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6 Plugins That Improve The WordPress Comments System

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If you’ve ever gone through the process of creating a simple blog you’ll be familiar with the WordPress comments system.

The default comments system built into WordPress is very basic but usually fine for startup bloggers. However, you will find it lacking if you want to give your readers any advanced functionality or try to improve their commenting experience in any way.

In order to allow your readers a number of methods to comment on your blog posts and pages you are going to have to use plugins to improve upon the default functionality. Thankfully, comment plugins have come a long way in the last few years. Not only do you have the option of using threaded commenting, you can now login with social media accounts and take advantage of a great deal of constantly improving features.

Let’s take a look at five plugins that will elevate you above the default comments system. These plugins will vastly improve the commenting experience and take your site to a whole new level of reader engagement.

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Jetpack By WordPress

jetpack

Jetpack is practically considered the default comments system these days. The multi-functional plugin created by Automattic does far more than improve the commenting aspects of your website, though that is a major feature of the plugin.

Jetpack allows your readers to connect to your website and leave a comment in multiple ways. Whether that is by using the default WordPress comments, connecting to WordPress.com, or by logging into Facebook, Google+ or Twitter.

Not only does it allow for a more social connection, you are also given the ability to use threaded comments for more organized commenter discussions, as well as having the functionality to notify people whenever a new comment is added to the thread. Because this comment system is part of Jetpack it is constantly being expanded and improved by the Automattic team.

Jetpack is one of the most popular plugins installed on WordPress sites because of the additional features it has. With Automattic continually improving Jetpack it is worth installing on your website, even if you decide to use another plugin to maintain your comments.

wpDiscuz

wp-discuz

The wpDiscuz plugin is an AJAX realtime comment system which basically super-charges the native WP comment system by adding awesome functionality via the free plugin itself but also via various premium addons. One of the coolest features of the plugin is the vote/up and down system and the load more comments via AJAX. While personally we don’t recommend having comments load via AJAX because you miss out on quality content for SEO, if your site gets thousands of comments then it’s definitely work enabling. wpDiscuz also has support for popular anti-spam plugins like Akismet, WordPress Zero Spam and WPBruiser. Plus, this is one of the highest rated commenting plugins with active support on the WordPress.org form so definitely work checking out!

Disqus Comment System

Disqus

Disqus is one on the most widely used comment systems in the blogosphere. It isn’t tied exclusively to WordPress and so one user account can be used for blogs on any system that has Disqus installed. This means that rather than control the comments within the WordPress installation and adding to your database, Disqus uses its own servers to manage the user login and comment management.

In what is fast becoming a standard feature list for plugins of this type, the Disqus plugin allows for threaded comments, notifications of new comments in the thread, subscription options for comments and inbuilt spam and malware filters.

Disqus is a community-focused plugin. Users carry a record of every comment they make on their account and can be followed by other Disqus users. This let’s them engage with them not just on your site, but on any site they leave a comment.

Intense Debate

Intense Debate

Intense Debate is another plugin system developed by Automattic. It allows your users to create rich profiles and build reputations based on their comments.

The key aspect of Intense Debate is the user reputation and comment voting system. User reputation is developed by readers as they take part in the comments discussion and have their entries rated by others. This feature allows your readers to build their own followers on your site and develop a community where they are acknowledged for quality comments on your blog.

It integrates various anti-spam and malware filters in order to ensure that your comment area remains free from junk comments. It also includes blacklists and enhanced moderation options to try to streamline that difficult process.

Intense Debate also allows for various social interactions, such as connection to Twitter, Facebook as well as fully integrating with the Gravatar service. As with the others you can use comment threading to keep control of your comment section.

It comes with the ability to receive updated notifications and RSS tracking of the comment section. You are also given the useful option of being able to post to and moderate your comments with the Reply-by-Email function built into the software.

Facebook Comments

facebook

While not multi-functional, Facebook Comments’ singular focus ensures a deep integration with the daddy of social networks. This means that each user commenting on your website is a real person — anonymity is not an option available to them.

This has the drawback in that the person must have a Facebook account and be happy to use it in order to comment on your site. Not everyone is happy with this type of integration so it may result in people who would have commented avoiding doing so on your site.

It has been implemented by several extremely large sites to cut down on the comment spam they receive and appears to have worked simply because comments are tied to the Facebook account of a real person.

The plugin changes your comment system on WordPress to match the standard comment structure found on your Facebook wall. It also allows you to post any comment you make to your Facebook wall, bringing your friends into the discussion and increasing the possible user engagement.

The Facebook Comments plugin is very useful for those who don’t want to have to manage every aspect of their site. It is ideal for those who still want to have a great looking and robust comment section without most of the overheads associated with the standard moderation.

Comments Evolved

Comments Evolved

Comments Evolved has grown from an old Google+ comments plugin into something much greater. Rather than simply being a way to use Google+ to comment on your blog now, it allows you to integrate with WordPress.com, Facebook and Disqus.

As with the others of this type, this plugin offers a great deal of user flexibility. Each commenting account type is displayed in its own tab, which may be the only real drawback of this plugin. It would be useful to have each comment displayed in one single thread and allowed the user to contribute to that thread regardless of their login method.

It is a great and lightweight plugin and is ideal if you want to keep the comment threads separated by login method. If you prefer having the options to login with various services, but combine all of the comments into a single point, then this may not be the plugin for you.


There are a number of plugins out there to enhance your comment system, though these five are by far the most impressive. Most of them will give your readers multiple connection options and each plugin handles those connections in slightly different ways.

You may decide to open up your comments to allow multiple methods of connection, or lock it down to a single option. Whichever method you choose, one of these plugins will be able to offer you exactly what you’re looking for and will dramatically improve the experience for your readers.

Have you used any of these comment systems on your blog? Which one is your favorite and why? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Article by Tom Ewer WPExplorer.com author
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263 Comments

  1. Pramod

    Hi mate !
    I’ve initially used Commentluv plugin for my blog and as the spam on my blog grew day by day ..i removed commentluv and started using disqus and am happy with it.

