Commenting systems is one of the features that cannot be separated in a blog. This feature is one of the keys that the content is dynamic in both directions between readers and writers or between readers. Usually these features are integrated with blogging platforms like WordPress. WordPress comments system is installed and ready to be used by default. Well, what if we have blogging platfoms that don’t have comments system features like WordPress?
There are many 3rd party comments systems available. Examples are Disqus, Livefyre, IntenseDebate, and many others. For other alternatives we can use open source comment systems. Open source comment systems are also widely available and have enough developers and communities to support them. For example, Discourse, Isso, Talk, Schnack, and others. We as bloggers and website owners, just paste the code snippet provided into our blogging platforms.
The following are some of the most used and popular comment systems and have good support.
Disqus is a famous comment system and have been used widely. Disqus was acquired by Zeta Global on December 2017. They have robust features for commenting systems. But, since then many Internet Marketer reluctant to use it. They afraid the data will be used for marketing or else, who knows. Because the comment data is hosted in Disqus’s database. So IM’ers started to search Disqus alternative.
Some of Disqus features:
- Works everywhere whether in desktop or mobile devices
- Real-time comments
- Adapt to your site’s look and feel
- Rich media commenting
- Enhanced moderation panel
- Automated spam moderation
- Monetize engagement
Activating IntenseDebate for you comment systems, will power-up all of your comments, including your old ones! This means that you can copied your old comments to IntenseDebate. But don’t worry, you will have all the control to your comments data because it is located on your servers.
Here are some IntenseDebate features:
- Comment Threading
- Email Notifications
- Commenter Profiles
- Reputation Points & Comment Voting
- Plugins API
- RSS Readers & Tracking
Discourse is a modern open source forum discussion. You can have a mailing lists, discussion forum, long-form chat room, and many more features. You can even use it for commenting system for your own blog.
Here are great Discourse features:
- Dynamic notifications
- Simple, but with context
- Mobile enabled
- Links automatically expand
- Single Sign-on
- Trust System
- Spam blocking
- Reply via Email
- Admin dashboard
- Official plugin
Isso is a lightweight comment system. It allows anonymous comment, maintain identity, and simple administration. It has small size JS client library, only about 40kb (12kb gzipped). That’s why in this blog i use this commenting systems. The comment database is saved in sqlite3 file. So it easy to backup. If you search for Disqus alternative Isso is your prefer choice.
Isso features as follows:
- Comments written in markdown
- Sqlite backend
- Disqus & WordPress import
- Configurable JS Client
Talk is an open source project own by The Coral Project. Talk is built to have better moderation, comment display, and conversation function, creating the opportunity for safer, smarter discussions around your work.
I have implemented Talk for our blog comment system. It has nicely integrated to our blog theme, easy to implement, better documentation. I encourage you to try it also.
Some of Talk features:
- Identify journalists in the conversation
- Mute annoying voices
- See when other commenters joined
- Manage their privacy
- Download their history
- Share discussions
- Sort by most replied/liked/newest
- Receive notifications when a journalist interacts with them
- See new comment alerts instantly
- Identify and filter out off-topic comments
Schnack is simple open source self-hosted node app for Disqus-like drop-in commenting on static websites. It has good documentation and have tiny JS client library.
Some of Schnack features:
- Tiny! It takes only ~8 KB!!! to embed Schnack.
- Open source and self-hosted.
- Ad-free and Tracking-free. Schnack will not disturb your users.
- It’s simpy to moderate, with a minimal and slick UI to allow/reject comments or trust/block users.
- webpush protocol to notify the site owner about new comments awaiting for moderation.
- Third party providers for authentication like Github, Twitter, Google and Facebook. Users are not required to register a new account on your system and you don’t need to manage a user management system.
Commento is fast and lightweight. Supports markdown, import from Disqus, voting, automated spam detection, moderation tools, sticky comments, thread locking, OAuth login, single sign-on, and email notifications.
- They claim privacy-focused commenting platform. Most other products in this space do not respect your privacy; showing ads is their primary business model and that nearly always comes at the users’ cost. Commento has no ads; you’re the customer, not the product.
It is now depends on your preference whether you want to use fast and lightweight commenting system or full features but your readers’s privacy is scaring them.