When starting a wordpress blog you have many questions to ask yourself, one of which is which comment system to use.
They all have their advantages and disadvantages, but what are they?
Well lets take a look at some of the most widely used free commenting systems used by wordpress.
- WordPress Default
- Jetpack Commenting
- Facebook Commenting
WordPress default has many advantages over the rest.
- Your database holds all the records of the comments.
- If you have a Buddypress install it creates more interactions between users.
- You can have many people comment on it, regardless if they have other social networking accounts.
- There’s a lot of room to develop onto the commenting system.
- A lot of spam, you are pretty much required to use akismet if you have a large blog.
- You don’t get as many trackbacks from high PR social networks.
- The look of the commenting section out of the box looks unfriendly, asking users for a email, name, and website.
Jetpack has many awesome features, and is very similar to Disqus.
- Easy to install.
- Users can post from just about any of the major social networks, including Facebook, WordPress, Google +, and twitter.
- Users can post from the default WordPress comment system.
- The UI is very slick.
- Jetpack has a incredible amount of other useful features.
- It asks for permission for WordPress to connect to the social networks you use, possibly scaring off users.
- The ability to post comment onto social networks is limited.
Disqus is a great commenting system with many features, and is Jetpack’s major competition.
- Easy to install
- Users can post from just about any of the major social networks, including Facebook, WordPress, Google +, and Twitter.
- UI has many features to connect with other frequent commentators.
- Have their own network of users.
- Requires registration.
- UI looks slightly bulky, and daunting to a novice.
Jetpack and disqus are so similar it is really a matter of which network you’d rather connect too, and which UI you prefer.
Facebook commenting is a great alternative to the previously mentioned options, however it’s power is limited.
- Direct connection to the largest social network.
- Can increase comments through easy connectivity.
- Facebook plugin has many other features.
- Can only get comments from Facebook.
- Some fear website will post on their wall.
While truly it’s a matter of opinion, if you are planning to run a social network WordPress default with member only commenting is the way to go (only if you have a mass amount of users.)
Otherwise I suggest Facebook because of it’s interface and brand recognition.