3 Reasons Bit51 Switched to Disqus

DisqusAfter an awful lot of debate and a whole lot of trial and error over the last few months I finally decided to migrate comments on this site from the native WordPress commenting system to Disqus. Frankly, it really wasn’t an easy decision. As Bit51 has grown I needed to make sure that any change this big wasn’t just done for a any old reason but instead was done with users in mind.

While I agonized over all sorts of details throughout the decision process, when I really broke it down there were just 3 simple reasons why I think Disqus is a better platform for both myself and the folks who participate here on Bit51:

1.) Disqus has the ability to more easily manage comments and discussions from a single location

I know WordPress has it’s notifications and all but they simply aren’t easy to use. In addition, as I manage comments on a couple of sites keeping track of what is where was starting to take up way too much of my time.

Disqus puts it all together on my existing sites and gives me the ability to expand to other sites later if I need to. In addition, not only does it allow me to track comments on sites I manage, but it also lets me track comments I leave on other sites that use Disqus. It’s early yet but I think this could really help me keep in touch with folks over a wider range of platforms.

2.) I wanted to streamline the plugin base of this site

By turning on Disqus I managed to turn off nRelate, Akismet and numerous Jetpack features that were all being used to enhance comments in one fashion or another. Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t bad plugins, but how many plugins is too many? Now comments and related functions are handled solely by the Disqus plugin resulting, hopefully, in a faster and less cluttered site.

3.) User experience

Finally, and most importantly, I believe Disqus does more for the user experience than any of the competition. With instant updating, the ability to log in from numerous services (or not at all) and the ability to easily follow and interact with a site I think it is simply a better way to help encourage participation.

I’ve looked at other commenting systems. I tried Livefyre and CommentLuv numerous times in the past but the former never did work well for me and the latter really doesn’t do much but toot its own horn. Disqus just seems to be the best platform to hopefully build real conversions on without gimmicks or unneeded garbage.

So what do you think? Is Disqus worth it? What are you using on your site and why?

About Chris Wiegman

Chris is the owner of Bit51 where he blogs about web development and works on WordPress plugins such as Better WP Security. In addition Chris is a Senior Developer for Springbox in Austin, TX where he develops a host of solutions for clients large and small.

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  • Lee Blue

    Thanks for sharing your reasoning behind the move. I’ve been considering doing the same thing for a while now and reading this post is encouraging me even more. One thing I don’t like about Disqus is that sometimes folks write a nice comment then realize, after having written the comment, that they need to log in to actually post the comment. Then, during the Disqus login process, the comment they wrote gets lost and they have to re-enter the comment again. So, that is a little annoying.

    • http://bit51.com/ Chris Wiegman

      I had kept away from it for a long time because of the login process. Now that folks can post anonymously though that issue seems to have been fixed.

  • Jati Munggaran

    Just like Sucuri does! :) What ever is Your commenting system, Your plugin is simply the best!!!!!!

    • http://bit51.com/ Chris Wiegman

      Thanks!

  • http://wpspeak.com/ Rudd

    Thanks for sharing your reasons for switching to Disqus. If I decided to switched back to native comment system, will I lose all those comments from Disqus?

    • http://bit51.com/ Chris Wiegman

      Nope. If you were to look in your database you should still see all of them. One of the reasons I picked Disqus was the ability to get out of it if I decide to.

  • Kamran

    Enough reasons for me to move from Intensedebate to Disqus. The flexibility is what one demands the most.

    • http://bit51.com/ Chris Wiegman

      I didn’t even realize Intensedebate was still out there to be honest. I was under the impression it had been abandoned.

  • fancytvs

    thnx chris wiegman