WordPress vs Facebook vs Disqus for Commenting on Blog Posts
Why I don’t like the WordPress native comments feature
It generates alot of spam despite what I do. One time, I logged into my other website after a couple months and was welcomed by about 10,000 spam comments trying to sell me viagra. After wasting an entire evening going through it and trying to filter out which were actual comments vs spam, I finally just got a plugin and mass deleted them all, even though some were legit comments. Every day I would log in and an average of 300-400 spam comments were waiting for me. I eventually just turned off all comments. Ugh.
Facebook Comments vs Disqus
So now my dilemma was deciding on which one of these to use. Facebook Comments or Disqus? I haven’t used either of them so I had to do some research and found a nifty site at Boostlikes that does a really good and fair comparison: WordPress vs Facebook vs Disqus.
So, the questions I had to ask myself:
With Facebook, not everyone is on it. But does that really matter? I mean, within my own personal circle of friends, I probably know about 5-6 who aren’t on Facebook and the main reason is because they just aren’t into social media. And you must question, if they aren’t on Facebook, would they even be the type of person to leave a comment anyway on some blog? Probably not.
It doesn’t matter which avenue I take, the user will still have to somehow log in. And Disqus works with other blog platforms such as Blogger, Drupal etc whereas Facebook is well, only Facebook.
I needed something that helped with the spam. Facebook alone would just add that extra layer of security simply because people’s profiles are at stake when they comment. I doubt I would get a comment that says “You are ugly and so is yo mamma”, when their comments are being made public with their profile. But then again, the content of this website hopefully doesn’t attract commenters like that.
The only other drawback to the Facebook Comments is that people may not comment because they don’t want their profiles to be made public nor want their grandma to see what they are commenting on.
So, in the end, I opted to use Disqus
Why? I had originally installed the Facebook Comments Plugin and even did an entire video on it and then I realized that the comments were the same on each page. I tried to google the fix but was met with alot of developers telling me to insert this code and that into somewhere I didn’t want to insert into. I think there’s also an option to just include a shortcode under each blog post or page but who in the heck has time for that? I have a 5 month old to deal with! So then, I just went ahead and installed Disqus. I was pleasantly surprised because it looks way sexier than the Facebook Comments.
But with everything, you need to test for a period of time. I found another blog post here that explains in depth why he used Disqus for a few years and then opted out. We shall see how well this plays out for me.
So, which commenting system do you like and why?