Top 6 Free WordPress Comment Plugins

Comments work as a medium of communication for bloggers with their audience. The default comment box and comment management system in WordPress is old school. It has not changed much for a long period of time and offers less control over user engagement. Even if you use a premium theme there is not much or almost no special functions available for comments.

To make the comment section more attractive and engaging for the site users there are several free and paid plugins available for WordPress. This article I’ve mentioned some of the best comment management plugins available for free.

Disqus

I’ll start with Disqus because this one is my most favourite also it is one of the popular in this category. Unlike most of the plugins, Disqus actually hosts all the comment on their platform and when you enable it in your blog the default comment system gets disabled. Don’t worry if you want to opt-out of Disqus all the comments will not go away, just remember to sync all comments to your local database from the settings.

For moderation of comments, you have to go to disqus.com and select your blog’s subdomain. There are a bunch of options available for managing comments and you can set custom rules for new comments. The best part is chances of getting a spam comment is very less and there is no need for captcha. This plugin also supports social login feature for a huge list of websites.

wpDiscuz

This plugin enhances the native comment system of WordPress. wpDiscuz have a javascript based real-time comment feature without any reload of the page/post the user was browsing. The design of comment box becomes   more trendy and attractive.

It just not makes the comment box real time also adds some cool features to your WordPress blog like social login, trophy system for commenters, spam protection and much more. There is a bunch of premium add-ons available to enhance the capability of wpDiscuz from their official website.

IntenseDebate

IntenseDebate owned by Automattic is one of most popular multi-platform comment platform available before Disqus and Livefyre (currently owned by Adobe). It has both the option of social login and the native WordPress comment form for users. Automatic email alert and comment moderation by email also included within this plugin.

For users, it has options like comment history, comment voting, profiles and more. Spam protection is powered by  Akismet also supports multi-admins for comment moderation.

Comments Evolved for WordPress

Formerly known as Google Plus comments for WordPress is not just a single plugin to enhance the discussion system. Now it combines Google Plus+, Facebook, Disqus and native WordPress comments under one roof. Using the plugin is very simple just set up the social APIs you want to use for your blog.

Jetpack comments

This feature comes with the Jetpack plugin by Automattic, just install the plugin connect it with your WordPress.com account. Enable it from Jetpack settings panel and bingo. The plugin stores the comments locally and social+WordPress.com account also supported by this tool. There are several other amazing features comes packed with Jetpack to improve your blog.

Livefyre

Livefyre is one of my personal favourites but after getting acquired by Adobe things changed a lot. Now they also offer monetization of comments with ads from leading brands around the globe.

If you do know about some other comment plugins please mention them in the comment section.




Comments

  1. Though jet pack is still popular comments plugins, now a days many users are using Disqus comment system plugin as secured plugins . I appreciate this way very much

    • Jetpack comment interface looks nice and it has lots of other functionalities, but many people do not like jetpack as it eats up a lot of space and resources.

  2. Hello Arup,
    Awesome post……. your article is really informative and helpful for me and other bloggers too. Really you have described everything about these plugins in descriptively and simply. You’ve done a great job with this.
    Thanks to share this informative article.

  3. Excellent work Arup,
    outstanding article, Seriously your article is very informative regarding the list of plugins for comment posting , i personally use jetpack comment plugins and it is very user friendly and has many other functionality which the user will love it. Your article really explains all the plugins in very descriptive form whih will help the reader to select one from these as per their requirement
    Thank you for such an informative article, keep sharing like this.

  4. Nice article

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