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:
But which one is the best?
Well, that depends who 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 what the pros and cons of for the three big platforms were. As you will see, they really are similar except for a few things.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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?