    • AJ Clarke | WPExplorer

      I’m not a huge fan of Commentluv…it’s pretty much black hat seo also. Disqus is great! I also like the jetpack comment form it works well for removing spam comments.

      • Emily

        I like the Jetpack comment too. Have try many and now back to basic. Work great! 🙂

        • gyandeveloper

          right

          • Gregory Lucy

            Like Emily, I do agree that Jetpack comment plugin of WordPress is an awesome plugin and I use it on my site.For the best logo slider plugin you can visit miplugins.

      • Greg Martinez

        Yeah, we also used Commentluv and switched over to Jetpack. Much easier for people to leave comments.

    • Toni Vallius

      Thanks for this tutorial! I prefer the Jetpack commenting system because it is so flexible.

      • John Hughes Avatar John Hughes

        You’re welcome Toni 🙂

      • Ben

        Thanks for the tutorial. I too will be switching over the Jetpack soon. We have needed to move to that solution a while ago.

    • Ashley

      I’ve had nothing but problems with Disqus which is disappointing because i love the layout. Going to try Jetpack now. Thanks for the article 🙂

    • PressTheWord

      Disqus is boring. The real conversations are on GraphComment. I love their admin panel directly in the plugin and the amazing design of the front. Commentluv is ok but Disqus sell all your data .. Get rid of it 😉

      • FM

        I tried it out. It looks great but the demo is a let down. Tried posting 3 comments and none of them appeared. Nothing in the ‘My Posts’ page either. And one of the pages (My Posts) appeared in French. Feels a little immature.

  2. Tony Nguyen

    Hi, Tom Ewer!
    I love this post. Really informative and useful for me, a newbie in online business. I am considering some of these plugins to improve my comment system. This article helps me so much. After reading your post, I think I have ideas. Thanks for sharing this post. Hope to read more helpful information from you. Great job!

    • Tom Ewer

      My pleasure Tony!

  3. tony nguyen

    Tom Ewer, I like this post. I think you are a professional blogger. I will follow you to learn how to create amazing websites to atrract more visitors. i will check out these 5 plugins that improve the wordpress comments system. thank for your sharing

  4. Zubair

    I have decided to use jetpack as my commenting tool. I like and it is very good. Thank you for sharing this post.

  5. Zaheer Ahmad

    Nice Plugins,, Thanks For Sharing….

    • Tom Ewer

      No problem Zaheer!

  6. Marios of Infolific.com

    JetPack seems so bloated to me, but I do like how comments are done. I wish the comment system was available as a separate plugin. I also like what the NYTimes does with their user and editor selected comments.

    • Tom Ewer

      Thanks for your comments Marios!

    • Dave @ UnconventionalMarketing.com

      Mario, do a search for “Slim Jetpack.” It is as the name suggests… a slimmed down version jetpack that gets rid of the most annoying problems with it like the bloat, the connection to wordpress.org, the “all modules on” issue etc. It’s fantastic.

  7. Marios of Infolific

    Dave: Thanks for the tip! I had no idea there was an alternate version. Found it and I’m installing it now!

  8. Glenn Younger

    Tom, thanks for this post – very helpful. And Dave@Unconventional…, thanks for telling me there is a ‘slim jetpack’. What I was using just wasn’t working so I’m shopping.

    • Glenn Younger

      Tom, I’m adding an update to my comment of yesterday. I installed Slim Jetpack and was very happy. It has an easy, easy interface and it looks good BUT it doesn’t offer the Facebook like button unless you are hosted by wordpress.com. I posted in a forum in the hopes of finding a workaround solution to how to include a FB like button, however it looks like I’m back in the shopping mode. If you ever do another article that includes Jetpack in it, maybe you want to make mention that of someone is considering the slim version, it’s missing that one key element? Just a thought…

      • qwer

        I’m actually testing your comment plugin right now.

      • greenestevej

        I am new to all this website stuff, so everything I read I am learning! You make a good point about the FB like button – that has to be a great way of getting exposure to your blogs etc. Have you found a solution yet Glenn?

  9. kagtha

    Yeah thank you for adding this! Not enough time to look through Jetpack features, one quick search and I found exactly what I was looking for. Would be cool to have a way to rate comments to bring them to the top but not required. Thanks for the article.

  10. Franck Maury

    Great Article
    Are you using Jetpack Comment on your blog ?
    Thks

    • AJ Clarke

      I personally use Jetpack, mostly for the comments 😉

  11. Andy

    Many thanks for this post. I was on the fence with what option to go for but the Jetpack option seems so simple and easy to use, I think I will give it a try.

  12. Rohit Sharma

    Akismet is also good for saving us from spam.

  13. Haydrion (@Haydrion)

    I have used Jetpack only for the comments, there is no standalone plugin with Jetpack comments only, also the slim version of Jetpack has no comments. I love disqus too but the fact that you have to create a profile on disqus is not a big plus thing, many people will go away.

    For me I have at this moment no idea what to use for a comment plugin. Jetpack has a sharing plugin which one is standalone so I will use that one for sharing. The full package from Jetpack has to much things that I will never use + the stats are a big not done thing, and it slows your site as well.

    Now you have also Google comments, well not everyone has Google or Facebook or Twitter, but the social logins are to protect you from comments from people who are Trolls. Of course there are many Trolls on Social Media, but the fact of Social Media logins are that people think Twice to place crap on your website, they must login with their private connected social media profile.

    • AJ Clarke

      I personally use JetPack comments on this site, what I do is disable all the other modules I’m not using. For example if you disable Stats then it won’t slow you down because the function is not going to fire up on the site. There was some bugs in older versions of jetpack but now if you disable one of the ad-dons then you won’t have to worry about your site slowing down. JetPack comments really helps keep SPAM to about 0 on this site and is really easy to use for people, so I still recommend it 😉

  14. Sarath Uch

    Thanks for this nice tips. I’ve been using Disqus for long period of time, and I love its plugin. I’ve never tried with Jetpack, but as I surfed on the Internet, most people complain about the spams often coming, which I rarely see the spam in my Disqus.

