Engagement is a hard nut to crack. With a sporadic blog publishing schedule and mediocre content, I’m not seeing many comments. A couple of blog posts do see comments here and there. And that’s great! I love seeing discussion being born out of something I wrote to help others. I encourage it!
WordPress Comment System
The default comment system for WordPress is great but it’s not perfect. It does the basic job. Insert a name, email, and leave a message.
What lacked with the default comment system is a way to remain engaged in the conversation. Without email notifications, you had to check back to the blog post. If you’re like me, I may forget to go back.
The core value Disqus brings to the table is to “Elevate The Discussion..” It included a lot of extra features such as logging in to comment with your Twitter account, notifications for those logged in with their Disqus accounts. You have the ability to subscribe to comments via email as well. They raise engagement to the top.
I’ve had my share of problems using Disqus but I feel like they’ve matured as a WordPress plugin that now works very well.
Recently, I switched from Disqus to Jetpack Comments. Jetpack is a plugin that contains a plethora of plugins, which include an enhanced comment feature. It’s very simple to include and has the exact features I need. A reader can leave a comment using their name, email, etc or they can login with their WordPress.com, Facebook, or Twitter account.
Automatically, the plugin will adjust to your theme’s color scheme. Like Disqus, it includes a check box for a user to subscribe to the blog or new comments.
The default comment system for WordPress is lacking. Especially if you want to be updated after someone replies to a comment. Disqus was a big improvement for comments but it just didn’t fit well with me. For that reason I decided to go with the Jetpack comment system to provide a simpler method of commenting.