This week I made the decision to switch Code it Pretty's comments from Blogger's default comment system to Disqus. If you're a regular reader/commenter, I'd love to hear your feedback on the change.
So far, I'm pleased with the change. But, it's important to me that your reading and commenting experience here is smooth, so don't hold back with your opinions — let's Disqus!
Why I Switched to Disqus
In short: reader feedback. I received dozens of emails from readers who couldn't find my answer to their questions on longer threads. Since I write tutorials and invite questions, the visibility of questions & answers is extremely important. Also, some iPad users have mentioned that they weren't able to leave comments, period. That's no good!
I'm of the belief that every person who goes to the trouble to email about a problem on a website represents at least a few others who didn't have time. So, I knew it was time to change.
What I Like About Disqus (so far)
There are lots of sweet details to Disqus, but these are the three things I like the very best.
- Email comment moderation - this is HUGE for me. I can reply to comments, approve comments held for moderation, mark spam, and delete comments — all by email. Since I get my email on my phone, I'm able to reply and moderate from anywhere.
- Anyone can subscribe to a comment thread - another major plus, any reader with an email address can subscribe to a comment thread. Before, only readers with Google accounts could subscribe to comment threads.
- Improved spam filtering - I've always left my comments open so that anyone can comment, but over the past few months I started getting an incredible amount of comment spam — every. single. day. Disqus has advanced spam filtering options, including Akismet, and so far not a single spam comment has gotten through (normally I'd have woken up to a dozen or so this morning — and those were just the ones that got through!).
What Happens when you Transfer Comments from Blogger to Disqus
There are a few things that happen to your comment threads that you should know about if you're planning to move from Blogger to Disqus.
- It takes 24 hours to transfer comments from Blogger to Disqus - so don't plan your transition for a day you're going to be running a big story! My transfer was finished in 24 hours on the dot.
- Old threaded comments will be unthreaded - Most of my comment threads had threading because I try to answer as many questions as I can. Those threads are now undone, but for the most part the original askers have been taken care of by now :) Going forward, all new comments will thread normally.
- Old commenter portraits and links will be removed - I have to admit that I miss all the pretty faces that used to be in my comment threads! But, as we go forward, new posts will include reader portraits and links to their Disqus profiles (if applicable).
How to Switch from Blogger Comments to Disqus
Want to make the jump on your blog, too? Switching is very easy. Just go to Disqus.com, click the "Get this on your site" button, and follow the prompts. You'll be Disqus-ing in minutes — literally! My first Disqus comment came through about 5 minutes after I turned it on.
I want to hear from you!
It's very important to me that you have a good time reading and commenting on my tutorials. If you have any concerns, confusion, or technical issues with Disqus, please let me know! If you're not able to comment, please email me, tweet me @MMosley, or get in touch on Google+.