4 Reasons Why I Switch Back To The WordPress Default Comments System

I started using Disqus on the blog about a year ago. It was beautiful, easy to use, ​and almost spam-free. I loved it!

​But now, after months of using and some serious consideration, I finally decided to move back to the default comments system by WordPress. Here's why:

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1. Disqus Greatly Reduces the Number of Comments

Before Disqus, I got 30-40 comments on average for every new post. After using it, the number dropped significantly.

The hassle of having to login to comment often prevents people from doing it. And sometimes you forget your login information as well. With the WordPress comments system, it's just faster and easier. 

Additionally, some people don't like to comment with Disqus because they won't get a link back to their blog or website. And I actually like to follow people around via their links on the comments as well.

2. Disqus Makes Blog Posts Load Slower

There's actually a few second delay for Disqus to fully load the comments and sometimes if your internet connection is slow, the CSS styling messes up.

I did some tests using Pingdom and found out that Disqus increased page size, number of requests and page loading time.

wpcomments vs disqus

There's also an analysis that agrees with me on this too.

3. There's a Better Way to Welcome New Commentators

By using this plugin Comment Redirect, I can send people who just made their first comment on the blog to a new page where i can thank them for commenting and ask them to subscribe to my email list or follow me on social media.

4. Disqus May Tracks and Use Your Data For Advertising

​Well, their comment system is free, so they have to find a way to make money right?

According to Chris Lema:

Even though I might have turned off the ads on my own site, the people coming to my site, and commenting, were having that data aggregated by Disqus to turn into a profile to be used for placing and selling ad space.

That means my visitors – without knowing and without me warning them – were getting tracked while on my site for something Disqus planned to do.

So by switching back to WP default comment system, i can prevent Disqus from tracking your data without your permission.

What Do You Think?

I'd love to get your feedback on this. If you have a blog, which comments system do you use? Do you think I made the right decision?

Let me know in the comments section!

Tung Tran

Tung Tran is the founder of CloudLiving.com.

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44 Comments

  1. I’m happy you’ve moved away from Disqus. It’s not the act of logging in that bothers me personally. Browser form history helps in this respect. It’s that it leaves a footprint for a username that I don’t want to leave. And I don’t feel like juggling multiple Disqus accounts to avoid that just to leave a comment.

    The only good thing about Disqus was the automatic updates when someone replied. But you can use a WordPress plugin to achieve the same goal. Other than that it was often slow and made me not comment, when I often wanted to on several blogs like Malan Darras’ blog where he also uses Disqus.

    I suppose it’s a trade off. Either get more comments and spend more time weeding out spam. Or get less comments and have them be higher quality. You can always remove the website url field from WordPress comments to avoid silly link droppers.

    Let’s hope this post gets 50+ comments again. 😀

  2. I personally do not like other comment system aside from the default. I have always noticed that they track visitors without the permission of the blog owner as well as the visitors.

    Between, the worpdress default is simple, clean and well, beautiful.

  3. I think it depend on what kind of niche you are in. For example after I installed disqus on my local food blog, I am getting less comment but after I switch to Facebook comment there was more comments. If I use the default WordPress comment there was a lot of spam.

  4. Is there a good WP plugin that might replace DIsqus?

    There are features of DIsqus that I like… the links to other of my posts and just the UI in general.

  5. Hey, Tung.

    Good to hear from you!

    This is a curiosity question – did you consider making a “FACEBOOK” feedback section instead?

    I am making a new web property that I hope has much discussion and would love to know about whether making the comments attached to Facebook is a good idea.

    Thanks,

    Yisroel

    • The only thing that i don’t like about FB comments is that they’re not indexed in Google and you can’t BACKUP the comments or transfer it to another platform later.

  6. Interesting… I actually just switched to using Disqus. After reading about your slowdown and getting less comments I might have to switch back. I’ll give it a try and we’ll see. Thanks Tung.

