This one’s for all the regular (or occasional) Liliputing commenters. This site has used the Disqus comment system since we first launched in April, 2008. At the time, Disqus offered clear benefits over the default WordPress comment system, including support for threaded comments, upvotes, spam detection (which clearly doesn’t always work), comment moderation tools.
At the time Disqus was also completely free for most publishers. Over the years Disqus has rolled out a few different monetization options. Larger publishers can pay for premium features, and all sites can opt-in to Disqus ads, which can appear above or in the middle of the comments sections.
Starting later this week, all publishers using Disqus will have to either enable ads or pay for a subscription. So I figured I’d ask you to help me make a decision.
I have no interest in enabling ads through Disqus. I’ve tried them out a few times over the years, and generally find them to be low-quality, clickbait/spammy ads that are for products and services that have little to do with the mobile tech news Liliputing is focused on.
So I plan to either pay a monthly fee or just turn off Disqus and give Jetpack Comments a try. Jetpack is an enhanced version of the native WordPress comments developed by the developers of WordPress.
Jetpack allows users to login using an email address, WordPress account, Twitter, Google+ or Facebook. Comments will probably load more quickly for most users with Jetpack than Disqus, but users would have less control over sorting comments and you won’t be able to see users comment history across all Disqus sites.
I already have a Jetpack subscription, which includes the Akismet spam filtering service, so hopefully that would be at least as effective as Disqus at detecting and quarantining comment spam.
To be clear, a Disqus subscription isn’t actually all that expensive, at least not for a site the size of Liliputing. And I’ve been reasonably satisfied with Disqus for the many years I’ve been using it. But the new policy taking place this week provides as good an excuse as any to at least consider making a change.
There are other commenting systems, and I’m open to suggestions. But right now I’m inclined to either pony up a bit of cash for an ad-free Disqus experience or give Jetpack Comments or native WordPress comments a try.
For a more detailed comparison, pojo blog has a pretty good run down of some key differences between Disqus, Jetpack, and WordPress comments.
What system would you prefer to see on Liliputing moving forward? Keep in mind, any decision I reach will not necessarily be final, but I’d like your input before deciding whether to try out a new commenting system in the near future.