While setting up your WordPress website, it’s important to spend some time in tailoring the comments section in your posts because this is usually where all the action is. The key to creating an engaging blog or site lies in making it easy for your visitors to share their opinions or thoughts, and this is why you should choose the right plugin that encourages interaction and sets the platform for a healthy debate.
When it comes to commenting systems, two main players continue to rule the roost – Disqus and Facebook. Both Disqus and Facebook provide an interactive space where your visitors can not only put down their thoughts, but also respond to the opinions of others as well.
So which one should you go for?
Here’s a quick comparison that can show you which plugin is best for your website.
Some Key Factors In The Disqus Vs Facebook Comments Clash
The Anonymity Factor
One of the main factors that can dictate interactions in your website is anonymity. Website owners have faced this issue time and again, but the fact is that anonymity in the internet is highly valued.
The Facebook Comments plugin naturally requires the users to be logged in through their Facebook profile, and this can work against your site as people are often hesitant to reveal their actual identity while commenting on a certain topic. Users think twice about leaving behind a trail of activity with a direct link to their Facebook profile, so their need for privacy can discourage them from interacting on your website. Disqus, on the other hand, allows anonymous comments (and other options too), which makes it simpler for your visitors to interact.
Weeding Out Spam
The Facebook Comments plugin scores here, as it uses its social graph feature to filter out spam comments. These comments are made visible only to the spammer’s circle of Facebook friends, keeping your comments section clean.
Though Disqus uses its own anti-spam software to identify and remove spam comments, it’s not entirely effective in eliminating the problem. But to its credit, the plugin does allow you to moderate and mark spam comments, and also blacklist the profiles involved. You can also integrate Akismet with Disqus to eliminate spam more efficiently.
Logging In Through Multiple Profiles
The Facebook Comments plugin allows your visitors to log in through their Facebook profile, or even their Microsoft Live profile or Yahoo! account.
Disqus provides far more options in this regard, as it allows visitors to log in through their Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft Live, and Yahoo accounts. This is a brilliant feature that encourages more people to comment and be a part of the conversation.
The Importance Of Threaded Comments
Threaded comments help in neatly segmenting the different conversations that your readers are engaged in, and both Facebook and Disqus provide this feature. Disqus was initially popular for having this feature, while it was a later addition to the Facebook Comments plugin.
However, when it comes to mentioning other users in a comment, Disqus allows its users to mention other Disqus and Twitter users, while Facebook only allows users to mention people who are in their circle of friends.
Ultimately, Disqus makes commenting simpler for your visitors, while also providing an added element of privacy. While the Facebook Comments plugin gets most of its features right, it doesn’t have enough to dethrone Disqus, at least for now.
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