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How to Add Disqus Comment System to WordPress - The Pros and Cons of Doing This

updated on Aug 18, 2017
How to Add Disqus Comment System to WordPress - The Pros and Cons of Doing This As a global comment system, Disqus has been more and more popular among webmasters who are dissatisfied with the native WordPress comment system which comes with few and simple options. Even if you have no idea what Disqus is, the comment system which applies to many big names like CNN is likely to leave a deep impression on you. However, it is also necessary for you to learn the pros and cons and then decide whether you want to add Disqus comment system to your WordPress site.

If you stick to the idea that the pros outweigh the cons, you can continue to follow our guide on how to add the comment system via a plugin which enables you to add Disqus into your website without the need to edit a single line of code. At the same time, the plugin gives you the ability to export your existing comments to Disqus without a loss of data. To start with, we would like to have a discussion on the pros and cons.

Pros of Adding Disqus Comment System to WordPress

  • Though your users land on other websites, they will be notified with the new comment replies which will encourage them back to your website and leave more and more footprints.
  • Because Disqus accounts are universal on a global basis, your users are likely to own a Disqus account.
  • Your website will become a discussion community which helps you win the loyalty of your users who will retain longer on your website due to the good commenting experience.
  • With more engagement with your users, you will have a great chance to grow traffic and monetize content.
  • The user generated content will help you improve SEO ranking.
  • Thanks to the default anti-spam features, your comment spams will be reduced to a hug extent.
  • It is an easier job for you to directly moderate comments via email or moderation panel.
  • Disqus will lessen the workload of your database because it takes over the task to deal with the comment, which means your database will have more capacity to handle server requests.
  • Since Disqus uses its own server to load comments, it can have no impact on your server load. In this way, you can improve the performance of your website with Disqus.

Cons of Adding Disqus Comment System to WordPress

  • There are some complaints on the Disqus about the charging for the removal of ads. However, some publishers claim that they still have the freedom to disable ads without extra money. Anyway, it is worthy of your attention.
  • Users will have the trouble to leave comments on your website if they do not own a Disqus account.
  • There are some instances when you can achieve better engagement with the native comment system.
  • It is said that Disqus will sell commenters' information to others, posing threats to the information security.

How to Add Disqus Comment System to WordPress

A warning is that you need to take commenters' data seriously. If you still have the desire to work with Disqus comment system, we will recommend the plugin of the same name to simplify the process. So far, this plugin has served more than 200,000 websites. It is convenient for you to download from the WordPress Plugin Directory. Upon installation and activation, you are required to enter the username and password on the Comments > Disqus page.

Disqus Login

If you do not have a Disqus account, the link next to the "Username or email" field will redirect you to create a new account. Though you can sign up for Disqus with your social media account, we advise you to create one with your email address. When you choose "I want to install Disqus on my site", you are required to enter a site name and unique URL, and then click "Finish registration".

Create Disqus Account

At this moment, it is time for you to set your platform as "WordPress" and link your WordPress site to Disqus. When you are redirected to your WordPress site, you can now install Disqus comments on the website you entered on the Disqus official site with the account. From now on, Disqus takes place of the default WordPress comment system with a click on the Next button.

Export Comments

If you want your existing comments exported to Disqus, you should click on "Plugin Settings" which is located at the top right corner of the Comments > Disqus. Scroll down to the Import and Export section and then press the Export Comments button. Then all your existing comments will be exported to Disqus. When you give up Disqus, all the comments will come back to your database.

In a word, you can add Disqus comment system with a Disqus account and a useful plugin. To be honest, there is no need for you to pay for a Disqus plan.