I’ve been struggling for a long time with what type of commenting system I should be using for my wordpress blog. I have tried several, that’s mainly because there are some really great third-party blog commenting systems. But, ever since I bought CommentLuv Premium, I’ve stayed with the default system for comments.
There are many reasons why you should comment on blogs, and I really want more comments. So I want it to be very easy to comment on my blog, because I want them to add value to my posts and I want to connect with my readers. That’s why I have been searching for the best possible system for comments.
I wanted to use a different system than the default, mainly because of three things:
- Stop spam
- More conversations
- Use social media
I tried many different plugins to help prevent spam in the comments, and by using a third party commenting system, I received a lot less spam than I was used to. One of the reasons why I am still using the default commenting system is that I discovered the Growmap Anti spambot plugin (included in CommentLuv Premium) and it helped a lot. Now, I almost get no spam comments at all.
The second reason why I wanted a third party commenting system for my wordpress blog is that I wanted to have real conversations with my readers. I didn’t want just a short comment and that’s it. I wanted them to leave a comments, and I wanted to reply, and then I wanted it to keep going. This seems to be a lot easier with a different commenting system than the default one. But, after I installed the ReplyMe plugin it has helped the conversations. But, I am still looking for a better way to have long conversations. But still, other systems are better for having conversations.
The third reason why I wanted to switch to a different commenting system is because I want to be able to use social media as part of the comments. I want to be able to tag my friends and send them messages via the comments, and I want them to be able to spread the comments via social media (by tagging their friends, or by letting people know what they have written). And, this is still something I haven’t been able to figure out via the standard commenting system for wordpress.
But, I feel that I am in less control with a different commenting system than the default. And, I feel that it might be harder to comment for the first time on a different system than the default, because the other systems want people to become members (even though there are options to comment as guests and via social media accounts).
I’m thinking that there will probably be less people commenting if I make the switch, but it will be more quality comments and maybe even fairly long conversations if I switch.
The systems I’ve been looking at are mainly:
There are many pros and cons for each system, and I won’t go through everything here. I just want to say that I still haven’t decided what to do. I’m fairly satisfied with the native wordpress commenting system, but I’m thinking that I want more features.
What’s your view on the different commenting systems? Are you still using the native wordpress commenting system or are you using a third-party system?