Bring an Intense Debate to Your Blog Comments

Written by Zac Johnson
social social social

I’ve been trying to clean up the blog here and there, and decided to go with the Intense Debate plugin for my blog comments. The previous comments were a mess. The layout was great, but it wasn’t threading comments and what’s the point of commenting if you can’t reply directly to other comments in a mannerly order. The overall setup with Intense Debate looks great and it’s really easy for anyone to log into their favorite platform to leave a comment, whether that be wordpress, twitter, facebook or even as a guest. You can see the comment form below and all of the different login options.

Outside of the great looking form and login capabilities, there actually a lot more you can do once you setup a free account with IntenseDebate to manage your comments. In the past I would have to look around for plugins or widgets to post the top blog commenters, top blog posts, as well as social network sharing. IntenseDebate has added all of these features and plugins to their backend. You simply just click which plugins you want, then they are enabled.

I’m still playing around with the admin options and moderation settings. You can moderate all comments, or have them automatically approved once a user has posted a specific amount of times and earned your trust. In the end, I think the move to Intense Debate was a good choice and I look forward to getting a better handle on how to better customize the comments on this site.

Leave a comment using Intense Debate and let me know what you think.

(Visited 112 times, 1 visits today)

51 Replies to “Bring an Intense Debate to Your Blog Comments”

  1. When i choose what kind of comment design I was to implement on my blog I choose Intense Debate by default. It’s great and easy to set up and use.

  2. This is really great Zac and it seems the comment system here is now better.

    I also love its ability to use commentluv (Do you plan installing comluv?)

    BTW: I sent you a guest post (TITLE: The affiliate marketing success recipe). I would like to hear what you think.

  3. I'm using intense debate over at my blog as well, i see some high traffic blogs using them; will see how it goes
    Their top user's widget (under extras -> widgets) seem pretty cool as well

  4. Yea, I like it so far too. Took me a bit of time to get used to it, but I am enjoying it more and more. BTW… you can change your display name from moneyreign (your username) to something like Zac Johnson in the settings. I did that and like it better.

  5. Hey Zac, I accidentally posted this comment over on the ThinkTank Thread before I had my cheerios this morning. Urrgh! Sorry man haven't had my morning workout yet to get the blood up to my brain.

    I clicked on WordPress.com button to sign in and it doesn't recognize my WordPress User name or email. It may be because I'm registered to WordPress through Yahoo Hosting/Small Business. I'll have to look into it further. So I'll just continue to post as a guest for now.

    I have to agree with you on the messy comments Zac. Sorry, but it is constructive criticism. My comment was the first for the ThinkTank Conference thread and I would normally expect to see all replies after mine to flow downward. Instead I click "Sort by Date" and everyone that commented the same day I did appear both, above and below my comment. Just struck me as a strange structure, but I guess you had to approve them all before actually posting, so mine may not have actually been the first one posted. And me being first doesn't matter, it was just confusing as to who replied when since all the 5 day old comments didn't have a time stamp. I'm looking forward to seeing how Intensedebate is going to work out here, I may incorporate it into my blog.

    Happy Saturday everyone…. now where are my running shoes.

  6. I've seen Intense Debate at a very other blogs and it works seamlessly. I've though about adding it to my blog but i'm not sure how easy it is to modify. Is it easy to add images and colour to the comments? A bit like how your comments used to come up with a different background to others on the old comment system?

  7. I personally am no in love with Intense Debate and was considering going back to WordPress' default threaded comment system. Have you used that? Is it that much different than Intense Debate (ID bells and whistles aside)?
    My recent post Google Red Carpet Simply ROCKS!!!

  8. Hey Zac,

    This is the first time I've seen Intense Debate and I've just signed up using my WordPress account. So far it looks pretty good, although when I tried to log in from your site it said "login failed". I had to log in on the Intense Debate site itself using my WordPress account and then go back and reload your page for it to recognise me – that process could probably be handled a bit better.

    Keith

  9. I have mixed feelings about this. WordPress is capable enough to support comments. Threaded comments come in the default installation and are very easy to set up. Especially since the 3.x series are on, these move and look way better.

