5 Reasons I Changed From Blogger Comments To Disqus Comments




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You may have noticed i changed the blogs default comment system to Disqus comments this week.The decision to make what is a major change to Spice Up Your Blog was not taken lightly.Comments are important to all bloggers and the feedback from comments can determine the direction we take going forward.On a Help blog like this it's also important to make it easy for people to ask questions and also easy for me to reply.

The change to Disqus probably would have been made earlier, but the comments already left on posts in the archive would have been deleted and for me this wasn't an option.There was an option to use Disqus comments only on new posts, but it looked odd when you went from a post with Blogger comments to a post with Disqus comments and Visa-versa.Recently Disqus added the option to Import all the existing comments onto their system and that was the green light needed for me to make the change.

Disqus Comments On Blogger

Top 5 Features Of Disqus Comments

There are lots of small settings and functions that swayed me to make the change but here are the deciding factors, they may help if your thinking of changing to Disqus.

1. Moderate And Reply Options

When a new comment is posted i receive an Email the same as with Blogger comments however the options to reply to a comment are much more versatile.

Reply by Email - With Disqus i can reply to the comment directly from the email.I click the reply button in my Email and enter my reply directly below the comment as it appears in my inbox , once i click send my reply is posted on the blog.

Reply from the dashboard - When I'm away from the computer for a few hours if i have received for example ten comments i can go to my Disqus dashboard to manage the comments.From here i can read the comments and see which posts the comments were posted on.I can click on each comment and reply or delete the comments from the dashboard, now i am replying to 10 comments on one page without the need to go to the blog.

Direct reply - The default blogger comments do not allow you to reply directly to a comment, this can lead to confusion and i often see bloggers having to use '@' to specify which person the were replying to for example '@Pat...' '@John...' i can now post a reply and it will be attached to the bottom of each comment.

Image : The Disqus Dashboard / Moderate comments

Circled In Blue : Recent Comments
Circled In Brown : Replied To comments Via Dashboard
Circled In Red : Most Recent Commend Click To Read And Reply

the disqus dashboard blogger

2. 'Comment As' options and attachment options

The Disqus comments allow users to comment as a guest with their Name and URL or if they have a Disqus account they can comment with that profile.But they can also comment with their social network and online profiles.I have provided the options to comment using the following profiles :

*Twitter *Facebook *Yahoo *OpenId (Did You Know Your Blogger URL is an open Id?)

When you leave a comment you can also add an image or video to your comment.

Image : Disqus Comment Options

Circled In Red : Comment With Your Social Accounts
Circled In Blue : Set How To View Comments

Disqus comments layout opyions

3. Reactions

If you share a post on Twitter, Facebook, Digg or any of the main social bookmarks or networks it is displayed as a reaction below the comment area.If for example you share this post on twitter it will be displayed with a link to your Twitter account and a link to your blog or website.Extra encouragement for users to share posts and more posts being shared for the blogger.You also have a 1 click option to share you actual comment on your Twitter and Facebook.

4. Ratings

The rating system is similar to the Facebook option of 'Like This' .Each comment has the option for users to click 'Like This' if they see a comment they like.While this is a nice social feature for your comments it also serves in deciding the order in which your comments are displayed.

I have my comments ordered by 'Popular' so the comment that most people liked Will appear first not the comment posted first.I can also order by date, newest first or oldest first and the user can change how the comments are ordered with the drop down menu show in the image Above.

Image : Disqus Reactions And Rating

Circled In Blue : Like This And Reply Options
Circled In Brown : Who Liked The Comment
Circled In Red : Reactions

Disqus reactions

5. Appearance

We cover many topics on Spice Up Your Blog but the main subject is appearance and Disqus comments simply look better.There are three default styles you can use *Narcisuss *Classic A *Classic B and you can also add custom css to style the appearance or choose color themes to suit your blogs theme.

InfoRemember you can get all these tips sent directly to your email and stay a step ahead.Its a quick and easy service Provided for Free by Google.Just fill in the Email form below the post.
If you need extra help on this or any tutorial just leave a comment, I love comments and feedback so this Blog is Do-Follow - when you comment here it helps Your Blogs Google rank !
Notes : If you decide to make the change be sure to click the option 'Import old comments' and follow through to the import page.

The other most popular comment system is Intense Debate and you may want to check them out before changing.

I'm not saying you should change there is nothing wrong with the default blogger comments but if you are looking for more comment options Disqus is a great solution.If you decide to stay with the default comments, there are some Tips and Tricks for Blogger comments you can try.

