The best WordPress plugins are designed to improve the performance of certain elements of the CMS. This is the case with DISQUS, which changes the default WordPress comment system after installation. DISQUS is an external service that makes commenting on blog posts easier and more efficient. Over 200,000 active plugin installations speak for themselves.
DISQUS at a glance
Using Disqus as a comments section on your blog also requires a different approach to managing comment content. You need to know that you are commissioning it in its entirety. By installing DISQUS at your site, your comments are handled by a completely external system.
This gives a lot of advantages to you as the owner of the site. The whole burden of actual comment processing is largely removed from your shoulders. Comments are placed on DISQUS servers.
If you decide to use this system in an extended version, you have a million different options to administer your comments and discussions. To be honest, it’s just Too much for us.
On the other hand, DISQUS does not actively participate in website positioning with a small number of comments and visits.
Thus, if you are a beginner blogger – we do not recommend using it. However, if you already have a lively audience and a lot of traffic and you don’t fully control the number of comments – DISQUS is perfect for you and your readers. As standard, it is also integrated with Social Media.
Registering a DISQUS account
- Go to www. disqus. com, then click on the big green button that says SIGN UP.
- In the next step you need to complete the registration form. The most important information we need to provide is the Site Shortname (your identification, which you must remember) and the website’s address. The other fields are to be completed at will.
- Previously, in a quick step we created an individual account with DISQUS. We were assigned a unique address, as we can see in the URL bar of our browser.
Installing the DISQUS script
If we use any CMS, we can follow the guides prepared by the authors.
- Step 1: Go to the DISQUS website and register if you do not have an account yet.
- Step 2: Log in to your WordPress account and go to the PLUGINS tab.
Select ADD NEW and enter DISQUS in the search box. Install the plugin, and once the installation is complete, don’t forget to click TOGGLE PLUGIN.
- Step 3: Now it’s time to configure the plug-in.
Find Disqus Comment System. Click on Settings. Log in using your registration data to Disqus and follow the instructions that appear.
- Step 4: Now we have to move the comments from WordPress to Disqus.
In the plugin settings we can find the Import and Export section. In the Export comments to Disqus section, click on Export Comments.
DISQUS as a blog comments system works quite well. Moderating comments is easy.
- You can enable anonymous comments on the blog and at the same time moderate comments that contain any sorts of links.
This way you can avoid spam.
- You can enable adding images in comments.
- You can allow restricted keywords in the comments and thus civilize the discussion.
- You can set up email notifications to Alert you when someone writes a new comment or replies to one.
- You can also e-mail new comments in response to existing ones.