A little different post today. Off the topic of the usual posts, but something I really wanted to share. I haven't really seen any other blog posts sharing some light on this simple tool, but I wanted to give it some lurvee. That is, Disqus.
Basically, it is a 'blog comment hosting service for websites & online communities'. Many bloggers choose to use it in place of the commenting system their hosting website supplies. For me, this would be Squarespace. But Wordpress & Blogger blogs use it to. It is something I really value & feels adds a lot of functionality to my blog.
Don't make a drinking game out of how many times I say Disqus in this post, pls. For your livers sake.
As mentioned above, Disqus can be installed on pretty much any blogging website. Due to this I feel it brings all blog networks together to one community.
Log in once & go
Once you're logged into Disqus, you're logged in. You don't even need a Disqus account to comment on a blog using Disqus. Whenever a blog has Disqus installed, you simply type out your sweet ass comment & click 'post'. Theres no ridiculously tedious 'name, email, url' forms to fill out. No 'captcha' or other inconveniences. It is so easy to comment & I feel encourages so much more engagement within a blog. Whenever I find a new blog & want to leave a comment then see the frustrating process to fill out just to leave one comment, I feel so discouraged. It creates almost a barrier between engagement. I believe blogs should be just like chatting with friends in the comments section, not trying to prove 50x over you aren't a spambot.
Notifications of comments & replies
Possibly my favourite feature of Disqus, the notifications. The app connects to my account & blog comments, meaning I receive a notification every time someone comments on my blog or someone replies to me on their blog. I read & appreciate every single comment I get, so this is a huge plus for me. Honestly, filling out the awful blogger comment form or even worse, google+ comment system (why ppl), then knowing I won't even get notified of a reply is pretty poor for engagement. It is very unlikely a person will return to a blog post multiple times to check whether they've been replied to.
Compared to other commenting systems, I find Disqus to be most visually appealing. I've already expressed my distaste for the painful google+ system, visually it's pretty poor, too. With Disqus I find all the comments are sorted neatly. Date, hot lil display pic & the option to 'upvote comments' is all extra encouragement.
It allows integration of blog links to be added into comments, too. The Squarespace commenting system encrypted that, showing all the <> crap that goes into implementing a link. Not a pretty look. When I see bloggers with ridiculously beautiful layouts, then still have an awful looking commenting system, it takes away the whole appearance. Why spend so much on making the rest of your blog look beautiful to then have some ugly ass commenting system?? Why ppl??
I'd love to read your thoughts on different commenting systems (lol). But seriously, it makes a huge difference to a blog. If you're a Disqus fan, I'm sure you can think of many points besides the ones I've spoken about. Let me know ladies.