The Disqus comment system is being noticed in various websites and the reach of the commenting platform is expanding day by day. It forms a sort of community within a community, in the sense that the websites have their own niche, and readers of these niches express their opinions/views through Disqus on the websites or blogs. With the use of Gravatar pictures and email addresses, Disqus creates a virtual identity of commenters without hassle. You leave video responses with your Seesmic account on Disqus WordPress blogs as well. Disqus is actually a network, a community and a platform, all in one mold that allows website administrators to integrate a user friendly comment system with their websites. It is rich with features, so instead of putting in a lot of work into developing your WordPress’ own comment system, you can simply borrow it from Disqus WordPress. The comment system, thanks to its neat template and host of features, encourages more users to engage in threads of conversation among themselves in the website. Since Disqus stores a commenter’s identity as a profile, they can get more involved with your website’s community. Apart from that, Disqus also allows integration of social networking accounts of Facebook, OpenID or Twitter. So a commenter’s Disqus profile can lead to his Facebook, if he wishes. For web administrators too, Disqus is a blessing. It single-handedly manages the entire comments section for you with simple tools, so with a few changes in the admin section, you can modify the Disqus widget of your website to your liking.
How does it work?
Disqus works for all sorts of websites and blogs. Technically, the Disqus architecture works on three levels: comments (which are referred to as ‘posts’ on the Disqus backend), threads (a string of comments, which is embedded in Disqus as a page) and forums (the website’s Disqus account, which denotes a community that is identified by a shortname).
For using Disqus, you can embed the script available at Disqus.com to your website. When a comment is made, Disqus creates a HTML, Java or CSS code in your page and embeds it in your website. Disqus uses iframes to notify Disqus servers whenever a post is entered. So the comment section seems inherent to the website, rather than the third party intervention that Disqus is.
Why should you use it?
If you have a blog or WordPress site, Disqus has to be an indispensable part of your site/blog as a commenting platform. For one, it maintains threads of comments which give the comments a feel of real time conversation. Disqus also sends the bloggers an email whenever a comment is posted; the blogger can reply to comments via email and keep track of what kind of response is generated by their blog posts. You can even moderate the comments by using the comment approval system.
The term ‘granular control’ is often used while describing the Disqus comment system and quite justly too. Integrating Disqus with WordPress will make your experience even more cohesive. With its increasing popularity, most blog hosting websites allow the Disqus plug-in to be inserted in your blog. So go ahead and give your blog a taste of Disqus.