Hey guys.. I decided yesterday to try to incorporate DISQUS into the website as a way of improving on the commenting area.
Some of the most visited WordPress websites use DISQUS, such as Mashable (that I love), Engadget, CNN, MTV, and they finally incorporated a way that our existing user-base can start using the system without having to register again with them.
So I felt that it was time to give it a try.
The reasons why I want to use DISQUS are as follows:
- DISQUS offers a single place where I can see all the comments on the site and answer them (including from my iPhone). Currently I am having trouble keeping up with all the conversations.. I currently find it easier for people to communicate with me via other means, which is contrary to why I set up my site in the first place. DISQUS will allow me to get back into the conversations on the site.
- It will allow people to comment on the site without having to register specifically with my site (Single-Sign-On). If they are logged into Facebook, or Twitter or other systems, they can start commenting right away. That should help the community grow. I can still do all the moderation stuff I did before (and more) with DISQUS… it just makes it easier for people to participate
- You can reply to comments via email and those replies go right back on to the site! I had put together a bit of a hack that was not built into WordPress where you were all notified of comment replies.. but those could not be turned off, for example, in the regular comments section if you inadvertently left them on. DISQUS notifies you of those comment replies but also let’s you respond via email! That is MAJOR for me, again, as it will allow me to participate more easily. It will be nice for you as well.
- You can embed media into the comments, YouTube videos, pics, etc.. I think that’s cool!
- Pages don’t have to reload when you post a comment. This frees up the server to allow it to do other things and run faster as we result.
- It tracks references to the post for other sources.
- It allows me to integrate Tumblr into my site. Tumblr is a blogging platform that allows me to post pictures, videos, audio, links, text, etc. from my iPhone and automatically distribute that post out to my Facebook page, my Twitter and to this site. You’ll see it integrated in the Tumblr link in the navigation. Tumblr uses the DISQUS commenting system as well, so you can all participate there seamlessly.
- Once you sign in on the site here, you’ll be able to make comments on other sites all over the web without signing in. Plus you’ll be able to TRACK those comments all over the web from a simple interface. So it truly does extend your community out to the web.
Concerns about using DISQUS
- Will it affect the other aspects of the site, such as the private messages, the groups and forums (the Buddypress stuff)?
I don’t think it will as all of those things remain intact, and DISQUS syncs with my existing site, but if we do encounter issues, I will try to fix them.
- Now I have to sign up to another system?
DISQUS is supposed to integrate with your existing credentials on the site so you should automatically be signed in if you are signed into my site. You may want to claim your own comments on DISQUS if you want to track your comments, but it may not be necessary to do that if you don’t care.
- Does this mean that the HotForWords website is doomed to failure because you changing something?
I hope not! I am merely improving the commenting area! Only one or two cute puppies will be killed in the process, but it’s for the betterment of all mankind! Umm… no puppies will be killed in the process.. for those of you YouTubers that have found your way over here, that’s called sarcasm.. meaning.. oh forget it.. watch this video to find out!
If you have any other questions or concerns, please express them below.
I have deactivated DISQUS for now while I iron out some technical issues.Tweet