An active comments section below each of your posts is a great method to improve your website engagement. They add value to your posts, demonstrate that your readers care about your site and provide a reason for visitors to return. In this article, we’ll show a list of the best free WordPress commenting plugins.
Best Free Commenting WordPress Plugins
To get an active comments section, you need to actually make it a place where your readers want to hang out. the following list of free WordPress commenting plugins will help you on it.
Disqus Comment System
Disqus is a hosted comments platform that’s one of the most popular commenting systems in the world. It works externally to WordPress (using the Disqus API), so it can also be used on other sites and systems, such as Blogger, Tumblr, Squarespace and so on.
Disqus pronounced “discuss” is a popular third-party commenting system for WordPress. If you’ve been browsing the web for more than a week, then you’ve probably come across a site that’s using Disqus. A lot of popular sites including CNN, The Next Web, Bloomberg, CNBC, The Atlantic, and now Visualmodo are using it as well.
Native WordPress plugin wpDiscuz tries to capture much of the same functionality you’d get with something like Disqus, just in a self-hosted package. It has quickly established itself among the best on the WordPress plugin directory, with 50,000-plus downloads and an impressive 4.8 out of 5 ratings. A really good rating.
WPDiscuz provides an alternative to Disqus, JetPack, and the default WordPress comments. WPDicuz allows you to have all the most desired features while still using the native WordPress comment system.
Replyable works with your existing WordPress comment system to let users subscribe to comments, received only the best, and be able to respond directly from their favorite email client. What makes it ‘smarter’?
Firstly, Replyable avoids spamming your visitors with individual comment notifications in two ways: It uses machine learning to rate comments and only send email notifications for high-quality comments. For example, if someone just comments ‘Thanks!’, Replyable won’t waste people’s time with email notification for such a trivial comment. In the case that your comments section is super busy. Replyable will automatically combine multiple comments into a single digest rather than sending separate emails. Secondly, the comment notification emails just plain look great and offer a better experience by including user avatars and comment threading in the email body.
Second, Replyable is a two-way conversation. That is, people can respond to comments by sending an email. In conclusion, much more user-friendly than requiring them to come back to your website just to respond. (Though that’s also a downside. So, there’s no incentive for people to return to your site).
WP Facebook Comments
The WP Facebook Comments plugin lets people comment on content on your site using their Facebook account. People can choose to share their comment activity with their friends (and friends of their friends) on Facebook as well. Also, you can moderate the comments by using Facebook tools.
Other advantages include one-click social logins (with Facebook, of course) and reply notifications. Also, because of the Facebook association, visitors are more likely to share your content, and, because a Facebook account is a prerequisite for commenting, expect a significant reduction in spam. The biggest downside to Facebook Comments is that it’s somewhat tricky to integrate, involving creating an app over on the Facebook for Developers website, which can be quite a technical process.
Jetpack Comments WordPress Plugin
Jetpack Comments replaces your default comment form with a new comment system that has integrated social media login options. Breaking down the barriers between you and your audience. When someone reads an article on your site and wants to comment, they can now use one of their existing social networking accounts to post a comment. No longer do they need to create yet another account and profile!
Since it will replace the default WordPress comment form, Jetpack Comments are opt-in. To activate it. Just visit Jetpack. → Settings. → Discussion on your Dashboard and switch on. “Let readers use WordPress.com, Twitter, or Facebook accounts to comment.”
CommentLuv is a specific feature upgrade to the native WordPress comments system, rather than a standalone commenting plugin. It takes an incentivized approach to comment. When a commenter fills in the optional website field of the comment section. CommentLuv automatically adds a titled link to their latest blog post.
You can also use CommentLuv to grow your email list by providing further incentives. For example, you may decide to let registered users choose which post they want to link to. Or you can offer to do-follow their links. Because many bloggers comment exclusively for the backlink, this means you can expect an active comment section. With the tantalizing prospect of a titled link, many commenters will go the extra mile to make sure their comments attract clicks.