    In my opinion, the less plugins, the best. I had issues with plugins that disabled others, even had my blog unavailable for months just because a cache plugin was in conflict with another. When I googled my error with more care, I realized I have done something wrrong.

    The system looks pretty OK. So does Disqus (Sp), but for me the best way is still the "default" way. I might install some stuff for other features, now that I am working on a total redesign, but for the comments I'll try to keep from these features, even if they do look impressive

  10. Looks pretty good here! I have a little bit of extra code to add to it in case someone doesn't have jquery included with their page. I'll get to it as soon as I get some time…

  11. i also use intense debate in my blog and so far i like it and i don't have plans to replace this commenting platform in my blog. i highly recommend this to every blog owners.
    My recent post The Secrets to a Slim Good Body

  12. I am still trying to figure out how to get my username to link to my site. Will wait and see if this post does the trick.
    My recent post Web Design Mastery – Professional Web Site Design Made Easy

  13. After trying out different commenting systems I ended up with IntenseDebate. It has got everything a good commenting system requires. Installation is pretty straight forward and comment management is easier now.
    My recent post Let a Trackback Occurs, Making Trackbacks work for you!

  14. intensedebate is quite good plugin … till now I am quite happy using it … with the help of this plugin no at least i can block some unwanted IP address.. this plugin is very easy to install and also helps me to keep track of my activities

  15. I am new in SEO ,I have no idea of intensedebate.After reading this article i am going to create a blog then I will try to use intensedebate service.

  16. Intense Debate and Disqus do it backwards… Intead of bringing the features to the blog, the blog should call the features (that they want) on the other server. Progressive Enhancement of the commenting experience instead of trying to replace it is the distinction.

  17. Intensedebate plugin connects me better with huge visitor. I install this comments plugin much better to my site. It provides me targeting traffic and great communication responsive way. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I have been long time user of intensedebate. I like this plugin very impressive stuffs for the better communicating system indeed. Thanks for published! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I had issues with plugins that disabled others, even had my blog unavailable for months just because a cache plugin was in conflict with another. When I googled my error with more care.

  20. I think intense debate is one of the better commenting plugins I have seen. Easy to use, and I agree with you, easy to apply to!

    -Jen

  21. Just struck me as a strange structure, but I guess you had to approve them all before actually posting, so mine may not have actually been the first one posted. i highly recommend this to every blog owners.
    My recent post The Secrets to a Slim Good Body Speck Iphone Case

  22. I want people to make comments do my blog, but when I approve those comments, I don't wish to have their website link displayed. Most of these comments are just people wanting links to their sites. How do we remove the field for them to insert their site and/or keep that site link from appearing with their posting?

  23. I want to talk about SEO that Image search optimization is the process of organizing the content of a webpage to increase relevance to a specific keyword on image search engines

  24. I am enjoying it more and more. BTW… you can change your display name from moneyreign (your username) to something like Zac Johnson in the settings.

  25. And me being first doesn't matter, it was just confusing as to who replied when since all the 5 day old comments didn't have a time stamp.

  26. I really enjoyed what you had to say. Keep going because you definitely bring a new voice to this subject. Not many people would say what you’ve said and still make it interesting. Great website

  27. This plugin is very effective,The issue of software patents is a subject of intense debate as of even now, I guess. What I don't understand is the whole idea behind it. I just think the whole justification for patenting is questioned. However, I would want to know the pros and cons of software patenting.Thanks for providing affirmative information.

  28. Ha, I appreciate you bcoz I have found intensedebate is the best comments plugin. It drives real visitors and huge traffic in my site. I like this comments plugin for the better conversation with visitors. Thanks!

  29. Easy to use and there are great number of blogs using this commenting system to interact and be part of blogging community and it is a good thing many are still loyal about this.
    My recent post Review Of WP Engine: Will This Premium Service Solve Your WordPress Hosting Problems?

  30. I am a subscriber of both most popular commenting box in the world. One is the disqus and other one is intensedebate.
    My personal opinion for these two comment boxes are- Intensedebate for newbies to attract users on his blog and disqus for successful blogger to save their link juice entirely to pass on to other site.

Comments are closed.