  15. Nidhal Naji

    i vote for Jetpack Comment (With Aksimet ) 😀

    • Tom

      Thanks for sharing Nidhal!

  16. Vasant Sakpal

    Hi Tom,
    Very useful post, I had install jetpack comments but giving error while submitting comments, So I leave it and tried Sisqus, It awesome bro. Thanks for sharing this informative post.

    • Tom

      Thanks Vasant!

  17. Aldo Wink

    Thanks for the comparison. I have Comments Evolved working now, but seems development has been dead for last 12 months. If I switch to Jetpack will comments migrate along?

    • AJ Clarke

      I’m not sure how Comments Evolved works, but JetPack only changes the comment submission form and ads a subscribe to comments field. The actual comments and comment output is untouched by JetPack.

  18. Hugh Dixon

    Thank you so much for this article and the comments! I was thinking of using CommentsLuv or Disqus but now I am going to try out Jetpack. It works well on this site.

  19. Tom

    You’re welcome Hugh. Hope it works for you!

  20. Mohammed Saimon

    Very nice post. Thanks Tom.
    I have also used CommentLuv but somehow I have found it not ideal for my blog. Now I think jetpack will be the best option to go.

    • Tom

      Thanks Mohammed! Hope it works out for you!

  21. Septian Aji Sanjaya

    Thanks for your post, but I try jetpack, I can sync for my account wordpress. I dont know about that, but now I use Comments Evolved.

    • Tom

      Thanks for the comment Septian!

      • Arup Ghosh

        Commentluv can’t be called a full featured comment system it only enhances the native system to attract more comments, mostly spams.

  22. Allie W.

    Do you mind sharing what comment plugin you’re using for your blog now? I think it looks really nice and would love to tinker around with it.

    • AJ Clarke

      I use Jetpack for the comment form, but the output of the comments (the design) I created specifically for my site and it’s part of the my theme.

  23. hoszilla (@hoszilla)

    nice article, i will try any of them

  24. Tom

    That’s great news!

  25. Abdou Bouchikhi

    thanks

  26. M Asif Rahman

    Nice & precise.

  27. Spybubble

    Nice & precise.

  28. Tom

    Thanks!

  29. BollywoodTales (@bollywoodtales)

    I agree that commenting using facebook is ideal to judge the identity of the person. I personally recommend that.

    • Tom

      Thanks for sharing!

  30. رها

    Great thanks Tom
    Really thanks for this post

  31. Tom

    You’re welcome!

  32. Pramesh Pudasaini

    What comment system has been used in this post?

    • AJ Clarke

      I use JetPack for the comment form, the comment output is standard WP output with a custom callback.

      • baria

        In notifications, does JetPack link directly to the comment the user is replying to, or is it like native WP, where it just links to the page? And can users chose whether to subscribe to a specific thread – or like native WP is it all comments under a post? Thanks!

        • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

          I am not sure about the link, I think it links to the comment reply though. When a user subscribes for notices they will get an email whenever there is a new comment. You can always subscribe to these comments and see for yourself, since we use JetPack 😉

  33. Resham Panth

    I used jetpack comments but doesn’t work well with phones! so, switching back to default!!

    • AJ Clarke

      I wasn’t aware of that issue, thanks for the heads up I will look into it because we also use JetPack comments.

      • The Imperfect Yogi

        I am thinking of trying Jetpack, as you recommend, I notice the comments here have no dates. Also, embarrassing to admit but, when commenting I find the choices “Notify me of new comments via email” and “Notify me of new posts via email” confusing and scary. I would find “Notify me of replies via email” more comforting and understandable. With the prior choices I worry will I get bombarded with every new comment if I do the first choice, and does the second choice mean I am subscribing to each new web article. Subscribe would be more clear to me. The reason I am curious about the date is related to knowing if the Jetpack/mobile user issue was resolved. Does anyone know?

        • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

          The actual comment display is done by the theme, not JetPack.For design reasons we chose to not include the dates on the comments but the date does display by default with the WordPress wp_list_comments function. I agree the notification checkbox (which does come from Jetpack) may be a bit weird. They do send emails whenever there is a new comment on the post. For some people this is preferred as some users want to join in on the entire discussion. But I have been considering switching things out to use a notify of replies only function, however, I am not sure if I want to move away from JetPack yet because it is VERY good against spam.

  34. darak

    Great thanks !!!

  35. Sharanyan Sharma

    Excellent List 🙂

    • Tom Ewer (@tomewer)

      Thanks! Glad you liked it Sharanyan!

  36. Siraj.M

    Jetpack is most effective and better than from other 🙂 Now am thinking to move on jetpack with my blog.

    • Tom Ewer (@tomewer)

      Try it! Let me know how it goes.

  37. Alphazenn

    Great! Thanks for this post.

  38. Abhishek Raj

    Hi Tom, After reading your post and scrolling through the comments, I’m now more inclined to use Jetpack comments on my blog. I’ve been a Disqus fan and have been using it for several years now. IMO, Disqus is the best comment system. But the only thing that hurts me is its slow loading and mandatory sign ups to let readers drop their comments.
    Thanks for this post! Bookmarked 🙂

    • Tom Ewer

      You’re welcome! Glad you liked the post. 🙂

  39. Brett Hooper

    Thanks for the nice sharing. I am going to use Jetpack By WordPress. Its looks like nice and cool.

    • Tom Ewer

      You’re welcome Brett!

