The Best Alternatives of WordPress Default Comment System
WordPress is an amazing tool for bloggers and website owners from all around the World and it comes with built in comment system. The default WordPress comment system is available for all WordPress website owners, and of course, it has few Pros and Cons as well.
WordPress Default Comment System Pros and Cons
Overall the default comment system of WordPress is good, however there are few advantages and disadvantages of using it.
Pros of WordPress Comment System
The default system is very easy to use and you are always one click away from approving, deleting or replying to a comment. It is also important, that no additional plugins are required.
Cons of WordPress Comment System
Unfortunately, because of its simpleness, the default comment system can be easily exploited by bots and software in order to make spam content. It is also a big disadvantage that each WordPress powered websites have independent comment system and you should register a different account for each page.
Considering all Pros and Cons, the default system is ideal for WordPress newbies who want to add comments to their site quickly.
How to Disable WordPress Comments
In some cases it is easier to disable the whole comment system, and WordPress allows you to do it. To disable comments in general, you should visit Settings >> Discussion and uncheck Allow people to post comments on new articles. This way you can disable comments on all posts and pages what will be created from now on.
But in most cases, there are older posts and pages, where the comments should be disable too. To do this, you should visit your Posts and/or Pages, select all of them and edit them in bulk. In the edit window you should choose do not allow comments, and then save the changes. With this step you can disable the comments on your previously created posts and pages.
There is also available a manual method, where you should edit your pages’ and posts’ templates. In default, the Wordress page template can be found in pages.php, while the post template uses the single.php file. Both files are located in your theme’s directory.
To remove the comment section manually, simply edit the above mentioned two php files and remove this part from them:
<?php comments_template( '', true ); ?>
Alternatively, you can switch off the php function by adding two slashes right after the opening php tag:
<?php // comments_template( '', true ); ?>
This way you can switch back the comment section later, by removing the two slashes.
1. Facebook Comments for WordPress
If you don’t want to switch off the whole comment system just need some advanced solution, using Facebook comments is ideal for you.
Pros of Facebook Comments
As Facebook is one of the biggest social media websites on the Internet right now, many people choose to add a plugin to their WordPress site, which allows users to use their personal Facebook account in order to leave comments.
This is great because most people do not use multiple accounts, so you are going to get comments from real people. It is also seamless, as users do not even have to log in if they are already logged in to their account on Facebook once they wish to post their comment.
Both things mean that you are going to receive a lot less spam comments as well. All you need, to be able to leave comments on a site which allows these types of comments is a Facebook profile.
Cons of Facebook Comments
The biggest disadvantage of using Facebook comments is that real names are shown above the comments. This can be inconvenient for people who would not like to use their own names.
How to install Facebook comments
Installing the Facebook comment plugin in very simple and anybody is able to do it. You should go to the plugins page and search for the Facebook Comments plugin or you can download it from here.
Once you have the plugin, you will need to add it to your WordPress site, by going to Settings and clicking on Facebook Comments in order to configure it.
You should also create a Facebook application in order to use the Facebook comment system, but this is very easy as well. Go to the Facebook developers page, click on My Apps and then on Create New App.
Once a new window appears, choose Website and then enter your new app’s name. Finally, click on Create new Facebook App ID button. Another dialog window appears, where you should fill out few other elements. You should set if the new application is a test version of another app, enter the contact email, and select the related category. Finally, you should click on Create app ID button.
In some cases a Security check window appears, where you should solve a basic task, for example select all photos which show a tiger. Once you solved the security check task, click on Submit button. You will arrive to a details page, where you can find all of your new application’s data.
You should copy out your APP ID, which should be copy-paste into the Facebook Comments settings page and you are ready to go! You can also change a few things on this page, such as how many comments are going to be shown at once, the width of the comment boxes as well as a variety of other things. You can tweak these setting to your liking and personalize them, but the default settings should work for most websites.
2. Disqus Comments for WordPress
The Disqus comment system is another popular choice when it comes to choosing the right plugin for your website which allows users to leave feedback.
Pros of Disqus Comments
One of the great things about this system is that users are easily able to add pictures to their comments and people can also vote on comments and bring them to the top; this will ensure that meaningful and helpful comments are going to be shown first.
Another great thing is that Disqus uses a shared database, so people should register an account only once, then it can be used on all Disqus comments powered websites. The plugin also has a built in anti-spam function which is going to make the comment section more versatile and filled with real people, leaving real feedback.
But the biggest advantage of Disqus system is anonymity, since all users can comment by using their own user names and not real names, as with Facebook comments.
Cons of Disqus Comments
Facebook has more than 1 billion users so more people have Facebook account, than Disqus. Also, because of anonymity, some troll commenters would appear on your website.
How to install Disqus comments
As first step, you should visit the official Disqus website and create your own account. You can either choose to log in with an existing social media website or you can also create a new account as well.
Once the account has been created, you should go to the settings page and make a profile that you will use on your WordPress site. Fill out the information and choose a handle that you are going to be known by.
Next, you should download the Disqus Comment System through the plugin page or by simply clicking here.
Once you have added the plugin to your site, log in to Disqus and choose the profile that you have previously created. The settings that you have entered on the official site will be transferred over to your WordPress site and you can start using the plugin immediately.
If you successfully installed the Disqus comment system, the default WordPress comment system disappears and only Disqus comments will be available.
If you do not see the Disqus comment section on your website, be sure to allow comments through the settings page.
These alternatives to the default WordPress comment system are only the most popular. There are other plugins and ways to change the comment system. You could also use Google+ system for accepting comments.
Now it is your turn to let me know what comment system you use on your WordPress blog. Are you happy with your current comment system or you would like to replace it?