If you are doing Internet Marketing, you must get used to blogging. And a good blog must have a good comment system for you to interact with readers. A perfect comment system for a blog must be spam-free, and easy for people to interact with one other. Sadly, it is not the default WordPress comment system, neither spam-free, nor interactive easily, so we’d better install some third-party plugins to improve it
I have started blogging since last year and encounter many spams than I thought. At first, I choose Akismet to handle spam comments. Well, Akismet is a good anti-spam plugin, but not enough, so I must install some CAPTCHA plugins like SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam. But I think it is not human-friendly. You can also try the Facebook comments box, but it has a few shortcomings which I don’t like much.
Livefyre or Disqus?
Besides the above two mentioned, another two popular plugins are Disqus and Livefyre, both of which not only prevent spam, but also make the comment system more social interactive.
While many bloggers recommend Disqus, I highly recomment Livefyre. Here’s the reason why: Disqus is like a one-way street. Once you’re on it, you can move on easily at first but then you’re pretty much stuck with it. Comments are saved to the Disqus servers. If you remove Disqus, you’ll lose all the Disqus comments and are left with the old WordPress comments from the pre-Disqus days. Of course there’s a way to import all the Disqus comments back into WordPress, but I’m sure it’s not something that Disqus would make it easy to do.
Like Disqus, Livefrye saves comments on their servers. However, unlike Disqus, a copy of comments is also saved to your WordPress comment database. This makes it extremely easy to switch back to the WordPress comment system if you decide to remove Livefyre. At this point, personally I think once you start using Livefrye, you’ll never want to switch back to plain old WordPress comments.
Livefyre – Many Cool Features
I came across Livefyre while searching for best wordpress comment system and found out that it was faster and easier than Disqus, since it only took a few minutes to import the WordPress comments and when it was done, you can start using it directly without anything else to worry about.
Besides, Livefyre also has some special and cool features in comparison with Disqus, such as you can see who is “listening” the post, mention your Twitter & Facebook friends, share your comments on Twitter and Facebook, etc. And the coolest feature is the new one called SocialSync which was released on October 17th, 2011. What makes SocialSync so cool is its ability to capture Facebook and Twitter posts referring to your content and return them to your comment thread. On top of that, LiveFyre puts a link to your most recent conversation in your comments. This is great for commenters as it increases traffic back to their sites, and as a result it encourages even more commenting.
Some key features of Livefyre include:
- Social Sync: pulling Facebook & Twitter comments into your content in real-time.
- Tagging Friends from Facebook & Twitter: anyone leaving a comment brings their entire social network with them to the conversation.
- Intelligent & Community Moderation: ability to moderate in real-time thereby increasing the quality of the conversations without affecting the quantity.
- SEO credit: Livefyre is Google crawl-able so you receive SEO credit for all comments, including those originating from Facebook & Twitter.
- Real-time technology: built on XMPP chat technology for the fastest, lightest weight conversations possible.
Saying Livefyre the best wordpress comment system doesn’t there are not any spam. Same as Disqus, there will be still a few spam comments even though you are running Livefyre, but it is not a big deal anyway. By the way, Livefyre offers both free and paid versions, for the free version, I think everything is fine except that you can only have “Up to 2 million monthly views”, which means that you have to pay for it when your blog has over 2 million page views per month, hope I will have the money then.
So, which comment system you are gonna use for your WordPress blog? Livefyre or Disqus? Feel free to leave comments below. Thanks!