Disqus is awesome

Comments were one of the pillars on which the web 2.0 was built on. The ability for users to interact with the author and state points for or against the article helped propel blogging and the internet ahead.

Despite the obvious importance of comments for a very long time, the actual process of adding comments was a very slow and cumbersome. Typically a user had to create an account on every website on which he wished to comment. Wait for the confirmation mail. Then log in and then post the comment.

Some websites required users to fill in horrible captchas before they could post their comments, although none of this actually helped combat spam effectively.

Doing this once or twice was ok, but then with every new website this process started to get VERY boring.

Google and others took the first step of rectifying this problem with OpenID.

The basic idea was that instead of creating a new ID for every website, users could simply use their Google or Yahoo IDs to login to post comments on other websites. Blogger started using OpenID, however most websites on the internet still forced users to create an account on their website.

The simple idea of commenting needed a shot in the arm. Thank fully a solution was coming through.

DISQUS

It was founded in 2007 by Daniel Ha and Jason Yan as a Y Combinator startup. It allows readers to login via Twitter, Facebook , Google Plus account. You can also enter your name and email id to login. This is the most simplest way for users to comment on your blog.

Another useful feature is ‘My Diqus’. Your users can track replies to the comments made over any website which uses disqus.

Here’s an example of it.  If your reader writes a comment on your site which has disqus system and then visits All Things D which also uses disqus, now while he is at All Things D if you reply to his comment on your blog, he will get a notification on All Things D.

Readers get an email (if they have given disqus their email id) when they some one replies to a comment posted by them. The best part is, readers can post a reply by email. They don’t have to visit the link to post a reply.

Disqus integrates nicely with your website, a lot of work has been done in 2012 to make it look pretty.

 

For Bloggers and Site Owners

Disqus makes it very easy to add their comment system on your website. They have plugins for all the major platforms, including WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and Drupal.

Here is a complete list of the platforms currently supported.

disqus supported platforms, wordpress, tumblr, blogger, drupal, joomla

If you are using any of the above systems, you can install disqus in 5 mins. If you are on a proprietary system, disqus provides a ‘universal code‘ which can be used to add disqus on individual posts or articles.

You can moderate comments on your website via a dashboard provided by disqus or by sending a reply in the notification email. Here are the options which I get in my email.

Options: You can moderate through email. Respond in the body with “Delete”, “Approve”, or “Spam”. Reply with “Like” to like this comment, or respond in the body to post a reply comment. Or use the moderate panel.

 

I personally never used to comment a lot before, but with disqus I have noticed that I have started commenting and participating in discussions and I’m actually enjoying it. After all this the main purpose, isn’t it?

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