Comments are great for a lot of things, such as discussion, corrections, engagement and traffic. Comments are also bad for a lot of things such as the army of trolls that parade the internet, spammers and comment bombs.
If you can’t afford a custom-made comment system for your blog or website, Then check out the top three third-party comment systems I have reviewed.
1.LiveFyre: the best commenting system out there
Yes Livefyre is definitely the best commenting system you can get but read on. You will probably notice I don’t have it on this blog. That is because of it’s on flaw that really isn’t a flaw–Which is that you have to make a lot of customizations to get it perfect as several of the setting are not automatically done for you. Also there is not point of having it ‘yet’ if your site doesn’t have an active commenting community.
- Real time: shows comments in real-time.
- Facebook, Twitter tagging: Tag your friends or people you want to join in the discussion from Twitter or Facebook.
- Sign-in Options: there are so many options for a quick signing you will not need to create an account.
- Easy Sharing: You can share comment easily in one click. Comments can be very insightful so you can give them the spotlight by sharing.
2.Facebook: the best commenting system to fend off the trolls
Trolls are without doubt the cancer to every webpage like it siblings the viruses and spam, they are an albatross. The Facebook comment system weakness is its strength. They are not many options to sign-up to comment with other than Facebook. Not many trolls are going to go through the trouble of creating a fake Facebook account (some do) just to comment so with this commenting system you hardly ever get trolls. The main advantage of this other than the fact you get little trolls is that fact that you don’t need to moderate your blog comments as often.
Huffington Post actually pay people to monitor the commenting system.
- Get a Facebook alert: for replies and likes to your comments
- Few sign-up options: deter trolls and spammers
- Several likes promotes your comment
3.Disqus: best commenting system for managing and viewing your comments
Disqus is not a good commenting system for avoiding trolls, so if trolling is your problem do not get Disqus, however it is great for the commenter. The Disqus dashboard allows you to view, edit and see how popular your comments are. You also get statistical data on how many comments you have made and how many likes you have gained. You can get followers, change your name anytime (perfect for trolls.
What I don’t like about Disqus is the e-mail notifications for each reply, if you are a prolific commenter these can become annoying, there is probably a way to turn it off but it should be automated.
- Your very own Dashboard: monitor you activity or your users activity
- Social: Gain followers and follow other people
- Multiply sites: Manage multiple sites under on Dashboard