in hearing all feedback as we continue to iterate on our platform. I think it’s great that bloggers have several choices for comment systems as it means the features will continue to improve across the board.

        1. Hi Jenna, thanks for taking the time to read the post and leave a comment. Unfortunately it’s the barrier that bothers me, if 50% of readers leave without leaving a comment then as far as I’m concerned the those benefits just are not worth it.

          You said ‘Our real-time and social features make the conversation an engaging experience’, well I can’t see how it’s any better than the default comment system, especially now that WordPress has a threaded (nested) comment system. Add to that plugins like commentluv and keywordluv and commentators are being rewarded for leaving a comment. As far as I’m concerned that attracts a lot more participation on a blog than a third party system ever will :wink_ee:

  12. I completely agree with you. I think that simplicity and subtlety is lost in many of the other comment systems. Beyond that, I think that many people are incredibly quick to discount that the native system isn’t as good, but it is the one that majority of people use, the one that the majority of people are used to and the one that won’t confuse or deter the majority of people. A comment is a comment and anything that is trying to gussy it up is detracting from the point of it.

    1. I agree with you Chandler. I don’t know why these people have to look for something more when the default system offers everything they need and with the addition of plugins like commentluv and keywordluv is far better than any system out there.

      Still, their loss is our gain. :drunk_tb:


  13. Twitter:
    Wow, spam from the same guy twice on the same post; morons! lol

    We both know where my loyalties lie. Sure, people say that other comment systems allow you to just pop in an email and name & post your comment but then you’re never notified if there were any responses to your comment; what’s that all about? If I have a bigger gripe on comment systems, it’s those people who haven’t tested their blogs to make sure that others will receive notification if they’re comment gets a response.

    By the way, I notice you’ve changed your settings so I only have access to my last 5 CommentLuv posts.
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    1. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt Mitch as I know some people do that because they think their first comment didn’t work. :smile2_ee:

      I sure as hell didn’t Mitch, at least not intentionally, so I best be taking a look at that. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I get to choose from ten but that could be because I’m the admin.

      The latest one I’ve come across is Livefyre which does allow you to sign in using Twitter, Linkedin Google and other stuff, but why on earth would I want to do that? It may be ok for someone who doesn’t have a blog or website but it doesn’t suit me at all.

      Just had a look at my settings and it’s set so everyone gets to pick from 10 posts so I don’t know what’s going on there?


      1. Twitter:
        Sire, it’s weird but I’m still only getting 5 links; I’ll have to verify it’s just your blog and not anyone else’s. Actually I just did and it seems to be happening on some other blogs as well and it seems to be based on the CommentLuv emblem you selected. For instance, you and some others are using the new one, and it’s limiting me to 5 choices. On my blog, I selected what looks like the old one, and on another blog the guy’s using the old one, and I have 10 choices as well. Not sure why that’s it, but it seems to be the reason.
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        1. Mitch, I’m using the default emblem and I can’t see how that would make any difference?

          I think there’s a bug in the system. I know I had to go in and edit the message section because every time I go into commentluv it adds weird characters into it.

          By old one do you mean the black or white one. I can change it to see if it makes any difference.

  14. I completely agree with you. I think that simplicity and subtlety is lost in many of the other comment systems. Beyond that, I think that many people are incredibly quick to discount that the native system isn’t as good

    1. I think they only come to that decision because they are swayed by the opinions of others and as we all know that’s not always a good thing.

    2. Marazm, keep in mind that this is just a rhetorical question: Did you just copy and paste the first two lines from my comment?

      Well, I guess it is a testament to the ease of the native commenting system.

      1. Good call Chandler, I can’t believe I missed that. Thanks, and because of his despicable act I have removed the url from his name. :devil_tb:

  15. I agree 100%. Commenting should be made easy and I certainly do not have the time to register and jump through all sorts of other hoops to comment on a blog. The bottom line is that we are all looking for traffic so let’s be adult about it and get on with making some money.

    1. So what you’re saying Tilly is that apart from costing you comments it could also be costing you traffic? That makes sense, especially if you consider that people may not subscribe to blogs that use third party commenting systems.

