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Top 5 Best Comment Systems for WordPress and Other Blogs

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Having a good comment system is important for us, as a blogger, to effectively communicate, share and discuss with audience. Be it a personal blog or commercial website, more interaction and communication through comments can make us understand our audience better, thus build a strong relationship and engagement with them.

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Despite all blogging platforms including WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and Drupal come with a standard comment system that work pretty well and seem to suffice for most bloggers. But sometimes users may require more sophisticated commenting feature, fortunately there are quite a number of third-party commenting platforms out there for you to consider.
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One of the major advantages of using a third party commenting platform is that they are well integrated with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Stumbleupon. This enables audience to share their comment or article they read on their social media profile, and thus drive more visitors to the website or blog.

With the social media integration, users are allowed to sign in with a variety of IDs including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and OpenID, this helps blogger to get comments from all types of audience as well as stop spammers effectively.

Additionally, most third party comment systems offer email alerts for real time updates, so that audience can keep track of their comments, making the discussion in a more organized way.

Last but not the least, such comment systems also provide comments rating feature allowing users to “Like”, “Dislike” or even flag comments and mark them as spam. Without further ado, here are top 5 most popular third-party commenting platforms to provide your audience a great commenting experience and provoke a healthy discussion.

Disqus
Disqus is a comments platform that helps you build an active community from your website’s audience. It has awesome features, powerful tools, and it’s easy to install.
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Features:

  • Realtime comment system – Live discussions with realtime posting and updating.
  • Notification and reply system – The notification system lets people know when they’ve received a response.
  • Inline media embedding – Full integration with media services such as Youtube, Flickr, and more.
  • Mobile commenting – Fully compatible with mobile websites for commenting while on the go.
  • Community profiles – Profiles can be popped up inline with comments.
  • Social integration – Full integration with Facebook, Twitter, and more.
  • Liking and sharing – People can rate what they like by liking pages or comments and then sharing that on social networks.
  • Moderation tools – Help you keep your community under control.
  • Anti-spam filtering – Keep spam and unsavory people out of your community.
  • Restricted words – Easily add in restricted words to prevent common spam and troll comments.
  • Blacklists and whitelists – Make daily moderation easier with granular control over who gets to contribute within the community.
  • Import and export – Import existing comments into Disqus and sync up your data.
  • Theme customization – Customize with CSS to smooth out the integration with your website.

IntenseDebate
IntenseDebate is a feature-rich comment system for WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and many other blogging or CMS platforms.
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Features:

  • Comment threading – Improve the conversation within the comment section and reply directly to an individual comment.
  • Reply-by-email – Respond to and moderate comments with ease via email, even if you’re on the go.
  • Email notifications – Commenters receive email alerts when a response to their comment is posted, linking them directly to the response.
  • Commenter profiles – Commenter profiles let you and your readers learn more about each other.
  • Moderation / blacklisting – Offers some truly hardcore moderation options.
  • Reputation points & comment voting – Your readers will start to build their commenter reputations when they create an IntenseDebate account.
  • Facebook connect – Open up the debate and let anyone with a Facebook account post comments on your site with the Facebook Connect integration.
  • Twitter – Give your commenters the option to send a simultaneous tweet when they post a comment.
  • RSS Readers & Tracking – Integrated comments with Google Reader and Bloglines so you can read and post comments directly from your RSS reader.

Livefyre
Livefyre is yet another real-time conversation platform to pump up engagement and build community on your website. Bloggers and publishers can replace their outdated comment systems with an intuitive social experience that increases page views, comments, and overall interaction.
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Features:

  • Capture – Bring the conversation happening on Facebook and Twitter directly to your content.
  • Sharing – With one click, users can easily share comments with their friends on other social networks.
  • Instant interaction – Push each comment instantly so you can join the conversation as it’s happening in real-time, without increasing page loads.
  • User profiles – With user profiles, you can track the history of recent participants and give them more reasons to stay involved in the conversation.
  • Email notifications – Stay actively engaged in a topic of interest by leaving a comment or following a conversation.
  • Ratings – Comment voting and user ratings.
  • Centralized dashboard – Track and monitor interactions on your site from a central location.
  • Real-time spam protection – Moderate live from the stream, and see a complete history of all actions.
  • Community flagging – Develop trust with community members by letting them notify you when a comment is offensive or inappropriate.
  • Multiple moderators – Designate as many moderators as you’d like and kick it up a notch by managing their access levels too.

Echo
Echo’s Real-Time Comments increases user engagement and time spent on your website by enabling live comments that automatically update as users post to each article or piece of content.
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Application Features:

  • In-line sharing – Users can share their comments to one or more social networks simultaneously, directly from the comment stream.
  • Top Comments – Moderators can flag comments as “top” to have them displayed above the rest of the comments.
  • Multiple sort orders – Allow users to sort by most recent, oldest or most popular comments.
  • Social Sync – You can enable Twitter conversations, Facebook Fan page conversations and, soon, G+ conversations flow into the comment stream.
  • Top Commenters – Moderators can mark users as “Top Commenter” to have their comments automatically displayed above everyone else’s.

Facebook Comment Box
Facebook Comments Box is a social plugin that enables user commenting on your site. Its features include moderation tools and distribution.
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Features:

  • Social Relevance – Comments Box uses social signals to surface the highest quality comments for each user.
  • Distribution – Comments are easily shared with friends or with people who like your Page on Facebook.
  • Like and reply – People who like the page can then respond to the discussion by liking or replying to the comment directly in the comments box on your site.
  • Mobile – The mobile version will automatically show up when a mobile device user agent is detected.
Author: Jules, Quertime Editorial

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