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Blogging Basics: Which Commenting Platform is the Best

Which Commenting Platform is the Best?

Ask five bloggers which commenting system they use on their site and you will probably get five different answers.  There are many, including but not limited to:

  • WordPress
  • Livefyre
  • CommentLuv
  • Disqus

But which one is the best?

Commenting Platforms

Well, that depends on whom you ask. I’ve tried them all and for my personal site, I finally decided on CommentLuv because it best fit my needs there. However, on this site we use Livefyre because it fits THIS site better.  So it all comes down to, what do you want to get out of it?

Kelly and I decided to attack this one together, and she spent some time researching the pros and cons of  the three big platforms.  As you will see, they really are similar except for a few things.

DISQUS

Pros

  • Can log in through Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Disqus
  • Mobile supported
  • Comments can be liked
  • Can upload images to comment box
  • “Reactions” feature (tracks who mentions blog posts on Twitter)
  • Displays profile of user (including activity)
  • Participate in conversation directly from email
  • Real time comments
  • Huge user base
  • Visitors can comment without login

Cons

  • Allows spammers (auto hyperlink)
  • Lacking help section
  • Comments are saved on Disqus server so if you ever switch, you will lose everything
  • Look cannot be customized

Livefyre

Pros

  • Can log in through Google, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Livefyre
  • Mobile supported
  • Real time pop-up with new comments
  • Best customer support team
  • Tagging feature (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Can share comments on Facebook
  • Shows number of people online/listening
  • Encourages ongoing conversation
  • SocialSync (pulling Facebook & Twitter comments into your content in real-time)
  • SEO credit
  • Follow people/they can follow you
  • If people leave a lot of comments, it aggregates all of them into one email
  • Multiple moderators
  • See user activity
  • Uses social media as an extension of your blog
  • Best system for preventing spammers

Cons

  • No backlink

Comment Luv

Pros

  • The big draw is this ability to leave a link to one of your latest posts under the comment that you leave.  This encourages people to leave a comment as they can promote their latest content.
  • Usually leads to increased number of blog visitors/commenters
  • Targeted traffic
  • Rewards your readers with a chance to promote their blog

Cons

  • Attracts spammers
  • Mostly about marketing vs. function
  • Have to use the paid version to get the most out of it
  • Exclusive to WordPress
  • Does not work well for mobile

My personal preference out of all of them is Livefyre. The one con that is listed here for them is big enough for me to NOT use it on my personal blog. I love CommentLuv, but quite honestly, if Livefyre ever adds backlinks to their service, I would go back to using it in a heartbeat.

What about you – which platform do you use and why?

 

 

 

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Kristen Daukas (99 Posts)

Kristen Daukas is the Director of Social Media Services for Atlantic Social Media Group - a division of Atlantic Webworks. She was a Shorty Award finalist in 2012 for #Mom in Social Media, she's an active member of the community - currently serving as the 2013 President for Professional Women of Winston-Salem, Chair for ConvergeSouth and a frequent public speaker and educator.


11 comments
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RobbGorringe
RobbGorringe

Kristen,

If I'm not mistaken, I've used Disqus in the past, and you can go right into your Wordpress panel, and see that they're sitting right there. Disqus doesn't own them. They belong to you. And if/when you switch to another commenting system like, CommentLuv, or just use the native Wordpress system— they automatically synch up to every post. Easy-Cheezy.


no worries,


Robb

MuskieMcKay
MuskieMcKay

You seem to be back to using livefyre. I had a lot of issues with trying to leave comments on livefyre, it just plane did not work on many browsers on my Mac. Maybe they finally fixed it, but I know it pissed me off a lot, enough to vent on Twitter, so anything that pisses me off that much, I'm not installing on my website. I basically would never recommend livefyre. I just don't trust it to work, it fails to fulfill it's basic function of allowing people to leave comments and from personal experience I know it pisses people off with odd error messages.


Maybe it is better now, but I would never recommend it, just having used it on other people's blogs.

MeetTheMatts
MeetTheMatts

Hi... All good info, thank you... I'm having a new issue with Disqus in that it won't allow me to choose thumbnail images from posts to to share along with the article on Facebook. It's defaulting to banner images in the sidebar. I've gottten nowhere with Disgus support - they keep saying it's Facbook.. But today, I deactivated Disqus and shared the link on Facebook and viola, I was able to choose from images in the post... I'd swith to Livefyre but noticed that when I deactivated Disqus, all comments went missing... Is there a way to have the comments come over into Livefyre? Thanks...

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