After a crazy amount of debate, I have finally decided to make the switch from the default Blogger comments to IntenseDebate. Some of you will remember a few months back I asked you all if you preferred Blogger comments or Disqus? After a lot of research I decided to go with a completely different option, IntenseDebate. I quickly learned that Disqus seems to have a lot of issues, something I was not willing to deal with.
My biggest fear was losing all of my existing comments while switching over. But as I have learned after doing my homework that older comments will still show in Blogger format and new comments will show in IntenseDebate’s format. So everything stays safe!
HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF!
LOL! I actually love conversing with all of you and answering your questions. I always try to do my best to help out. Which is a huge reason why I switched over from the Blogger comment platform to IntenseDebate. Don’t you hate it when you ask a blogger a question in regards to their posts and you never hear anything back? I know a few who just simply ignore their comments or questions. I won’t mention any names cause that’s not how I roll. LOL But they do exist.
I understand that sometimes it’s difficult to reply to every single comment. But Intense Debate makes it super easy! Hence the name IntenseDebate! The whole goal is to keep the conversation going. Some of you will notice that on the Blogger comment platform, if you subscribed to comments so that you could be notified of replies, you probably got on ton of emails right? Nothing like a hundred email notifications that someone replied to everyone! You were subscribing to “all” comments which is the only option on Blogger at the moment and not just replies to your comment alone. This can clutter up your email and definitely annoy the hell out of someone. HA!
That’s what I love about IntenseDebate, users who have an IntenseDebate account, which is free by the way, have the perk of receiving replies via email only to their comment and not the whole entire thread! You can read their FAQ section for more answers to any questions you may have. I have set it up so that you when you leave a comment you can login using your Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, OpenID or IntenseDebate accounts. I see a lot of sites using multiple login options, it makes it so much easier when your site is remembered across many sites/blogs regardless of whether you create an account or not.
I wanted a better, more organized, more personal comment platform and now I got it! Other than the “reply” feature, there are many other great features that IntenseDebate offers which you can check out on their website. The switch was super easy and took a matter of a few minutes to complete. Love that!
EDIT: Due to losing hundreds of comments through Disqus and IntenseDebate, when I transferred my site from Blogger over to WordPress I have reverted back to the original Wordpress commenting system. I no longer recommend using either of these comment platforms because of this.
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