  40. Muhammet Taşdemir

    Great list. Thank you 🙂

  41. Steve Bichard

    I have Jetpack comments but it does not show the social media icons as in your screen capture above. I cant find anything in the settings to allow it.
    Example of post below: frenchclassifiedandproperty.com/2013/11/30/le-bon-coin-in-english/

    • AJ Clarke

      JetPack comments doesn’t appear to be enabled on this site or it’s not compatible with your theme. Also when active you won’t see the social icons if you are logged in, make sure to log out first to see them. Also you have to click on the comment textbox and it toggles down.

      • Steve Bichard

        Hi AJ
        I also log out to check settings, and I do have jetpack active, but the social icons still do not toggle down. I will play with a few settings.

  42. Arijit

    Really helpful article Tom! I am using Facebook comments.

    Can you please let me know the floating social button plugin you are using?

    I really like the top fixed nature when you scroll down. This is not too ‘obtrusive’ to the user unlike most ‘floating’ social button plugins (e.g. Digg Digg) but still asks for the user likes and shares. This is also minimalist and shows ‘pure’ social buttons so that reader is not distracted and enjoys the reading experience.

    Presently, I am using this http://www.wpbeginner.com/floating-social-bar/

    This is perfect for me but the only problem is it only loads the share counts only when you hover over the buttons. Yours seems to load the counters on page load. Any suggestions would be great! 🙂 🙂

    Thanks in advance!

    • AJ Clarke

      Hi there, on WPExplorer.com I actually custom coded the social bar exclusively for my site 😉 And I am using the “Sharrre” javascript plugin for the social buttons so they load after the site has loaded. I am pretty sure the floating social bar uses the same script so maybe you just have to tweak it a bit so it doesn’t show it on hover but rather on load.

  43. Roi De la Merguez

    I love this article thanks!

    • Tom Ewer

      Glad to help 🙂

  44. sri

    nice one. thank you

  45. yatin

    Thanks for the wonderful post…..
    I want to clarify certain doubts regarding jetpack comments
    Can we have leave a reply option at the beginning because the reader has to scroll down to write the comments
    How you are having author and admin option inside the comments
    can we have thread options in jetpack

    • AJ Clarke

      JetPack only changes the submission form, everything else is still handled by the theme, so yes it’s 100% possible.

  46. PM

    superb info just what i wanted. Thanks

  47. gistpartner

    nice

  48. Clariza Nalam

    Nice learning here. Thank you for this list. Have been using disquss but it is too slow loading. Will try jetpack.

  49. Subha

    congrats for writing such a great post, shall help many blogger to improve their commenting system.
    thanks for sharing.

  50. Richard Williams

    Hey Tom great post I must say that I am true fan of Disqus and jetpack I use them on my WP website awesome plugins. And thank again for writing such a great post .

  51. Chris

    Thanks for the comments, guys! Made me switch from Commentluv to Jetpack, too.

  52. vecteurplusanswers

    I try to install Jetpack By WordPress but when i go to into Jetpack->setting, I can’t find button active in Jetpack Comments, can u help me please?

    • AJ Clarke

      Have you connected JetPack with WordPress.com? You must do that first.

  53. Abdullah Mahmood

    Just checking out on your site if any comment left using the jetpack commenting plugin also helps share your content to my newsfeed, if yes, then that’s what’s made my day!

    • kimanlayn

      Dear Clarke, after i install this plugin, i don’t see any option to connect to Jetpack or because it is in Local marchin?

      • AJ Clarke

        Correct, you can’t connect JetPack on a localhost.

  54. Kim An Lay

    Can i customize the css of the comment of Jetpack?

    • AJ Clarke

      JetPack uses the theme’s comment output, the only thing it changes is the actual submission form.

  55. leblogvecteurplus

    Can i customize the css of the comment of Jetpack?

    • AJ Clarke

      JetPack uses the theme’s comment design, the only thing JetPack changes is the actual submission form which can’t be tweaked since it is an iframe.

  56. Kim An Lay

    I used Jetpack comment on my product website now but after i used my facebook account to comment, why it is not show my facebook profile picture, it always show the default avatar of wordpress? Did i miss something?
    I show in here, your website, it work perfect!

    • AJ Clarke

      To be honest I’m not sure what could be wrong, when I tried commenting it pulled up my photo correctly. Maybe try adding a “Gravatar” for the email used for your facebook account.

  57. Sagar Desai

    Yes! Jetpack commenting plugin is awesome, looking much clean out of all.
    But can I remove wordpress option from all 4 types of logins for comment? If yes then it will definitely suit for my blog.

    • Tom Ewer

      I don’t think so I’m afraid Sagar…

      • coolnaija

        how do u battle with spammers comment with jetpack

        • AJ Clarke

          Honestly, since using JetPack for my comments I don’t get almost any spam comments, I think because of how it’s setup with the iframe.

  58. onam123

    Disqus Works great for me

  59. Viet Quoc Ta

    Disqus or Jetpack?

    • AJ Clarke

      I prefer JetPack because the comments are still saved in your database and also outputted as HTML on the page so it’s better for SEO. Disqus is an iFrame so that content is not part of your site. I like having comments as additional content for search engines, but that is my preference 😉

  60. Raees

    I like SEO by Yoast, because through which you can visible your site on search engine.

    • Anakin

      Jetpack sounds good!

  61. Mani

    I think Jetpack is Good , but sometimes it makes site exhausted, so now i am using Facebook Comments for my site. It is working fine

  62. Claudio

    Great, informative post. I was looking for a good commenting solution for my blog and your article lead me to choose one. I have settled for Jetpack at the moment…but my have to come back here to explore alternatives if it doesn’t live up to my expectations.

    • Kuan Chung Hau

      Great article! Do replies on Facebook reflect in the comments on the blog?

      • AJ Clarke

        I’m not sure what you mean…but when you use Facebook for your comments they aren’t saved in your WordPress database (it’s an iframe loaded from Facebook). Personally I think it’a best to use the native WordPress comments for SEO reasons, however, if you have a lot of Facebook followers then that could be better.

  63. kamlesh sharma

    Great list
    Thanks for sharing information.

