Wait! Even if you have no plans to put Disqus on your site, this post may have something for you. I’ve been a long time user and fan of the commenting system, but I’ve heard some concerns over the need to register and the difficulty of finding commenter blogs. Thankfully, there are some quick settings on both the user and commenter side that can very easily alleviate these problems and improve the experience for everyone.
Disqus Users: Allow Guests to Comment
In your Admin Panel, go to Settings > General > Community Rules
Make sure “Allow guests to comment” is checked (1). Some visitors have concerns about creating a Disqus account and this makes it possible for them to comment without logging in, though a name and e-mail will still be required (2). Disqus is pretty amazing with spam control, so I wouldn’t worry too much about being flooded with random messages.
Commenters: Add a Link to Your Disqus Profile
Go to Settings > Edit Profile
Though creating another account can be a pain, once you’ve logged into Disqus you will never have to enter the information in order to comment on a blog that uses the system (hooray for laziness!). The important thing about the account, though, is it acts as a portal to your social media sites…so unless you create a profile with links, people who read your comment won’t know how to stop by and see you. If you’re concerned about people being able to see the comments you’ve left in the past, there’s also an option to “Keep your profile activity private.”
I know many users are having problems with the Blogger commenting system lately and have been considering alternatives. There are definite pros and cons for every system out there, but hopefully these quick fixes will offer a bit of help for anyone who decides to go the Disqus route—I liked it so much that I kept it around even after I switched to WordPress! If you’re looking for help setting up Disqus during Bloggiesta, I’ll be around (@rivercityreadin) and can answer any questions.