Blogging: Comment Forms

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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 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 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 comment form
screen cap of  the comment form on a 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.


  1. Awesome post! Actually, while the Wordpress commenting isn't open to Blogger users, I set up a Wordpress profile over there so it works so it's all good ;) Wordpress uses this fancy thingy called Gravitar that really sets up your profile. I wish Blogger would update their stuff, too, it's kind of annoying how dysfunctional it is sometimes

  2. Thanks! :D I have a Wordpress and a Gravitar account, too. It's easier that way. But yeah, Blogger needs to get a comment form face-lift instead of just a simple improvement to make replying to comments stackable.

  3. Great post! I wish Blogger was updated too. It's so limited.

  4. For the longest time, I thought it was discus but I know it's suppose to be like discuss. I have the WP comment form & I like it. :)

  5. Yes! The WP comment form is great and commentluv is a great thing to add to it!

  6. I wish Blogger would update their comment functions, it's easy but limited.


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