  64. Elham

    does jetpack allow comments to be chronological so if i post first, then next person who posts will show below me, not on top? thanks

    • AJ Clarke

      Has nothing to do with Jetpack, the comments output is still controlled by your theme & WordPress. You’ll want to find a plugin that “reverses” the order of your comments.

  65. Hindi sms

    Thanks Tom Ewer for posting nice article.

    it’s usefull for me

  66. bloggerwits

    I like Intensedebate and Commentluv

  67. Jagdish Kashyap

    I like the Comments Evolved Plugin because it’s have all the major social media site.
    Cheers Nice Article!

  68. Thomas Møller Nexø

    Great post! I might try out the JetPack, it seems to cover my needs.

  69. Cicomint

    Great post man, ill try to use disqus

  70. Pawan Bahuguna

    Great share on wordpress plugin. I think commentlv can also be mentioned here.

  71. Final Gist

    After reading this blog post, I’ve decided to use Jetpack for my comment need. Thanks for sharing

  72. mildwild

    Jetpack doesn’t have a shortcode for discussion. I am using 100% width for the blog post. Is it possible to have jetpack discussion in 50% of the page width?

    • AJ Clarke

      Yes, all you have to do is add a little custom CSS for this. The comments themselves are added by the theme, JetPack only adds the form fields via an iframe.

  73. Hasnain Razwi

    I’m using Disqus on my site now. It’s a great plugin.

  74. Rehabilitation centre

    Facebook generated a ton of comments/traffic – WAY more than if I had only a WordPress-based commenting system – but it was tough keeping track of the conversation

  75. lyndaharlos

    Looking for a way to post instructions on leaving comments in each page before the comment box? Any suggestions how to do that?

    • AJ Clarke

      I don’t know of any plugins but you can use the “comment_form_before” hook to add extra content before the Comment form using a custom function. Example:

      function my_comment_form_before() {
      echo '<p>YOUR INSTRUCTIONS</p>';
      }
      add_action( 'comment_form_before', 'my_comment_form_before' );
  76. Bloggerwits

    Great plugins for commenting

  77. R.D. Hayes

    The only thing that i haven’t seen while searching the web for different comment plugins is the ability to integrate more than one commenting system into wordpress. I want to be able to integrate disquis and comment luv but haven’t figured out a way to do this. I know that it is possible because I seen it on a blog but now I can’t remember what blog that was and I really wish that I would have asked them when I seen it. If you know of any way to do this, please let me know. Other than this, thanks for writing about all these cool commenting plugins.

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla

      Hmmm – I’ve never see that before… my advice would be to shoot and email to the CommentLuv developer, since they’ll know better than anyone how to integrate their plugin with other systems/products. Best of luck 🙂

  78. Akshat Verma

    Any comment email approval and reply plugin that you can recommend. Thanks in advance

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla

      Hmmm, you could try the free Comment Approved plugin but that will only email users once their comment is approved, I don’t think it supports reply notifications – for that you could try the free Subscribe To Comments Reloaded plugin. Hope that helps!

  79. mcx

    Wow…. This article makes me clear that what to use as commenting for my new website. thanks for sharing and yes visitor comments also makes me aware more about JetPack.

  80. Vamien McKalin

    Wish they would update Jetpack to support AJAX

  81. Miky

    Thanks

  82. Knox

    Oh my gosh thank you so much! I was looking for a plugin like this but i didn’t know what it’s called. Now i know the plugin is called Jetpack by WordPress. I had Jetpress all along but i didn’t enable it. Now i’m using it on my blog. Thanks again!

  83. Bren Murphy

    OK, after reading this it looks like jetpack is the consensus!

  84. Murat

    OK,Good Post. thanks man. 🙂

  85. Elissa

    We just released a native WordPress commenting plugin (Epoch) that is realtime, cache friendly, and improves site performance. It’s free, too.

    Here are some of the benefits of using Epoch:

    1. Both loading comments and submitting comments are incredibly fast. Way faster than Disqus. Faster than any comment system we’ve seen.
    2. For the first time someone can say this: running native WordPress commenting will actually increase your site performance.
    3. It is fully CDN and cache compatible.
    4. Commenting is realtime and updated without page refresh, all the while being incredibly gentle on the server.
    5. Epoch offers three ways to integrate with your theme.
    a. The first tries to continue using your existing comment template but giving you the performance gains.
    b. The second overrides your comment template but inherits typography and colors from your theme.
    c. The third totally replaces your comment template ala’ Disqus or Jetpack Comments.
    6. Since it uses native commenting it is completely private. No farming of user data. No profiling. Your data stays on your server.
    7. It’s compatible with dozens of other commenting plugins to add things like social login, toolbars, attachments, subscriptions…
    8. Epoch and Postmatic are integrated to play well together. For example when leaving a comment in Epoch, Postmatic can pop up an optin modal prompting the commenter to subscribe to new post notifications with just one more click.

  86. Srihari

    But i think Disqus and Facebook Comments are bad for SEO as Search engine crawlers will not get the comments. Isnt it?

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

      Yes and no. It depends on your website some people may find better SEO benefits by not including the comment content. If your site gets hundreds of comments its possible the content of your post is now less then the comments and it may hurt your rankings. Also sometimes it’s more important to think about your user experience then purely SEO – getting repeat visitors and gaining visitor trust may provide you with more traffic then SEO alone.

  87. John Kirk

    What about Remarks, that gives you charts of comments by author and category, and even geolocation of your commenters’ coordinates?

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla

      Hmmm, it looks like this hasn’t been updated in over 2 years and without a demo site to review I can’t be sure if it would play nice with the latest version of WordPress… but it is a neat idea to show a map of where people are commenting from!

      • CiviFirst John

        Good point Kyla!

        Why not give it a go now that it’s just been updated to be 4.2.4 compatible?

        • Kyla Avatar Kyla

          Let us know how it works out! 🙂

  88. Menorah

    wpDiscuz + comments evolved wordpress plugins is the best !!

