I have come to like the Disqus commenting system very much. After visiting many blogs with the Disqus system, I installed it here and have been using it for a while. There are a few things that I like about it.
Comment form position: Top of Thread
In the Disqus Appearance Settings, you can choose where the comment form is placed. This is the box where my readers can enter in their comments. I have set it to be above the comments. This is quite handy for when I’m running a giveaway. I wish more blog writers moved their comment box to the top. I know that if I don’t like scrolling through 100s of comments, that others probably don’t either.
Comments by email
I like that I can receive my readers comments in my email inbox. This lets me know that people have commented and I can reply as quickly as possible. This email also lets me know if Disqus flagged it as spam. Sometimes it doesn’t like a comment (not sure why). But a quick trip to the online admin panel and I can approve the comment.
So dear readers, you can be assured that I always know when you comment. Please comment as frequently as you like and I’ll reply as quickly as I can.
Disqus is currently working on an iPhone app. I’m sure this will make replying to and moderating comments easier on my iPhone that trying to navigate their page in Safari.
Because Disqus allows users to have an account, you can customize your profile with a picture and username. I have chosen to use my blog button as my avatar. This allows me to reply to comments or comment on other blogs/sites with the same picture, therefore branding myself. I hoping that on the blogs that I read and comment on most frequently, the author and other readers will start to recognize my picture.
Finding new blogs to read
If you’re ever on a blog with Disqus as their commenting system, you can click on a commenter’s picture and a new window pops up showing that users profile. On the Activity tab, you can see other comments that user has made on other blogs and websites. I have found new blogs to read this way and I can only hope that other people will find mine.
Many settings to customize it for your site or blog
I could go through each and every setting, but it’s this simple: you can change so many settings to make it work for you and your site. And you can even add your own CSS code to customize it even further. I won’t bore you with all the settings that I have chosen.
What are your tips?
Do you use a commenting system on your blog?
What features that you really like?
Are there features of Disqus that you think should be pointed out?
techie tips will run on Tuesdays and will be a chance for me let some of my inner geek show. Watch for more fun episodes. Same Bat-time, same Bat-blog!