Note - I recently changed back to Blogger comments (02 Dec 2010) simply because most readers are new Blogger users that would Email me instead of commenting on posts.When i asked why they explained that they were used to Commenting with their Google / Blogger profiles which would be automatically logged in.Yes i also find it strange that someone would find it easier to locate the contact form and fill in the details than use a third party comment system.I still believe Disqus is the best comment system but the readers must always come first so i to make the decision to sacrifice the great features lined out in this post for the most important people, the readers (I'm a real Saint :D ).I still use Disqus on other blogs no so closely related to Blogger such as Social Icon Studio and still recommend Disqus, in fact the installation process has recently become even easier.

I would love to hear your opinions on Disqus and if you like the change, also if your a Disqus user why did you change ?

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46 comments:

  1. Yes ! Cool Feature

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  2. I think it's really important that people are notified when I reply directly to their comment without them having to subscribe to the comments.

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  3. I totally agree and for a number of reasons.Obviously you want people to get your reply but it is also good for traffic.I often get an Email from a post on another blog i commented on months ago and i will go back to have a look.So it brings back traffic which is great !

    Paul.

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  4. Disqus is very powerful comment management and it is easy to use.

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  5. Why have you changed Disquis form :) ?

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  6. I am currently trying to decide if I should switch from Blogger to Disqus. Thanks for posting such a great post.

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  7. hi i put disqus comment in my blogger... but the recent comment does not show the comments made through this disqus... so is there any way to make the recent comment show up stuff... thanks :)

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  8. @Rohith - Disqus have a recent comments gadget that you can find in your settings under tools.

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    1. Love You Buddy I"m Big and old fan of you and your web. Keep it up.

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  9. Does anyone know whether google bot crawls to Disqus comments?

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  10. Yes google bot does crawl Disqus comments. I just did a test with Google and webmastertools and it works fine there.

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  11. Disqus, very powerful comment management ... it is easy to use.

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  12. HI, I need some help! kind of new, followed the directions to reply to comment on my blog, and when i click it all it does is post my reply on my comment blog under the other persons comment.....basically i don't think it did anything. I want to be able to reply to comment (which it does say on the post)directly to the reader, isn't that possible? tx

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  13. I love DISQUS comments but they don't work! I had it up for a week on my blog and readers kept emailing me to let me know they cannot comment.

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  14. I tried Disqus and recently removed it. Email after email was sent to me saying that it would not sync up. I followed their directions exactly and resynced it but it would undo itself over and over and over. Their support was highly lacking so I removed it. I liked the nested comments feature to repy directly underneath someone's comment but it was sooooo not worth the headache of it. Most people rave about it but for me it just did not work well.

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  15. Your Blog is Fabulous. Good article rather. Very interesting.

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  16. Thank you for the information. Great job you have done and keep it up.

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  17. Thanks for such a nice information

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  18. the reasons that are told here are awesome cause they are seen many times by many visitors and most importantly as being the observer as myself i also found these reasons or you can say that faults of the people many times per one visit!

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  19. do discuss have recent comment widget so that i can put in my blog and show people who comment in my blog?tq.

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  20. I totally agree and for a number of reasons.Obviously you want people to get your reply but it is also good for traffic.


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  21. I just did a test with Google and webmastertools and it works fine there.





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  22. Great news for web professionals. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  23. I'm a big fan of disqus. It is easy for both the blog owner, and the reader commenting.

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  24. absolutely - highly suggested to convert over to disqus - they got it going , great plugin

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  25. Hi Paul, another problem i faced with disqus in my blogger profile is that, when i enabled it on my blog, the Disqus comment box was visible along with the default blogger comment box and there was no way i could hide it.

    ,siwalik
    (admin of www.techtreck.in)

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  26. Great post! Disqus is simple, direct and very much user-friendly, simply awesome.
    Thank you.

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  27. yes the disqus is the most powerfull comment system i've ever used.

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  28. Thanks for sharing information.Disqus has excellent features.keep posting.

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  29. Good post, might have to consider enabling Disqus on our blog

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  30. I too used disqus once but it looked ugly to me so i change it

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  31. Thanks I also moved away from Disqus for similar reasons!

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  32. Thanks for this information, now I'm thinking to disregard disqus on my blogger account.

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  33. Thanks for this information, now I'm thinking to disregard disqus on my blogger account.

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  34. Awesome article, thank you for sharing :)

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  35. disqus maybe is one of unique blog /posting to discuss

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  36. I'm not sure if this commenting system is the disqus comments you refer to, they look very different

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  37. Mind blowing post are you share. I'm thinking to disregard disqus on my blogger account. keep posting.

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  38. hello my comments were appearing at the top right hand side below post title but after installation comments counter has came down to below post content is there a fix to get it back where it was before.

    Thanks

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  39. It seems like i am late to this discussion because i cant see any disqus comment section on the page

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  40. Its an really helpful article about disgus. When a user visits a webpage that includes Disqus (for example, a blog post), the page makes a request to Disqus.

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