Last week I spoke about the Disqus Commenting System, an external commenting solution for WordPress which allows visitors to login and leave a comment through their Twitter, Facebook and OpenID accounts. By allowing users to login using social networking sites they are probably signed in with already, you can increase the number of people who comment on your site.
In addition to being able to sign on using Twitter, Facebook, OpenID and your WordPress.com account, IntenseDebate boasts a range of cool features.
- Comment threading
- Reply by email option
- Commenter Profiles
- Reputation points for commenters
- RSS Tracking
Installing IntenseDebate is really easy. After activating the plugin you need to sign in using your WordPress, OpenID or IntenseDebate details.
Next you have the option of importing all of your existing comments to the IntenseDebate database. You need to do this if you want your older comments to use IntenseDebates features.
The last part of the installation is the settings page. In this section you can decide whether to use IntenseDebate or WordPress for comment styling, links, moderation and more.
IntenseDebate is a great way of improving your comment area. The service is very similar to Disqus so it’s difficult to say which one is better.
My old website, BloggingTips, has IntenseDebate installed, so I recommend dropping by there if you want to see it in action.
As always, I’d love to hear from anyone who has used IntenseDebate and your views on it’s strengths and weaknesses :)