8 Best Comment Systems for Your Blog

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A speech bubble made of yellow paperAlmost all of the popular blogging CMS supports comments—natively. But, generally, these native comment systems are very minimal and raw lacking some of the advanced features. Fortunately, several 3rd party comment systems can be easily integrated with almost any blogging software. Today, we're going to look at such options and the features they offer to a blog owner. Almost each of these comment systems requires you to have access to the source code of your blog pages. Only then you're able to integrate these comments systems, successfully. In case, you don't have access to the source of the web pages, you can skip this list, entirely. I'll recommend integrating an external comment system on a test blog before attempting to do the same on your live blog. And, make sure to take a backup of your blog before going ahead with the integration. I use one of the popular solutions mentioned below on this very blog. So far, the experience has been good and without any issues at all.

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If you're integrating a 3rd party comment system for the first time, be aware that you may lose all of your existing comments currently hosted with the native comment system you're using right now.

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So, let's get started and check out some of the most popular and feature-packed comment systems available for blogging software. Carefully compare and select the best one for your blog.

DISQUS comment system logoDisqus: This is the one I'm using on my blog. It's hugely popular and is packed with tons of features. You can install it with any type of website. All you need is access to the source code of your web pages. Several plugins are also available for almost every popular content management system. It has a rich and flexible comment moderation system that can be controlled via email too.

IntenseDebate comment system logoIntenseDebate: As the name suggests, this is yet another hugely popular comment system available for blogs. The installation is dead simple and support for several popular CMS solutions is available. I liked its look and feel which includes the administration interface as well. Users can use their social media profiles to leave comments on your blog. User rating and the voting system are available out of the box.

Commento comment software logoCommento: This is a no-nonsense, clean, and clutter-free comment system available for blogs. Markdown is supported natively and there's also support for comment voting. One can also pin featured comments on the top through the sticky comments feature. Anonymous comments can be left, and at the same time, powerful comment moderation options are available for the administrators.

Metype comment system logoMetype: This is a flexible comment system that leaves a very light footprint on your web pages. You can stylize it to match your blog theme. Its AI-driven comment moderation system makes your job easy when you're receiving tons of comments on your posts. Emoji reactions are available too. Its free version is quite generous and doesn't impose any restrictions on the page views. You must try this impressive comment system.

GraphComment comment software logoGraphComment: The first thing you'll notice about this comment system is its clean interface. Installation is dead simple as it can be integrated with almost any blog. Social login and commenting are available for already logged-in users to speed up the commenting process. Live updates enable you to participate in real-time discussions. A rich theming system is also available to make it match your blog design.

Muut comment system logoMuut: This powerful discussion system integrates forums, messaging, and comments all in one place. The comment module is feature-packed and gels nicely with almost any content management system. The module is fully responsive and renders nicely on almost every type of device. Power users can use custom CSS rules to stylize it, at will. Because it doesn't integrate like an iframe, you have full control over the markup.

Comment Systems for Developers Blogs

A programming and coding blog generally receives individuals who are themselves, developers. For such blogs, there are some good comment systems available. Let's take a look at them.

giscus comment system logogiscus: This comment system is powered by GitHub discussions. Markdown support is available. All you need is an insertion of a script in your web pages. The configuration is dead simple. You as well as your commenters need a GitHub account to use this comment system. If you want you can self-host this comment system. There are several advanced options available for power users.

utterances comment system logoutterances: I'm using this comment system on my developer blog. It's fully customizable both in terms of features as well as styling. The footprint is light that doesn't slow down your web pages. Markdown support is available for the commenters. Both a dark and a light theme is available which can be further customized as per your needs. Syntax highlighting support makes it an ideal solution for dev blogs.