  16. We have tried pretty much every system in existence and while each one CAN provide additional benefits – we always seem to return to the original WP comments.

    With page load speed being an SEO factor – those external plugins, filled with scripts and css you can’t control add too much to page load speed
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    1. I’ve only tried one, many years ago Alex, and that was enough. :wink_ee:

  17. I am right there with you on this topic. I hate having to sign up for something to post a comment. If they want your input they need to make the effort to make it not so difficult. Comment help them keep the content fresh and brings new dimension o the post, when they make you jump through hoops you get less of a response.

    1. Well David, the only way these people will get the message is if we tell them. I did my bit by writing this post, now you do yours by hitting those social media buttons :thumbup_tb:
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  18. Hi Sire,

    I agree with you that a newbie should not install these third party systems because they have not made “friends” who would comment because they are friends. Most people who install these systems are those who think they have “arrived” in the blogging world and therefore do not need the comments of those who have not registered with the third party systems :)!

    Anyway, it still all depends on what the blogger’s plans for their blog is. maybe they do not want many comments?!?! I read a blogger saying that they changed the comment system because people were only commenting for links. Come on, they too were commenting for links as well to take their blog to where it is.

    *Anyway, first time here, followed you from Kristi’s.

    1. Hi Maky. I would never go that route because I’m sure that I would also lose some of my regular commentators. One of the blogs I used to frequent recently installed one of those systems and I no longer read that blog because as far as I’m concerned it’s a waste of time if I’m not going to leave a comment.

      Thanks for dropping in.
      Sire recently posted…What You Need To Do To Make Your Blog A SuccessMy Profile

  19. I agree 100% Sire. I had Disqus installed on my blog for a short time and then eliminated it. People are busy and if they have something to say, they want to just start typing it. If you make them have to log in to something they just won’t. Could you imagine having your cookies cleared, and then trying to remember a user name and password for a commenting system? Especially if it isn’t something you do very often. They will just click off and move on.

    The main thing I like is the nested comments, and since I can now easily do that with the regular commenting system I believe, I don’t really need anything else. I want type and go and so do most people :-)

    1. A good user experience is what every blogger should be concerned about, and I think that is something many bloggers forget. It’s good to see that most bloggers agree with us Damon and the sooner those other bloggers wake up and smell the roses, the better for all of us. :thumbup_tb:

  20. How refreshing to hear someone with some sense talk about this subject. When I started out with my sites, as soon as I learned about ID and Disqus, I quickly installed them because they sounded great. But when I really got to thinking about it, it made no sense. That was also evident in my own browsing, as I was generally put off my Disqus commenting systems. I didn’t want to post my comments to Facebook or Twitter, and leaving my name and email address was sufficient without needing to log in to a third-party commenting system.

    I’m a big advocate for the standard WordPress commenting system, especially with the improvements they made in v3.0. It’s good to see someone else with a little sense on the same side of the argument.
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    1. Dave, I think that is exactly why many people do install these plugins because they get blinded by all the things they are supposed to do and lose track of the most important thing of all, the users experience. If they had the user in mind they would leave things as they are and rather than install a third party comment system install commentluv and keywordluv instead.

  21. I have never understood why bloggers would implement Disqus or Intense Debate. The WP comment system is lacking in nothing — especially with Askimet to compliment it.

    I can see the point of Disqus and the others for major news websites that need a way to allow commenting without forcing people to set up an account, but I don’t see any reason for WordPress blogs to install a third-party system. Maybe there is some sort of benefit associated with it, but I’d be at a loss to explain what it is.
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    1. We are a complex race Peter made up of many individuals each with their own ideas. I’m sure they have their reasons although there are many of us who just can’t see it.

  22. I feel the WordPress comment system is better, when it comes to page-speed, Disqus or Intense debate would sometimes fail when loading over slower connection but the WordPress comment system loads up quickly, works fine and looks neat.

    1. Great point Sagar, especially considering how the search engines may take page speed into consideration.

  23. I had disqus on my blog and I removed it after a few months. I did not like using it when I visited other blogs that used it, so I figured my visitors would prefer something simpler.