  89. Smit Patel

    Definitely, your article is worth reading..

  90. swann

    Is there any plugin which can help in comment+rating sytem.

  91. Michael

    Great article 🙂 I personally prefer Disqus, it looks great and provides a good user experience. Although some users do have issues creating an account to be able to comment.

  92. wordpress plugin

    WOW, simply great post, thanks for publishing some good examples here! The problem is an issue that few folks are speaking intelligently about amazing Plugins that improve he WordPress Comments System. I am very happy that I have found this during my search.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  93. Manpower Consultancy in Chennai

    Awesome article. I for one incline toward Disqus, it looks incredible and gives a decent client experience. Albeit a few clients do have issues making a record to have the capacity to remark.

  94. Android Training in Chennai

    Great article. I personally prefer Disqus, it looks great and provides a good user experience.

  95. Vinayak Sharma

    I prefer to use Disqus instead of default WordPress comment system because Disqus Prevent my blog from spam comments.
    By the way thank you for sharing this list..

  96. Swapnil Thakkar

    I am planning to keep the same as you are using for your website. It is good and easy to use with all required features.

  97. kiril4913

    Thanks, it was really helpfull!

  98. raindeer

    disqus works better with my website….

  99. Karel Koes Hiranjgarbh Missier Paragh

    Disqus is very easy to use. Also the edit option is quite useful for the commenters. Regards, Karel Paragh

  100. Subodh

    Hi Tom, I am in the process of installing comments section for my site and noticed that even on many News site Disqus works very slow. What are your thought on the speed of Disqus specially?

  101. G.Ortega

    I have a blog about Chelsea ( chelsea-sw3.pen.io ) , but I think that WordPress will be a much better choice and I’m going to move it there, following your advises, I could turn my blog into valuable one for my community in Chelsea.

  102. Vikas Singh Gusain

    How to approve any comment convert in Do Follow?

  103. mikey37589

    thank you

  104. batikent dis klinigi

    Hello there! I am not exactly sure what to do with mine, I am using Tempera theme, and whenever I do the instruction it just have a “Post a Comment” option. Please help!

  105. GoodWPThemes

    Thanks for info… I personally use disqus in one of my blog its great

  106. Sumit

    I like the jetpack comment plugin and i installed jetpack but how can i configure that? It still shows basic comment box on my site.

    • AJ Clarke

      Make sure to go to the JetPack panel and enable the comments function, it should be disabled by default. And just incase you aren’t aware, JetPack only replaces the submission for comments, the actual comment design is done via the theme you are using.

  107. Soniya Kukreja

    Thnx

  108. Optimizacija Spletnih Strani

    Thanks for this great list. Im using facebook comment plugin where I have blogs related to facebook. But also I love to have commentLuv.

    Best regards

  109. Social Media Marketing Agency

    Good Post. I like it. Thanks for Sharing.

  110. Imtiaz xx [] Learn with Imtiaz xx

    Wow i didnt knew about Disqus Comment System .. Good post thank you for sharing mate

  111. Kernel Training

    It’s useful information. Thanks for sharing. I have a blog how can I enable these type of comments which allows to enter website.

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

      By default WordPress has a field so users can enter their website URL, you don’t have to enable anything.

  112. Ganesamoorthi M

    I need to install facebook comments plugin instead of default comments. Can you tell me how to disable the Default comment system.?

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

      I would recommend asking the developer of the theme you are using because they will know the best way to do this for your specific site.

  113. Cornel Manu

    While I juggled back and forth with ten types of comments system on my WordPress, I finally settled for the default versions. While I do LOVE how jetpack looks, the fact that is not hosted on my servers ( the comments) is a downside for me from SEO point of view and layout editing.

  114. Apks store

    Nice and informative post. keep it up. thanks for sharing such a helpful post.

  115. CiviFirst John

    Latest version of Remarks – the best comments analysis plugin, has been released. A map showing where your comments are from, charts of your most popular categories and authors, and more! It’s just been updated to use the D3 library – pretty slick!

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla

      Hey that’s awesome!

  116. samdani1997@gmail.com

    You discussed here the most popular plugins those can be installed on WordPress sites for improving comments system . I see these are very conducive WordPress plugins for improving comments system as these have more additional effective features , thanks for sharing such awesome WordPress plugins for improving comments system .

  117. Graphics Cgraphics

    Thank for the article, I have a quick question, what will happen the current comments if I decide to switch over another plugin?

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

      As long as the plugin you switch to is coded correctly nothing. You should still have all the comments in your dashboard. Of course having a backup of your site just incase something goes wrong if never a bad idea (before installing any new theme or plugin).

  118. Vimax Asli

    Thanks for sharing here
    I am very happy to read your review
    I hope you give a useful topic for everyone.

  119. Jessie

    This is something I’m considering at the moment. Which is best and easiest for people to comment. It seems like the best option is the basic one. Thanks for your help.
    Jessie

  120. Mr. MIK

    Nice plugin collection. Thanks for great effort.

  121. Muhammad

    thanks for sharing.i love jetpack.

  122. Nath

    I’m finding Disqus the best but damn it’s frustrating I can’t edit anything as it’s in a Iframe – I might go back to Jetpack again and have a play with my themes CSS. Great read!

  123. Deynn

    There are plenty of good WordPress plugin related to content marketing, take your time to understand how they work and what they can do for your business before you commit. 5 WordPress plugins for content marketing that you need to know about, Edit flow,Editorial calendar,CoSchedule,YARPP,short for Yet Another Related Post plugin, Last is, Optimizely

  124. Roy

    Thankfully I was already doing this but again good to know more about such plugins.

  125. Li-An

    I don’t like Jetpack – or Disqus – for the reason mentionned above: you don’t “own” the comments. So the title of this post is not true: you don’t “improve” the comment system, you change the system ! – and subscribe function is boring in Jetpack.

  126. Wordpress Designer

    Really nice, thanks for sharing it.

