Having a fully functional and super interactive discussion panel is an important aspect of a blog or a community channel. So far, internet users are addicted to the Facebook commenting system and also with the YouTube one.
But the one used in WordPress is not that interactive. It misses out tons of functionalities and most importantly, an elegant makeover which is important to attract visitors.
Thankfully, we can change the default discussion system and can use any third-party one of our choice. But, not all the options are worthy of trying.
So, here I’m with a compilation of only the best WordPress comment plugins. You need to pick one as per the personal requirements, and each one of them is capable of delivering a lag-free performance.
But to bring visitors to the discussion panel, you need to have a proper content strategy. Let’s have a look at the plugins we can go with.
Disqus Comment System
By default, the WordPress commenting system attracts a lot of spams. One can implement Akismet, but the spam comments can still manage to pass its filters. If controlling spam is what your primary aim is, then Disqus is one stop solution. Moreover, it looks elegant and always function properly. The system is free to use, and the setup procedure is dead simple. The product is SEO friendly, making the comments indexable by search engines and it is responsive to work on smartphones, tablets and of course, the traditional laptops and desktops. The system is lightweight and can load up quickly.
- It comes with social media integration, making it easy for new visitors to have a Disqus profile for commenting quickly.
- The Admin part is easy to use, and the moderators can easily keep things clean on the website.
- It comes with powerful spam filtering and blacklists mechanisms which are all built-in.
- The comments are automatically synced and backed up inside the Disqus and WordPress database.
Jetpack by WordPress.com
The discussion system on WordPress.com powered blogs can be implemented on self-hosted blogs too, thanks to the production of Jetpack plugin. It is a free product that can be implemented to get tons of other functionalities, including some paid ones. The plugin is an in-house product of the WordPress’s parent company, and thus, you can expect proper functionality and integration within the system. Things work out super simple, as the setup part requires, almost no additional efforts. Although, you can change the few configurations according to personal requirements.
- It puts social media integration, making it easy for users to have a quick profile via social platforms and join the discussion.
- It can quickly fetch the profile data from WordPress.com account, and Gravatar ID is instantly loaded.
- It can be used to increase the email subscriber numbers, with the simplest implementation.
- The product loads up at an instant speed, thanks to its extremely lightweight size.
It’s not a standalone discussion module, but it still needs an introduction here. CommentLuv has been primarily used in the internet marketing realm, as it can help webmaster create better networking and that too without many efforts. It connects two blogs with a simple functionality, i.e., fetching the latest post from another blog, and mentioning it with the discussion. It increases the flow of link juice between the blogs and thus, connect them together, further connecting the two bloggers. The best part is that it gets integrated with the default WordPress discussion system and doesn’t require too many options to configure. The product is available for free, but you can also opt for the premium version to get few more features.
- The product is available in multiple globally known languages, thanks to the translation.
- It can help webmaster control the spams by putting a strong filter, named G.A.S.P. (requires separate installation).
- It is integrated with social media platforms, helping the blog posts to get more social shares.
As I mentioned in the starting, Facebook comments are highly praised by the internet users. If you wish to implement the same into your blog, which works with the same Facebook profile, then here is a plugin you can give a try. It adds the Facebook commenting system with proper profile integration after going through a simple setup process and is extremely lightweight. There aren’t many features offered here, as things are kept dead simple. If a person is already logged in with a Facebook account, then the browser doesn’t require to login again.
Most of the online journals have been using IntenseDebate comment module, and it’s not a new product. Thankfully, it is available for WordPress platform, officially, and you can implement the same using this plugin. It doesn’t bring much to the table, as the IntenseDebate servers control most of the options and configurations. Have a look if you were interested in implementing the same.
Comments Evolved for WordPress
If you believe in offering multiple options to the visitors, then here is a plugin that can implement Google+, Facebook, WordPress’s default, and Disqus commenting system, all at once. Each of these is divided into proper tabs, making it easy for users to pick any of their favorites and quickly leave a comment. The product is available for free, and the source code is published on Github, making it developer friendly. If you’re picking this one, then do let me know the exact reason behind this selection, as I’m personally confused why one will require more than one options to pick.
Bonus: Plugins to fight Comment Spamming
Comment spam is one of the biggest headaches that site owners often have to deal with. In the recent times, spamming from both bots and humans has increased significantly and if left unchecked, can negatively affect your site. Akismet is one of the most common WordPress Comments Plugins that examines the database to weed out potential spam comments and move them to a folder for spam comments pending your review. The advantage of Akismet is that it reduces notifications you receive especially from pending comments that are regarded as spam.
Many WordPress site owners have installed Akismet because of the simple fact that it’s very efficient when it comes to dealing with huge spam content. However, on the flipside, you may need to manually go through the comments since there is a high chance some legitimate comments could end in the spam folder.
To avoid the risk of deleting legitimate comments, make a habit of checking your spam folder daily. You can manually check for comments, approve valid ones and delete spam. Depending on your site’s popularity, you may be forced to repeat this procedure several times. Keeping a lot of spam comments can take up a lot of precious space in your database.
It’s important to avoid immediately deleting spam comments because you risk the chance of losing legitimate comments in the process.
Subscribe to Comments
When choosing a WordPress Comments Plugin, it is important to select a plugin which is convenient for both the site owner and commenters. Subscribe to Comments is a powerful plugin that enables users commenting on a site to check a simple box available on the comment form to receive notifications whenever new comment is added to a post. This is vital because it encourages commenters to be informed about the conversations going on as well as get the chance to participate in future commenting.
The advantage with this Comments Plugin is that users have the freedom to unsubscribe from comments whenever they wish. On the other hand, site owners have a comment subscription manager facility which enables them to see email addresses of users who’ve subscribed to most posts together with posts that have received the most subscriptions.
As a site owner, it is good to regularly check your comment subscription manager to find out which users are subscribing to most of your posts. Using this information, you can be able to identify which commenters are your loyal fans who appreciate your content. If you have old posts that got a lot of comments and subscriptions, you should post a new comment to those posts to notify subscribers via email that a new comment has been added; this is a perfect way to rekindle interaction on highly subscribed older posts.
GASP – Growmap Anti-Spam Plugin
In recent times, site owners are grappling with challenges caused by spammers. The process of figuring out captchas is something website users dread. However, site owners often have no option but to put these measures in place to control spam infiltration. Growmap Anti-Spam Plugin commonly known as G.A.S.P has been designed to make it easier for users to comment on sites. Instead of trying to interpret numbers, shapes or words before submitting comments, users just need to check a box to verify they are not spammers simply. The advantage of this plugin is that it only allows humans to check the box; automated boots can’t do it.
One way of customizing G.A.S.P is to greet commenters and kindly alert them to check the box before they can proceed.
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I’m sure you already have a plan for the content part, and now you also have an interactive discussion plugin for the same. Let us know which one you’ve finally picked and exactly why. It will further help another webmaster to make a better decision through our valuable discussion. Good luck with your plan!