Blogging: Comment Forms

I've had this idea for a long time to do a post on the different comment forms out there but I've only found the time to do one now.



There are tons of comment forms that are available out there and here are a few. I've included pictures of the comment forms and my thoughts on each.

Blogger Default Comment Form



It's okay, in my opinion. It's easy to use, accepts HTML and all you need is a Blogger/Google account to comment. However, there's no option for notification of a reply back to your comment, which I do not like. Also, it's looked pretty much the same since I started using Blogger (circa 2009). It's a tad clunky for my taste.

Disqus
Disqus comment form

I switched over to Disqus a year (or was it two years?) ago, but then I removed it. It wasn't showing up since I use No Javascript browser extensions (ie. Ghostery), which blocks Disqus. I disabled blocking for the Disqus script and went back to using Disqus.

The reason I still use Disqus is because it's smooth and it's interactive. You get notifications when someone comments back. Also, you don't need to have a Disqus account to use it. You can use your Twitter, Facebook or Google+ account. The spam filter is quite good.

A negative side to using Disqus is that unlike the Wordpress comment form, you can't link your name to your blog and have your picture show up.

Also, do you pronounce it "discuss" or "discus"?



Wordpress


Wordpress comment form


I like the simpleness of the Wordpress comment form. You don't even need an account though I have one. All you need to put in is a screen name, an email and the link of a website if you have one. Alas, it's not available to Blogger users.




Livefyre


Livefyre comment form
screen cap of  the comment form on a Time.com article



I first found out about Livefyre  when Time magazine's online site switched over from Disqus to Livefyre. It's only available on Wordpress, Tumblr and custom blogs  but according to their website, they're working on a version for Blogger. It's has similar options to Disqus, however you can sign in using more accounts.

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