Sorry Disqus, I’m a Fan Now!

disqusAbout a year ago, quite a few commenting systems popped up – including SezWho, IntenseDebate and Disqus. I was vehemently against all but SezWho since the others loaded comments via JavaScript and did not save comments locally.

The problem with JavaScript is that it's loaded at the browser, not at the server… so when a search engine crawled the page, it would appear unchanged even though it had comments. A year later and the landscape has changed quite a bit… SezWho is out of business, IntenseDebate was purchased by Automattic, WordPress' parent company, and Disqus has continued to grow in popularity. Disqus also changed its methodologies – now they also synchronize and display comments server-side.

With all of these issues now resolved, and Disqus' growing functionality and integration into Social Media, it really makes a lot of sense for WordPress bloggers to install the plugin and integrate the service. I've not tried IntenseDebate, nor have I seen too much news or adoption about it… anyone using it?

The kind folks at Disqus even allowed me to export my blog's content and comments via XML and upload it to their support team. They're now migrating all of the older comments from my blog into their engine. Pretty cool!

So… to the crew at Disqus, I owe you an apology for giving your application a failing grade. Though it was the right thing to do at the time, I'm a fan now! You've got a fantastic product and I love the Twitter integration!


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    I actually had some problems with Disqus, but in theory it is a good plugin. I liked how they sent emails to me when someone commented, but overall the system just didn’t work for me. What do you think about they system that took over for SezWho?

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      I was in the same boat, went from WordPress only to Disqus but had the same issues so then off to IntenseDebate and now trying Disqus again because ID was all sorts of buggy.

      My Disqus seems to have the same problem everyone else is having with WordPress 2.8.4, simply won't import comments.

      Am I going to have to turn it off and find something else…. again?

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    Undoubtedly Disqus is one the most fast growing commenting systems. I admit your idea about javascript and all other comments, but i think that the need of being logged in for commenting is a bit annoying. what do you think ?

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    I love Disqus, very simple to install and easy to use. Agree with Douglas about it being necessary to have logins, at least there are a lot of options for logging in, google, yahoo, facebook, twitter etc..

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    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly
    about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain
    expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is
    extremely helpful for me.

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