Blogs and websites always attract comments. Unfortunately, not all comments are positive and relevant as spam will always make their way to your site. But while you have no total control over these spam comments that are posted on your blog or website, you can use the best tool that will help you manage them onwards.
The solution here is to choose the right and most effective comment system. An advanced system may be ideal but it can also lower the number of comments your site will receive. Keep in mind to choose one that is compatible with your blogging platform and should be easy to use not only for you but also for your readers.
Base Comment System
If you prefer the easy-to-use system, the most popular blogging platforms WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr have their built-in comment functionality. This so-called base comment system can be configured to your desired preferences.
You can choose to require people to register to your site before they can post a comment. Or you can freely allow your visitors to comment by including their name, email and website address.
With this base system, you don’t need to make an effort to add it to your site and it works efficiently even faster than the top third-party systems available. But if you want more advanced features, you can install plugins such as Akismet for WordPress and Mollon for Drupal. These plugins use algorithms that automatically filter out spam comments.
Facebook Comment System
The Facebook comment system is also widely used today. The best thing about it is it lets people logged into their Facebook account to post comments on blogs and websites.
Those who wish to comment can do so using their personal profile or their Facebook business page. They will also receive notifications once their comment gets a like or reply.
In addition, the Facebook comment system features a social sharing option. This means that commenters who want to share your post on their Facebook timeline can do so by simply checking a box. You just need to install the comments plugin for WordPress or the comments plugin code generator to get the code.
Disqus Comment System
This third party system requires people to create an account using their email or social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter or Google+) on the Disqus site. When people make a comment via Disqus, they are notified via email when their comment gets a reply, when the blog post receives a new comment or when someone likes their comment.
Disqus offers advanced functionalities such as holding comments for moderation or allowing only those with verified emails to be published. It can also allow additional moderators to log in and moderate comments. Analytics are also provided for all comments with information about specific commenters.
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By Wendy Chamberlain
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