    1. There’s only one time that a blogger should install a third party comment system and that is when the one they have is lacking and WordPress is not one of them

  24. I absolutely agree with the thought that when WordPress is providing you with all the necessary components, you don’t really have to install any other commenting system. It must be very simple process for the people to leave their comment. If a third party commenting system is used then we get
    tied to a third party server; if there is any problem to the third party server then the comments might not get processed immediately. The best example is twitter’s API, which often struggles and affects the load time of blogs. Therefore it is always a wise decision to use the inbuilt commenting system.

    1. Yep, just like when you want to give your customer a pleasant shopping experience. If you make it difficult for them to spend their money they may well choose to go elsewhere. It’s just the same for your commentators.


  25. Twitter:
    Hi Sire, The debate continues I see!

    I don’t like third party commenting systems, for the same reasons you don’t.. I don’t have patience for them. There have been times when I was reading a good article and really wanted to comment.

    In fact there have been several high profile blogs that I don’t touch because they insist on using annoying third party commenting systems.

    I agree with most everyone else on this. The easier it is for your reader to comment the better.
    Larry Rivera recently posted…Internet Network Marketing – I Need Your OpinionMy Profile

    1. Hey Larry, it sure does mate. Seems to me though that the only ones promoting those third party comment systems are the developers and those that use them. Of course you get people who don’t know what they are getting into and install it on their site because of something they read on another blog. Thankfully many see the error of their ways and go back to the default system.

      Always nice to see you Larry.
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  26. If people do not want comments on their blogs then they must close the comments. Commenting should be made as easy as possible. I never waste time with blogs that I need to log in to comment. Next :-)

  27. Sire, I couldn’t agree with you more. My favorite method of commenting is a WordPress comment with CommentLuv. I will do Disqus, but can’t log in from my iPad, so can’t comment on quite a few blogs. LiveFyre drives me nuts (sorry, Jenna). I tried logging in with Twitter, but then it made me create an account anyway.

    Thanks for your great post, Sire!

    1. You can’t log in from your iPad….I didn’t know that! Another great reason for sticking with the default system.

      Thanks Carolyn, always happy to have you on my blog as you always leave such great comments.

      1. Hi Sire, For some reason I can’t log into Disqus from my iPad, not sure about the rest of the world. I would be interested in hearing if anyone else has this problem or a trick for making it work. I don’t generally blog hop on my iPad, but sometimes I access blogs through Twitter on my iPad when I read an intriguing tweet. But I get frustrated when I can’t comment through Disqus on my iPad and I don’t tend to go back to that blog when I’m on my laptop.

        You’re also right about not wanting commenters to jump through hoops. Readers can be intimidated by the subject matter of my blog (personal technology), I don’t need them intimidated by the commenting procedure.

        Can we make this blog post mandatory reading for all bloggers? Please? :innocent1_tb:

        BTW, love your smileys, can you tell? :-D

        1. Carolyn, I was thinking of buying the iPad but went for the MacBook Air instead and I’m so glad I did. Closed it’s not that much bigger than the iPad and opened it’s just like having a full blown computer on hand. I love it! I actually use it more than the PC and all those apps I can choose from makes it even better.

          I’m pretty sure I can comment on a Disqus blog with my Mac, but I’m not going to :tongue_laugh_ee:

          Sure can, just don’t forget to tell all your friends. :drunk_tb:

          The smilies are great aren’t they? They don’t seem to work on your blog for some reason though?

  28. one of the reasons i dont like to go for third party for comments is sometimes it loads a bit slower on slow internet connections [compared to default system]

    1. That is the least of my worries. I’d be more worried about losing comments because of all the people who dislike them.

  29. Its classic marketing by the providers of the third party systems, they make out like their bells, whistles and features will help the blog owner and stress how great they are but the bottom line is that they are not recognised and put people off, I always stick with the default. I have never even tried these systems as instinct told me what you have written above, lots of people will get suckered in though.

    1. Unfortunately there are people who just love bells and whistles and don’t see the simple fact that sometimes bells and whistles can have a negative effect, in this case causing your reader not to leave a comment.
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  30. This post convinced me that I’m definitely going to stick with my choice to not install a third party comment system on my blog. I do have a question though concerning wordpress.com, the comment system on those blogs all have like a facebook, and twitter button, would you say having those is as bad as disqus or worse?