  127. noaneo

    Hi,
    Comments Evolved for WordPress, it is one year, which no longer has any update, the plugin is not dead?

    Have you tried the Comments plugin – wpDiscuz?
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpdiscuz/

    Thank you

  128. Web designing services in madhapur

    Helpful post.Thank you so much for sharing helpful information.

  129. Website Design Services in Minnesota MN

    I like this post

    • افلام

      agreed this is useful

  130. kishore krishna

    Thanks.i am using commentLuv but after r adding the comments here I need to rethink

  131. IronDove

    Hi,
    If you are looking for an alternative to Disqus, I recommend this plugin Comments – wpDiscuz

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpdiscuz/

  132. Adam

    Jetpack comments is a great improvement but I feel they need to review the default design.

  133. darknote

    Hi,

    The last three proposed comments plugins are not up-to-date, see obsolete, should update the article.

    – IntenseDebate Comments – Last Updated: 1 year ago – Active Installs: 5,000+
    – Facebook Comments – Last Updated: 11 months ago – Active Installs: 90,000+
    – Comments Evolved for WordPress – Last Updated: 1 year ago – Active Installs: 10,000+

    Yet the article date as March 20, 2016, why not proposed plugins up to date?

    There has to date plugins like comments quoted in other reviews

    – Comments – wpDiscuz Last Updated: 1 week ago – Active Installs: 10,000+
    or
    – Comments – wordpress plugin by Vicom – Last Updated: 1 week ago – Active Installs: 500+

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

      Hi,

      Plugins don’t have to be updated unless there are actual bugs or issues. The WordPress comment system hasn’t really changed at all for a long time now so more then likely these plugins haven’t needed to be updated. Some plugin developers will do tiny updates to prevent these notices, but sometimes developers don’t have the time to make updates just for the sake of it. As long as the plugin still works and doesn’t have any vulnerability issues then there is no reason why not to use them. Also a lot of our readers are developers looking for inspiration and they may download the plugin and edit it to create their own. If you don’t like using plugins that haven’t been updated in a long time you could always download it and rename it so it’s your own plugin and make your own updates 😉

      • darknote

        Hi,
        I do not agree with you, an update is not always to improve a plugin to fix a flaw in pipeline safety, it is not for nothing that on WordPress.org, after two years without updates, they put a message on it in yellow to warn people of the risks using an outdated plugin
        Then when I see almost every week a list of plugins that have security holes, I prefer to play the card of caution
        There an article in French
        https://www.wpserveur.net/failles-de-securite-plugins-themes-wordpress-semaine-29-2/
        But this is my point of view, I respect your point of view, I know I can do the updated plugin by myself, I know I can rename it, but when I left a note on a site it ‘ because I think of others and not myself. I often think of the new in WordPress, not dévellopeur not encoder.

        Since my message to share “Intense Debate” Other plugins have been updated.
        So my message is no longer valid, just the part that talks about the Comments plugin – wpDiscuz which is very interesting.
        https://fr.wordpress.org/plugins/wpdiscuz/
        Thank You

        • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

          Hi,

          Yes, updates are crucial when there is a fix needed such as a security fix. If a plugin doesn’t have any issues, bugs or security concerns then it doesn’t need to be updated. The warning WordPress places in the yellow message box is only based on the last updated date, they don’t actually open the plugin files and manually check the plugin for security issues. For the average user I do believe it’s best to not use these plugins incase there is an issue but as a developer you can open the plugin review the code and make sure there aren’t any security concerns or if there are you can fix them and use the plugin under another name or you can contact the plugin developer to suggest fixes.

          WPDiscuz looks like a great plugin, thanks for sharing. I will add it to the list!

          By the way, this article was actually published on Nov 13, 2013 – but last updated in March (we changed a couple things recently). That’s the main reason why there are older plugins on the list. So I do see your confusion there. We are launching a redesign soon and I’ll be sure to display both the publish and last updated dates to prevent confusion. Also I added to my todo list to update this article as it does seem to generate a decent amount of traffic even after a few years 😉

          – AJ

  134. jimmy

    Like all the comments.Very useful

  135. BioKeys

    Did You know some comment plugin Who doesnt use wp comment?

  136. Harsha s

    Hey Tom, Glad to read this article since I knew about discus now will give an try with Facebook because that is more unique, thank for this article

  137. Sandi Iswahyudi

    thanks for information.

  138. Freelancerr

    Nice article. I tried many plugins from your ideas to match my wordpress directory portal. Thanks guys!

  139. Fiona

    thanks

  140. EvanRoss

    Great article. After reading your article, I have decided to use disqus comment system for my website.

  141. Rakshita

    Which commenting system does your website use ?

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

      We use the JetPack comments function for the comment submission form, but the comment output (the actual comments) is just standard WordPress output via the wp_list_comments() function and then styled via CSS in our theme’s style.css file.

  142. meraz

    Great Article
    Are you using Jetpack Comment on your blog ?
    Thanx

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

      Yes, we are using JetPack comments on this site. Mostly because it helps remove a lot of SPAM but it also allows people to receive notifications when people reply to their comment.

      • Barbara Aria

        Do Jetpack notifications point the user to the specific comment or just back to the post/comments section? It’s one of the issues we’re trying to solve for with the Comment Plus plugin. When there are dozens of comments and someone responds to an older comment it’s a confusing experience. Thanks.

        • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

          The link they get in the email from jetpack should go directly to the comment. That said while we use it on the site I haven’t actually tested it from the user’s perspective in a long time so I may be wrong.

  143. Teresa Murphy

    I have a hard time trusting any technical or review article that won’t publish the DATE it was published and doesn’t publish the DATE of the reviews. Hiding relevancy — no trust. ALL comments have to be vetted for current relevancy ALL over again.

