Disqus vs. Intense Debate

I recently made the move to install Disqus here on GeekLad. I had been running it on WealthBoy for a while and decided to go ahead and install it here as well. I did also take a look at IntenseDebate, but in the end Disqus won out.

First, let’s take a look at the major common features between them:

  • Comment Threading – By default, WordPress comments do not allow threading, and all comments appear in a single thread. With Disqus and IntenseDebate, a thread is created when responses are posted to other comments.
  • Reply by Email – When responses are made to other comments, they are sent via email. A reply to the email sent will post right into the comment thread. There is no need to revisit the post to reply.
  • Comment Synchronization – Comments are synchronized between WordPress’ built-in system and Disqus/IntenseDebate
  • Comment Voting/Ranking
  • Importing Existing Comments
  • Commenter Profiles
  • Moderation
  • RSS Feeds
  • Gravatar Support

All of these features make sense and are relatively comparable between the two. Here are the IntenseDebate features that are lacking in Disqus:

  • Twitter and FriendFeed integration
  • Visual Appeal – I think that IntenseDebate comment threads have a better overall look and feel to them.

Not a particularly long list. Now for the features in Disqus that are lacking in IntenseDebate:

  • API
  • Full Comment History in Profiles
  • Community Page – The community page mirrors post/comment activity on the blog, but also allows Disqus members to start new discussions.

Not a particularly long list either. I think they are both great products. If you like the Twitter and FriendFeed integration that IntenseDebate offers, that feature may be what sways you toward IntenseDebate. However, if you’re concerned about search engine optiimzation, then Disqus is probably the better choice.

The community page for your blog will contain backlinks to your posts. That can help to boost your status with the search engines. The profile pages of the folks that comment on your blog will have backlinks to the posts as well. The more folks you have commenting on your blog, the more backlinks you will receive from profile pages.

IntenseDebate was recently acquired by Automattic (creators of WordPress.com), so they will most definitely be working on tightening up the integration with WordPress. I believe that they recently updated the WordPress plugin to have WordPress display the comments, rather than displaying them via JavaScript. That’s definitely a good step towards making it more search engine friendly. I’d like to also see them make changes to the profile pages, to allow people (and search engines) to see all of the comments that IntenseDebate users have posted.

About GeekLad

Geeklad is a technology enthusiast and programming hobbyist. Occasionally he will put together useful little bits of code (be it JavaScript or PHP) and share them with the world. He also enjoys creating and sharing howtos, describing how to do the things people want to do with their computers.
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  • I've been using CoComment to track comments on my WordPress blog but haven't been that impressed with it's integration…it's a little rough around the edges. Thanks for the heads-up on Disqus, I'll give it a go!

  • i always disqus for my commenting system

  • Thanks for the interesting info !

  • Alex Popescu

    Your analysis matches the extensive one I've posted here: http://themindstorms.wordpress.com/2009/01/11/c… It's good to see that these are aligned.

    ./alex

  • yes, having a backlink from the community page will help but it terms of boosting SERP position, one or 2 backlinks will not do much good. depending on the keyword, one might need hundreds or even thousands of backlinks

  • Nice breakdown…I'm deciding between the two myself…

  • Earn_Cash_With_Google

    Disques for the win!

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  • I really love this plugin for my site

  • disqus is growing better right now. they are really improving commenting system and move on with successful integrating with other social network like facebook. Really love disqus plugin comment.

  • disqus > ID

  • hard to choose between those two… but in the end i've selected disqus aswell… well written.

  • Great decision, Disqus is commenting 2.0 and I believe its here to stay. Nice blog btw, I will have to take a look around and dive deeper.

  • It is an intense debate that will continue on until someone decides to change the way Disqus handles new users and comments.

  • I think this debate will rage on until there is a new platform where everyone can comment freely, disqus may have the solution for that, only time will tell

  • CMS

    Disqus, in my opinion is the future of commenting. It simplifies that work of the webmaster and makes everything much much simpler.

  • Test my comment with disqus.. 😀

  • in my opinion, disqus is really helpful tool for bloger to manage commenting style and process.

    thats it.

  • The only thing that worries me about Disqus is the potential for spam. My comments have definately grown since installing it but it is definately worth it.

  • I'm quite new to Disqus. but what you write in this post is really good and very informative. I think it will help me in the future. Thanks for the great work

  • Disqus rocks. No blog commenting system can compete with disqus today.

  • Thanks for providing such a valuable information.

  • I looked at both and ultimiately decided to go with Disqus. I preferred the integration method and API feature. To be honest, both are excellent and the choices really comes down to your personal needs or preferences. You can't go wrong with either.

  • I think Disqus is going to be the next best thing in commenting. It's great at stopping spam !

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  • Disqus is great but would anyone think if there are certain conditions or circumstances where Disqus should not be installed?

    Thank you.

  • would be cool if it linked in with twitter

  • The only situation that comes to my mind is if you have many customizations
    and plugins installed that deal with your blog comments. Otherwise, you're
    right, there's hardly any reason NOT to install it.

  • buddhakwee

    I want to get backlink for my site hi-rank THankyou

  • What is this mean?

  • its more easily when use disqus to do debated

  • Disqus looks like a nice alternative to my commenting features for my blogs, ill definitely give it a try.

  • I would go for Disqus. That's work best for me.

  • Sounds great !

    very cool and services comments system is improve better…………… : )

  • Thanks for these informations

  • I think the most important thing disqus does is encourage user interaction.

  • nice article.
    my question is this diqus will read by google as backlink?

  • Yes. Comments posted on Disqus are not nofollow, meaning they will be
    counted as backlinks toward PageRank.

  • “Disqus” similar to “comment luv” but i prefer disqus more feksible

  • This looks like a battle between HD and Bluray 🙂 Disqus is going to win.

  • JhonGalindo

    i agree… lets see the last

  • I am also in favor of Disqus, its just the best choice compared to anything..
    I have tried multiple stuff but nothing Disqus..
    It is going to make a revolution in the comment management process and I am sure they are geared upto get us new features on and on..

  • Great info..thanks.

  • As a blog owner Disqus has a lot of great features but as a commenter it also very comfortable to post comments without repeating the same information.

  • I have been loving Disqus now, I like it especially when it's resizeable for my small layouts. 🙂

  • funnyweddingtoasts

    Disqus is a fantastic platform !

  • funnyweddingtoasts

    Disqus is amazing !

  • Disqus is the best comment sytem out right now, hands down, Its goin to really take of with video.

  • I choose Disqus 🙂

  • Disqus more powerful, it's depend on me

  • Ben

    Disqus stores your comments and have all sorts of options. How is it hard to choose?