  31. Me again… Liked your post so much, will be including it into my Monday post.

    Thanks, Sire!

  32. You have a great point there, we bloggers already struggle to get a community going and using third party comment systems will only hurt us. Keeping things simple is a great way to ensure the reader wants to engage.

    I must say you have a good example here, you reward bloggers for commenting and also you make it easy too. And a simple checkbox to filter out spam. I think it may not be a perfect system but your comment count is proof enough for me that simple things are a lot better than all the bells and whistles.

    1. And yet people fail to see the simplicity of it all :smile2_ee:
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  33. I agree with your points. I HATE having to type in captchas. However, I’m really tired of all the automated spam I’ve been getting on my website lately. Akismet helped in the past, but now they charge for it and I haven’t found a fool proof, 100% replacement yet. Oh well, I guess I’ll go back to manually sorting through comments for the next 20 minutes. Thank you.
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    1. Hey Rick, you should try the GASP plugin as that get’s rid of most of the automated spam. As to Akismet, I’m still using the free version and it works fine.
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  34. I agree, Captcha is a pain.
    I use WP Catchpa Free and it seems to take care of most of the spam.
    However I still have to manually approve comments. I don’t mind doing that since it makes sure I read and reply to all my comments. But I could see that as being annoying for somebody who gets a lot of traffic and comments.
    I am a forum member of one site where you have to enter captcha for sending a PM, such a waste of time.

    1. You don’t have to manually approve comments to ensure you reply to all your comments. I get notified every time someone comments and I also check the comment dashboard. This allows me to quickly delete all the crappy comments as well as reply to all the good ones.

  35. Hi Sire,

    Great post! I think the best comment system is comluv as they provide value to the commentators. Unlike Disqus that uses platform using java, while it deters spammers, it is unlikely to attract great true comments.

    For me, i normally manually approve true comments by logging to my dashboard!

    Support Comluv to the max!

    1. Hi Jardin, commentluv isn’t really a comment system, it’s actually a plugging the complements the default comment system.

  36. To be honest I didn’t even know there were third party
    comment systems for WordPress until I saw this post.

    I have always only used the regular commenting system.

    It sounds like I’m not missing anything.

    Craig

  37. I just commented about having to sign up to comment on another blog. I really dislike it. I want to be able to comment with having to log in to this account or that account. I have a hard enough time keeping track of the passwords I already currently use. As for Disqus, while being able to sign in with other social media platforms is nice, many times I have gotten errors about it not processing correctly. It’s just clearly too time consuming as opposed to being able to enter my name and type my comment.

  38. Just want to put in my voice and say you’re spot on correct. For disqus is a no go area! A blog is for interaction and networking. You just have to make it easier for your blog readers to join the conversation instead of putting some obstacles on their way.

  39. Nice blog, and I would subscribe if you didn’t have X-rated ads that my kids can walk by and see. I’m letting you know in case you’re not aware of this. They’re on the right under “Interesting Tidbits.” That’s a quick way to lose readers.

    1. Hey Kim, as far as I know I don’t have any problem with losing readers. If anything my readership is growing. As for those ads there is no way anyone would consider them X-rated. Heck, you can see more on our public beaches.

  40. I installed Disqus a couple days ago on my blog. Now it’s time to say bye-bye.

    This post was an eye-opener. I had NO idea that people didn’t want to comment on blogs that used 3rd party systems like Disqus. Oh well.
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  41. Just wanted to say that I agree with this point. personally, I don’t leave comments if I have to jump through any hoop. Internet to me is about ease and convenience. We’re used to doing things with at a click of a button. It’s not worth it to leave a comment if it’s going to take too much time.
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    1. Yep, and there are a lot of other who think just like you do Sam. A good reason for making commenting as easy as possible for your reader.

  42. That’s absolutely right, there are a lot of famous systems where you have to login and make a lot of things before writing. When you can comment, you are so tired. At the end, result is no comments.
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    1. Yep, and that is a pretty poor result in my opinion.

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