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla

      Yup – we completely agree that articles should have dates. That’s why we display our “Published On” and “Last Updated On” dates at the end of each of our posts (aesthetically it’s a bit messy to put all that at the top). Dates on comments are a bit trickier. Comments in my opinion are a bit more flexible since they are mostly opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt no matter how old or new they are. But that’s just my opinion 😉

      • Maulik Shah

        I also appriciate with your stuff. Comment depends on user mind. it will be a opinions, question, some addition informations etc.

    • gs plugins

      Yes i do agree with noting “ALL comments have to be vetted for current relevancy ” from your observation .

  144. Akshat Verma

    Hello AJ,

    Can you please advise the best commenting system which loads fast and is lightweight or does not put load on your server. thanks

    Regards
    Akshat

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

      I believe that would probably be the core WordPress comments or Disqus. But it depends on what your site needs exactly. For example if you don’t get many comments then the core WordPress comments (with an anti spam plugin added) may be best. If you get a lot of comments then using an iFrame style comments like Disqus may be a good solution.

  145. jack

    Thanks for sharing this excellent post, I am going to share it as an external reference link in a post I am writing on Guest Posting.

  146. abuosama

    Thanks for sharing this excellent post

  147. Joseph

    Nice plugins!

  148. Lucy Lamb

    Nice collection.Thanks for sharing

  149. David chriss

    Hi,

    How do you customize jetpack comment system.

    Please reply

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

      The comments are actually displayed by your theme. JetPack only changes the form not the comments display. If you want to customize the look of the comments then you would need to use CSS to change the design or use core WordPress hooks if you want to change things like the avatar size, author names, links, meta data..etc.

      • David chriss

        Thanks For Your Reply Now I Use Disquz Custumized Comment Plug in

  150. Hd wallpaper hub

    Excellent plugin.Thanks to you for sharing such a useful & important article with us.

  151. Customizing and Developing New Plugins

    Nice Post, Thanks for sharing this article.

  152. Graham Baker

    Excellent just what I was looking for!

  153. BelieveAll

    Nice writeup

  154. Duncan Pattinson

    Do you know if comments can be transferred easily if we change our comment plugin?

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla

      It’s going to depend on the plugin you have now and the one you’re switching to. So long as both plugins are using a variation of the same commenting source (WordPress to WordPress, or Facebook to Facebook, or Disqus to Disqus, etc) I would think you’d be okay. As for migrating comments between systems (like if you wanted to import your Disqus comments into a WordPress commenting plugin and then remove your Disqus plugin) that I can’t be sure about. In either case I would suggest testing on a localhost or staging site to see if any issues pop up.

  155. 2ubes

    Nice Post, just what I was looking for!

  156. Juliana

    Great tips, I already used some of these plugins and I will certainly use the others presented in the article.

  157. maulik

    Nice tips! Thanks for sharing regarding WordPress plugins.

  158. automation166

    You provided such an amazing list of wordpress plugins for comments.

  159. Cloudy

    i used Jetpack and it works very effective. Thanks for your article.

  160. Mike

    Hey Guys!

    I am going to have my site I intend to optimized my site and increase the speed of loading page. which plugin do you suggest? Thanks in advance

    Mike

    • AJ Clarke Avatar AJ Clarke

      There is no magical plugin to help increase site speed. Make sure you are using a quality managed WordPress hosting solution (we highly recommend Flywheel, WPEngine or Siteground). And you may want to consider using a CDN on your site to better server static resources like images and scripts.

  161. alminvalyani

    I’m using Disqus on my site now. It’s a great plugin.

  162. Resultimes

    Seriously you solved my problem about the comments plugin. Every day I get too many spammy comments and don’t know what to do and how to block them. Your article solved my problem buddy. Thanks, Keep it up!

  163. Web Application Development

    Jetpack is the best plugin to leave a comment. It gives multiple ways to leave a comment.

  164. Matt

    Great post!
    A question if I may?
    I’ve just started using the “commentluv” plugin and noticed that their website is down.
    Do you think this plugin will be cancelled in the near future?
    Keep up the good work;-)

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla

      It looks like that plugin hasn’t been updated in 2 years, and with the website down there is a good possibility it’s been abandoned.

  165. Pallav

    I use Jetpack and it works extremely well.

  166. Ashish Goyal

    Thanks for sharing your great research.
    You can try this free WordPress FAQ Plugin that will help to add automatic frequently asked question on your website. we can change it custom also. That will save our time, work effort, money and more things.

  167. Vishal Singh

    Why didn’t you put contact form 7 in the list

    • Kyla Avatar Kyla

      Because we were focusing on comments system enhancements for this plugin roundup. But Contact Form 7 is one of our picks for best contact form plugins 🙂

  168. Darrin

    Hi,

    Thanks so much for this great article. I wish I had seen this before I started my trial and error comments system testing!

    I have tried out Disqus and Postmatic but for multiple sites it soon became very clear that the costs can easily spiral out of control.

    In the end I settled with Jetpack Comments, it seems to integrate really nicely and I added Akismet for added spam blocking.

    However I am getting the urge to try out ‘comments evolved’. lol 🙂

    Anyway thanks again for this informative article.

  169. Rudolf

    Good top, but Disqus have a lot of ad now and is too slow. I used it since 2015, and i found AnyComment. It’s a really good one. Fast, portable, often updates, i can’t find some defects here. So, my top (2018) : 1) AnyComment, 2) HyperComments, 3) Cackle, 4) Disqus.

  170. kai

    I used Jetpack and it works very well. Thanks for spending time writing this post!

  171. Subimal

    Thanks for this beautiful post. I use & myself believe that “Disqus” is the best. In two perspective I rank it high. First is it can protect spam & second is it helps networking between users. Thanks

  172. Rajeev Kumar

    Wrote a good post about the comments plugin. The comments have an important contribution to increasing blog traffic. I am using Jetpack comments plugin on my blog. I liked its features too. Thank you for writing this post.

  173. Rashel Ahmed

    Amazing article. Your article has really helped me choose the right comments plugin for my blog. Thanks!

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