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IntenseDebate Commenting System

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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.

Today I would like to talk about IntenseDebate, an alternative external commenting service from the makers of WordPress.

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In addition to being able to sign on using Twitter, Facebook, OpenID and your account, IntenseDebate boasts a range of cool features.

  • Comment threading
  • Reply by email option
  • Commenter Profiles
  • Reputation points for commenters
  • RSS Tracking

IntenseDebate SyncingOne of the best features of the plugin is the automatic syncing option which backs up your comments on your own site and on IntenseDebates.


Installing IntenseDebate is really easy. After activating the plugin you need to sign in using your WordPress, OpenID or IntenseDebate details.

IntenseDebate Commenting System

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.

IntenseDebate Commenting System

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 Commenting System


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.

Though, at a push, I would say IntenseDebate looks a little better and is developed by the makers of WordPress so has support for many Auttomatic services such as Gravatars.

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 :)

Good luck,

Link: IntenseDebate Website | IntenseDebate Comments Plugin

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Comments (2)

Comment by Kevin Muldoon says:

I haven’t noticed a huge difference in loading times with either service, apart from a brief second or two when the comments load. Though I’d probably notice it more if I used it on my own site.


Comment by Dave says:

I used both Disqus and ID in the past and must say that I preferred ID, but in the end I removed all of that because all of the external references and JS files really slowed down my page load time. I didn’t really think that they brought much to the table when I thought about it, so I axed them. The default WP comment system works perfectly well and now my site loads in under two seconds.

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