  7. I hear you on the spam. I’m surprised how much of it my new sites are getting.

    For now I’m still working on the wordpress comment system, but I think I’ll be paying for a captcha system soon.

    • Akismet + Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin are still working decently for me. Just need to double check the spam folders every few days to rescue some legit comments.

  8. I notice that comments are more active with standard wordpress comments too. People always like a link back to their website. Although this might be not serving the main people of giving comments on a website, however, it does serve a important factors to encourage peoples leave a comment.

  9. Yes, I can see why you moved away from Disqus again. I also tend to not comment when I first have to login to do so, or make separate accounts. The WP system is quick and user friendly. Spam is a big problem though, hopefully you won’t get too much of it 🙂

  10. Hi Tung!
    To me the most annoying thing with Disqus is the whole following/followers thing.
    I don’t like that someone can easily check where I leave my comments, and I don’t want to keep multiple Disqus accounts.
    I just don’t see the value.

    Ciao!

  11. Hey Buddy, Good timing for this topic because I just added Disqus to 4 of my sites and am interested to see how/if it effects engagement.

    About the Loading Time: I’ve only used Disqus on 1 website prior to this week and it was by far my fastest loading website. I had it optimized for speed and its 2-3x faster than my other sites that use a WordPress comment system (avg. 1.2 seconds).

    I think the Disqus plugin has very little to do with loading speed time compared to many other factors and that overall engagement is the major downside to using it. Will keep you posted on any interesting results.

  12. I’ve been thinking of getting rid of Disqus for similar reasons. I definitely thought it was great and so professional when I first started using it, but I wonder how many more comments I’d get if I removed it.

    Going to completely face-lift the site soon, so will consider leaving disqus out after that.

  13. Great move Tung,

    While disquss has it’s own advantages such as you can attach images in comment replies, the disadvantages are quite obvious (forgetting the login info for instance) and the data you provided in terms of page load speed is a really matter of concern since google considers page load as a ranking factor.

    And yes, simplicity is the best fashion , WordPress knows it better than anyone else 🙂

  14. You just have to count the number of comments on that post to see that you were absolutely right.
    I am tired of those “free” offers stealing personnal data.
    I decided long ago that I will not comment or even visit anymore a website (well, yours was one exception I must say about visiting) using Disqus or external tools like this.
    To me, the comments on articles are often as interesting as the article himself if you have a good community.
    There is no way I lose this trust and value to anyone.
    I am glad you switched back to WP regular comments so I can comment again 🙂

    BTW, what are you using for the “Confirm you are not a spammer” checkbox?

    Cheers Tung!

    Ch

  15. As a long time user and fan of Disqus – I feel like I should put in my 2 cents…

    1. The hassle of logging in? Really? How is that more of a hassle than having to type your name, email address and website every single time you comment? People might not comment because they won’t get a link back. Good! I don’t want people commenting just to get a link back.

    2. By the time you add all of the plugins to customize your WP comments to get them even close to the functionality that Disqus offers – post load times are probably about the same. Disqus might even be faster, depending on how many and which plugins you are using. My site is still super fast with Disqus.

    3. Nice feature – welcoming new commentators. But again, it’s another plugin. More plugins equals more vulnerability. Less plugins is simpler and clean and typically faster.

    4. I don’t remember for sure, because it’s been so long. But I’m pretty sure there was a Terms and Conditions checkbox or something that every Disqus user has to agree to when they sign up and all of those concerns were probably addressed within there. Obviously, nobody reads that stuff. But you can’t say that Disqus is collecting info without permission. I’m sure they’re smarter than that.

    Overall – I’m not against the WP native comment system. I sometimes search for blogs that use it when I want to spam them and get comment links to my niche sites from relevant blogs. I prefer Disqus for my own blog though. I have almost zero spam that gets through and the best part for me is the ability to moderate comments via email. It’s all a matter of opinion. I respect yours – but I’m sticking with mine.

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