I have a Blogger blog and have for a little over two years. I became interested in using a 3rd party commenting system because I couldn’t reply to comments directly on the blog post. I had to reply to the email that I got thatÂ included the comment, and wasn’t able to â€œcontinue the conversationâ€ on my blog. I did a little (google) research,Â and decided to go with Intense Debate. For the most part, I still like it a lot.
Pros of Using Intense Debate
– It’s easy for most people to log in or post as a guest, and super easy for me as the blog author to reply to comments (evenÂ from my phone).
– A HUGE benefit to me is that when a reader comments, unless the default â€œsubscribe to repliesâ€ isÂ changed to â€œsubscribe to noneâ€, he/she will get an email notification when I (or anyone else) writes aÂ reply to the comment. I think making readers come back to a post just to see if I’ve replied is a hugeÂ waste of time for them, so I appreciate this option.
– I get an email notification each time someone leaves a comment (Note:Â I prefer it that way; this notification canÂ be turned off).
– The colors, sizes, and shapes of the comment area can be customized. ThisÂ was especially important because when I got a new blog design, the font of the comments wereÂ such that they didn’t show up at all (it was white on a white background, I believe). I thought theÂ comments had disappeared, and of course, I panicked. After playing with the settings a little bit, though,Â they â€œreappearedâ€.
– My â€œadmin optionsâ€ are right across the top of the comment section, so I can easily click through toÂ check spam moderation, edit my profile, etc.
– It’s fairly easy to install. Recently, there has been a notice on intensedebate.com that says Blogger blogsÂ will need to have I.D. manually installed instead of using the widget, if they have a .blogspot.com url. IÂ have my own domain name so I don’t need to do that (or at least, that’s how I understand it). Although,Â I have installed it both ways and neither is all that complicated because the step-by-step instructions are
Cons of Using Intense Debate
– Certain people’s comments always go to spam, and I haven’t been able to figure out how to approve theÂ person, rather than each comment.
– Sometimes, if someone comments from email or twitterfeed right after the post is published, I get theÂ email notification and can read the comment, but the comment never shows up on the blog post.
– I’ve been told a few times that a reader wasn’t able to comment, and neither of us knew why. It couldÂ have been that they were on a mobile device or certain kind of computer. But, I have no problemÂ commenting or replying to comments on my phone or tablet (both Android).
Overall, I think the pros outweigh the cons, and I’m pretty satisfied with Intense Debate.
I’ve never been able to use intense debate on my phone. There’s always a glitch. I do almost all my blog reading from my phone so I usually skip commenting on blogs that use ID for comments.
It’s so user-friendly for bloggers, I wish they would work on making it more phone and reader friendly.
Interesting, I have looked at switching commenting systems but now that I can easily reply using Bloggers system I suspect that I shall just stay the way it is.
If I am commenting from my computer it is fine because it saves my ID but if I am on my tablet I don’t comment because I have to retype in my info.
I think there are several commenting systems that make you re-enter your info sometimes, and you’re right…I have to feel pretty committed to my comment to put everything in again. I think blog reading is harder in general on a tablet, but I still do it anyway!
The problem I have with IntenseDebate is that on my home page,there’s noplace to click to leave a comment. A reader has to be on the page of the post itself. Am I doing something wrong?
Cynthia, I see that too. It does show how many comments there are, (it’ll say “comments (14) or whatever), and readers have to click onto the actual post to leave one. But, I think that’s pretty common; otherwise, everyone’s homepage would be clogged up. I don’t believe it’s just us. 🙂
Greta you know I had ID and loved it for quite some time. Then after I made few changes to my blog something new that I added did not agree with the ID coding and it didn’t work. I lost everything and it was a bummer.
However now that Blogger enable exact replies I’m pretty happy with the commenting system. The only thing I miss? Being able to reply to the comment by simply hitting reply to the comment email. Love that it published right to my blog!
That has been nice, Sam! It definitely has a lot of great features.